NBA's Adam Silver talks Kyrie Irving COVID vaccine drama, supports city mandates

Irving would be barred from playing home games at the Barclays Center and in San Francisco against the Golden State Warriors for failing to comply with city officials’ vaccination laws. Il Brooklyn Nets also drew a red line on Irving’s status, saying he will be prohibited from practicing with the team until he gets vaccinated and won’t be a part-time player.

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Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Boston Celtics during Round 1, Gioco 5 del 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 1, 2021 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Boston Celtics during Round 1, Gioco 5 del 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 1, 2021 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

I would like to see our players vaccinated, because I think it’s a public service of sorts, particularly to young people who might not see the value of getting vaccinated,” Silver said on the eve of the 2021-22 stagione.

There’s nothing fair about this virus. It’s indiscriminate in terms of who it impacts. And I think it’s perfectly appropriate that New York and other cities have passed laws that require people who both work and visit arenas to be vaccinated. That seems to be a responsible public-health decision.

STEVE NASH SAYS HE DIDN’T LISTEN TO KYRIE IRVING’S INSTAGRAM LIVE VAX STANCE

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has been criticized for taking a stand against coronavirus vaccine mandates.

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has been criticized for taking a stand against coronavirus vaccine mandates. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Silver said about 96% of players have been vaccinated and added that he hoped the Nets star would get vaccinated too.

I hope that Kyrie, despite how strongly he feels about the vaccination, ultimately decides to get vaccinated because I’d love to see him play basketball this season,” Egli ha detto.

FILE - Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series in New York, in this Saturday, giugno 5, 2021, file di foto. Players like Kyrie Irving, who has refused to say if he will be vaccinated against COVID-19, will be subject to testing on all NBA practice, travel and game days this season. Fully vaccinated players will not. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

FILE – Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series in New York, in this Saturday, giugno 5, 2021, file di foto. Players like Kyrie Irving, who has refused to say if he will be vaccinated against COVID-19, will be subject to testing on all NBA practice, travel and game days this season. Fully vaccinated players will not. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File) (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

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