The Brooklyn Nets finally ended their 11-game losing streak on Monday. It was a fairly rare home win for the Nets, as they went just 13-14 at Barclays Center in the 2021-22 campaign.
Throughout the season, of course, Brooklyn has played its home games without star point guard Kyrie Irving in the lineup, on the bench, or even in the arena. His refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19, along with New York City’s mandate that all Nets and New York Knicks players be vaccinated to compete in home games, has forced title contenders to do without at least one of their former “Big Three” since opening night.
That’s not even taking into account the continued absence of star striker Kevin Durant (who remains sidelined with a knee injury) and recently traded James Harden (his star replacement Ben Simmons also remains out).
During an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up” Wednesday morning, NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed the mandate that New York currently has in place.
“This law in New York, what’s weird to me is that it only applies to home players,” Silver said, per ESPN’s Andrew Lopez. “I think if ultimately this rule is about protecting people who are in the arena, it just doesn’t make sense to me that an unvaccinated away player can play at Barclays but the home player doesn’t. can’t. To me, that’s a reason why they should take a look at that prescription.”
In 14 games this season, Irving is averaging 24.1 points, 5.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game while posting a .452/.368/.925 shooting line. Brooklyn is currently 30-27 and sits eighth in the Eastern Conference standings.