Irving is reportedly not vaccinated against COVID-19. As a result, the seven-time All-Star might not be able to play in any of his team's home games this season, due to New York City's vaccination requirements.
While Kevin Durant said he's not concerned about Irving, it certainly sounds like team owner Joe Tsai is getting frustrated. Speaking with reporters today, Tsai said that with the Nets being committed to winning a championship, everyone has to be "pulling in the same direction."
"So I hope to see Kyrie play fully and win a championship together with all of his teammates," Tsai said
Joe Tsai: “Whats our purpose this year? Its very very clear win a championship; and a championship team needs to have everybody pulling the same direction. So I hope to see Kyrie play fully and win a championship together with everybody else with all his teammates.” #nets#nba
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) September 30, 2021
">via Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
Irving averaged 26.9 points and 6.0 assists per game last season, and was playing well in the playoffs before an injury ended his year prematurely.
He, Durant and James Harden form arguably the best trio in the NBA, and together, they make the Nets a legitimate title contender. However, that's only if they can stay on the court.
All three players have dealt with injury issues in the past, and now Irving's reported refusal to get the COVID-19 jab could keep him off the court for half of his team's games this year.
No wonder Tsai seems to be losing his patience.