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‘If You Ain’t on the Program, Go Somewhere Else'

The Brooklyn Nets have slipped from a strong position at the top of the Eastern Conference rankings to the fringes of the postseason race. The Nets have lost their previous 10 games as a consequence of Kyrie Irving’s reduced availability, Kevin Durant’s MCL injury, and James Harden’s departure.

Throughout it all, Irving has been steadfast in his refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Shaquille O’Neal, a Hall of Famer, sent a strong warning to the great guard, who is on a part-time basis.

Kyrie Irving will not change his position.

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The Nets’ top point guard has refused to take the COVID-19 immunization since last summer.

Despite the statewide immunization requirement for indoor companies, the Brooklyn Nets succumbed in last month and brought Irving back on a part-time basis owing to the roster’s devastation by injuries. In 13 games on the road, the 29-year-old has averaged 23.8 points, 5.4 assists, and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from outside the arc.

Last month, Irving said that no team injury scenario or other condition would influence his decision to take the shot.

Irving told ESPN last month, “That’s what I believe comes into a lot of this culture, basketball, sport, and entertainment.” “You bring in teams and circumstances,” says the narrator. Kev will recover, he will be OK, and we, as his teammates, will have to live with it. But, in terms of where I’m at in my life outside of this, I’m sticking to my guns. That’s exactly what it is.”

A Hall of Fame big man has spoken his uncensored view in response to the issue.

Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t want anything to do with Kyrie Irving’s part-time position with the Nets.

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As the Nets fall farther behind in the rankings, Kyrie Irving’s availability for the rest of the season has become a major talking point.

Irving’s unmoved decision to not take the COVID-19 vaccine has prevented him from playing in home games due to New York’s current mandate regarding the matter. During a recent interview with Sideline Sources, Shaquille O’Neal voiced that if he were teammates with Irving, he wouldn’t want him around.

“I don’t want you around if you’re on my team and you can’t play home games,” O’Neal remarked. “Like, we’ve got a shot to win, and if you’re not on the show, you should go someplace else, period.”

Despite the fact that O’Neal has altered his opinion on immunization mandates, he believes the Nets should not keep Irving on a part-time basis. When he’s on the field, he provides a much-needed offensive lift, but his absence leaves the team without a major player.

All of this is highlighted by the fact that Durant is out with a knee ailment and James Harden has been moved. Over the previous two seasons, the Nets have used their big three together 16 times.

Brooklyn has demonstrated it can win with two of its best players on the field, but it is struggling without either of them leading the charge. Irving’s viewpoint may not alter, but his team’s performance is difficult to ignore.

The Nets star guard’s availability is dictated by New York City mayor Eric Adams.

We’ve come a long way since early December. We can immediately eliminate the statewide mask-or-vaccine mandate for indoor businesses beginning tomorrow because New Yorkers did the right thing to get through the winter spike.

Counties, cities and businesses can still choose to require masks. pic.twitter.com/jqFhBfRuTh

— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) February 9, 2022

Kyrie Irving’s availability complies with the state of New York’s requirement that all indoor businesses have the COVID-19 vaccination.

Governor Kathy Hochul said on Wednesday that the statewide mask-or-vaccine mandate for indoor businesses would expire on February 10. If New York Municipal mayor Eric Adams maintains the local city requirement, Irving will still be unable to participate in home games. Adams’ latest statements don’t seem to reflect this shift.

“We have to stick to what we say,” Adams told ABC7 NY. “They’re not being fired; they’re resigning.” Because if being employed requires you to be vaccinated, and you aren’t, that is a choice you make, not one we make as a community. Don’t give up on New York, in my opinion. “Get your flu vaccination and booster shot.”

The Nets have 27 regular-season games left, including 12 more road games. Except for three, Irving may take part in all of them (two games against the New York Knicks and one facing the Toronto Raptors). The Nets may be forced to play without their top point guard in some of their most crucial games.

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