In the NBA there will be no more vaccination requirements in the 2022-23 season. The League will continue to advise players, coaches and staff to continue with the vaccination to limit the infection from COVID-19, but the vaccination obligation will only be a reminder for those who have to play, but also for those who must have access to the stadiums.
Kyrie Irving was forced to stay out of all Nets home games due to the restrictive order provided by the New York health authorities. 95% of players have already undergone vaccination and boosters. Unvaccinated players will be subjected to periodic tests, with a frequency and following modalities that will be defined in the coming weeks with NBPA.
After last season the decision had been delegated to the legal system provided for in the individual cities. For next season, the Toronto Raptors remains the unknown, given that Canada still maintains a regulation in force that allows only vaccinated people to cross the border.
If the health indications do not change, away games against the Raptors will not be able to be played for the unvaccinated.
Irving in Brooklyn Nets
Irving joins the Brooklyn Nets on a $ 141 million deal over four years, joining Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan, who have also moved into the ranks of the Nets.
He debuts with the Nets on October 24, 2019 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and here he scores 50 points and 0 turnovers: no one had ever had a similar debut with his new team in NBA history. The 2021-22 season does not start in the best way: Irving's desire not to get vaccinated creates internal friction with the management who decides not to deploy him until a later date.
The situation changes in January, where the recent cases within the team of the franchises pushes many of them to sign players with decadals to replace the convalescents. At that point the coach Steve Nash decides to bring Irving back into rotation but only for away matches, the city of New York has set up the vaccination obligation for professional sportsmen and the player does not intend to get vaccinated.
He then made his debut against the Pacers on January 5, winning and with a performance of 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. At the end of March, the vaccination obligation imposed expires, allowing Irving to make his seasonal debut at the Barclays Center.
In the first playoff match against the Boston Celtics he provides one of his best performances in the playoffs with 39 points on the scoresheet.