Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash did not want to give too much information about how much Kyrie Irving will play in his season debut on Wednesday. However, he said the seven-time All-Star guard will play a significant amount against the Indianapolis Pacers.
“I don’t think that’s where he can play 38 (minutes),” Nash said Wednesday via ESPN. “But I think he can play a big part of the game. He’s played a lot – he’s had three or four full court days with 5-on-5, so I think he’s able to play longer. minutes, but not necessarily his usual high 30s. “
Irving missed the first 35 games of the regular NBA season because he has refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and therefore cannot play home games at the Barclays Center due to state vaccine regulations.
Nets initially denied Irving would play part-time, but changed the decision in December to allow him to participate in road fights after a COVID outbreak decimated Brooklyn’s list.
“We ended up having 13 players who had COVID. We went around signing up for a bunch of 10-days where we have a guy who can play for us, so what’s the difference between a 10-day and a guy “They’re a part-time player, too,” Nash said.
Irving’s debut had been postponed because he himself was tested positive for COVID-19 in December and was to enter the league’s health and safety protocol.
Fans across the league still have mixed reactions to the fact that the Nets have changed their minds about allowing an unvaccinated athlete to play part-time. However, there is a strong contingent of Brooklyn fans who are very happy that they will see Irving play basketball in real time again.