Nets’ Kyrie Irving defends vaccine legacy: ‘Standing for freedom’

Kyrie Irving admittedly didn’t put forth his most interesting efficiency on the court docket in his first house recreation for the Nets this season Sunday night time at Barclays Middle. 

The unvaccinated Irving supplied a prolonged and considerate response, nevertheless, when requested after Brooklyn’s 119-110 loss to the Hornets what he believes his legacy might be after lastly receiving an exemption to the COVID-19 non-public sector vaccine mandates final week by Mayor Eric Adams. 

“The purpose of this season for me was by no means to only take a stance. It was actually to make it possible for I’m standing on what I imagine in, in freedom,” Irving mentioned. “Freedom, I don’t assume that’s a phrase that will get outlined sufficient in our society, concerning the freedom to make selections together with your life with out somebody telling you what the f–ok to do and whether or not that carries over to nuances of our society that politicians management, the federal government controls, or issues people who find themselves in energy — the powers which may be. 

“I’m standing for freedom, in order that’s in all aspects of my life. There’s no person that’s enslaving me. I don’t need anybody telling me what to do with my life, and that’s simply the way in which I’m, and if I get tarnished when it comes to my picture and other people slandering my title frequently as a result of these aren’t issues that I overlook.” 

Kyrie Irving performed his first recreation at Barclays Middle this season Sunday in opposition to the Hornets.
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Irving added that he “positively learn some issues that put my household’s title ready that I imagine is unfair” over his choice to stay unvaccinated. 

Steve Nash supplied little replace on Ben Simmons, who hasn’t performed because the Nets acquired him from Philadelphia on Feb. 10 as a result of again points. Nash mentioned solely that the three-time All-Star is “simply nonetheless rehabilitating and strengthening,” however Simmons nonetheless isn’t doing full particular person exercises. 

LaMarcus Aldridge was obtainable to play for the primary time since struggling a hip harm on March 6, however he didn’t get into the sport. Seth Curry performed on the tail finish of back-to-back video games and scored 12 factors in 29 minutes after returning Saturday night time in Miami from an ankle harm.

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