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Kyrie Irving could consider retirement if traded?
There is no indication — yet — that the 76ers have an interest in e xploring the Simmons-for-Kyrie Irving trade being thrown around as the natural “solution” for two Atlantic Division teams facing major headaches to start the season. Reason being: It is not at all the obvious solution it would appear to be on paper. There is a belief in some corners of the league that Irving would retire, or at least deeply ponder it, if Brooklyn suddenly traded him.
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving,, took to Instagram Live on Wednesday to clarify he has no plans to retire.
In his first public comments on the vaccine since it emerged that he would miss Nets home games for refusing to get the shot, Irving spoke for more than 20 minutes, interrupted only when he appeared to accidentally mute himself and briefly halted his broadcast.
"Don't believe that I'm retiring," Irving said. "Don't believe that I'm going to give up this game for a vaccine mandate or staying unvaccinated. Don't believe any of that s***, man."
James Harden on Kyrie Irving: 'I want him to be on the team'
At this point, the Nets — both management and players — say they wa nt Irving back on the court, but respect his privacy claims. “If he’s not on the court, yeah [it would hurt us]. He’s one of our best players and one of our leaders,” Harden said after practice Thursday. “I want him to be on the team, of course,” Harden told reporters when asked if he hopes Irving would get vaccinated. “He’s been a huge part since I’ve been here, a huge part of our success. The success we did have last year, we were kind of finding a rhythm, that chemistry that we’ve built.
Kyrie Irving discussed retirement rumors on Instagram LIVE.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto)
Irving spoke at length on vaccine mandates and society in general, reiterating many of the points made for him inposted the previous day. Essentially, Irving said he refuses to get vaccinated because he believes he is standing up for people who have lost their jobs due to their own refusal to get a safe, widely administered vaccine that could help end a global pandemic that has killed millions of people and could kill even more.
However, Irving also stressed he is not anti-vaccine, he's just anti-vaccine mandates:
"Just know that I'm rocking with all those that have lost their jobs to this mandate, and I'm rocking with all those that chose to get vaccinated and are choosing to be safe, as well. I'm on both sides of all this. I support and respect everybody's decision.
Nets undecided about accomodating unvaccinated Kyrie Irving as a part-time player
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources with @Brian Windhorst: The Brooklyn Nets remain unclear on All-Star guard Kyrie Irving’s ultimate intentions to get vaccinated and have made no decision on whether the organization will accommodate him as a part-time player this season. Story soon on ESPN. © Provided by HoopsHype Source: Twitter @wojespn What’s the buzz on Twitter? Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed Those Kyrie Irving trade/retirement rumors have become a lot more believable since NYC announced the vax mandate. This is a headache, man. – 8:59 PM John Hollinger @johnhollinger PISCATAWAY, N.J.
"The financial consequence and stuff, I know I do not want to even do that, but it's reality that in order to be in New York City, in order to be on the team, I have to be vaccinated. I chose to be unvaccinated and that was my choice, and would ask you all just to respect that choice. I am going to just continue to stay in shape, be ready to play, be ready to rock out with my teammates and be part of this whole thing."
While Irving was broadcasting, he received the usual fervent support from his fan base, including encouraging messages from retired NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury and, curiously, the official account of Duke's men's basketball, for whom Irving played 11 games in 2011.
Irving also mentioned he doesn't want be used for an agenda, though that ship has obviously sailed. Several conservative mouthpieces, including Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Jr., have already taken to social media to show their support for Irving.
As things currently stand, Irving will not be playing games for the Nets this season unless he gets vaccinated. He was officially barred from playing home games at Barclays Center due to New York City vaccine mandates, but.
There are basically two ways it seems this situation can end: either New York lifts its vaccine mandates or Irving gets vaccinated. Judging from what he said Wednesday, the latter remains unlikely.
Kyrie Irving is turning championship-minded Nets into total dysfunction .
Kyrie Irving drew his line in the concrete, and the team that employs him realized its line was in wet cement. Because it can’t, and anyone who believes Irving and the favored Brooklyn Nets will walk this tightrope to perfection is fooling themself. Never mind this team has designs on winning a championship. Steve Nash essentially conceded ground to Irving Sunday, saying the Nets realize Irving won’t be available for home games this season, as New York City mandate would require Irving to be vaccinated from COVID-19. “I think we recognize he’s not playing home games,” Nash told reporters Sunday. “We’re going to have to for sure play without him this year.