With Nets star Kyrie Irving potentially losing more than $380,000 for missing a Presidents game Friday night, the NBA players’ union pushed back the league’s plan, which was postponed due to the local coronavirus. The unaffiliated players’ salaries are meant to be docked for any games that miss the season. Ordinance.
The union’s vice president, Irving, has not spoken publicly about his vaccination status, instead demanding confidentiality. Most teens and adults in New York need at least one vaccination shot to enter facilities such as playgrounds, and Irving hasn’t practiced with the Nets in Brooklyn. The team listed him as “unfit to play” in their injury report ahead of Friday’s preseason home opener against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center.
For Irving, $380,000 represents about 1 percent of his base salary for the 2021-22 season. A disagreement between the league and the players’ union over part of the collective bargaining agreement hinges on a clause in the collective bargaining agreement that allows the league to discipline players who “without reasonable and reasonable cause or excuse” fail to meet contractual obligations.
League spokesman Mike Bass said last week that “any player who elects not to comply with the local vaccination mandate will not be paid for games he misses.”
The union has rejected the establishment of a leaguewide vaccine mandate.
Irving’s indefinite absence from home games – and from practices – has created a predicament for the Nets, a team with championship aspirations that must weigh whether it only has half the time it is worth. His teammates have said that they support him.
Nets coach Steve Nash said the team would not move its practices to a location outside of New York to accommodate Irving. The Nets, who have not publicly stated whether Irving has been vaccinated, held his training camp in San Diego.
“No, this is our house,” Nash said. “This is where we’re going to practice, and we have almost a whole group. So it’s a positive thing, and we’re working on getting better every day and focusing on the things that need to be done.” We can control.”
Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks play, comply with the city’s mandate, to require all staff and guests 12 and older to show proof of having received at least one vaccine dose when unless they have a religious or medical exemption. San Francisco has a similar requirement that applies to the Chase Center, where the Golden State Warriors play. Mandates in both cities mean Knicks, Nets and Golden State players cannot play in their teams’ 41 home games without vaccinations.