Brooklyn Nets star player Kyrie Irving will be missing a majority of the games on the 2021/22 NBA schedule due to him not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Due to New York's vaccine regulations Irving will not be able to play at Barclays Center, with that he will be losing millions of dollars in salary but said that he was doing "what's best for me" and "It's just about the freedom of what I want to do."
Kyrie Irving has not spoken to any reporters since the Brooklyn Nets media day back on September 27th. Overall there has been rumors of Irving retiring due to not playing which would end a decade long career, but those rumors have been quickly thrown down and dismissed by Irving himself. It was announced though that Irving would not be able to play/practice with the team even at away games due to his vaccine status, but the team also said that they will welcome the star guard back under the right circumstances. In two seasons with the Nets Irving has averaged a total of 28.3 points per 36 in a total of 74 games and has a total of 1,999 points with the Nets.