Kyrie Irving enters health and safety protocols


What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving is also in the health and safety protocols. – 12:52 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
From the Nets: Kyrie Irving in health and safety protocols. He couldn’t have played tonight anyway. Needed to return five consecutive years before rejoining team, per league health and safety guidelines. pic.twitter.com/N8QQo9joVF12:50 PM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Kyrie Irving has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the Nets say – 12:50 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
The Nets announce that Kyrie Irving is in the protocols. – 12:50 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
The Brooklyn Nets say Kyrie Irving has entered health and safety protocols – 12:49 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has been placed in health and safety protocols, team says. – 12:48 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Per Nets, Kyrie Irving is now in health and safety protocols. – 12:48 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Kyrie Irving has entered COVID protocols, per Nets – 12:48 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Kyrie Irving has entered the league’s Covid protocols, team says. – 12:47 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Kyrie Irving is now listed as out due to health and safety protocols. – 12:47 PM
Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
The Nets say Kyrie Irving is out in COVID protocols. – 12:47 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Nets star Kyrie Irving has entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols. – 12:46 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
The Brooklyn Nets will bring Kyrie Irving back onto the roster as a part-time player.
@Brian Geltzeiler tells @Will_Perdue32 Steve Nash deserves a lot of credit for the way he’s navigating his head coaching role #NetsWorld pic.twitter.com/v2gXxiK4WD11:32 AM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
I jumped on CBS-2 with @OvermyerTV to talk about the Kyrie situation and what it means for the @Brooklyn Nets
fb.watch/9ZBgS3Oa5L/8:02 AM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
What do you make of the Nets’ decision on Kyrie Irving? – 1:57 AM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets owner Joe Tsai on bringing Kyrie Irving back part time: “We’re trying to be practical. And I’ve always said I don’t want to make this a political issue. My only religion is to win games and win the championship.” #NBA @Joe Tsai nypost.com/2021/12/18/kyr…1:34 AM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving’s return about winning, not politics: #Nets owner Joe Tsai nypost.com/2021/12/18/kyr… via @nypostsports1:32 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
I have to say I did not miss Kyrie Irving discourse being an everyday thing. – 11:36 PM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Andre Iguodala on Kyrie Irving:
“Dude is that good, but y’all don’t want to say that.” pic.twitter.com/fL6r7BjBPS11:31 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Iguodala on the Kyrie news: “Kyrie’s my man, so I hope he shows his talent to the world and continues to prove me right that he’s a top player ever. They don’t want us to see his skillset, though. His mind’s too free.” – 11:24 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Sean Marks on Kyrie Irving’s return: “We arrived at this decision with the full support of our players & after careful consideration of our
current circumstances, including players missing games due to injuries & health & safety protocols.” More: sny.tv/articles/kyrie…11:21 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
New for ⁦@YahooSports⁩: Make it make sense? KD wanted Kyrie back and the Nets caved, sacrificing sanity along the way sports.yahoo.com/nets-sacrifice…9:45 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
Brooklyn Nets bringing back unvaccinated Kyrie Irving for road games outside New York, Toronto nj.com/nets/2021/12/b…9:04 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Nets really hit Kyrie Irving with the wyd 2 am text – 8:53 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Here’s why the Nets are bringing Kyrie back pic.twitter.com/ApCVY0ZdF48:40 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Kyrie Irving will reportedly start the process to return to the Nets as a part-time player
@Eddie Johnson tells @TermineRadio why he has reservations about the whole situation #NetsWorld pic.twitter.com/gZXDVcilZo8:31 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Here’s what Kevin Durant said the other night when asked about reports of “renewed optimism” for a Kyrie Irving return.
Was this a clue?
pic.twitter.com/w6KE8uR9ZB7:57 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Good evening from my friends house where his nine-month old is trying to bite my phone as I tweet this. Kyrie Irving is coming back to the Nets on a part-time basis. What it means for Brooklyn, Irving and everyone involved. theathletic.com/3023561/2021/1…7:52 PM
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Cramming to understand how Nets fans are supposed to be excited about Kyrie Irving’s possible return when the organization decided the best time to toss aside its principles & bring back an unvaccinated player as a part-timer is during the biggest covid outbreak to hit the NBA – 7:49 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Kyrie Irving can play in 24 games this season for Nets if he starts COVID testing Sat. and remains unvaccinated. Nets have 27 road games left (2 at MSG, 1 in Tor). Nets play 9 times from 12/28-1/15; he’d be able to play twice. He’d play just once during last 2 weeks of the season – 7:37 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
If you listened to #Nets coach Steve Nash talk over the last couple weeks, he’s sounded uncomfortable asking so much from KD whose been incredible while logging 37 mpg.
The Kyrie decision stems from that concern and wanting to support one of the best players ever in his prime. – 7:25 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Kyrie Irving has to pass COVID tests on 5 successive days and still ramp up. He won’t be back immediately. But here’s how circumstances changed (7 Nets in protocol, heavy KD minutes) since Nets’ decided to have him stay away from team sources tell @Adrian Wojnarowski espn.com/nba/story/_/id…7:13 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets statement on Kyrie Irving. #nba pic.twitter.com/UI8ucO4wAN7:13 PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Nets GM Sean Marks:
 
“After discussions with our coaches, players and staff, the organization has decided to have Kyrie Irving re-join the team for games and practices in which he is eligible to participate.”
Translation: We sold out. – 7:12 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Wrote about how Kyrie Irving’s part-time return will affect the Nets: es.pn/32gWRpa (ESPN+) – 7:11 PM
JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Statement from Nets GM Sean Marks on the team’s decision to bring back Kyrie Irving: pic.twitter.com/QhZYxvw7h47:07 PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
The Nets statement on Kyrie Irving re-joining the team: pic.twitter.com/vWW6kXaus97:07 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
As Kyrie is set to return to the Nets for road games, it’s worth reminding that NYC’s law that prevents Kyrie from playing while not applying to visiting unvaccinated players remains bonkers. – 7:05 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
As NBA virus numbers soar, Nets and Kyrie Irving decide it’s time for him to return. pic.twitter.com/Xeikp2Fi4l7:04 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
GM Sean Marks’ statement on the Nets’ about-face that has allowed Kyrie Irving to rejoin the team even though he will only be allowed, under current rules, to play in road games as an unvaccinated player: pic.twitter.com/bcJ3jYPtZH7:02 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Statement from the Brooklyn Nets on Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/3mqUUDeJYY7:02 PM

Howard Beck @HowardBeck
Statement from Nets GM Sean Marks, on the return of Kyrie Irving: pic.twitter.com/JRrtHFqv3a7:02 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Nets statement on Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/v5HUaMPV6X7:02 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has released a statement on the expected return of Kyrie Irving. pic.twitter.com/36ztiyFzcM7:02 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
The Brooklyn Nets changing course on Kyrie Irving. Now allowing him to be a part-time player pic.twitter.com/irIoCYxPVt7:01 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Brooklyn Nets statement on Kyrie Irving’s return:
Via @BKN_NETSPR pic.twitter.com/grjyO4JwpD7:01 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
Statement from Nets GM Sean Marks on Kyrie Irving’s return: pic.twitter.com/zeaL9QL7K87:01 PM

Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Statement from Nets GM Sean Marks on Kyrie Irving: pic.twitter.com/xHmnUR2zij7:01 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Nets have released a statement on their decision to have Kyrie Irving re-join them: pic.twitter.com/niHI1lsLPc7:01 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets statement on Kyrie return pic.twitter.com/A3pTjw0vgo7:01 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Nets statement on the return of Kyrie Irving: pic.twitter.com/nRfF6OJCJx7:00 PM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Nets aren’t wrong in reinstating Kyrie Irving. It’s about bringing a championship to Brooklyn. Maybe they were wrong about not sounding more fluid when they originally banished him. Even Thibs sounded fluid about Kemba. – 6:26 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Talk about a bizarre scenario.
Sean Marks insists no P/T play at the beginning of the season. Kyrie sticks to his guns by not getting the vax.
Nets play 3 months without him & finally bring him back after 7 of their own are placed in protocols + the league gets ravaged. – 6:11 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Corrected Headline: Kyrie Irving reportedly will return to Nets soon, will only play road game
nba.nbcsports.com/2021/12/17/kyr…6:06 PM
Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
If Kyrie Irving plays out the season missing half the games–and manages to avoid COVID–sports science suggests he’ll have an advantageous schedule, with a much more manageable number of games per week. Increased odds of elite athleticism, decreased odds of injury. – 5:48 PM
Adi Joseph @AdiJoseph
When Kyrie comes out with a “More Than a Halflete” warmup – 5:47 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
The reported return of Kyrie Irving on a part-time basis for road games was welcomed by a Nets team decimated by Covid health and safety protocols. MVP candidate Kevin Durant is 4th in the NBA in minutes (37), and James Harden is 8th (37.2), which also factored into the decision. pic.twitter.com/EvHHzioaYT5:43 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Part-time Kyrie is apparently happening masslive.com/celtics/2021/1…5:43 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Sean Marks was pretty definitive in Oct. when Nets said Kyrie Irving wouldn’t be with the team while unvaccinated, saying Irving wouldn’t play or practice “until he is eligible to be a full participant.”
“We’re not looking for partners that are going to be half-time,” Marks said – 5:34 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
There’s some irony in Kyrie saying he wants to be a voice for the voiceless and becoming a hero to anti-vaxxers, who are the loudest motherfuckers out there. – 5:28 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on Kyrie Irving’s imminent return to the Brooklyn Nets as a part-time player: nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2…5:27 PM
Tim Cato @tim_cato
don’t forget new york city just elected a weirdo fake vegan wannabe republican as mayor who’s probably gonna undo the city’s covid protocol that’s preventing kyrie from playing on the first day he takes office – 5:26 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Kyrie Irving’s return isn’t expected quickly. He has to pass a series of Covid tests before he can start working out with team. Nets haven’t seen him workout and are unclear the kind of shape he’s in now. He’s expected to take his time ramping up again. – 5:25 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Nets vs Bucks (or whoever) – Game 7 2022 Eastern Conference Finals in Brooklyn
or
Nets vs Western Conference Champs – Game 7 2022 NBA Finals in Brooklyn
Injury report:
Kyrie Irving – OUT – Personal Reasons (I guess would be the designation)
How does that make sense? – 5:24 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
LeBron and Isaiah Thomas vs Kyrie on Christmas Day? What a world. – 5:22 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Kyrie is going to have to face his first media scrum since he publicly refused the vaccine. Should be interesting. – 5:21 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Nets GM Sean Marks discussing the Kyrie Irving saga in October:
“We’re looking at putting a group of people that are going to be able to participate fully. That’s what this comes down to, and we’re not looking for partners that are going to be half-time,” Marks declared. – 5:17 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Kyrie Irving to Joe Tsai, Sean Marks, and Steve Nash pic.twitter.com/pGnkVP15Zs5:14 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Something to keep in mind. The Nets are currently not practicing because of the COVID outbreak on their team. Interested to see when Kyrie Irving actually able to practice with them because of that. – 5:13 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
The Nets took a hard stance on Kyrie Irving, are now missing a ton of guys, are leaning on Durant too much, have now completely caved, and the optics are brutal from multiple angles. – 5:13 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
So, let’s review
– Kyrie refuses to get vaccinated, as such can’t play home games
– Team refuses to let him be a part time player
– Team gets hit by COVID outbreak, in large part caused by people who didn’t get vaccinated
– Team allows Kyrie, unvaccinated, to return. – 5:10 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Kyrie Irving is back on a part-time basis, per @Adrian Wojnarowski pic.twitter.com/PU2Vx9RkMG5:09 PM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Earlier this week on Kyrie Irving
I thought that question would have been addressed in mid-February.
Obviously the situation has changed. pic.twitter.com/G17EUjUqbA5:09 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
What happened to the Nets leaders being adamant that Kyrie Irving be a full-time player or nothing? Now they are all “fully supportive”.
Way to stick to your decisions. – 5:08 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
The Nets are gonna purposely try to fall below a 4 seed to have the Kyrie Irving advantage over home court advantage in the playoffs – 5:07 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Christmas Kyrie at Crypto dot com – 5:05 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Before the Nets actually close in on getting Kyrie Irving back, they list ELEVEN players out — including Kevin Durant — for their next game against the Magic.
More NBA from me: https://t.co/LGN9cVpeGP pic.twitter.com/3SeVwz6gZF5:04 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN Sources: With the unfolding circumstances of Brooklyn’s season – including injuries, Covid losses and an inordinate minutes load on their superstar players – the Nets are bringing back All-Star guard Kyrie Irving as a part-time player for games outside of New York. – 5:04 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Wrote about what a Kyrie Irving return would look like for the Nets on Monday. Replugging as ⁦@Shams Charania⁩ reports he’s begin the process of returning to the team. theathletic.com/3010649/2021/1…5:03 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Just in: All-NBA star Kyrie Irving has started process to return to the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Irving is ramping up, has begun team COVID-19 testing, and his season debut date is still to be determined. – 5:00 PM

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Tommy Beer: 50 NBA players have entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols over the past six days. 50. That’s more than 11% of all players in the entire league. -via Twitter @TommyBeer / December 18, 2021





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