Can the Nets’ Kyrie Irving play in Chicago? Why vaccination is not a factor – NBC Chicago

Can Kyrie play in Chicago? Why vax status isn’t a factor that originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Kyrie Irving has been in the headlines for months for her decision not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The move barred him from making home games for the Brooklyn Nets due to New York City’s mandate to vaccinate – a lead the City of Chicago followed from Jan. 3.

But because non-resident professional athletes are exempt from Chicago’s immunization mandate for entertainment and recreation, Irving will be eligible to be in the house – and play – when the Nets visit the United Center for a high-profile clash with the Chicago Bulls Wednesday.

“If you are on a team from another city, you do not need to show proof of vaccination to enter the site,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at a conference. press December 21.

Irving has appeared in two road games against the Pacers and Trail Blazers since the Nets once again welcomed him as a part-time player. In those games, he’s averaging 22 points and four assists while shooting 47.4 percent.

A slightly sprained ankle suffered in the Portland game ranked Irving as questionable for Wednesday’s game, although he said he planned to play. Co-star James Harden is also questionable with left knee hyperextension.

If they play, the Nets will have their complete “three-headed monster” for the third game of the season between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls have already won the series of the season by winning the first two games – one in Chicago, one in Brooklyn – and have a 2.5-game lead for the East seed in Wednesday’s fight.

“A dynamic three-headed monster team that they are,” DeMar DeRozan said when asked what Irving plays alongside Harden and Kevin Durant for the Nets. “Having these guys, having Kyrie, one of the most dominant pointers in this league coming back, is good for the game. I’m pretty sure it’s great for Brooklyn. We like seeing them in full. , (Wednesday) we have this opportunity. “

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