The Brooklyn Nets improved to 35-33 on the season by way of Sunday’s 110-107 dwelling win over the New York Knicks that featured All-Star guard Kyrie Irving sitting courtside as a spectator as a result of he is unable to play as a result of New York Metropolis insurance policies relating to staff not vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.
Brooklyn acquired an costly lesson Monday on simply how a lot Irving might be warmly embraced by the membership because it pertains to dwelling video games.
“The Brooklyn Nets group has been fined $50,000 for violating native New York Metropolis legislation and league well being and security protocols in the course of the workforce’s March 13th recreation in opposition to the New York Knicks at Barclays Heart, the NBA introduced as we speak,” reads a assertion shared on the Affiliation’s web site. “The violation occurred when the Nets permitted Kyrie Irving, who was in attendance on the recreation, to enter the workforce’s locker room.”
As The Related Press (h/t ESPN) explains, Irving might enter Barclays Heart however not a “office atmosphere” in New York such because the Nets’ locker room.
Following Sunday’s victory, Nets famous person Kevin Durant campaigned to New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams to “work out” what he referred to as “ridiculous” well being and security protocols that let Irving to attend however not take part in dwelling matchups. Durant once more addressed the subject in an announcement launched by the Nets and shared by media shops on Monday.
“The final two years have been a tough and painful time for New Yorkers, in addition to a really complicated time with the altering panorama of the principles and mandates,” Durant mentioned. “I do admire the duty the Mayor has in entrance of him with all the town has been by. My frustration with the scenario would not change the truth that I’ll at all times be dedicated to serving to the communities and cities I reside in and play in.”
Per Brandon Contes of Terrible Asserting, ESPN persona Michael Wilbon closely criticized Durant for his authentic feedback directed at Mayor Adams throughout a Monday morning on-air phase.