The Brooklyn Nets Made Their Decision, and Now Kyrie Irving Must Make His
Kyrie Irving has made his decision, one that he is absolutely entitled to make.
The Brooklyn Nets, however, have also made theirs. And it's groundbreaking.
Nets' general manager Sean Marks announced on Tuesday that Irving would be "sent away" from the team until he was vaccinated. The team has decided not to allow Irving to be a "part-time player," which would entail him playing and practicing only in places where vaccinations weren't required. Instead, the team decided to part ways with him entirely, putting the needs of the many ahead of the needs of the few.
Now that the Nets have spoken, it's up to Irving to make his choice.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not here to preach the values of vaccinations, nor am I here to bash anyone who makes a choice either to get the vaccine, or not. You have the right to make any choice you want, and it's a great right to have.
That said, Kyrie Irving has made his choice (to this point) not to get vaccinated. It's also the right of the Brooklyn Nets to choose the needs of the many of the needs of Kyrie, and separate the two parties for the foreseeable future. This is the kind of thing that can become a huge distraction to a team that still has potential to be a contender in the Eastern Conference.
So, now that the Nets have returned serve, the choice lies with Kyrie Irving.
Kyrie Irving has made over $158 million in his professional basketball career. Irving is no longer playing because he needs to make money. He is likely, however, playing to win a championship, and was supposed to be a piece of the Nets' new "Big Three" as the team built to win an NBA championship.
If Irving truly wants to win another title in his career, he'll get the vaccine. That said, if he's moved on from the game of basketball in his mind, it may be a while before we see Irving on the hardwood again.