While the Dallas Mavericks are starting the 2021-22 season with a fresh front office and optimism that the duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis might find magic together on the court, the Brooklyn Nets are starting their season with drama.
The Nets announced superstar guard Kyrie Irving will not play for them this season until he receives a COVID-19 vaccine or New York City lifts its mandate.
“Nobody’s going to take the power away from me that I have for speaking on these things,” said Irving on Instagram. “Don’t believe that I’m retiring. Don’t believe that I’m going to give up this game for a vaccine mandate or staying unvaccinated. Don’t believe any of that s–t, man.”