New York City’s vaccine mandate has been a thorn in the side Brooklyn Nets‘ throughout the season, keep Kyrie Irving Playing in the city from this season.Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas jokes on his podcast that New York City Mayor Eric Adams is New York Knicks Fans, this is why the confusing quest remains the same.
The order requires everyone who wants to return to the city’s workplace to be vaccinated. The law makes it illegal for Irving to play for the Nets at home games or against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. However, he can practice with the team and play at either venue as a ticketed spectator.
Mayor Adams has stood firm on the issue, despite public outcry and even the NBA saying the law makes no sense.
On Arenas’ podcast “Gilbert Arenas Chills,” the three-time All-Star joked about Mayor Adam’s allegiance to the Knicks and why he didn’t rescind the vaccine authorization. At 9:40, Arenas said:
“Is the mayor a Knicks fan or a Nets fan? … At this point, he’s getting older. Presumably, he’s from New York. He’s a Knicks fan, so I’m sure unless he has to Do that or he won’t lift that ball.”
The Knicks (30-41) have practically been unable to make the playoffs or make the playoffs. They are five games behind the 10th-ranked Atlanta Hawks (35-36) in the Eastern Conference. With only 10 races left, the mountain seemed too big to climb.
Mayor Adams was born in Brooklyn in 1960.However, after becoming the New York Nets (primarily in the ABA), the Nets as New Jersey Nets for most of Adams’ life. They moved to Brooklyn in 2012.
Adams rose through the ranks of the New York City police force before running for mayor and winning the election in 2021. Adams, likely a Knicks fan, has spent most of his life in New York. His fanaticism is unlikely to affect the law.
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For the Nets to make it to the Finals, they’ll likely need Kyrie Irving to play 100 percent of the time. That won’t happen unless and until the mandate changes. Mayor Adams has been adamant about not changing the law. He said Irving should be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to compete.
However, Adams has begun to lift some masks and vaccines as COVID-19 cases in New York City have dwindled. People can now dine indoors without proof of vaccination, and school children no longer need to wear masks.
The next step will be to recall or change vaccine authorization laws. On top of that, Adams now faces pressure from the New York Yankees and Mets to adjust assignments as the MLB season approaches.