James Harden has addressed Kyrie Irving refusing to get vaccinated regardless of New York mandates requiring athletes to obtain the shot earlier than enjoying video games within the metropolis.
Harden’s feedback adopted a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania stating the Nets gained’t enable Irving to play in highway video games both, and gained’t provide him a contract extension.
“Kyrie believes in his beliefs and he stands firmly,” Harden advised reporters on Wednesday. “We respect it, all of us love Ky. However now we have a job to do, and individually myself, I’m nonetheless desirous to set myself up for a championship. The complete group, is on the identical path.”
Requested whether or not he had spoken to Irving throughout the star level guard’s absence, Harden stated, “I haven’t talked to him”.
James Harden has not spoken with Kyrie Irving for the reason that resolution was made for him to be away from the Nets. pic.twitter.com/hoq2YVVAKc
— Nets Movies (@SNYNets) October 13, 2021
His blunt remark – a transparent indication that he’s uninterested in speaking about his controversial teammate – was adopted by an ungainly silence and the conclusion of the press convention.
Nets coach Steve Nash additionally spoke concerning the organisation deciding to not enable Irving to play for the group part-time.
“It was a troublesome resolution,” Nash stated. “However I believe it was a sound one and one which makes full sense to everybody. We’re simply going to have to maneuver on. And, if issues change, it is going to be unimaginable to have him again within the fold.”