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The Brooklyn Nets is considering paying a small penalty so Kyrie Irving can play at home in the Barclays Center.

Just a few months ago, the unvaccinated star guard was banned from playing for the Nets at home or on the road.
 
RELATED: Nets Suspend Kyrie Irving – Get Vaccinated Or Lose $34 Million
 
However, the Nets had a change of heart after a losing slump left them 2.5 games behind the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference.

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After entering the NBA's health and safety protocol, Irving was allowed to return to the Nets for away games only.

Irving made an immediate impact, scoring 22 points in a win against the Indiana Pacers last Wednesday.

New York City is under a vaccine mandate that prevents Irving from playing at the Barclays center in Brooklyn. But a loophole in former mayor Bill de Blasio's executive order could allow Irving to play at the Barclays Center.

According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the maximum penalty for breaking the executive order is a $5,000 fine. That's pocket change for billionaire Nets owner Joe Tsai.

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However, sports analysts say Irving should be forced to get the vaccines since $5,000 would be a hardship for the average New Yorker.

MSN Sports' writer Ricky O'Donnell argues:

"A $5K fine is a huge deterrent for any normal person that wants to break the NYC mandate. Tsai and Irving are not normal people. They are ridiculously rich. Just because the fine would be chump change for them doesn't make it right."

Question: Would you pay the fine so Irving can play at home?

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The Brooklyn Nets announced All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will return to the starting lineup for road games.

Irving was suspended before the start of the regular season after he refused to take the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.
 
READ ALSO: Kyrie Irving Considers Taking Plant-Based Covid-19 Vaccine
 
The Nets announced Irving will not play in home games at the Barclays Center or two road games at Madison Square Garden, but he will be eligible to play in select road games once he tests negative for Covid-19 and gets back into shape, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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The Nets made the decision to bring Irving back after the team lost seven fully vaccinated players including James Harden after they tested positive for Covid-19.

Kevin Durant will not play Saturday due to right ankle soreness, according to ESPN.

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"We arrived at this decision with the full support of our players and after careful consideration of our current circumstances," said general manager Sean Marks in a statement on Friday. "We believe that the addition of Kyrie will not only make us a better team but allow us to more optimally balance the physical demand on the entire roster.

"We look forward to Kyrie's return to the lineup, as well as getting our entire roster back together on the court."

Earlier this month, a source close to Irving said he would consider taking a plant-based Covid-19 injection if one is approved by the FDA.

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Kyrie Irving is reportedly considering taking a genetically modified plant-based Covid-19 vaccine to return to the NBA.

According to the NY Post, "people close to" Irving say he could be convinced to get vaccinated if a plant-based Covid-19 vaccine is approved.

Irving, who is a vegan, was forced to sit out the 2021-22 season and forfeit millions in salary and bonuses after he refused to get the Covid-19 mRNA shots.

A New York City mandate prohibits the superstar guard from playing home games at Barclays Center. The Nets suspended him from playing road games if he is unvaccinated.

Researchers are working on genetically modified plant-based vaccines that they claim are effective against the coronavirus.

A Canadian company has reportedly developed the world's first 2-dose plant-based vaccine that could be approved for emergency use by the end of the year.

The 2-dose injections reportedly showed a high efficacy rate against Covid, according to Quebec company, Medicago.

The plant-based vaccine is made by inserting a genetic code into bacteria, then a tobacco plant is soaked in the modified bacteria. The genetic code (similar to mRNA) "teaches" the plant to make a virus-like protein which is then used in the vaccine.

The virus-like particles derived from the tobacco plant is said to stimulate the body's immune system to make antibodies.

Clinical tests showed 71 percent efficacy against all variants and 75.3 percent against Delta when enhanced by GlaxoSmithKline's Covid-19 booster.

The plant-based vaccine's efficacy against the new Omicron variant is unknown, according to Yahoo News.

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Kevin Durant shared a Halloween photo of the Brooklyn Nets training staff posing with superstar James Harden.

The Nets are among the NBA franchises replacing their male training staff with all women because studies show the players' injuries improve much faster.

Athletic trainers require at least a bachelor's degree in sports medicine, which means the ladies have above average intelligence -- which men appreciate.

What the players don't appreciate is their wives and girlfriends dropping by the training facility more often to check on them.

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Durant posted the image of the training staff dressed as Harden on his Instagram stories on Sunday.

Harden's offensive struggles improved on Sunday. He tied NBA legend Larry Bird with his 59th career triple-double as the Nets routed the Detroit Pistons 117-91.

After the game, Harden said he is "confident" in his rhythm again. Harden has struggled offensively due to NBA rules changes this season which affected his game.

A new NBA foul rule prevents players like Harden from forcing foul calls by doing "unnatural shooting motions" such as hooking another player's arm in the act of shooting.

Harden's offensive numbers are way down since last season and he's not getting to the foul line as often as he used to.

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The Brooklyn Nets will no longer offer NBA all-star Kyrie Irving a contract extension after he refused to get the experimental mRNA vaccine.

The decision means Kyrie will lose $186 million, in addition to $16 million of his $34.9 annual salary.

The news comes days after the Nets suspended Kyrie and announced that he can not practice or play in any games with the team in the 2021-2022 NBA season.

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Previously, Kyrie was barred from playing home games in New York City or eating with the team - even if he tested negative for Covid-19.

Kyrie has said he is not anti-vaccine, however, he is taking a stand against New York City's strict vaccine mandates that are unfair to workers.

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A source close to Kyrie told The Athletic that Irving is upset that people are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates. He has explained his concerns to close teammates, who support him being closed doors.

NBA player Michael Porter, Jr. waited until after signing a $207 million extension before refusing the Covid-19 vaccine.

72,000 nurses, doctors and healthcare workers in New York have been fired for refusing the vaccines.

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The Brooklyn Nets has suspended all-star guard Kyrie Irving from playing or practicing with the team.

General manager Sean Marks announced on Tuesday that Irving "will not play or practice" with the team unless or until he is vaccinated.

"Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant," Marks said in a statement Tuesday morning.

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"Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability."

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced strict Covid-19 vaccine mandates for all state buildings, restaurants and gyms.

However, authorities declared the Nets practice facility to be a "private office building" and thus exempt from the mandate.

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Irving was willing to forfeit $16 million -- nearly half of his annual $34 million salary because he is ineligible to play in 43 home games.

On Sunday, Nets coach Steve Nash said Irving's status was unclear.

"I think we recognize that he's not playing home games. We're going to have to play without him this year. So it just depends on when, where and how much."

The NBA previously stated all players who refused the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine would forfeit their paychecks for every game they missed.

Irving stood to lose $381,000 for every game he missed.
 

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Drake is self-isolating in his spacious Toronto mansion after partying with Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant before Durant tested positive for the coronavirus.

Drake and Durant partied with their boys at West Hollywood celebrity hotspot Nice Guy Lounge on March 11.

The Nets were in town to play the Los Angeles Lakers. Durant, who has a torn Achilles tendon, watched the game from the bench.

After the game, Drake posted a photo of his night out with the 6 ft 10 inch forward.

Drake flew home to Toronto before Durant announced he tested positive for the virus.

The 33-year-old "Hotline Bling" rapper posted a video from his home basketball court. He captioned the video, "My life for the next however long."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose wife tested positive, shut down the country's borders with the United States.

A total of four Nets players tested positive for the virus. Covid-19 causes no symptoms or mild symptoms in healthy people under age 50.

The coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly population, particularly those with weak immunity, chronic illnesses such as AIDS, COPD and other respiratory-related problems.

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Kevin Durant confirmed he is one of four Brooklyn Nets players to test positive for the Coronavirus.

Durant, 31, told The Athletic he feels "fine" with no symptoms. "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this," Durant said.

The Brooklyn Nets announced that four players had confirmed cases of the virus and three were asymptomatic (no symptoms). All four players are in isolation and under the care of team doctors.

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Durant and his three teammates are the latest professional athletes to contract the virus. Utah Jazz teammates Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, along with the Detroit Pistons' Christian Wood, also tested positive last week.

As more celebrities and athletes contract the virus, it becomes more evident that the virus causes no symptoms or mild symptoms in most healthy adults. The NBA canceled its season after Gobert tested positive.

The overreaction and hysteria over the virus has threatened the economy and lead to nationwide shortages of food, water and toilet paper.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds
2. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, refrigerator handles, etc.

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