The NBA does not require players to be vaccinated but has strict vaccine protocols that require unvaccinated players to undergo daily testing and segregation during many team based activities.
Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks said while the organisation respected Irving’s right to choose not to get vaccinated but due to the NBA protocols his choice meant he could not participate as a full-time member of the team. 
“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,” he said.
Kyrie Irving has been banned from training and games by the Brooklyn Nets for refusing to get vaccinated. Picture: Steven Ryan/Getty Images
“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.”
The decision to exclude Irving follows New York’s recent vaccine mandate that would see him banned from entering the Barclays Centre or Madison Square Garden – the Nets and crosstown rivals the New York Knicks’ homecourts.
Losing Irving is a major loss for the team with the 29-year-old point guard making up the Nets’ superstar trio with Kevin Durant and James Harden.
There were initial thoughts that Irving could play games on the road but Mr Mark’s statement ruled out any type of “part-time availability”.
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Mr Marks’ said due to Irving’s anti-vaccine stance the team would have to move on working towards their goals without him.
“It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice,” he said.
“Our championship goals for the season have not changed, and to achieve these goals each member of our organization must pull in the same direction.
“We are excited for the start of the season and look forward to a successful campaign that will make the borough of Brooklyn proud.”
Under the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols the unvaccinated players are subject to similar strict restrictions that were in place for all players last year. 
The Brooklyn Nets are at a major loss with the banning of Kyrie Irving who makes up the side’s star trio with Kevin Durant and James Harden. Picture: Sarah Stier/Getty Images
The protocols state unvaccinated players “will not be able to eat in the same room with vaccinated teammates or staff, must have lockers as far away from vaccinated players as possible, and must stay masked and at least six feet away from all other attendees in any team meeting,” NBA.com reported.
Players who are forced to miss games due to local vaccine mandates will be forced to surrender a slice of their salary but since the Nets decided itself to exclude him from the team it will have to pay his salary for the away games he misses, the New York Post reported.
Despite being banned from the team Irving will still walk away with roughly $25 million for the season.
The Nets will begin their season against the defending NBA champions the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

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