If the Brooklyn Nets were starting practice this week, “a couple of people” would not be able to participate according to New York City Covid-19 vaccination restrictions. But Nets GM Sean Marks believes all of the players will be eligible to compete when training camp begins next week.
“I can’t comment on who could play and so forth, there would obviously be a couple of people missing from that picture, I won’t get into who it is,” Marks said Tuesday on a Zoom call with reporters.
“But we feel confident that in the following several days before camp, everybody will be allowed to participate and participate fully.”
Athletes on New York City-based sports team who play in an indoor arena or stadium must receive at least one dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine, even if the athletes themselves are not residents of New York City, according to city regulations.
Training camp starts next week and the Nets are headed to La Jolla, Calif. They open the preseason Oct. 3 at the Lakers. Their first home preseason game is Oct. 8 against the reigning NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets open the regular season Oct. 19 at Milwaukee.
“Obviously, I can’t get into details for a variety of reasons,” Marks said. “I think we all understand what’s at stake. We’ve had very candid conversations. Those are individual decisions, whether it’s a staff member or a player has to come to terms with it. It’s obviously out of our control. We are supporting getting the vaccination and putting out a healthy squad and so at thi p oint we’re ready to go into the season.
“We don’t see whether it’s a citywide mandate or it’s the league mandate to follow being any sort of hindrance to us being able to put out a team.”