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Kyrie Irving “happiest in years”, open to getting plant-based vaccines

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Latest reports about Kyrie Irving claim the unvaccinated player may be open to changing his mind if a plant-based option becomes available. The Brooklyn Nets star is said to be keeping himself in shape, which is good news for basketball fans and the NBA in general. 

Kyrie open to getting plant-based vaccines

Irving’s reluctance to get vaccinated resulted in him missing games, drawing the ire of fans and former players. However, according to Scoop Robinson, there’s a chance the Nets star could change his mind. 

“Irving has adopted a 100-percent plant-based diet, so he could wait until a plant-based version of the vaccine has been completed and approved. One such vaccine is undergoing clinical trials with more than 30,000 people taking part, according to a report in August.”

Scoop Robinson, Bally Sports

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The report added that those close to the player insisted he is not anti-vaccine. Irving reportedly does not trust the possible long-term effects of the currently available vaccines, despite science experts claiming that chances of it happening are “extremely unlikely.” In October, the 7-time All-Star clarified his issue is not political, as covered by Sideline Sources

This season, Kyrie had become the villain with perceived selfishness, but injury history might help us understand his case. The 29-year-old had been sidelined in the past due to some malpractice or unseen effects of the procedures done to him. Meanwhile, vaccines are different, and while they may still be in the experimental phase, studies show it’s effective in cutting death rates from Covid. 

Necessity could force him to get vaccinated and play

The Nets are decimated to eight players, with the other half of the roster in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. The league requires each team to have at least eight active players on the roster. That’s why Bulls games have been postponed

Right now, there’s still no chance of Irving playing unless he gets the jab or the incoming New York City mayor lifts the vaccine mandate. But with the recent surge in cases due to the omicron variant, it’s safe to say the mandate will still hold. 

Irving deserved some credits for keeping himself in shape despite missing actual games. If all things fall into place, fans could finally see how Kyrie can help the team make a deep playoff run.

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