After getting dropped out of the upcoming matches for the Brooklyn Nets due to his vaccination status, star point guard Kyrie Irving decided to stay unvaccinated. More recently, NBA league commissioner Adam Silver, in a conversation on ‘NBA on TNT’, talked about the necessity of the vaccination, and urged Irving to get his shot.

“I’d tell him to get vaccinated, first and foremost for himself and his family. Next, for his teammates and his community and also for the league that I know he cares so much about,” said Adam Silver in his chat while on the sports talk show.

Adam Silver has been commissioner of the league since 2014 when the previous commissioner David Stern retired.

“I understand that it’s not just Kyrie, there are people in this country who disagree with the notion of getting vaccinated. But, at least from everything that I understand, science is firmly on the side of getting vaccinated, and this is, in essence, a miracle vaccine.” Added Silver, firmly cementing his view on the matter.

Former professional basketball player, and current analyst on ‘Inside the NBA’ Charles Barkley also joined Adam Silver on his opinion about the vaccination.

“First of all, you don’t get the vaccine for yourself. You get it for other people…I think everybody should get vaccinated. I really am proud of the Nets for putting their foot down and saying we’re not going to deal with this half on, half off.” said Charles Barkley. He talked in detail about how important it is to get vaccinated as a functioning and engaging member of society, even if you set aside the league itself.

New York is among multiple other cities that have passed laws to not let players participate in games unless they have vaccine ids to show that they are vaccinated against Covid-19. According to the law, the mandate applies to players who are supposed to play indoor games. This makes Irving eligible to play the road or outdoor games that don’t require the vaccine id. But the Nets announced that there will be no half and a half for players who are not vaccinated.