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Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving has COVID-19, now in NBA’s protocols

Written by Doug Rush

Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving has COVID-19, now in NBA’s protocols

Maybe Kyrie Irving had the right idea after all.

Less than a few days after the announcement came down that Kyrie Irving was returning to the Brooklyn Nets as a part-time player, he’s already been shut down.

Irving spent most of the 2021-2022 season refusing to adhere to the NBA’s policy on having the Covid-19 vaccine and the Brooklyn Nets told him to stay away until he got the vaccine.

That was until almost half of their roster, including All Star guard James Harden, had the virus and were put into protocols, which lead to a return from Irving because Brooklyn desperately needed him.

So Irving will be shut down until he meets the standards to return to the team and practice and get into game-shape for the Nets.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.