Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams told The Post Saturday he’s “extremely optimistic” Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving will suit up soon for his hometown squad — despite the guard’s refusal so far to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
“I think this is going to work itself out,” said frontrunner Adams, who is currently the Brooklyn borough president.
He continued: “I believe we’re going to find a way to have safety and to continue to keep our standards strong.”
Irving had faced the prospect of only playing road games, but the Nets announced Tuesday they were barring him from all team games and practices until he honors the city’s vaccine mandate.
The NBA has no such mandate for its players but is requiring them to honor local laws.
Under the city’s vaccine mandate set by Mayor Bill de Blasio, people must receive at least one dose of the vaccine before entering restaurants and many other indoor establishments, including the Nets’ home at Barclays Center.
“I believe the NBA and Kyrie, they should work out how they are going to address that, and I think it’s going to be up to them … and the city to come down with a real agreement, and at this time I think the NBA and Kyrie would be able to come to an agreement,” Adams added at an unrelated get-out-the-vote event in Queens.
Adams declined to address whether he would take specific action on the matter, but added that if elected, “I’m going to sit down with the Department of Health and I’m going to follow them in every area of dealing with COVID, every area of dealing with health issues.
“I’m going to follow their directions. If their directions call for something, that is what I’m going to follow,” he said.
The Nets declined comment.