The Nets Have Welcomed Back Kyrie. But for How Long?

Can Brooklyn capitalize on whatever time it gets from their superstar point guard?

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12/30/2021 5:30:00 PM

Kyrie Irving will soon be back on the court for the Nets. But how long will it last?

Can Brooklyn capitalize on whatever time it gets from their superstar point guard?

, when chemistry mattered and Omicron was still just a letter in the Greek alphabet. Circumstances changed, and so did the Nets’ thinking. Yes, Brooklyn is the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but they have the third-best point differential and are just 2 ½ games ahead of the fourth place Heat.

Irving didn’t want the vaccine, but neither did 3% of NBA players. Irving’s issue wasn’t being unvaccinated;it was being unvaccinated in New York City, one of the first cities to issue sweeping vaccine mandates for indoor arenas, like Barclays Center. And it’s worth noting, again, that the city mandate, bizarrely, does not apply to unvaccinated visiting players, who presumably would pose just a great a threat as Irving to public health.

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No, they weren't...they caved and sent a horrible message to the rest of the players on that team who got the 💉 even if they didn't want to for the sake of the team. Sports especially pro sports continues to set a very poor example of ethics and morality for our youth Uneasy for who Nets players welcomed him back with open arms. Clickbait POS article!

I thought he already died. Go away. 2 games Through the end of the season if you just count road games

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Nets were right to bench Irving in October , when chemistry mattered and Omicron was still just a letter in the Greek alphabet. Circumstances changed, and so did the Nets’ thinking. Yes, Brooklyn is the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but they have the third-best point differential and are just 2 ½ games ahead of the fourth place Heat. Irving didn’t want the vaccine, but neither did 3% of NBA players. Irving’s issue wasn’t being unvaccinated; it was being unvaccinated in New York City , one of the first cities to issue sweeping vaccine mandates for indoor arenas, like Barclays Center. And it’s worth noting, again, that the city mandate, bizarrely, does not apply to unvaccinated visiting players, who presumably would pose just a great a threat as Irving to public health. Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports The Nets were right to recall Irving, but we are left to wonder—until when? This wave of infections is likely to end, whether through boosters, warmer temperatures or the likelihood that most of the NBA will have been infected by it by March. Then what do the Nets do? Do they keep Irving around as a part-time player? Do they enter the playoffs knowing a leading scorer may not be eligible to play in a deciding Game 7? For now, the Nets can table that discussion, instead focusing on reintegrating Irving into the mix. Irving says he has no ill will towards the team. “It was really a [city] mandate, so I didn’t put too much pressure them,” Irving said. When the Nets approached him about returning, Irving says he was quick to accept. “This is always where I wanted to be,” says Irving. “I wanted to be playing with the team in whatever capacity I can do that.” Irving won’t be eligible to play until January 5, when the Nets travel to Indiana. Nash said Irving looked “great, considering he just came out of protocols” but admitted assessing Irving will be a “shifting landscape.” DeAndre Bembry said Irving was “the same Kyrie, get to the rack, shoot the midrange, shooting some threes.” For months, Irving has played the what-if game, left alone to contemplate the wisdom of his choices. But he’s back now and, at least part-time, the NBA’s most formidable trio will be on the floor. He says he had trouble sleeping on Tuesday as he counted the hours until he could return, saying that with Kevin Durant and James Harden in their primes, the team wants to “strike while the iron is hot.” “We have the talent, we have the IQ to be able to blend together,” said Irving. “But this is going to be a new situation, new circumstance, that we’re going to have to adjust to. And it’s just going to take some patience. So, however I can seamlessly get back into the swing of things, that's what I’m trying to do.” More NBA Coverage: