Kyrie Irving news: Star man eligible to play after New York lifts vaccine mandate

The team from Brooklyn will welcome back their star man with open arms as they look to gather momentum heading into the playoffs.

Kyrie Irving in a file photo, Image credit: Twitter
By Sujay Gaurav | Mar 24, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The Brooklyn Nets are about to be getting some good news, just in time for the play-offs. On Thursday, New York City will reportedly roll back its private sector COVID-19 vaccine requirement to allow an exemption for athletes and performers at their workplace.

The saga around Kyrie Irving and his decision not to get vaccinated just wouldn’t go away. He was ineligible for the home games but the Brooklyn Nets remained patient and optimistic that their star player would eventually be able to return for the home games. And it looks like that day will soon come as various reports have suggested that Kyrie will now be able to take the floor at the Barclays Center.

Politico reports, “On Thursday the mayor is expected to declare his decision to reverse the private-sector vaccine mandate specifically for performers and athletes in local venues, including Barclays Center — home to the Brooklyn Nets — and both Citi Field in Queens and Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.”

This means that Irving will now be eligible to take on the Charlotte Hornets in Brooklyn’s next home game.

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Durant called out NYC mayor over vaccine mandate

Irving’s teammate, Kevin Durant, earlier called out NYC mayor, Eric Adams, and pointed out how the rule to have Kyrie at courtside but not allowed to play as pointless and not making any sense. He said, “I don’t understand it at all. There’s a few people in our arena that’s unvaxxed, right? They lifted all of that in our arena, right? So I don’t get it … I don’t get it. It just feels like at this point now, somebody’s trying to make a statement or a point to flex their authority.

But everybody out here is looking for attention and that’s what I feel like the mayor wants right now, is some attention. But he’ll figure it out soon. He better. Eric, you got to figure something out, man, because it’s looking crazy. Especially on national TV, and he can come to the game, but not play, come on, man. Hey, yo, Eric.”

The team from Brooklyn will welcome back their star man with open arms as they look to gather momentum heading into the playoffs. In 19 games this season, Irving has put up 27.7 points, 5.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds on 49/43/90 shooting splits, and he recently scored a career-high 60 points against the Orlando Magic.

Him and Durant will make the Nets a formidable team and that should easily put them back into the contention conversation in the Eastern Conference.