He is allowed to at least spectate Nets home games, just not play, and this is something that has hurt the Nets all season long.
Irving remains unvaccinated and was barred from playing in Nets home games as a result of his vaccination status, and the lifting of the vaccine mandate has not changed this.
But that hasn’t stopped him from putting up solid numbers and continuing to dominate on the court, at least when he can.
Kyrie Irving tonight:
15-19 FG (78%)
9-12 3-pt FG
He is the first player in NBA history to record 50 points, 9 3-pointers and 75% shooting in a game.
— Matt Williams (@StatsWilliams) March 9, 2022
Why Kyrie Is The X-Factor For The Nets
The tweet above not only proves that Irving is still a dominant player in the NBA, but also that the Nets really need him on a full-time basis.
Not having Kyrie in the lineup for home games has hurt the Nets significantly and is a big reason why they are slipping in the Eastern Conference standings.
Obviously, he put on a show last night, scoring 50 points, shooting 78 percent from the field, and going 9-12 from three-point range, becoming the first player in NBA history to score 50 points, hit nine three-pointers, and shoot at least 75 percent from the field in a game.
If Kyrie were able to play in home games, then the Nets would obviously be able to have him in the lineup on a regular basis, where he could have games like this, which would almost certainly have the Nets in a better position than they are now.
The Nets really do need him in the lineup every day, and it’s clear that this is one of the main things that has hurt them this season.