The city of New York is reportedly changing its COVID-19 vaccine rules and that will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the Brooklyn Nets and the NBA.
The entire Eastern Conference might be about to have a major earthquake with the return of Kyrie Irving.
New York City has a plan to phase out the vaccine mandate in the coming weeks, Mayor Eric Adams says, at which point Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving would be cleared for home games.
Spokesperson adds that current rules remain in place.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2022
According to multiple reports, New York City now has a plan to phase out the vaccine mandate in the coming weeks.
When this happens, Irving will be able to play for the Nets both during away games and at home – he’ll be a full member of the squad again.
Currently, Irving can only play away games because of his refusal to get the vaccine.
When Irving returns to the team, their chances of making it far into the postseason will be much, much higher.
The Irving drama is coming to an end after months and months of controversy and headlines.
When the star point guard first announced he wouldn’t get the vaccine, it throw the NBA into a huge mess.
The league concluded it would follow the rules set forth by New York City, which didn’t allow Irving to step foot in Barclays Center until he got his shots.
The Nets decided that Irving wouldn’t be a part of the team at all until he was able to fully participate with his peers.
They later changed their tune and allowed Irving to play away games.
Without Irving, the Nets haven’t been playing as they could – they have definitely missed him.
Irving coming back to the team immediately makes them much bigger contenders than they were.
It will also likely happen as the regular season concludes, meaning the team will be in prime form right in time for the postseason.
Does this make the Nets favorites for the Finals yet again?