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Nets GM Sean Marks On Kyrie Irving's Return: "The Environment Has Changed..."

Kyrie Irving

When Kyrie Irving decided not to get vaccinated, the Brooklyn Nets were adamant that, until he was able to attend home games, he would not participate with the team at all.

At the time, Uncle Drew was presumed to be out for the season.

But now, with COVID-19 ravaging the league (and the Nets specifically), Irving is making his way back to action.

In a recent interview, team GM Sean Marks spoke candidly to the media about reversing the decision on Irving:

"The environment has changed. COVID has done a number on the team and on society in general. That's certainly changed, managing our overall player load, that's something we've gotta be aware of..."

Naturally, the situation is controversial. On one hand, people are calling the Nets cowards for caving on their initial decision to deny Irving's part-time status. On the other hand, fans are happy to see Kyrie back in action again, and his return could make the team favorites in the East.

“We’re trying to be practical. And I’ve always said I don’t want to make this a political issue,” Tsai told The Post by phone Friday night. “My only religion is to win games and win the championship. That’s where we are.”

"So I think a lot of people that are either pro-vax or anti-vax people are mad at me for taking one stance or the other. But I have said from the very beginning I’m not taking this as a political thing,” team owner Joe Tsai told The Post. “I’m doing this to help the Brooklyn Nets win a championship. That’s the thinking.”

It's clear that bringing Kyrie back was not a part of the plan for Brooklyn. Together, the talents of Kevin Durant and James Harden should have been more than enough to carry the team through Irving's absence.

COVID has compromised the whole team, and Kyrie is suddenly way more important than he was months ago.