The anticipation is starting to build, as there is a chance that Kyrie Irving might feature for the Brooklyn Nets this season. The All-Star guard has been away from the team since the preseason due to his unwillingness to take the covid-19 vaccine.
Based on recent reports, there is "renewed optimism" surrounding Irving's return to the team. Although there has been no statement from the team or on how they will pull it off, fans have been excited at the thought of seeing Uncle Drew suit up for the Nets this season.
Kyrie has reportedly indicated interest to take the covid-19 vaccine but is insisting on the plant-based version. With that, he will be cleared to play for the Nets moving forward, but nothing concrete has developed on that front.
Regardless of all the rumors, former NBA writer for SB Nation has questioned the rumors making the rounds, as released by The Athletic's Shams Charania. In response to Shams' tweet, he wanted clarification on what the news was, stating three ways a return is possible for Kyrie and what the news is exactly.
Getting vaccinated will undoubtedly help Kyrie return to the fold, but he will need to take both doses which will take approximately a month. Hoping that New York City changes its mandate regarding covid-19 is highly unlikely.
With that, the likeliest option will be for the organization to change its stance of having him come on as a part-time player. Earlier in the season, they blatantly refused to entertain the idea but with the way the team has performed so far, they might reconsider.
Kyrie uploaded a video of himself wearing a basketball shoe, suggesting that there is something he knows which we do not. There have also been reports of increased communication with teammate Kevin Durant.
The Nets are currently sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 19-8 record but have not been at their best. With Kyrie, they could be so much better, especially with James Harden underperforming.