Throughout this NBA season’s saga of Kyrie Irving’s inability to play home games due to New York City’s CoViD-19 vaccine mandate, the Brooklyn Nets have remained hopeful that their star player would eventually be able to take the court at Barclays Center. That day has come, as Irving will be permitted to play in New York City again, according to multiple reports, and you can try your luck looking for betting sites on NewYorkxGambling.com.
According to reports, New York City will change its private sector CoViD-19 vaccine mandate on Thursday to allow an exemption for performers and athletes on the job. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the policy change means Irving will be able to play in Brooklyn’s next home game against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.
The complexities of the vaccine mandate that prevented Irving from playing in New York City were highlighted last week, when Irving attended a Nets home game as a spectator, as allowed by the policy. Teammate Kevin Durant and others publicly questioned the legality of a rule that allowed Irving to be in the building as a fan but not play on the court just a few feet away.
The Nets will undoubtedly welcome Kyrie Irving back with open arms as they look to build momentum heading into the postseason. Irving has 27.7 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.7 rebounds in 19 games this season on 49/43/90 shooting splits, and he recently set a career high with 60 points against the Orlando Magic.
When combined with Durant, a fully healthy Irving makes Brooklyn a formidable playoff opponent, and should catapult them back into the conversation as a potential NBA champion – especially if Ben Simmons is able to return to the floor and regain his previous form.