Kyrie is back in the rotation
Yesterday it was announced that Kyrie Irving would be again inserted into the rotation for the Brooklyn Nets, which will be a unique setup in which Irving will play for his team. Irving still doesn't want to get vaccinated, so the Nets will only use him on the remaining away games. However, the problem is that Irving and KD are both now in Safety & Health protocols, with Kyrie needing five consecutive days of negative tests to practice and is currently the ninth player the Nets have lost in the rotation.
Nets owner Joe Tsai talked about deciding to get Irving back to action, even though he already missed the entire season and being able to play on-road games for the remainder of the season. Tsai wants to be practical and understands the Nets at this stage of the season need every help they can get to win games especially coming into the second part of the season. Their goal is to finally win a championship, and the management will do everything in its power to achieve just that.
"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.
The Nets made a business decision
The division in the society between who got the vaccine and who didn't is already pretty high, and Tsai understands this topic shouldn't get politicized anymore. Even though he doesn't agree with Irving's decision, business is business, and winning a championship is a part of that. Irving is a took expensive asset just to be sitting on the sidelines, and it makes sense that the Nets utilize him the most they can for the remainder of the season.
"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," Tsai told The Post. "I'm doing this to help the Brooklyn Nets win a championship. That's the thinking."
Despite all the injuries and recent health and safety protocol problems, the Nets are still at the top of the eastern conference thanks to Kevin Durant, the leading scorer in the NBA and an early MVP candidate. The Nets have a loaded roster even with Irving, but in this situation, they finally understood they need to use him as much as possible to make things easier for Durant and Harden. They will want them as fresh as possible for the playoffs, and Irving will be in a pretty unique situation with the Nets this season.
He will play limited games, and it will be interesting to see how he looks on the court from a basketball perspective since he hasn't played in an official game for a long time now. There are still many questions marks regarding the Nets and Irving's future with the team. Still, it's a good sign we'll be able to see Irving back in action this season no matter what everyone's personal opinion is about his situation with the Nets.