The Brooklyn Nets insisted that Kyrie Irving would not get vaccinated until he was able attend home games.
Uncle Drew was believed to be absent at the time.
Irving is returning to action now that COVID-19 has decimated the league (and specifically the Nets),
In a recent interview, team GM Sean Marks spoke candidly to the media about reversing the decision on Irving:
“The environment has evolved. COVID has made a huge impact on the team, and on society as a whole. That’s definitely changed. However, managing our player load has been a challenge. …”
The situation is naturally controversial. People are calling the Nets cowards because they caved on Irving’s part time status. Fans are happy to see Kyrie in action again and it could make the team favorites in 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 pro-vax and anti-vax people are mad that I took one stance. 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 obvious that Kyrie wasn’t part of the Brooklyn plan. James Harden and Kevin Durant should have been more than enough to help the team get through Irving’s absence.
COVID has harmed the entire team and Kyrie is suddenly more important than he was a few months ago.