There is developing news out of the Big Apple that gives Nets fans hope and could put the Eastern Conference , and possibly the rest of the Association, on notice.
As had been previously speculated but now reported by The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania, NYC will get rid of their widely criticized vaccine mandate over the course of the next few weeks, meaning Kyrie Irving would be able to participate in home games.
Irving exercised that body autonomy that we are supposed to have ( but some how was an issue when he does it) by decid he did not want to put the COVID-19 in his body, and this decision made him unable to practice or play in home games. At the time the Nets indicated they did not want Kyrie’s services on a part-time basis, effectively making him a non-member of the team.
If winning can positively change the culture of a team, then losing can have the opposite, and typically more immediate and adverse effect on a team and that is seemingly what happened in Brooklyn. Without Kyrie, Kevin Durant went down and James Harden enacting his escape from Brooklyn plan, err injured his hamstring, the Nets entered a tailspin and suddenly having Mr. Irving on even a part-time basis did not seem so bad and led to him being implemented for away games.
With Irving potentially being available for all their games, combined with the pending return of Kevin Durant and a recently acquired Ben Simmons, Seth Curry and Andre Drummond, the Nets , at least on paper, seem to be on the verge of building quite the formidable ballclub. In the 14 games he has played this season, Kyrie has averaged 24.1 points, 5.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds.