Kyrie Irving is back! Well, at least part-time. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of The Athletic, Irving has started the process of returning to the Brooklyn Nets. Charania said that Irving has begun team COVID-19 testing, and as of now, Irving will play in road games and practice at home with the Brooklyn Nets. His official season debut has yet to be determined. 

Irving’s absence has been one of the major topics of this season. He’s missed all of the season up to this point due to New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. And after the Nets announced he could not practice or play unless he complied with the mandate, it looked like he wouldn’t play at all. However, things have changed. 

The Nets currently have their share of obstacles, including injuries and several players entering the health and safety protocol. Brooklyn needs players, and who better than one of their star players? So, they brought in Irving. 

Before Irving can return, he has to test negative on five successive days before he can rejoin the team. Then, he’ll have to test negative every day (due to being unvaccinated). 

The Nets are playing well this season (despite their obstacles). They are first in the East with a record of 21-8. The return of Irving makes them one of the favorites. Now, we’ll see how they do. Can they win it all? 

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