June 13, 2021. That is the last time Kyrie Irving played in a basketball game.
Since then, Kyrie has been a spectator due to the COVID-19 mandates and the Brooklyn Nets forcing him to sit out unless he got the vaccine. Then COVID-19 hit the Nets roster and they announced that he was coming back, until Kyrie got the virus himself.
Now, after everything over the last seven months, Kyrie Irving is set to make his 2021-2022 debut for the Nets on Wednesday.
The Nets are the second best team in the Eastern Conference at 23-11 and have championship aspirations, so having Kyrie back on the active roster is a huge deal.
It’s basically making a trade for an All Star caliber player without actually making one. Kyrie will probably be a bit rusty since he hasn’t played in a live game in seven months, but talent wise, he’s a great player who can help a team.
Now, whether or not he can stay healthy long enough to help the Nets remains to be seen. In his two seasons with the Nets, Kyrie has played in 20 games and 54 games in the two seasons. He’s missed 34 games so far, and he’ll have to miss all Nets home games so long as he’s not vaccinated.
But for the time being, Kyrie Irving is back.