Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets have been locked in a standoff ever since the NBA star decided he’d rather not play basketball in New York than comply with the city’s vaccine mandate. However, the Nets seem to have capitulated as it was confirmed on Friday that Irving would come back to practice and play in road games.

What seems to have changed the mind of Nets management is an outbreak of COVID in the fully vaccinated team, leaving them without enough players to play a game, giving them no other option than to bring Irving back.

The 29-year-old does not plan to get vaccinated, which means he will remain unable to play home games as he doesn’t meet New York’s vaccine mandate.

The Nets said about the decision:

“We believe that the addition of Kyrie will not only make us a better team but allow us to more optimally balance the physical demand on the entire roster.

We look forward to Kyrie’s return to the lineup, as well as getting our entire roster back together on the court.”

It is unclear when Irving will get back on the court as the Nets will need to assess his fitness level first.

Irving is one of the most gifted scorers in NBA history. He averaged 27 points per game last season and joined Kevin Durant and Steve Nash in the illustrious 50-40-90 Club (at least 50% shooting from the field, 40% shooting from three, and 90% shooting from the foul line for an entire season).

He supported LeBron James in the 2016 NBA Finals, where he hit the stepback three over Stephen Curry that delivered the Cleveland Cavaliers their first championship in franchise history.

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