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Nets changing course on Kyrie's status reeks of desperation

Nothing has changed since September when the Brooklyn Nets organization, including Joe Tsai, Steve Nash and Sean Marks, came together to rule out Kyrie Irving as a part-time, unvaccinated player. Irving is still unvaccinated, the New York City vaccine mandate hasn't changed and we are still very much living in a pandemic world. What has changed is the growing number of Nets landing on the virus protocols list and positive tests across the country and league. This development has prompted Marks to make quick decisions to fill roster holes by signing Langston Galloway, James Ennis and Shaquille Harrison to ten day contracts to fill the void. James Harden and Kevin Durant remain in virus protocols, while there's a high level of concern about the minutes Durant is logging in the early season. The timing of Irving's return couldn't be stranger as cases are increasing with the omnicon variant spreading throughout the United States. In fact, Irving has landed on the virus list and will need to produce negative tests two consecutive days to be eligible to play in addition to a ramp up period to make sure he's in game shape. The reality is, the decision to flip flop on Irving's eligibility is based on desperation and not logic. Brooklyn simply isn't a true title contender without Irving in the fold and now with him back, they become the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn's brass knows a championship is at stake and changing course shows exactly how dire things are in Brooklyn.


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