Basketball News: For away games, Kyrie Irving will rejoin the Brooklyn Nets to help with load control

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Source: Skysports

Basketball News: Kyrie Irving has returned to the Brooklyn Nets on a part-time basis to help a squad that is under strain from a tight schedule and Covid protocol absences.

The Nets determined on Friday that Irving will return to practise and participate in road games, despite the fact that he is still unable to play at home due to a vaccine requirement imposed by New York City.

The Nets initially decided that Irving would not play with them until he was able to play in all of their games. The Nets, however, were concerned about Kevin Durant’s high workload and were shorthanded with seven players unavailable due to NBA health and safety standards, so they jumped at the chance to sign the All-Star guard.

“With the full backing of our players and after a thorough evaluation of our current circumstances, including players missing games due to injury and health and safety standards,” said general manager Sean Marks. “We believe that Kyrie’s addition will not only improve our team but will also help us to better balance the physical demands on the entire roster.”

To play in public arenas, members of New York’s pro and college teams must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Irving has not practised with the Nets since October after refusing to get immunised.

Given his layoff, it’s unknown when he’ll be able to play again. Despite dominating the Eastern Conference with a 21-8 record, the Nets are in desperate need of healthy bodies.

Paul Millsap, Bruce Brown, James Johnson, and Jevon Carter are all under health and safety protocols, as are starters James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, and DeAndre’ Bembry.

Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, has been pushed to play significantly more minutes than the Nets would prefer. Coach Steve Nash stated on Thursday that he wanted him to rest, and the Nets have confirmed that Durant would rest a sore right ankle against Orlando on Saturday, the first night of a back-to-back.

As coronavirus instances rise and more players test positive and are forced into regimens, the Nets are likely to face some backlash for bringing Irving back now.

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