Superstar guard Kyrie Irving will reportedly make his season debut on Wednesday against the Pacers per Shams Charania.
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is expected to make his season debut Wednesday on the road against the Indiana Pacers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. After missing the Nets’ first 35 games of the season, Irving has targeted Wednesday for his return.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 3, 2022
Reports that the Nets were willing to bring Irving back first came out mid-December. The development surprised many around the League and media since the Nets front office was seemingly adamant that Irving would not play unless he were vaccinated and eligible to be a full participant.
However, the Nets were hit hard by health and safety protocols, even losing Kevin Durant, James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Paul Milsap for some time while they were in protocols. As a result, the Nets have now decided to bring back Irving as a part-time player, allowing him to play road games and practice with the team.
The Nets (23-11) are only one game behind the Bulls (24-10) for first place in the Eastern Conference. The Nets are close to full health and will be even more dangerous once Irving returns and Joe Harris, who is still recovering from ankle surgery.