Kyrie Irving can play home games. That doesn’t make Nets favorites.

he announcement Brooklyn Nets fans — as well as New York Mets and Yankee fans — have been waiting for became a reality Thursday morning.

The Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, officially lifted the private sector vaccination mandate for professional athletes and performers in local venues. Adams made the announcement at a press conference held at Citi Field — the home stadium of the Mets.

Kyrie Irving will now be able to play home games at Barclays Center, and so will unvaccinated New York Yankee and Met players in their respective home ballparks. For Irving, the change means he will play Sunday at Barclays Center, his first home game since June 7 of last year. For the unvaccinated Mets and Yankees, it means they will be eligible once baseball opens on April 7.

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