By: Lucas Baker
Kyrie Irving hasn’t played a home game at Barclays Center since game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but after missing most of the season because of the New York City vaccine mandates Kyrie Irving finally returned to playing in Barclays on the 26th of March. Mayor Eric Adams created an exception to that mandate allowing unvaccinated athletes to play.
Irving shot 6-of-22 from the field, including a 2-of-16 start, on his way to just 16 points in a very underwhelming 119-110 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. Kyrie didn’t let the loss kill his spirit saying after the game “You know, I think from our legacy that's to be read by all those that I impact and all those that impact me, and it's far bigger than just the basketball game but when I'm in this locker room, I get a chance to perform with a bunch of guys that are selfless in our sacrifices just most of the time. You know, it makes it worthwhile. And that's the only thing I've really focused on is the now, get back ready for the next game and just go from there but the point of this season for me was never to just take a stand. It was really to make sure that I'm standing on what I believe in: Freedom.”
Kyrie lost millions of dollars because he wouldn’t get vaccinated causing many fans to question why he wouldn’t get vaccinated and play the game he loves so much. When asked about it earlier in the season Kyrie said “nobody should be forced to do anything with their bodies, I know the consequences here, and if it means that I’m judged and demonized for that, that's just what it is” and left it at that. When asked about the matter BCC student Ben Morris said “If you want to play basketball get vaccinated, it’s not that deep.”