Regardless of where you fall on the side of vaccinations and mandates and rights and choices and whatever other hot-button issue that connects all those dots, normalcy finally returned to Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That cannot be denied. That is something everyone craved in this strange and divisive drama that swallowed one of the game’s finest talents for several months. And normalcy should always be celebrated and welcomed, right?
It’s no surprise, then, that Nets guard Kyrie Irving received precisely that reception from the thousands of judges inside the arena Sunday when his sneakers finally touched the home floor for the first time this season.
Yes, admittedly, those pro-Nets fans came with a not-so-hidden agenda — they want the Nets to win a title. And that’s not happening without Irving, a player