Could Kyrie Irving play in Nets' home games soon? Yes, but there would be a price to pay

Scooby Axson
USA TODAY

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving is no doubt one of the keys to bringing championship dreams to the borough. 

Irving's play on the court is unquestionable, when he does play, but this season the seven-time All-Star has been mostly unavailable because he remains unvaccinated against the coronavirus. 

That means he is not able to play at the Barclays Center due to New York City mandates, but he is able to play in other arenas that do not have an ordinance on patrons going into indoor arenas.

When the season began, the Nets announced that Irving wouldn't join the team until he was a full participant, meaning getting vaccinated. 

They changed course on Dec. 18 when it was apparent they couldn't field a roster to compete in games because of injuries and COVID, and they allowed Irving back on the team as a part-time player. 

Kyrie Irving averaged 26.9 points in 54 games last season.

There could be a way for Irving to play in Brooklyn, as the New York Daily News posted and it could come in terms of fines for noncompliant citizens who don't want to follow the ordinance. 

The Nets could just pay the fines set out in Executive Order 225, which went into effect on Sept. 13.

The fines add up with each offense, with $5,000 being the limit for every offense after the third violation. 

Irving has played in two games this season, scoring 22 points in each contest. The Nets are 25-14, 2.5 games back of the Eastern Conference leading Chicago Bulls.