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Kyrie Irving Has 2-Word Reaction To Mandate Being Lifted

Kyrie Irving smiling while dribbling the ball up the court.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 05: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles the ball during the game against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on January 05, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, mayor Eric Adams lifted the New York City vaccine mandate for performers and athletes at private venues -- opening the door for unvaccinated players like Kyrie Irving to take the court just in time for the NBA playoffs.

Kyrie will now be able to play in home games at Brooklyn's Barclays Center -- something he hasn't done all season.

The superstar point guard has been "pinching himself" to make sure his return to make sure his 2021-22 Nets home debut is really happening.

"Please take my comment seriously when I say I've been pinching myself since Wednesday and Thursday because there was a time where I got my hopes really, really high and all the air just got let out," Irving said before the Nets' game in Miami on Saturday, per ESPN.

"I didn't want to get too excited. Still tonight, I'm trying to stay focused on this game. But I know tomorrow will eventually come and I'm looking forward to playing back in Brooklyn."

Despite not playing in any home games this season, Kyrie is averaging a career-high 28.5 points per game.

The seven-time All-Star point guard will make his Nets home debut against the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET.