It’s been almost two weeks since the Brooklyn Nets announced the return of Kyrie Ivring as a part-time player for games outside of New York. The point guard returned to practice this past Wednesday.In a recent conversation with reporters, Irving acknowledged the organization’s decision to bench him due to his choice to opt-out of getting vaccinated. “I understood the decision and I respected it. I really had to sit back and try not to become too emotionally attached to what they were deciding to do. I had to sit down and really evaluate things and see it from their perspective,” Irving said, according to New York Post reporter Brian Lewis. Currently, New York City mandates require all residents to have proof of at least one shot of any COVID vaccine to enter indoor gyms, Barclays Center included.