Kyrie Irving, who had been barred from playing for the Brooklyn Nets this season after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, will suited for the team on Wednesday in what critics say is the latest example of sports leagues giving in to their unvaccinated star players.

The Nets said before the season that Irving could not play with the team until he was vaccinated, proof of which is required to attend games at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

The seven-time All-Star scored 22 points in his season debut, helping the Nets rally for a 129-121 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Irving will essentially be a part-time player for the championship contenders as he is unable to compete in home games.