No Shots For Some Hoopers
The NBA is going to have to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for the third straight season in 2021-22 as some players are refusing to get the vaccine. According to the league, roughly 90 percent of the players are vaccinated, but there are at least two stars that aren’t.
Anonymous league sources are starting to speak about the unvaccinated players and the health concerns that come with that. The NBA has wanted to issue a vaccine mandate, but that NBA Players Association has continued to fight back against it.
An even bigger problem for the league is that some cities are now requiring the vaccine to compete indoors, most notably in San Francisco and New York City. The Golden State Warriors and Brookly Nets both have a big concern heading into the season, and it could affect the outcome of the season.
The league is mandating that most staff members get vaccinated, and referees have to get the shot as well. With about 10 percent of the players still unvaccinated there is still a chance that the league could see an outbreak yet again.
The COVID-19 protocols have been loosened for those that are fully vaccinated, but there are still restrictions when it comes to travel. The NBA is going back to a full league schedule this season, but there are concerns about potentially losing some games along the way.
League Says No to Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins has made it clear that he is not vaccinated against COVID-19, and he has no intentions of getting the vaccine. This is a major problem for the Golden State Warriors as San Francisco has a strict vaccine mandate in place.
Wiggins applied for a religious exemption with the NBA, but that was quickly shut down by the league office. It appears that both sides are now at a stalemate, but Wiggins continues to stand firm in his refusal to get the vaccine.
Trading Wiggins now seems like a logical move, but it’s unclear if another team will want to take on a player so outspoken about the COVID-19 vaccine. A large portion of the population will side with Wiggins in noting that it is a personal choice, but his decisions are affecting an entire organizaiton.
What’s the Deal With Kyrie?
Kyrie Irving continues to be one of the most interesting and polarizing figures in the NFL so it is no surprise that he is right in the middle of this controversy. Irving has not yet made it clear as to his vaccination status, but his omission from the Nets media day on Monday could be a sign.
Several of Irving’s teammates were asked about his absence on Monday, but none would give up much information. It was confirmed that Irving was planning to travel with the team to San Diego to begin Training Camp this week.
The Nets absolutely need Kyrie Irving if they are going to win an NBA Championship, but it appears that he might not be able to play in home games at the Barclays Center. Irving could just be making another political statement with his absence, but this is just another thing that the Nets have to deal with.