Although the NBA has not issued a mandate for players to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before the 2021-22 season begins, it will be important that certain teams follow local guidelines.
Unvaccinated players for the Knicks, Nets and Warriors will not be allowed to participate in home games because of government policies in New York City and San Francisco, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Players from those areas will be unable to enter their homes or facilities for any game or team activity unless there is an exemption approved by the local authorities. Visting players will be exempt from the requirements, per Charania.
These policies may be important for the Knicks, Nets, and Warriors as they build their rosters over the course of the season. However, it’s worth noting that National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts told Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill in July that 90 percent of the league’s players had been vaccinated. These three teams may find this to be an issue in the end.
Your health is your business. Roberts stated that there are some issues you must disclose in sports. But, something like vaccinations or any other business is yours. So I knew who was in the room, and I spoke with people who opposed vaccinations. Eventually, players I know were vaccinated.
It was exactly as described. The decision was made by the men and they wanted to talk through their issues. We were at 90%, which is a lot more than what I could have predicted just a few months ago. All the teams met with us. They were asking questions to those willing to get vaccinated, and others who didn’t want to ask very difficult questions.
Charania’s report comes only days after the NBA sent out a memo informing teams that any staff members working within 15 feet of players must be fully vaccinated. The league also recently announced that all referees must be fully vaccinated unless they have a religious or medical exemption.
Publited at Thu, 2 Sep 2021 02:14:40 +0000