The NBA on Tuesday released temporary health and safety protocols to its teams, detailing how unvaccinated players will be screened much more than their vaccinated counterparts and face other restrictions.
Among the rules for vaccinated players: they must not eat in the same room with vaccinated teammates or staff, must have lockers as much as possible away from vaccinated players, and must be masked and at least six feet away from all other attendees at any team meeting.
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In addition, vaccinated players must “stay at home while they are in the market,” the teams were told in the draft rules, a copy of which has been received by the Associated Press. They will also have to stay in team hotel properties while on the road. In both cases there are limited permissible exceptions – such as going to the grocery store, taking the children to school, and so on.
And vaccinated players will also not be allowed to see “high-risk settings,” as the NBA said, such as restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues and large indoor gatherings.
The league is working with the National Basketball Players Association to finalize the protocol, but some details were agreed a few weeks ago – including provisions where all unsafe players will be tested on practice, travel, team activities and game days. Fully vaccinated players will not be subject to testing without very limited exceptions.
Fully vaccinated players – the category that falls within at least 0% of the league – will return to business as usual. Vaccinated players will be given quick tests on days when teams are practicing, traveling or holding similar team events, as well as lab-based tests on game days.
“A vaccine mandate for NBA players will require an agreement with the Players Association,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said Tuesday. “The NBA has made these proposals but the players’ union has rejected the need for vaccinations.”
Later, the NBPA responded by celebrating the 90% vaccination rate and how it exceeds the national percentage. Michelle Roberts, the union’s executive director, said: “It’s not the real story of why the vaccine wasn’t made compulsory in the NBA. The real story of vaccine supporters is how we can emulate players in the NBA.”
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers says he doesn’t want to say what he wants to do about vaccinating people. But James – who has more than 50 million Twitter followers and nearly 100 million on Instagram – revealed on Tuesday that he had been vaccinated. And like other big NBA names like Portland’s Damien Lillard, Lakers teammate Anthony Davis and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokunampo, James said he got the shot to keep his family safe.
“I think everyone has their own choices to do what feels right for themselves and their families and things of that nature,” James said. “I know I was very (skeptical) about everything. But after my research and doing things of that nature, I felt that it was best suited not only for me, but also for my family and my friends. And, you know, that’s why I I decided to do it. “
Some top NBA players, including Bradley Bial of Washington and Andrew Wiggins of Golden State, have said they are without vaccinations. Phoenix star Devin Booker missed the start of the camp because he tested positive, revealing that over the weekend he was not saying whether he had been vaccinated. Others, such as Kairi Irving of Brooklyn – an NBPA vice president – declined to disclose the status of their vaccinations, although Irving did not appear in person on Net Media Day on Monday, clearly indicating that he is without vaccinations.
Irving practiced with the net in San Diego on Tuesday, where they are doing training camp.
Wiggins and Irving’s situation is particularly troubling because local laws in San Francisco and New York will require them to be vaccinated or get league exceptions – Wiggins has already tried and failed – to play home games, which is clearly a half-schedule. Irving will earn about 35 35 million this season, Wiggins about 32 32 million.
The NBA has told teams that the difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated players is that the contact tracing flag will control what happens when a player comes in contact with a person who is probably positive for Covid-1 for.
Those who have been fully vaccinated will not need quarantine in most cases, although they will need a seven-day test. Players who do not fall through contact tracing will need to be segregated for seven days.
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The NBA and players are still working on some final issues, all in the hope that this season – unlike last year – will not see a long-term absence of players due to a wave of game suspensions or viruses. The remaining issues include what is needed to test fully vaccinated players.
Some rules from last season will still apply, at least to get you started. All players and staff, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks inside team facilities, during travel and on almost all situations while on the bench. The bench rules will not apply to head coaches who do not need to wear masks during the game.
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