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Unvaccinated players on Knicks, Nets, and Warriors are unable to play in home games

Unvaccinated players on Knicks, Nets, and Warriors are unable to play in home games

Unvaccinated NBA players in cities with local requirements are unable to enter home arenas and team facilities. These terms will bar unvaccinated players from playing in or attending home games or practicing in team facilities.

New York City and San Francisco are among those cities with local policies that their respective teams must follow. This means that unvaccinated players on the Knicks, Nets, and Warriors will not play in home games.

“Sources: Unvaccinated NBA players in markets with local requirements — such as NYC (Knicks, Nets) and SF (Warriors) — will not be allowed to enter home arenas or facilities for games or team activities conducted there unless there’s approved medical or religious exemption.”Shams Charania

Another important tidbit that came with the news was that visiting players are exempt from the policies of the cities they are playing in. The two New York teams and the Warriors are those most notably impacted for the moment. However, there is the possibility that these restrictions may relax in the future.

“This follows local governmental policies, meaning unvaccinated players on the Nets, Knicks and Warriors are not allowed to play in home games. Visiting players are exempt from the vaccination requirements in NYC and SF.”Shams Charania

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The battle of the vaccinated against the unvaccinated

Covid-19 vaccines have been available to the public for quite some time now. This means that many NBA players’ have publicly given their opinions on the vaccine and possibly their vaccination status as well. Given the recent reports, it is intriguing to refer back to players in affected cities about their stance on vaccination.

Earlier this year, some Warriors players who revealed skepticism were Kent Bazemore and Andrew Wiggins. Bazemore no longer plays for Golden State, though. However, Wiggins still does. This past March, he spoke about his hesitation to get the vaccine and what it would take for him to get it.

“I don’t really see myself getting it anytime soon… unless forced to, somehow. To each his own, really. Whoever wants to get it, get it. Whoever doesn’t want to get it, don’t get it.”Andrew Wiggins

James Harden, Brooklyn Nets superstar guard, also said in the past that he was uncertain about whether or not he would get the vaccine. It is important to mention that it has been a long five months since these players had this stance. It is unclear whether or not that players like Wiggins or Harden have changed their minds and received the Covid-19 vaccine. If they haven’t yet, they won’t be playing in any home games this season.


On a brighter note, though, as of mid-July, at least 90 percent of NBA players have received a vaccine against Covid-19, according to NBPA executive director Michele Roberts. So let’s say 90 percent of players on each team have the vaccine. This means the new policy only impacts one or two players from each team.

On top of this, there is also the chance that these players have medical or religious exemptions. Thus, few NBA players will actually have to sit out their team’s home games this year because of the updated policies.