Reportedly, Kyrie Irving wasn’t just Net who didn’t want to be vaccinated

Andrew Wiggins didn’t want to get vaccinated, but because the vaccine was mandated in San Francisco – where the Chase Center is in the Golden State – he had to take the shot to play home games. Wiggins finally did. Still regrets it.

Kyrie Irving, who faced the same choice, was not vaccinated, something that looks like the first domino to fall at the potential end of the never-vaccinated Super Nets.

However, Irving wasn’t the only network that didn’t want to get the shot, according to Josh Kosman and Brian Lewis in the New York Post.

“Kyrie wasn’t the only one in the Nets who didn’t want to get vaccinated,” a source familiar with the situation told The Post.

“No one expected the mandate the way he wouldn’t be able to play it. No one expected it,” a source close to Irving said. “The whole thing is that vaccination would be an absolute choice and not something that has been imposed.”

The Post story shows how then-New York Mayor Bill de Blasio changed the wording of the New York vaccine mandate in such a way that Nets players were vaccinated to play at home (it was believed that there was a loophole if a player lived in New Jersey, they could be considered a “visitor” and allowed to play, but the close this loophole). Moss owner Joseph Tsai was a supporter of the vaccine, though the Nets said they were surprised by de Blasio’s change of mandate and didn’t have time to push for the change.

“[Tsai] A source close to the situation said you need to be vaccinated or you can’t play. “A number of players didn’t want to get vaccinated. They all decided to get vaccinated except for Keri. … The thinking was that the players would all blink.”

Irving did not blink.

Then the dominos started falling. Irving didn’t play home or road games until mid-season, the Nets never filled up, James Harden made his way to Philadelphia (and Ben Simmons was never a good netballer), swept Boston Brooklyn out of the playoffs, and the Nets weren’t giving maximum to Irving’s extension, And now Durant asked for a deal. How it all ends, no one knows.

While the National Basketball Association paid players to get them vaccinated and prescribed a 97% vaccination rate, there were players who weren’t comfortable with it. So much history has made blacks – not just athletes – reluctant to trust a vaccine. However, for most NBA players there was a serious financial calculus – professional athletes (especially the middle role player) had a short window to earn money, and getting a year’s pay wasn’t a real option. They needed the checks, and like many people across the country in other occupations, they got a chance to continue working and get paid. Irving, with the maximum contracts and shoe deals already in his bank account, had a different one.

Enough people in the country who got vaccinated helped ease the pressure on hospitals across the country, because vaccinated people have, on average, less severe symptoms of the coronavirus. The NBA was part of promoting vaccinations.

But undoubtedly, in a different environment, many players may have waited to get vaccinated, if they did at all.

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