NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Saturday that the NBA will not require anyone to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but he believes that “most players” will eventually choose to do so.
Silver said at the All-Star Weekend virtual press conference in Atlanta: “Whether it is the actual number of people vaccinated in the United States or in opinion polls, we have now seen this.”
“My intuition is that most players will eventually choose to be vaccinated. They have to make a personal decision at the end of the day-I take this very seriously, I take care very seriously. But my feeling is [players] In the end it will be decided that vaccination is in their interest. “
Part of the logic behind why Silver is interested in players is that it will make their lives easier. Currently, according to the NBA’s “Health and Safety Protocol”, not only do players need to be tested up to 3 times a day, but they are also subject to the isolation period even if they do not conduct self-testing in a closed state. contact”.
For example, All-Star Kevin Durant (Kevin Durant) has happened twice this season-including last month, he was initially suspended in the game against the Toronto Raptors, only allowed him in the first game. Played midway through a quarter and was then pulled away. After a close contact uncertainty test, it became a positive test again midway through the third test.
In this case, if Durant receives the vaccine, he will no longer need to be isolated.
Silver said: “In addition to personal health benefits, family health benefits, and the financial benefits of vaccination, because we have established procedures, they have also placed an incredible burden on our players and our team. “But, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that if you have been vaccinated, you do not need to isolate as a close contact. As we all know, many of our participants do not have to sit down because they test positive , But they need to be isolated because they are in close contact.
“Therefore, at present, because we are working in accordance with the so-called work isolation agreement, the agreement mainly stipulates that players only shuttle between their homes and the arena. Once vaccinated, they will be able to do more in their own communities. Many things. This is something we have started to discuss with the Players Association. Therefore, vaccinating players will have some real benefits and benefits.”
Due to the league’s health and safety agreements, the NBA has postponed 31 games so far. Several teams including the Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs have had to miss many due to lack of enough players. Games. play games.
However, Silver said that he believes it is “realistic” to complete the playoffs without compulsory inoculation of players because he believes the league’s agreement has played a large part.
“I think this is realistic, even if we don’t need to be vaccinated, because of course, no one (no players) has been vaccinated now, and we only need to postpone a small part of the game,” Silver said. “We know that in most cases, testing protocols, wearing masks and all the other precautions we are taking can work effectively.
“The NCAA tournament will be held again this year without vaccinating their players. For me, if the players are vaccinated, we will make greater progress, but of course it is not necessary for everyone to be vaccinated.”
But Silver did not answer, but what would happen if a team had to shut down the playoffs due to the playoff virus-just like the league has had to do it several times so far. Once the NCAA Tournament begins, if a team breaks out and is unable to participate in the game, their opponents will advance to the next round through confiscation.