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TJ McBride: Mudiay, Faried, and Gallinari are all OUT tonight against the Mavericks. Mudiay re-injured his back at SAS. No timetable yet.
Charles F. Gardner: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari will be out after suffering a groin injury against Memphis on Wed. Will Barton is listed as probable.
TJ McBride: Gallinari also said he is AVAILABLE against the Clippers tonight after missing last game with an ankle injury.
Danilo Gallinari is expected to return to the Nuggets lineup tonight against Miami after missing three games with a sore right thigh, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. Gallinari followed a full practice on Tuesday with a full shootaround on Wednesday. It isn’t certain whether he’s completely out of the woods with the injury, but he’s feeling good enough to play. Gallinari warmed up prior to the Nuggets last game, at Phoenix, but couldn’t go. Still, that was a sign he was likely closing in on a return to action.
Though he continues to make good progress on a badly injured right ankle, Danilo Gallinari said he will not play another game for the Nuggets this season. “No,” he said after the team’s shootaround on Saturday morning. So, he’s done? “Yes,” he said.
He’s recovering from two torn lateral ligaments in the ankle — the anterior talofibular and calcaneofibular — and has a sprained deltoid ligament as well. Gallinari will end this season missing the final 23 games of it. “Very disappointing,” Gallinari said. “But that’s the way it is. We’re not fighting for anything right now. As a player, it’s one of the worst feelings ever because if you’re not fighting for anything it’s even tougher to find the motivation to play a game.”
He said the decision to shut it down for the rest of the season wasn’t made in effort to preserve himself for his Italian national team obligations this summer at the Olympics in Rio. “It was not in my mind, to be honest,” Gallinari said. “I’m paid a lot of money right here in Denver to play basketball and do my job. That was my focus, to get back, even if I had to play the last two games, that’s what I wanted to do. I can’t do it, so right now the focus is to get healthy and get ready for the summer.”
Chris Dempsey: Danilo Gallinari (ankle) is ahead of schedule in his rehab according to #Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.
If, say, the Nuggets have just a handful of games remaining and Gallinari is ready to play, do they play him? Or would it be more prudent to shut him down completely? "I've already thought about that. I don't have an answer," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "I think it's a very good question. At that point, depending on where we are, it's going to depend on four games to go, what is the picture? Are we 15 games out of the playoffs? Well, it probably makes sense to play some of our younger guys and let them get minutes and see what they can do. But we'll see."
Gallinari may want to play. Malone said he'll definitely consult the team's leading scorer. "That's something that we'll talk to Gallo about," Malone said. "He deserves to be part of that conversation. He's earned that with his play this year. He's having a career year. The amount of respect that I have for him as a man and as a player, that's something that we'll talk about. But we will jump off that bridge head-first when we get there."
After tearing two ligaments in his right ankle, Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari is expected to miss a month, league sources told The Vertical.
Denver Nuggets leading scorer Danilo Gallinari said he expects to miss significant time after spraining his right ankle in the Nuggets' 122-116 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. X-rays were negative, but Gallinari will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. "It's worse than the one I had just two months ago," said Gallinari, who sat out six games in December due to an ankle injury. "It's worse than that one."
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: "There’s no room for players who do not want to get vaccinated"

“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
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Kyrie Irving following and liking conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines

Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
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At least 50 NBA players yet to receive a single COVID-19 vaccine dose?

A spokeswoman for Irving declined to respond to a list of questions regarding his vaccination and playing status, and Irving did not immediately respond to a message from Rolling Stone. But as teams return to pre-season training camps next week, fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to receive a single vaccine dose, league sources tell RS. Most are considered merely reluctant skeptics. Some of the holdouts, however, amount to their own shadow roster of anti-vaxxers mounting a behind-the-scenes resistance to Covid protocols — and the truth.
Isaac considers un-vaxxed players to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks “it’s an injustice” to automatically make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities. He rejects the NBA’s proposal for a vaccine mandate and social distancing for players like him during team travel: “You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent. “If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Enes Kanter — the veteran center, devout Muslim and outspoken liberal — senses a creep of the religious right upon his workplace, which just happens to involve players like Isaac sweating all over him and yelling in his face: “If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go to together,” he tells RS. “I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys — I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?’”
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In their sit-down interview back in August, Durant and Green rehashed the incident and how it ultimately affected KD’s decision to leave the Warriors. Surprisingly, KD claimed it wasn’t the beef itself that pushed him away, but the way Steve Kerr, Bob Myers and the front office handled things. “It wasn’t the argument,” the former Warriors star said. “It was the way that everybody … Steve Kerr acted like it didn’t happen. Bob Myers tried to just discipline you and think that would put a mask over everything. I really felt that was such a big situation for us as a group, the first time we went through something like that. We had to get that s— all out.”