Mike Bresnahan: Anthony Davis is listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs. Dallas because of soreness in his right shoulder. LeBron James (sore groin) and Kyle Kuzma (sprained ankle) are listed as probable for the game.
Brett Dawson: LeBron James has a groin contusion and is questionable for tomorrow but will make the trip to Portland. Anthony Davis (sore right knee) is probable.
Mike Trudell: Vogel, asked about AD laboring in the second half presumably with his knee, said AD “tweaked it” but that he “felt good enough to go back in the game.” We’ll see what Davis says at his locker in a bit.
Kyle Goon: AD on his knee tweak: "Plenty of time to get it back right. Obviously the game just ended so we’ve got to see how it feels overnight. But hopefully nothing significant happens, we’ll get some treatment on it and continue to move forward."
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma (ankle sprain) has been ruled OUT for #Lakers vs. #Pacers. Anthony Davis is QUESTIONABLE (ankle sprain) pic.twitter.com/mHpKQOxIcB
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis, who turned his right ankle late in Sunday’s win over Atlanta, is “trying to play” in Tuesday’s game in IND, a league source tells ESPN. He’s approaching his treatment with the goal of being in the lineup as the Lakers try for their 15th straight road win.
Mark Medina: Lakers technically listing Anthony Davis as probable for tonight vs Spurs. But AD expects he will play
Harrison Faigen: Anthony Davis went through shootaround today and says he's going to shootaround pregame and decide if he'll play then (Vogel is optimistic he will). AD said right now the ribs are bothering him more than the shoulder, but that both are still lingering.
Mark Medina: Frank Vogel not concerned about opponents being more physical on Anthony Davis given his injuries. Vogel optimistic that AD will play on Friday vs Kings
Mark Medina: Frank Vogel said x-rays on Anthony Davis’ ribs turned out negative. But AD sitting out tonight with soreness with his shoulder and rib
Chris Haynes: Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis (shoulder and rib soreness) will not play tonight against the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Brad Turner: After getting X-rays on his ribs (right side) after game Tuesday night that were negative, all signs point to the Lakers holding out Anthony Davis for Wednesday night’s game vs. Warriors at Staples Center, per source. Davis also been dealing with right shoulder issues.
Bill Oram: Anthony Davis on his lingering shoulder issue: "There’s really never a play I don’t feel it. But I’m going to go out there and play, I try not to let it affect my game. I just play through it and then worry about taking care of it after the game."
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis jammed his shoulder late in Sunday’s win over CHA, getting caught on the rim during a failed dunk attempt. A league source told ESPN that Davis experienced tightness in the days that followed but was cleared by the Lakers medical staff to play.
Harrison Faigen: Anthony Davis on his shoulder (via @SpectrumSN) “I’m fine. Obviously it’s still a little sore, it go hit a couple times tonight, but we’ve got a couple days before we play again, so hopefully it feels a lot better."
Mark Medina: Anthony Davis with some range. FWIW, he has kinesio tape on his right shoulder pic.twitter.com/4CfIkEsFIw
Reporter: “How’s the shoulder? Any concerns?” @AntDavis23 : “My Shoulder? What’s wrong w/ my shoulder?...Oh no, there’s nothing wrong with my shoulder.”
A day after the MRI on Anthony Davis’ thumb came back showing nothing further than the original diagnosis of a sprain, the All-Star practiced in full on Tuesday and said he hopes to make his Staples Center debut on Wednesday evening. “I kinda knew (it wasn’t serious),” said Davis. “I knew it was just a jam … it felt fine at practice today.”
Davis said the thumb got hit a few times at practice today, but that’s what he wanted, in order to tough it out. The plan is to see how he feels tomorrow prior to the game, and if it continues to feel good, he’ll play. Head coach Frank Vogel said he didn’t see any limitations for Davis in practice, but will wait until Wednesday afternoon to determine if he’ll play against the Warriors. “We’re going to be safe and see how he feels tomorrow,” said Vogel.
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers announce that Anthony Davis is considered day-to-day with his sprained right thumb. The season opener vs. LAC is in 8 days.
Adrian Wojnarowski: MRI on right thumb of Anthony Davis returned clean today, league source tells ESPN.
Anthony Davis sprained his right thumb in the first half of the Los Angeles Lakers' preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday and will not return, according to the team. Davis suffered the injury swatting at the ball midway through the first quarter. He started at center as the Lakers employed a small-ball lineup while surrounding him with LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Danny Green.
Bill Oram: Lakers say Anthony Davis will undergo diagnostic testing on his right thumb upon the team's return to Los Angeles.
Tania Ganguli: Anthony Davis will have diagnostic tests for his sprained right thumb upon his return to Los Angeles. There is no x-Ray machine at the Shenzhen arena.
In two preseason games, Davis was averaging 19 points on 50 percent shooting, 6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a block in 22 minutes per game. The Lakers will fly back to the United States after Saturday's game. Their next preseason game is Monday against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.
Will Guillory: Anthony Davis will not play tonight vs. Warriors, per Alvin Gentry. That's all, folks.
Jim Eichenhofer: Some #Pelicans injury updates: Miller likely out for season; Jackson status is TBD, hopeful he can clear concussion protocol soon enough to play again this season; Moore probably out for season. Anthony Davis (back) likely to be a game-time decision Sunday vs. Lakers
Will Guillory: Elfrid Payton has been added to the injury report with a right wrist contusion. He's questionable. Anthony Davis is also listed as probable with lower back spasms. pic.twitter.com/sl1W6TqLL0
Will Guillory: The Pelicans listed Anthony Davis and E'Twaun Moore as out for tonight's game in Denver. pic.twitter.com/BC6KATSTRh
Scott Kushner: I just spoke to AD. He said the plan was to just play a limited amount so he wouldn’t “mess the shoulder up” any further. But he said of the shoulder, “it’s fine”. He also said he expects to play when the Pelicans’ schedule resumes next week and will play his normal workload.
Ramona Shelburne: As @Adrian Wojnarowski noted, Pels owner was livid at the scene last night. According to a source, it was communicated to Demps that AD and Rich Paul left to get an MRI on his shoulder, but that message was not relayed to head coach Alvin Gentry. He found out from a reporter’s Q
Ramona Shelburne: Later that night, AD texted Gentry to explain that he’d left to get an MRI on the shoulder, according to a source.
Sam Amick: After an MRI tonight, Anthony Davis’ left shoulder that forced him to leave the game against OKC has been deemed a muscle contusion, source tells @TheAthleticNBA. Unclear as yet if he’ll miss the All-Star game. Depends on how he feels in the coming days.
Tim MacMahon: Alvin Gentry mentioned Anthony Davis left the building after injuring his shoulder. Asked if that bothered him, he said: “I’m going to talk about the guys who played the game. They did a great job. We found a way to win the game. That’s what’s important.”
Despite Anthony Davis being listed as questionable headed into Wednesday's matchup against the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said the team plans to sit the five-time All-Star center until after Thursday's trade deadline. "He is [available], but we're not going to play him until after the trading deadline," Gentry said. "I think everybody can understand that."
"Obviously, it's on everyone's mind," Gentry said. "But we just try to put it on the backburner, and focus on the task at hand. I think everything kind of clears up [after Davis is traded], at least for a while. And you can go back to I guess whatever our new normal is going to be. It's just part of it. It's part of the business, and you just deal with it like you would anything else."
Shams Charania: Sources: Anthony Davis has been medically cleared to play from his left index finger fracture, but the New Orleans Pelicans do not intend to play him before Thursday's trade deadline. Davis is expected to be inactive against the Bulls on Wednesday night.
Shams Charania: The Pelicans will re-evaluate their position on sitting Davis if and when the deadline passes with no deal, league sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Pelicans listing Anthony Davis as questionable for Wednesday's game with Chicago.
Oleh Kosel: When Alvin Gentry was prodded further for an answer on when/if we'll see Anthony Davis in a game on behalf of the New Orleans Pelicans, he stated, "I don’t make those decisions. I was told that he’s cleared to practice. That's what I know."
Erik Horne: Pelicans coming into Oklahoma City battling injuries. No Anthony Davis (left index finger sprain), Nikola Mirotic (right calf strain), E'Twaun Moore (rest), or Julius Randle (right ankle sprain). Randle, who's killed the Thunder this season, was ruled out just minutes ago.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Anthony Davis suffered a volar plate avulsion fracture on his left index finger, and Paul says that Davis will be “re-evaluated every 48 to 72 hours,” following Friday. “It’s more of an injury of pain tolerance. They need to see the swelling go down and the range of motion increase."
New Orleans Pelicans: Injury Update: Anthony Davis sustained a left index finger sprain in last night’s game. Davis is expected to be out approximately 1-2 weeks #Pelicans
Jennifer Hale: The @PelicansNBA Anthony Davis tried hard to play tonight: he was at shoot around, came to the arena tonight, his family is here. This stomach bug, which has affected other teams members too, made it impossible to get on the court tonight. #MINvsNOP
Jim Eichenhofer: Julius Randle postgame radio with @995WRNO, on Anthony Davis scoring 6 pts but blocking 5 shots in 26 minutes: “He was hurt, so it took away from his aggression (on offense), but for him to have that type of impact on the defensive end, it really propelled us to the win.”
Jim Eichenhofer: Alvin Gentry on Anthony Davis (hip) status for Monday at Boston: “It will be evaluated later. A lot of times it’s the next day where the pain is. We’ll have to wait and see. If he’s not ready to go, we’re not going to press the issue - not less than 30 games into the season.”
Jim Eichenhofer: Anthony Davis was struck in the hip in a collision with Blake Griffin and walked gingerly to bench. During this timeout, he is headed with trainer to #Pelicans locker room
Rod Beard: #Pelicans Anthony Davis (right hip) is questionable to return after the big collision with #Pistons Blake Griffin.
Pelicans forward Anthony Davis told reporters that he plans to play Monday night against the Boston Celtics after missing Saturday's loss to the Wizards with a right hip strain. "That's my plan," Davis told reporters after the team's shootaround Monday morning. "My plan is always to play. I have to get evaluated and see how it feels over this couple of hours before the game and go from there."
Tom Westerholm: Alvin Gentry says he believes Anthony Davis will play tonight (still doesn’t sound absolutely certain).
Kyle Draper: #Pelicans expect Anthony Davis to play tonight vs #Celtics. Davis tells me he’s fine. He missed the Pels last game with a strained right hip. Watch tonight on @NBCSBoston with a PreGame at 7pm #NBA pic.twitter.com/SjIuZ91Dig
September 26, 2021 | 6:15 am EDT Update
“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?”
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.
When asked directly about Irving’s vaccination status — or his plans to change it — multiple people familiar with his thinking declined to answer directly. But one confidant and family member floated to Rolling Stone the idea of anti-vaxx players skipping home games to dodge the New York City ordinance… or at least threatening to protest them, until the NBA changes its ways.
“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.”
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?’”
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.”