Green is vaccinated. Heâll be able to play for the Warriors in their home arena this season. But he says he supports Wigginsâ decision and his skepticism. âI think thereâs something to be said for peopleâs concern about something thatâs being pressed so hard. Like, why are you pressing this so hard? Like, so much. Youâre just pressing and pressing and pressing. I think you have to honor peopleâs feelings and their beliefs. And I think thatâs been lost when it comes to vaccinated and non-vaccinated.â
While disagreeing with him, I can empathize with Wigginsâ frustration. Not only could this interrupt his livelihood, but now heâs being castigated publicly for it. If this had stayed behind closed doors, maybe he caves and gets the vaccine eventually and this is never a thing. I can see how that would be infuriating. âIâve been upset reading about Andrew Wiggins because itâs painting the wrong picture,â Andre Iguodala said. âWhen you do your homework the way it should be done, you understand thereâs people who have an excuse and thereâs people who have actual values. And he has values.â
Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to NBA stars and others who are hesitant about vaccines during an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt: DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: Although I do respect peopleâs individual rights to make their decisions, there is also a part of it, Hugh, that is what I refer to as societal responsibility. And although there are individual choices that people can make, when youâre dealing with a deadly pandemic, youâve got to also understand your responsibility to the society within which you live. So I wouldnât want to be pointing a finger at this young man, but I would hope to be able to get him to understand that by allowing the virus to infect you, even though as an individual you say Iâll take my own chances, I donât care, Iâm young, Iâm healthy, the likelihood that Iâm going to get a serious disease is low, which is true. You canât deny that. But what happens is that when you do get infected, itâs very well likely that you might pass that infection on to someone who would suffer very terribly from that virus. So you donât want to be a vehicle for the propagation of an outbreak that unequivocally has devastated society. Thatâs what I would appeal to, his feeling ofâŚ
But Dr., he does more than that. Kyrie and some other NBA stars put stuff online that suggest that the vaccine is dangerousâŚ AF: Yeah. HH: âŚthat it could hurt you, that, so you need to speak to them directly. Itâs not pleasant. What do you say to basketball stars? AF: Well, you know, you tell them that itâs untrue. I mean, the fact is these are people, theyâre not stupid people. And yet, they are somehow or other, been convinced of things that are just not factual, Hugh. I mean, you look at the data. The data are overwhelming that these are highly effective and safe. And if you look at the track record of vaccines in general, what theyâve done for society and the benefit/risk ratio overwhelmingly weighs in favor of the benefit. And itâs just factual. I mean, itâs, sometimes itâs inexplicable that people can look at data and just say it doesnât exist. I mean, it does.
Kellan Olson: Devin Booker said he is vaccinated and has been for a while with his family. On people getting vaccinated: âI feel like everybody should have their own right and their own decision on what they are doing with their body. And that was my decision to get vaccinated.â
Joe Tsai: The other thing I want people to understand is I take the vaccine, Iâm protecting myself, but Iâm also protecting people around me. I protect my family, I protect meeting with people, I protect everybody else. Itâs part of social responsibility when you think about it to do the socially responsible thing. I know that thereâs just so many scenarios where thereâs a conflict between personal choice and what is good for the greater goal. And guess what? Our greater goal for the Nets is that we want to win a championship. Thatâs very, very clear. And I want to make sure that people donât lose sight of that.
In an interview with Vincent Goodwill, Kareem was asked about LeBron Jamesâ decision not to speak out publicly to advocate for the vaccine to his fellow players and the general public. The Lakers center responded in a roundabout way saying that LeBronâs actions, which in this scenario means getting himself and his family vaccinated, speak volumes. âHe doesnât speak as a spokesperson for getting vaccinated, but he is speaking as a parent and a father and someone who has to care for his family,â said the Lakers legend on LeBron. âIn that context, he got vaccinated and got his family vaccinated. So thereâs a lot of ways to skin this cat. But you have to get the message across.â
Marc Stein: Mavericks guard Trey Burke told the Dallas ledge @MikeDoocyFox4 that he is "standing on my own freedom of choice" and "respectively declining" the COVID-19 vaccine. Burke tells Doocy he is aware he will have to abide by all of the NBA's rules for non-vaccinated players.
Mike Doocy: I reached out to @TreyBurke today and asked him if he had anything else heâd like to say about his vaccine stance. This was his response.
95.7 The Game: Draymond Green on Andrew Wiggins/COVID-19 vaccine: âItâs not my place to tell him what he should or shouldnât do... Thatâs his personal choice.â
âUntil you actually get to know Kyrie, youâre going to get a lot of speculation. Heâs going to say some stuff and certain things, but people donât understand maybe whatâs the context behind it or where heâs coming from. So, I always say a lot of times athletes in general are just in the spotlight where you just hear sound bites or you might see this or hear this, but people donât really know the kid. And so, until you actually get to know Kyrie, I tell people all the time that if you donât know someone, you probably shouldnât speak on him.â
Players unions have opposed or avoided such mandates, keeping players free of them. But why? Itâs a delicate subject. Former NBA Players Association executive director Charles Grantham told USA TODAY Sports that players union leadership is failing its members if it isn't pushing for vaccine mandates. âThereâs no edge to be gained here,â Grantham said. âWeâre concerned about the health and welfare of our players because they are our major assets in this business.â
Grantham also cited a recent quote by NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Rolling Stone. âThere is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates,â Jabbar said. âConflict and controversy require strong leadership,â Grantham said. âSo the question then is, `Are you willing to sacrifice 90% of your membership for 10%?â
Back in June, the WNBA announced that 99% of its players were fully vaccinated, and that all 12 of the leagueâs teams had met the threshold for being considered fully vaccinated. Thatâs better than any other professional sports league, and far better than the rate for the general public. âAs a league,â Las Vegas Aces center Kiah Stokes said Wednesday, âweâre really good at just doing whatâs right.â
âItâs important for us, as elite professional athletes, to voice our opinions and voice where we are because we have such a big platform and a following. If one person hears you or listens to you, it can then do the domino effect and trickle down to our fanbase, or anyone else, to do their research and do whatâs best for them and their families,â Aâja Wilson, the Las Vegas Aces forward and league MVP in 2020, said Thursday. âThe NBA guys, their platform is enormous,â Wilson added. âIf people hear and see them doing it, hopefully itâll get them going.â
The WNBA has also partnered with the Black Womenâs Health Imperative on âTake the Shot for the WIN,â a campaign to educate and raise awareness on the benefits of the vaccine in communities of color. âIn Black and brown communities, women play a big role in the health decisions for their children, elder parents, their partners and themselves. As we have seen recently, the women of The W have pretty powerful voices and they can help mobilize our communities. It made sense, then, for our fully `vaxxedâ membership to prioritize COVID-19 vaccine education,â Terri Jackson, the unionâs executive director, said when the partnership was announced.
As NBA teams go deep into training camp, the league will make a push before the season opener to get more players vaccinated. By Oct. 8, all teams must âhold at least a 15-minute education and awareness session (in which a team physician and the team GM must participate) with players and Tier 1 personnel,â the NBA said in its 61-page COVID-19 healthy and safety document for the 2021-22 season.
Brian Lewis: I asked #Nets owner Joe Tsai if heâs worried that Kyrie Irving will miss games due to vaccine hesitancy and local mandates: âKyrie talks about it as a sort of personal choice issue, which I respect. But we all need to not forget that our goal, what is our goal this yearâŚâ #nba
Where do you stand on some players, such as Kyrie, Andrew Wiggins and Bradley Beal, declining to take the COVID-19 vaccine? Shaquille OâNeal: âIn this line of work, sometimes you have to be selfless. The day I decided it wasnât all about me and itâs about us is the day I started winning and really started dominating. I understand the issues and all that. But I took the vaccine because Iâm not trying to get my mother sick, or my sister or my brother or people around me. I know people say, âThe vaccine came too fast and is it healthy.â To each his own. But sometimes you have to think about the overall picture and you have to think about more than yourself.
Shaquille OâNeal: "I wouldnât want to be part of a team that couldnât get together and couldnât win a championship because you did this. So sometimes you have to look in the mirror and say, âIt ainât about me; itâs about other people.â As men, you have to respect a guysâ decision. But if I was on the team and I was a guy that had a say on the team, I would say, âYou have to get him out of here; heâs a distraction.â They have a really good shot to win. With him there, they have an even better shot. But I donât want to come to practice every day having to answer questions about him. Iâve been through that before, and itâs nerve-wracking. We want to come to play and win and focus on what we have to do. We donât want to focus on him not doing this or not doing that. Or the NBA can say, âIf you donât want to follow the laws and the guidelines, weâll forfeit all of your money.â I think a lot of times when you have the guaranteed contract, guys think they can do whatever they want to do. Iâm not bashing him. Itâs his decision. But theyâre trying to win there and need to get this done. If everyone else on the team could do it, he should think about that."
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Last summer up to 26 million Americans marched in the streets in support of Black Lives Matter, specifically police brutality toward African Americans. George Floyd and Breanna Taylor put faces to a violent practice in law enforcement that has taken hundreds of innocent Black lives. America was outraged. Theyâd had enough. It was one of the proudest moments in American history. Which is why it is so disappointing to me that many of the same people who took to the streets a year ago to protest racism are okay with standing by and letting it take hundreds of Black lives every day. The principle is the same: systemic racism encouraged and allowed police to target Black people with excessive, sometimes fatal violence. And systemic racism is allowing COVID-19 to kill a disproportionate number of Blacks.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: According to the COVID Race Tracker, at least 73,462 Blacks have died in the U.S. from COVID-19. The CDC reports that Black people are 2.8 times more likely to become hospitalized by the virus and 2 times more likely to die from the disease compared to Whites and Non-Hispanics. To put it simply, if COVID was a racist cop choking out a Black person on the street, would you lift your voice in protest? Or would you say, âItâs his choice. He didnât have to leave his home to go for a jog or grocery shop.â
Irving and his vaccination stance have been an elephant in the room for some time, but Steve Nash insisted he hadnât spoken to his All-Star point guard about the prospect of being unable to play or even practice at home, with the Netsâ HSS Training Center also falling under the city guidelines. âNo, I havenât talked to him about it,â Nash said when asked by The Post. âI know heâs been great in camp, playing well and Iâm excited to have him back on the floor. Iâve missed watching him play, coaching him. So, yeah, itâs just been great to have him back. So I really havenât been involved with that side of things.â
With the Nets seen as one of the biggest favorites for the NBA championship, to see their run potentially derailed or hampered by something non-basketball related is definitely a shame. That reality is not lost on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who sent a plea to Kyrie Irving to get the Covid-19 vaccine. âIâm a fan of Kyrie. I would just appeal to him â get vaccinated,â de Blasio said on the Nets star. âYour fans want to see you. We all want you back. Your teammates want you back. Look, there are teams now that are 100% vaccinated. Thatâs a great example to everybody else.â
Across the Atlantic Ocean, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez appeared to reference Irving during a session of parliament over the starâs purported backing of COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy theories. âI have been a basketball fan for many years, and I follow the NBA basketball league a lot,â Sanchez told the parliament. âNowadays, there is a problem in the NBA itself. There are several players who have spoken out against vaccinations. âThere is an NBA star who says he does not want to vaccinate because there is a conspiracy to vaccinate blacks and connect them with a computer that has a Satanic plan. This is verbatim.â To be clear, itâs not exactly verbatim and Irving has not said that.
Luka Doncic, who earlier this year said he contracted COVID-19 last offseason, was asked point-blank on Monday whether he is vaccinated. âI mean, yeah, but I want to keep it private,â he said. âEverybody should have their own choices, what they do.â
Mayor de Blasio made a public plea Wednesday for Netsâ guard Kyrie Irving to get his COVID shots as the city continues its push for more New Yorkers to get vaccinated. âIâm a fan of Kyrie. I would just appeal to him â get vaccinated,â he said. âYour fans want to see you. We all want you back. Your teammates want you back. Look, there are teams now that are 100% vaccinated. Thatâs a great example to everybody else.â
When asked if Irving was letting fans down, de Blasio declined to go there. âItâs not time to say that yet. We have weeks and weeks before the season begins,â he said. âI think his fans are going to say to him, âCâmon, join us, help us, letâs keep everyone safe â keep your own family safe, keep your teammates safe, keep your community safe.â
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said that he âstandsâ with Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving and other NBA players who have shared their hesitancy about the COVID-19 vaccine. âI stand with Kyrie Irving. I stand with Andrew Wiggins. I stand with Bradley Beal. I stand with Jonathan Isaac,â Cruz wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, along with the hashtag #YourBodyYourChoice.
Cruz also applauded Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James for his comments Tuesday, when the superstar shared that he decided to get vaccinated after researching it, but didn't intend to try to influence others to follow his lead. "Iâve never said this before: I agree with @KingJames,â Cruz said in the Twitter thread. âWith his box-office power, he could be even more courageousâhe could SOLVE the problemâby saying: âI stand w/ my fellow players. And I wonât play in any arena that bans another NBA player because they make a personal healthcare choice.â
Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. isnât comfortable taking the vaccine for COVID-19 and is adamant there shouldnât be a mandate for NBA players to take it. Porter, in an interview with The Denver Post, said his opinion is based on two separate bouts with COVID. âFor me, I had COVID twice, I saw how my body reacted, and although the chances are slim, with the vaccine, thereâs a chance you could have a bad reaction to it,â Porter said. âFor me, I donât feel comfortableâ
Michael Porter Jr: âMy stance on the mandate is it definitely shouldnât be a mandate. It should be everyoneâs decision. I see it both ways. If you want to get it because you feel more protected and you feel safer, and itâs protecting people around you, get it. Thatâs good for you. But if you feel like, âOh, for me, I donât feel safe getting it, then donât get it.ââ
Porter isnât the only Nuggets player unvaccinated. He, along with any unvaccinated teammate, will be subject to onerous testing and other restrictions. The guidelines are outlined in the NBAâs health and safety protocols.
Tim MacMahon: Mavs reserve G Trey Burke confirms he is not vaccinated and says heâs ânot trying to rush into a decision.â He says he wants to do more research. Asked what more research he feels he needs to do, Burke mentioned potential long-term effects. Mavs want 100% vaccination rate.
Mirjam Swanson: Ty Lue on COVID protocols: "Our guys are vaccinated, so we just try to abide by the rules... do what we do to play the game we love... "Our guys are fully vaccinated."
Ben Rohrbach: If the NBA applies the same standard to missed games for violation of local vaccine mandates as it does unpaid suspensions, Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins stand to lose almost $250K per game and nearly $15 million for the season.
According to the Censusâ Household Survey, about 90 percent of adult Americans who earn $150,000 or more a year have been fully vaccinated. Given that every NBA player earns more than that, I think itâs safe to say that a 90 percent vaccination rate is the least we should expect. In other words, telling fans not to lose sight of the fact that 90 percent of the league is vaccinated is like when I tell my upset girlfriend not to lose sight of the fact that 90 percent of my piss made it into the toilet.
Ian Begley: In statement, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts notes that over 90% of players are fully vaccinated. âThe real story is not why vaccination isnât mandated in the NBA. The real story for proponents of vaccination is how can we emulate the Players in the NBA.â Full statement: pic.twitter.com/DS46qtvju4
Asked what makes him âhesitantâ to get the vaccine, Isaac started by recalling his own experiences, having already been infected with Covid-19. âI would start with Iâve had Covid in the past and so our understanding of antibodies, of natural immunity has changed a great deal from the onset of the pandemic and is still evolving,â Isaac said. âI understand that the vaccine would help if you have Covid, youâll be able to have less symptoms from contracting it. But with me having Covid in the past and having antibodies, with my current age group and physical fitness level, itâs not necessarily a fear of mine. âTaking the vaccine, like I said, it would decrease my chances of having a severe reaction, but it does open me up to the albeit rare chance but the possibility of having an adverse reaction to the vaccine itself.
âI donât believe that being unvaccinated means infected or being vaccinated means uninfected. You can still catch Covid with or without having the vaccine. âI would say honestly the craziness of it all in terms of not being able to say that it should be everybodyâs fair choice without being demeaned or talked crazy to doesnât make one comfortable to do what said person is telling them to do.
Ted Cruz: 1/2 Jonathan Isaac is absolutely right: "It is my belief that the vaccine status of every person should be their own choice, completely up to them, without bullying, without being pressured, without being forced into doing so."
Same with Bazemore, who youâll remember said last spring he would not be taking the vaccine. On Tuesday, he said, among other things, âIâm a big energy person, and I didnât feel the right energy toward it.â This is where the Lakers organization and, specifically, Rob Pelinka deserve a ton of credit. Bazemore cited a conversation with Pelinka during free agency in which the Lakersâ vice president of basketball managed to persuade the 10th year swingman it was in his best interest. âHe laid it down to me in the most fairly honest way that I ever heard,â Bazemore said. âTo pass up an opportunity like this to be on a roster with so many greats, especially during my era, it would be a hard opportunity pass up.â
âAt the end of the day,â Bazemore said, âone thing you donât want to have is regret. If I go to another team or miss this season because I didnât do it, or I got to watch (these) guys probably with the Larry OâBrien Trophy, Iâm gonna be pretty hurt. âŚ This is a situation I canât pass up. Iâm glad Iâm putting it behind me.â
Although the 100 percent vaccination rate the Lakers talked about would seem to suggest Howard either is fully inoculated, has received one or more shots or has committed to, he declined to reveal his vaccination status. âIâm just going to keep that out and not talk about any of the vaccine,â he said. âIâm sorry. I canât do it. I have a lot of opinions, but not on camera. I have nothing to say.â Smiling, he invoked âHIPAA laws.â As I said at the time, âThatâs not what HIPAA is, but OK.â
Shams Charania: NBA's 65-page health and safety protocols for â21-22 include restrictions on non-fully-vaccinated players, such as: No dining indoors in same room as other player, 6 feet of distance in team meeting, distant locker, remain at residence or hotel, prohibited from public venues.
Tim Bontemps: The NBA and NBPA are in the process of finalizing an agreement on COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the upcoming season, sources told ESPN.
Tim Bontemps: The impending agreement will cover the way vaccinated and unvaccinated players will be monitored, sources told ESPN. Unvaccinated players will have restrictions similar to what was in place last season, while vaccinated players largely wonât.
Tim Reynolds: The NBA has given teams a draft of the health and safety protocols for this season. As reported, unvaccinated players will be tested (almost) daily, vaccinated players will not be. Unvaxxed players will also be limited in how much they can be around vaxxed players in team areas.
Ben Rohrbach: Dwight Howard on a change of heart on vaccines: âIâve got a lot of opinions on that, but Iâm going to keep that private. HIPAA Law.â Reporter tells Howard, âThatâs not what HIPAA is, but OK."
Bill Oram: Kent Bazemore on his initial vaccine skepticism: âIâm a big energy person and I didnât feel the right energy around it.â But after talking to Rob Pelinka, he said, he changed his mind. Said he has had his first shot and his second is forthcoming.
Bill Oram: LeBron says he was very skeptical of the vaccine but after doing his research decided it was the right choice "not only for my family and for my friends, that's why I decided to do it."
Tim Reynolds: LeBron on vaccinations and the Lakers planning to get to 100% by the start of the season: "It was never a team discussion, but I think at the end of the day you're figuring out ways to always be available and protect one another."
Kyle Goon: Anthony Davis: "I think everybody on the team is vaccinated, if I'm not mistaken. We all have families. I did it for my family. ... I just wanted to make sure I'm always protecting my family, first and foremost."
Ben Rohrbach: Bradley Beal is asked again about how he came to the personal decision not to get the COVID vaccine: "Iâm still considering getting the vaccine, so one thing I want to make clear is that Iâm not sitting up here advocating that you shouldnât get the vaccine.â
Chase Hughes: Bradley Beal clarified today after yesterdayâs comments that he does not believe âthe vaccine is badâ and says he doesnât want anyone to think he was advocating against others getting them.
Adrian Wojnarowski: In response to inquiry to NBA concerning vaccination mandates for players, league spokesman Mike Bass tells ESPN: âA vaccine mandate for NBA players would need an agreement with the Players Association. The NBA has made these proposals but the playersâ union has rejected any vaccination requirement.â
Though roughly 90% of NBA players are vaccinated as training camp approaches Tuesday, tension exists between those around the league mandated to be vaccinated and the nearly 40 unvaccinated players, league sources told ESPN.
In some instances, vaccinated staffers say they're concerned about the health risks of being exposed to unvaccinated players. In others, staffers say they're upset that players aren't facing the same vaccine requirements as most team staff and referees. In still others, there's animosity toward the league itself for not imposing such a mandate.
One vaccinated Western Conference strength and conditioning coach said they're concerned about a potential breakthrough case that could affect family members. "For me, it's a problem because my parents are very sick, and I'm in close contact with these guys and I would hate to bring this home and my parents pass away from it," the coach told ESPN.
Health and safety protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated players have not yet been finalized, league sources said. But it's expected, as ESPN previously reported, that unvaccinated players will face more testing and be asked to sit in separate areas of team meetings, team meals, locker rooms, on the team plane and bus.
But a second league source also tied to training staffs noted that many peers "believe the league is prioritizing the athletes' lives over their own. On the opposite side, some members don't want to force anyone to vaccinate if they feel uncomfortable with it, but it should be a standard set across the board instead of the league one way and the players the other."
NBA insiders say theyâre not aware of any games being missed because of a reaction to the vaccine. Beal, though, did miss time. His case of COVID cost him a spot in the Olympics and the chance to compete for a gold medal.
Thereâs still time. The Warriorsâ regular-season home opener is three weeks from Thursday and itâll take two weeks from a Johnson & Johnson shot (the one heâd be offered, per sources) to be fully vaccinated. So Oct. 7 is the consequential date. He is eligible to practice this week and appear in the first four preseason games, since the San Francisco rule doesnât enact until Oct. 13.
Irving couldnât participate in the on-site media day festivities, and league sources believe Irving will wind up taking the vaccine, citing influence from his close friend and teammate Kevin Durant. âThat doesnât mean that Iâm putting any limits on the future of me being able to join the team,â Irving said later.
According to Rolling Stone, Isaac was âstudying Black history and watching Donald Trumpâs press conferencesâ to inform his vaccine stance. (Former President Donald J. Trump was vaccinated in January, but states that he won in the 2020 election have much lower vaccination rates than those that favored President Biden.) On Monday, Isaac disputed the magazineâs characterization of him. âIâm not anti-vax. Iâm not anti-medicine. Iâm not anti-science. I didnât come to my current vaccination status by studying Black history or watching Donald Trump press conferences,â Isaac said. âI have nothing but the utmost respect for every health care worker and person in Orlando and all across the world that have worked tirelessly to keep us safe.â
Evan Barnes: Desmond Bane had no problem getting vaccinated against Covid-19 since he grew up getting vaccines for other viruses. âWhatever happens down the road, Iâll be fine knowing that I was one of those people that was at least trying to save the other peopleâ
CJ McCollum: I think itâs important we donât lose sight of the fact that 90% of the league is vaccinated. Happy Monday.
Dieter Kurtenbach: Nemanja Bjelica to Andrew Wiggins in the hallway: âGet the shot." Wiggins: Tough crowd in there, man.
Monte Poole: 'I know. And it's my problem, not yours.' Warriors F Andrew Wiggins, reminded that being unvaccinated could cost him millions in salary.
James Ham: âMy job as the head coach, our job as the organization is to have these conversations, talk about it, bring in experts to talk & then at the end of the day, itâs always going to be the playerâs individual choice. Thatâs the way that itâs set up w/ the NBA.â -Walton on vaccination
June 28, 2022 | 8:15 pm EDT Update
Jon Krawczynski: Really nice prestart to free agency for Wolves to get Taurean Prince wrapped up. Valuable piece as a leader and do-it-all forward. The second year on the deal is nonguaranteed, sources tell @TheAthletic. @Adrian Wojnarowski first on agreement.
Bobby Marks: Prince is extension eligible because he is still under contract by Minnesota. He would have become a free agent later this week if a deal had not been reached. There is no trade restriction because he signed a 2 year deal.
Michael Scotto: Sources: The Cleveland Cavaliers wonât tender a qualifying offer to center Moses Brown, @HoopsHype has learned. The 7-foot-1, 22-year-old center will become an unrestricted free agent. Brown could be an intriguing development option for NBA teams around the league.
JD Shaw: Point guard Jared Harper will be playing summer league with the New Orleans Pelicans, @HoopsRumors has learned. Harper signed a two-way deal in March and will soon be a free agent. He averaged 21.2 points and 7.2 assists in the G League.
Damichael Cole: Ja Morant came out to the Mt. Moriah Precinct court today, played 1v1 vs. some kids and Griddyâd his way onto the court. These are the moments the kids in Memphis will always remember, like how when Zach Randolph & Penny would just casually show up at schools. Memphisâ superstar.