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Neil Dalal: Just saw the replay of Davis Bertans’ right calf strain and certainly concerning given it was non-contact and it was the same injury that kept him out two weeks two months ago. As Scott Brooks said, hope for the best after further testing.
Ava Wallace: Davis Bertans will miss approximately two weeks with a right calf strain, the Wizards say. Bertans has been dealing with a calf injury for a bit, left during the first quarter vs. the Jazz last night. Had an MRI today.
Fred Katz: Davis Bertans (right calf) and Raul Neto (left rib) are both cleared to play tonight against the Bucks, the Wizards say. Both were game-time decisions.
Fred Katz: Davis Bertans (right calf tightness) and Raul Neto (left rib contusion) are both questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Bucks, according to the Wizards’ injury report. Bradley Beal, who missed the last game with a knee injury, is no longer on the injury report.
Neil Dalal: Neither Russell Westbrook (rest) nor Raul Neto (left knee contusion) are listed on the Wizards’ injury report meaning they should be good to go today vs. Celtics. Davis Bertans (right knee soreness) is again listed as questionable as is Jaylen Brown (left knee soreness). pic.twitter.com/ufcH851Fok
Fred Katz: Davis Bertans (sore right knee) is questionable for tomorrow against the Nets. Thomas Bryant is off the injury report.
Chase Hughes: Davis Bertans is a gametime decision with neck tightness.
RJ Marquez: Spurs announce LaMarcus Aldridge is AVAILABLE for game vs #Pelicans…DeRozan and Bertans are out. #ksatsports #KSATnews #NBA
Paul Garcia: Per Coach Pop, Davis Bertans has been cleared to play tonight. Bertans was in the concussion protocol
Jabari Young: Davis Bertans injury update… he’s out tomorrow vs #Warriors … #Spurs pic.twitter.com/Us3rGMW8Ko
Jeff McDonald: Davis Bertans, playing with a ligament injury in his right pinkie, is 1 of 7 this preseason. The splint comes off in a week, he says.
According to a report, the San Antonio Spurs have cleared forward Davis Bertans to continue to play for Team Latvia at EuroBasket 2017 after suffering a finger injury in a game versus Serbia. Bertans did not suit up for the team’s game against Belgium and was held back as a precautionary move. After suffering the injury, he did say he was not in any pain and X-rays showed no break.
Davis Bertans suffered a finger injury in Latvia’s loss to Serbia in pool play. X-rays revealed no break and he is not feeling pain. He sat out of the team’s 92-64 win versus Belgium. Q. Are you going to be available for next week? Bertans: I don’t know, that’s a question for the doctor. I’m not a doctor so I can’t really answer that. Tomorrow is the day off and then we’ll see.”
Reports go on to say he did not suffer a break after x-rays were conducted and he’s not feeling any pain. “I’m waiting for what the doctor will say, it’s hard to say because I have not had the ball in the hands since Friday, but I do not feel pain. We have a morning off, and we will see what we can do. There was a X-ray, nothing broken.”
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“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?’”