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Kendra Andrews: Draymond Green should be good to go tonight. “There’s no reason to believe otherwise,” Steve Kerr just said. Green was listed as questionable yesterday with a left shoulder contusion. Was upgraded to probable a few hours ago.
Wes Goldberg: Draymond Green will play tonight in Atlanta, per Steve Kerr.
Green tried to stay in the game for a few more moments but was taken out shortly after and did not return. Warriors coach Steve Kerr indicated after the game that he doesn’t think Green’s ankle injury is too serious. “I talked to him at halftime. He said he didn’t think it was too bad,” Kerr said.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said “the hope” is that Draymond Green will make his season debut on Friday in the home opener vs the Blazers.
Connor Letourneau: Draymond Green participated in practice today. Appears to still be on track to return tomorrow in Chicago.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green will miss his second straight game Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks because of a foot injury. Green was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice after missing Tuesday’s season-opening blowout loss to the Brooklyn Nets, but coach Steve Kerr said the three-time All-Star would remain sidelined for the Christmas Day game in Milwaukee.
Nick Friedell: Steve Kerr says Draymond is out vs. Nets. James Wiseman will play. Draymond is considered day-to-day.
Let’s start with Draymond Green. He scrimmaged two days ago and, after it, woke up in the morning with a sore foot. It persisted. The team had him get an MRI. It came back clear. They’re calling it a mild muscle strain in his right foot and he’s unlikely to play in Tuesday’s season opener against the Nets. “But we’re trying to be very, very careful,” Steve Kerr said. “So he did not practice today and he’s doubtful for Tuesday. But it’s not a long-term thing. We feel very confident that even if he doesn’t play on Tuesday or Christmas (against the Bucks), he’ll be on the trip and we think he’ll be available quickly.”
Anthony Slater: Draymond Green had an MRI on his foot. It’s clear, Steve Kerr says. “Not a long term thing.” They think he’ll be available soon, perhaps at some point during four-game road trip to open season.
Wes Goldberg: Steve Kerr said Draymond Green, still dealing with a sore left knee, is “doing a lot better and he’s gotten in a couple of good workouts the last few days. He’s getting closer for sure.” No timetable.
Anthony Slater: Draymond Green remains out tonight. Fourth straight missed game with a sore knee.
Nick Friedell: Kerr said Draymond had an MRI on his knee. There was no structural damage. Draymond will not play tonight but Warriors are hopeful he will be back in a couple days.
Anthony Slater: No Draymond Green tonight in Phoenix. Sore knee.
Warriors forward Draymond Green has been ruled out of Tuesday night’s game against the Kings at Chase Center with a right pelvic contusion, but he’s expected back Thursday against the Lakers. “He should be fine Thursday,” Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said. “He tried to go through shootaround this morning, and he was still hurting. We just want to make sure we’re smart about it. So, he’ll take tomorrow off and hopefully he’ll be ready to go Thursday. That’s our expectation.”
Nick Friedell: Andrew Wiggins (leg contusion) getting checked out by Warriors medical staff, according to Steve Kerr. Chriss also did not practice. They are questionable for tomorrow vs. Kings. Draymond also questionable as well.
Connor Letourneau: Kerr said he expects Green (ankle) to play Wednesday against the Bucks.
Logan Murdock: Draymond Green (heel) is out vs Utah tonight
Now, as Golden State heads to Utah for the final game of its road trip, the Dubs have their fingers crossed that Green will be able to play against the Jazz on Friday. “Hopefully we get Draymond back,” coach Steve Kerr said on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon, Ratto & Kolsky” show Thursday evening. “We’ll see. I talked to him today and he was feeling better, so I’m hopeful that he can play tomorrow.”
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said the Warriors road trip was “strange” and “quiet, as you could imagine” without Draymond Green around. He’s back tonight. “We already felt it this morning at shootaround. His voice…Our team, our young guys, need his voice. They need his direction.”
Logan Murdock: Injury update: Eric Paschall (hip) and Draymond Green (left index finger) have been upgraded to “available” to play tonight vs Utah, per the league’s official injury report.
Eric Walden: Draymond Green is probable to play tonight vs. the Jazz.
Anthony Slater: Some news: Draymond Green is trending toward a return tonight at home vs Jazz. He missed the last five games because of a torn ligament (and small bone chip, I’ve been told) in left index finger. Warriors listing Green as probable.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr says a re-evaluation is coming soon on Draymond Green (torn ligament in left index finger). Hope is he returns in near future. pic.twitter.com/RTNV1yHXXE
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said Draymond Green will miss the next few games, at least. Torn ligament in his left index finger. Not a long term absence, though.
Anthony Slater: Draymond Green will not play against the Hornets tonight. He sprained his left index finger vs Spurs. D’Angelo Russell is questionable because of a right ankle sprain. Skeleton crew.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green injured his left index finger during Friday night’s 127-110 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, and his status for Saturday’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets is unclear. Green was wearing a wrap over both his wrist and left index finger when he met with reporters following Friday’s game and said he was dealing with a “ligament” issue. Officially, the Warriors called the injury a sprained left index finger. It remains to be determined whether Green will need an MRI.
“I hurt my finger,” Green said. “Ligament action. But it is what it is. … I don’t know [about Saturday]; we’ll see. It’s pretty sore. I couldn’t grip the ball the whole entire [game], probably since the second quarter. Which is why I was making a lot of one-handed, right-handed passes and dribbling left with my right hand. I couldn’t really grip the ball, so we’ll see. Hopefully, it will calm down a little bit overnight, but who knows?”
Nick Friedell: Draymond has his left index finger taped postgame. Says he’s dealing with a ‘ligament’ issue. He says it’s sore and he’s dealing with some swelling. He’s not sure if he will play Saturday vs. Hornets or not right now.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors forward Draymond Green tells @TheUndefeated that his back is sore but he expects to play Friday against the Spurs.
And if you aren’t sure, just ask the Warriors themselves. I stopped Draymond Green after his postgame press conference and asked: What do you think when you hear outsiders suggesting that the Warriors are better off with Durant out? “That’s idiotic,” Green said, rolling his eyes and shaking his head. “It’s very idiotic. I don’t think there’s one person in this locker room, one person in this organization that thinks that. And I know for damn sure that any idiot that does possibly (say) it don’t believe it.”
Mark Medina: Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston both good to go with playing tonight vs Hornets
Warriors forward Draymond Green is probable for Monday night’s game against the Hornets with a left ankle sprain. “It wasn’t very bad,” Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said after practice Sunday at Davidson College. “He’s doing everything today.”
Asked whether he’ll be especially cautious moving forward with Green, who has been hobbled by multiple injuries this season, Kerr said: “I think everybody is just, whatever (director of sports medicine and performance) Rick (Celebrini) tells me, that’s what we’re going to do. I don’t know that there’s a different protocol, but every guy has a different set of circumstances. We’re going to be careful with all of them.”
His teammates were also not concerned that Green would miss any kind of significant time. “He’ll be back for the playoffs,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. “I mean, that’s the only thing we worry about here, right?”
Mark Medina: Not clear yet if Draymond Green will need x-rays or an MRI. Warriors expect to have more clarity tomorrow
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr said Draymond Green’s ankle is fine
Marcus Thompson: Draymond Green did a lot of extra work after practice. Didn’t look hindered at all
Logan Murdock: Draymond Green: “It’s a good time for us to make a run.”
Mark Medina: It’s official: Draymond Green will play tomorrow vs Minnesota
Logan Murdock: Draymond Green will play tomorrow, per Steve Kerr. Kerr says he won’t have a minutes restriction.
Malika Andrews: Draymond Green is inactive for the Warriors tonight against the Bucks.
“We’re excited about his progress,” Kerr said. “Hopefully it continues the next few days.” Kerr had previously said that Green would need to complete a full practice before returning. He softened that stance on Wednesday, mindful that he often holds optional practices so he can rest his stars and veteran players. The Warriors are currently scheduled to practice on Thursday in Milwaukee. “He’s getting live action now. He’ll probably get some live action tomorrow,” Kerr said. “We may not have a heavy practice. But he could get some scrimmaging in with the other guys and coaches.”
Anthony Slater: Draymond Green injury update: Target return is on the first or second game of upcoming homestand, which starts on Monday pic.twitter.com/GAc2lL9ctp
Anthony Slater: Draymond Green updates his sprained toe: “The day I (targeted), it ain’t really going according to my plans…Physically getting better… The last week, I took some huge strides…I just don’t want to get thrown back into a game. That’s a little different pressure on your toe.”
Nick Friedell: Draymond Green says he doesn’t have any pain in his toe anymore. He was hoping to be back for tonight’s game in Detroit — but needs to get back in game shape. He’s optimistic he will be back soon.
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr said there’s no new updates on Draymond and McKinnie. Still out and considered day to day
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said Draymond Green “feels like he’ll be able to play by the end of this road trip.” Sounds like the target is at Cleveland or Milwaukee.
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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?’”