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Brian Lewis: Steve Nash expects James Harden to be back before Tyler Johnson. And he doesn’t think Johnson will takes 2 or 3 weeks, but should return before that. #Nets
Alex Schiffer: Steve Nash said he has no update on Tyler Johnson or Landry Shamet. Expects Johnson to get a scan of his knee tomorrow.
Jamal Crawford: Prayers up @Tyler Johnson 🙏🏾
Brian Lewis: Tyler Johnson (migraine) is probable for the #Nets tomorrow, while Kyrie Irving is not listed in the injury report. Green (right shoulder contusion) and Luwawu-Cabarrot (right knee soreness) are questionable. #spurs #nba
Gina Mizell: Per #Suns, Tyler Johnson (sore knee) is out for tomorrow’s game at Utah. Josh Jackson (sprained ankle) is questionable. T.J. Warren (sore ankle) is still out.
Gina Mizell: Per #Suns, Josh Jackson (ankle) and Tyler Johnson (knee) are both out tonight at Sacramento. Both were listed as questionable yesterday.
Gina Mizell: Tyler Johnson (sore knee) and Josh Jackson (sprained ankle) are both listed as questionable to play tomorrow at Sacramento. #Suns
Duane Rankin: #Suns official injury report for tomorrow’s game vs. Detroit: Richaun Holmes (right quad strain) questionable (Holmes said he’s playing tomorrow). Tyler Johnson (sore right knee), Kelly Oubre Jr. (left thumb sprain) and T.J. Warren (right ankle soreness) are all OUT pic.twitter.com/vUNZoFfNHI
Duane Rankin: #Suns Tyler Johnson (sore right knee) will miss his 2nd straight game toinight at New Orleans while Richaun Holmes will not play after straining his right quad last night at #Rockets.
Gina Mizell: Per #Suns, T.J. Warren (right ankle soreness) is OUT tonight at New Orleans. Tyler Johnson (right knee soreness) and Richaun Holmes (right quad strain) are both questionable.
Duane Rankin: #Suns PG Tyler Johnson will not play tonight (knee soreness). Igor Kokoskov said he tweaked it Wednesday vs. #Jazz. Says it’s nothing serious. When asked if rookie De’Anthony Melton (25 starts), will start, Kokoskov said Troy Daniels could start. Mentioned Josh Jackson, too.
Gina Mizell: #Suns say starting PG Tyler Johnson (sore right knee) is OUT tonight at Houston. Elie Okobo was reassigned to the G League yesterday, so De’Anthony Melton should get the start against the Rockets.
Gerald Bourguet: Suns list Tyler Johnson (sore right knee) as questionable for tomorrow’s game against Houston. T.J. Warren still out.
Gerald Bourguet: Suns say Tyler Johnson is questionable for tomorrow’s game with a right ankle sprain. Warren and Melton still out
Anthony Chiang: Dwyane Wade is out tonight. Tyler Johnson will attempt to play.
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Johnson will not play tonight due to left calf soreness.
Ira Winderman: Tyler Johnson on Heat injury report due to a sprained right ankle, listed as questionable vs. Knicks on Sunday. He saw Cavaliers medical staff Friday in Cleveland. Dion Waiters, who missed Friday’s game due to a migraine, no longer on Heat injury report.
Barry Jackson: Tyler Johnson missed practice in suburban Detroit with illness and is questionable for Pistons game tomorrow
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Johnson will play vs. Rockets. Justise Winslow’s status for tonight’s game is still up in the air.
Ira Winderman: So Wade upgraded from questionable to available and Tyler Johnson from probable to available. Dragic again out.
Shandel Richardson: Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson will play tonight
Anthony Chiang: On latest Heat injury report, Wayne Ellington is listed as probable for Monday’s game vs. Lakers. Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson are questionable. Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters still out. Goran Dragic is not on the injury report after missing Saturday’s game for rest.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Derrick Jones Jr. all listed as out for Sunday’s game vs. Jazz.
Ira Winderman: Heat listing both Goran Dragic (knee) and Tyler Johnson (hamstring) as OUT for Tuesday night’s home game against the Hawks. Dion Waiters also listed as out and Yante Maten still listed in G League.
Brian Lewis: Tyler Johnson (hamstring) is out tonight vs the #Nets
Ira Winderman: Per @DavidFurones_ at Heat practice today: Dragic (foot) did not practice today. Spoelstra said he is expected to participate in shootaround tomorrow in Atlanta. Wade didn’t practice, with headache. Neither did Tyler Johnson (dehydration). Both expected to play.
Anthony Chiang: Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson not on injury report for tomorrow’s game vs. Magic. But Wayne Ellington, James Johnson, Derrick Jones Jr. and Dion Waiters have been ruled out. Bam Adebayo is doubtful.
He returns to full-contact drills in three weeks. “My problem is I don’t know when to take my foot off the gas,” Johnson said. “I always want to just grind through it and be there for my team. In the long run, I think sometimes I hurt myself by trying to push through some of the injuries that I was playing with and I would have little slumps that I was going through.”
Q: How’s your surgically-repaired left thumb healing? Tyler Johnson: “Good. It’s going really good. I got a couple more weeks and I’ll be out the cast completely and just rehabbing. So, it’s going well.” Q: How will it feel when you finally take the cast off? Tyler: “Good. Right now, it’s a little bit of a special cast. So I can tighten it and untighten it, so it’s not as restrictive as what it would be like fully, fully wrapped up. That’s a plus, I guess.”
The Miami HEAT announced today that guard Tyler Johnson underwent successful surgery this morning to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. The procedure was performed by Dr. Anne Ouellette and HEAT team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute at Doctors Hospital. Johnson will be in a cast for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery and be available for training camp.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra said no limitation with Tyler Johnson due to thumb.
Tyler Johnson said X-rays on his left thumb were negative. After crashing into Embiid on a screen, “I lost my balance when I ran into him. I tried to brace myself on the floor and jammed my thumb. It’s a little sore, nothing that’s not manageable.”
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Tyler Johnson sustained a sprained right ankle in the 2nd quarter of tonight’s game vs the Bulls. He will not return.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Whiteside, Adebayo, Wade and Tyler Johnson will all play.
Manny Navarro: #Heat’s Tyler Johnson is active and available to play tonight. Whether he does is up to Spo.
Ira Winderman: Wayne Ellington is out tonight, with Tyler Johnson still questionable.
Ira Winderman: Looking like Tyler Johnson back tonight.
Manny Navarro: #Heat has ruled out Tyler Johnson for tonight’s game in Charlotte.
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Johnson went to see doctor for second opinion today. Nothing new found. It’s still just a sprained ankle and he will not play vs. Nets tomorrow.
Tyler Johnson does not know the pain associated with a knee injury. So, when Bulls center Robin Lopez landed on the back of his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game and he felt something in his knee. … he was very worried. “Initially it felt like my knee popped,” Tyler said today after watching his Miami Heat teammates go through their shootaround in preparation for tonight’s game against the Bucks. “That’s why when I went down I started grabbing at my knee and that was what was more worrisome than anything else.
Goran Dragic explained why there was such a look of concern of the faces of the Heat players as Tyler Johnson writhed on the court in pain Monday in Chicago. “I’ve never seen Tyler stay down like that,” Dragic said.
But to have the entire team race the length of the court as he stayed down was testimony to what this team thinks of Tyler. “Tyler’s one of those guys that you never know,” said James Johnson, who is as close to Tyler as any player on the team. “He could have had a broken leg, and he’d still be sitting here making sure we was all good, making sure that our spirits were still high. But it’s hard to read that guy.” “We’re all in the trenches together. And we all have respect for Tyler and we all love him. It don’t surprise me.”
Barry Jackson: Heat says at this point no MRI scheduled for Tyler Johnson. Left on crutches, didn’t comment.
Ira Winderman: Perhaps good news for Heat, per Heat: Tyler Johnson (sprained left ankle) will not return to today’s game vs Chicago. X-rays returned negative.
Manny Navarro: #Heat spokesman says Tyler Johnson will now try and play tonight.
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Johnson (strained left shoulder) will not play tonight vs. Pacers.
Manny Navarro: Tyler Johnson will play tonight for the #Heat. He missed Wednesday’s game with flu-like symptoms
Ira Winderman: Tyler Johnson upgraded to probable for Friday in Utah.
Ira Winderman: Tyler Johnson and James Johnson out tonight for Heat.
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra says Hassan Whiteside will play tonight. Tyler Johnson will be a game-time decision.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says MRI taken on Tyler Johnson and came back negative.
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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?’”