New York Yankees Rumors
The progress toward further changes to New York City’s private-sector vaccine mandate has inspired confidence that Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving could be back on the court for home games at the Barclays Center in the near future and that New York Yankees and Mets players who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine would be cleared to play at home prior to Opening Day in April, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
New York Mayor Eric Adams’ office has been working with health officials on a plan that would impact more than only unvaccinated, high-profile professional athletes in the area, sources said, and although no final decision has been made, there’s increasing hope that a rollback of the mandate that restricts NBA and MLB players from participating in home games will be lifted in the near future.
Adams said Tuesday that “baseball, basketball, businesses … they have to wait until that layer comes,” but sources believe a plan is progressing that could have Irving on the court as soon as next week, sources said.
The Warriors and their two-time NBA MVP got the win and once again sit atop the league standings, but the Knicks squeaked out a victory off the court in Sportico’s second annual NBA franchise valuations. The Knicks, worth $6.12 billion, and the Warriors, at $6.03 billion, join the Dallas Cowboys ($6.9 billion) and New York Yankees ($6.75 billion) as the only $6 billion sports teams on the planet. The average NBA franchise, including team-related businesses and real estate held by owners, is worth $2.58 billion, up 9% versus a year ago.
Ohm Youngmisuk: LeBron James said winning for the Lakers and a historical franchise means so much to him. “It’s like playing for the Yankees and winning. It’s like playing for the Cowboys and winning the Super Bowl. Like playing for the New England Patriots and winning… the Boston Red Sox.”
Bryant was not an active player like Munson when he died, but he remained as synonymous with the Lakers as anyone who had ever worn the purple and gold. I asked Jackson, still a special adviser to the Yankees, for any counsel he would offer if a current Laker were to ask him. “You can’t,” Jackson said. “There’s no giving advice on this. It’s too emotional, too personal. It’s with you every day in L.A.” Jackson would say only that it’s “very important” for a team soaked in sorrow “to have a leader there.” For his Yankees, it was Murcer. For the Lakers, the pillars have been Coach Frank Vogel, General Manager Rob Pelinka (Bryant’s former agent and Gianna Bryant’s godfather) and LeBron.