“I think everyone has their own choice – to do what they think is right for themselves and their family and things of that nature,” he said. “I know I was very (skeptical) about all of this, but after doing my research. I felt it was best suited not only for me but also for my family and friends. “
When asked if he feels the need to promote the vaccine, James said he only felt comfortable talking about his choices and those of his family.
“We are talking about the bodies of individuals. We’re not talking about something that is, you know, political, racist, or police brutality, ”James said. “So I don’t feel, for me personally, that I should get involved in what other people should be doing with their bodies and their livelihoods. “
Lakers coach Frank Vogel confirmed his team were 100% vaccinated on Tuesday, admitting he was proud of his players. “Not all teams in this league have that luxury this year, but we do and there has been a lot of conversation and education to get there along the way,” Vogel told reporters.
About 90% of NBA players have been vaccinated against COVID-19 but the league has not made it mandatory. However, New York and San Francisco have mandates requiring spaces and entertainment venues to only allow vaccinated people in, meaning unvaccinated players could not play without receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.
“A vaccine mandate for NBA players would require an agreement with the Players Association,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass told CBS News on Tuesday. The NBA made these proposals but the players’ union rejected any vaccination requirements. “
The NBA recently rejected Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins’ request for a religious exemption from the vaccine. “Wiggins will not be able to play in Warriors’ home games until he meets the city’s vaccination requirements,” the league said in a statement.
Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal said on Tuesday he was still considering whether or not to get the shot, but could only be vaccinated 60 days after his recent diagnosis of COVID-19 – which forced him to miss the Tokyo Olympics. “I’m still considering getting the shot, so one thing I want to clarify is that I’m not sitting here arguing that you shouldn’t get the shot,” Beal said. “I’m not sitting here saying I won’t get it.” “
Meanwhile, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, who was unable to attend Monday’s media day due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, spoke to reporters via video conference. He declined to discuss his immunization status.
“Please just respect my privacy,” Irving said. “All questions sort of lead to what’s going on, please, everything will be released on the due date and once that’s clarified. But for now, please just respect my privacy regarding everything to do with home games, what’s going on, vaccination. “
His comments followed a Rolling Stone report that Irving was using social media to interact with accounts promoting vaccine conspiracy theories. NBA legend and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said players who refuse to be vaccinated should be.
“The NBA should insist that all players and staff be vaccinated or remove them from the team,” Abdul-Jabbar told CNN on Monday. “There is no place for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, staff and supporters simply because they are unable to grasp the gravity of the situation or to do the research. required. “