While the NBA pushed players to get vaccinated and held education sessions for teams, there was no league mandate for the vaccine. But cities have replaced league politics in New York and San Francisco with policies restricting entry to indoor venues to those vaccinated, meaning a Knicks, Nets, or Warriors player could be coerced. not to participate in home matches and training.
The Knicks announced on Friday that the team was fully vaccinated – players, coaches and staff. After navigating as well as he could through the struggles of COVID-19 last season, never having to shut down practices, Julius Randle said he’s thrilled the Knicks are playing by the rules and avoiding distractions.
“Yeah, that’s awesome,” Randle said. “Being available every night is great. And we know our guys are available, that’s the most important thing. The fact that we can train together every day. Anyway, [avoiding getting] injured, whoever they are, they will be available to play. So I’m excited about it. “
Last season with Boston, Kemba Walker missed a game in every consecutive series on the calendar, as part of a plan to protect his knee. But he has indicated that he is not approaching this season in New York with a similar strategy.
“That was the whole Celtics plan last year,” Walker said. “They had already planned that I don’t play back to back. We’re just going to go there, see how I feel, game by game. My plan isn’t – I’m not just going to say I don’t play back to back. back. That’s not the problem. Just look at how I feel.
Walker said he believes the plan helped and that when he was forced to miss playoff games it was a separate injury. But since he started working with the Knicks in Westchester, he’s still hopeful that the issues will be dealt with now.
“It really feels good,” he said. “I’ve been here a few weeks, I’m really working, I’m just working to feel as good as possible. I feel really good right now. I want to continue to feel good. I will try to keep doing whatever is in my power to feel really good. “
Evan Fournier explained that his parents were both national team judokas when he was young and that his father is the coach of the France national team. When asked what level he’s reached, he joked, “I used to train with him on the sidelines, but it wasn’t official. [butt] although.”