The 2021-22 NBA season is just around the corner and almost all teams celebrate their Media Day activities on Monday. A lot has happened since the Bucks defeated the Suns in the NBA Finals. Russell Westbrook is now a Laker (as are several other veterans, including Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and DeAndre Jordan). Kyle Lowry left the Raptors for the Heat. His former Toronto teammate DeMar DeRozan is now a member of the renewed Bulls. And the uncertainty continues to swirl over Ben Simmons’ future with the 76ers.
The NBA’s first preseason game is Sunday, October 3 at 3:30 pm ET when Kevin Durant and the Nets travel to the Staples Center to face LeBron James and the Lakers. The regular season then begins on October 19 with those same Nets traveling to the defending champion Bucks.
But before any of that can get going, the players and coaches will face the media. We are tracking the highlights:
Kyrie Irving is not expected to attend in person due to security protocols
Nets guard Kyrie Irving is not expected to attend the Nets media day in person today due to New York City health and safety protocols. according to Illustrated SportsChrix Mannix. Nevertheless, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Brian WindhorstIrving hoped to accompany the team to training camp in San Diego.
As pointed out The athleticAlex Schiffer, Irving is still expected to address the media on Zoom.
While Irving’s vaccination status is unclear, a recent history of Rolling Stone pointed out Irving’s distrust of the coronavirus vaccine, reporting that Irving began to like Instagram posts and to follow an account claiming that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plan to connect blacks with a computer. teacher for “a plan of Satan.”
Irving’s status for home games has also come into question as New York City’s jurisdiction, along with San Francisco, requires proof of vaccination to enter large indoor events, including basketball games, unless a player gets an exemption of some kind.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I’d like to think they would make a path,” said Irving’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs his family’s foundation and is one of his advisers. Rolling Stone. “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, of course, oppress you. There may be some kind of formula in which the NBA and the players can reach some kind of agreement. “
Kevin Durant declined to comment about Irving’s vaccination status when asked about it on Monday.
KD doesn’t care about Kyrie’s availability this season:
David Letterman makes his presence felt at Nets Media Day
A certain “Dave from Basketball Digest “ peppered Kevin Durant with a series of forceful questions, including asking why people call the Nets star “KD” and what percentage he plans to give this season.
Devin Booker to miss media day after entering health and safety protocols
The Suns announced Sunday that two-time All-Star Devin Booker will miss Monday’s Media Day and will not be available for the start of training camp Tuesday after entering league health and safety protocols.
It is not known whether Booker is vaccinated or not, but he confirmed on his Twitch channel that have tested positive for COVID-19. He said he feels fine but has no sense of taste or smell.
Ben Simmons status looms over the 76ers
The athletic reported over the weekend that while the Philadelphia players wanted to travel to Los Angeles to meet with Simmons, in hopes that the All-Star would stay with the team, Simmons told them not to come and that he would not change opinion about wanting to do it. be negotiated.
That report came after 76ers coach Doc Rivers spoke publicly about the Simmons trade rumors last week and confirmed that the three-time All-Star requested a trade during an August meeting. However, Rivers told ESPN First take who wants the guard to go back to Philly.
“We’re going to go through that,” Rivers said last week. “We are always going to do our best for the team, but I can tell you from the start that we would love to get Ben back. And if we can, we will try to do that.”
A lot will certainly be asked, and perhaps answered, about Simmons on Monday.
Morey ‘disappointed’ Simmons not on Media Day
Daryl Morey confirmed Monday on 76ers Media Day that Ben Simmons requested a franchise trade, saying, in part, “We are disappointed that he is not here.” Morey added that he is excited about the players on the roster and said that anything the team does or does not do with Simmons will be in what he believes is the best interest of the franchise.
He also didn’t seem to rule out Simmons’ return to the team.
Gregg Popovich talks about Spurs’ vaccination status
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke about his team’s vaccination status saying that the whole team has been vaccinated.
Kemba, excited to start working at ‘home’
Kemba Walker seems to be enjoying being a member of the Knicks. “I’m from here. I was born and raised. And it feels like that. Getting a lot of love from fans everywhere I go. Really just hugging me.”
Zion is not expected to lose time after off-season foot surgery
Pelicans star Zion Williamson underwent foot surgery this offseason to repair a fractured right foot. said executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffen on Media Day.
According to Griffen, the injury occurred before the NBA Summer League when Williamson was training.
Griffen noted, however, that Williamson should be ready for the start of the regular season and that his recovery has been on “Step by Step” with the team.
Despite entering his third season, Williamson has dealt with multiple injuries throughout his career, including surgery to his meniscus in the fall of 2019 and a fractured finger on his shooting hand last May.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.