With NBA training camp around the corner, COVID-19 and vaccines are surely going to be a topic of conversation.
Especially in New York, where the city has a mandate requiring proof of vaccine to enter venues such as the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden.
Yet, some Nets players would not be allowed to practice if the season were to begin on Tuesday.
GM Sean Marks, who addressed reporters at a press conference on Tuesday, would not say which players were and were not vaccinated, but acknowledged that there would be some missing from practice due to the city’s mandate.
“I can’t comment on who could play and so forth,” Marks said. “There would obviously be a couple people missing from that picture. I can’t get into who it is, but we feel confident in the following several days before camp everybody would be allowed to participate and so forth.”
The Nets are actually opening training camp in San Diego, home of owner Joseph Tsai, which should buy the unvaccinated players more time before their first preseason game in Brooklyn on Oct. 8.
Marks was confident it would not be an issue, however.
“I think we all understand what’s at stake and we’ve had very candid conversations,” Marks said. “Those are individual decisions. … It’s obviously out of our control.
“We are supporting getting the vaccination and putting out a healthy squad. So at this point, I think we’re ready to go into the season, we don’t see these — whether it’s a city-wide mandate or a league mandate to follow — being any sort of hindrance to us putting out a team.”