The one and only Michael Jordan has come out in support of the NBA’s protocols leading up to the regular season arriving.
For a while now, there’s been plenty of drama across the NBA when it comes to players getting vaccinated and having to follow the league’s protocols on COVID-19. Most notably, Kyrie Irving has made countless headlines after saying he doesn’t plan on getting vaccinated, which now has him away from the team.
Well, Hall-of-Famer Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest player in NBA history, has come out in support of the league’s COVID protocols. In an interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin, Jordan said he’s hopeful everyone will play by the rules and continue to get vaccinated.
Michael Jordan is hopeful that teams across the league will follow the NBA’s COVID protocols
“I am total in unison with the league,” Jordan said while speaking with Melvin. “And I think everybody, you know, has been speaking about the vaccinations. And, you know, I’m a firm believer in science and, you know, I’m going to stick with that and hopefully everybody abides by whatever the league sets the rules. I think once everybody buys in, we’re going to be fine.”
Just recently, the Brooklyn Nets said Irving was allowed to practice at the team facility, but that the team was preparing to not have him suit up for home games due to his vaccination status. However, things have since changed, as general manager Sean Marks announced on Tuesday that Irving will not be able to practice or play in games until he’s eligible to be a ‘full participant.’
In other words, Irving won’t hit the hardwood until he’s received his shots. Irving isn’t the only NBA player who has held back in getting the vaccine. It’s really up in the air if we see Irving play this year or not.
He may not end up being the only superstar player who ends up missing games due to COVID protocols in the near future. If you ask Jordan, though, he’s not too worried about things overall and he’s ready for another memorable NBA season to get underway.