The New York Knicks are now 100% vaccinated
The New York Knicks face up to the new reality of vaccines and mandates.
The Knicks are now 100% vaccinated
The New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry stated on Friday afternoon that the organization - all players, coaches and staff - is fully vaccinated. In light of this the Knicks find themselves in a fortunate position as they will surely have no problems selecting a team even though there is a vaccine mandate to deal with.
"I think it's a credit to our players, in particular, that they took this thing very seriously and took the responsibility to get that done," Perry said during a sit-down including him, team president Leon Rose and coach Tom Thibodeau at the team's practice facility. "So, we're very proud of that fact, and we're gonna move forward."
Recently,the NBA informed teams that players whose home teams play in cities that have implemented local COVID-19 vaccine mandates - currently New York City and San Francisco - will have to abide by them.
New York's vaccine mandate
New York's executive order, which went into effect on Sept. 13, states anyone over the age of 12 won't be allowed to enter "certain covered premises" inside the city - including Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden and any other indoor gym or fitness setting - without providing proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, unless there is an approved medical or religious exemption for them not doing so.
Around the NBA
Earlier in the week, Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks said that to date not all of his team is vaccinated which in turn means that not all players would be ellgible to play were the season to tart today. Questioned on whether York City's mandate played a part in getting the entire organization vaccinated, head coach Brady made it clear that it was due to the dedication and 'know how' of the medical professionals around him.
"This was all internally driven," Perry said. "Like I said, a lot of credit goes to our players, our medical staff. This is something that we've been on top of really the entire year, and again, just proud of our players for really stepping up and doing their part in this. We're an organization that will obviously follow laws and mandates from the leagues and state government, but a lot of this was internally driven."