The Golden State Warriors and their fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief this weekend. According to coach Steve Kerr, forward Andrew Wiggins got vaccinated recently after waiting nearly as long as he could.
If Wiggins had decided to remain unvaccinated from Covid-19, he would have been restricted for the Warriors’ home arena, Chase Center, due to city rules on large gatherings as the pandemic unfortunately carries on.
But with the Warriors’ home opener on Oct. 21, did Wiggins take the one-shot vaccine, which would fully inoculate him in time for Golden State’s season debut at Chase Center? According to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, he did. Other reports stated that Kerr didn’t say outright which vaccine Wiggins opted for.
He tried every avenue to avoid taking the vaccine. All his paths were blocked. So he received it on Thursday, the one-dose kind, and will now be available for all home games this season.Anthony Slater/The Athletic
The Thursday timing is interesting because on Saturday, Wiggins missed practice for being “under the weather.” Some speculated Wiggins may have been feeling common side effects from the vaccination.
But the best part about all of this is that we don’t have to talk about it anymore. Kerr himself was very tight-lipped with the media, even declining to answer a number of softball questions about how this development helps the Warriors.
Asked if there is relief that comes from Wiggins’ vaccination since his stance and possibly missing half of the team’s games had become a national story that wasn’t otherwise going away, Kerr said: “I’m not answering any of those questions. We’re done. It happened. That’s all anybody needs to know.”San Francisco Chronicle
Great move from Kerr there. It’s definitely time to turn the page and get ready for a huge NBA season in the Bay Area.