The nationwide COVID-19 vaccine rollout continued this week, with more and more Americans becoming eligible to receive it.
NBA players who previously were not permitted to get the vaccination are now able to do so.
The big question is: will they?
In the case of at least one team, the answer to some degree appears to be no.
Recently, Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge appeared on 98.5’s Toucher & Rich and revealed that multiple players don’t actually want the vaccine.
“I’ve talked to a handful,” he said. “Most of them are getting it, yes, eventually in the next couple of weeks here. But yeah, I think there will be at least a couple that don’t want to get it.”
The Celtics have had an interesting relationship with COVID-19. Marcus Smart was one of the first players in the NBA to test positive, and Jayson Tatum soon followed. The latter player’s case in particular has contributed to the uneven play that has marred Boston’s season up to this point.
All in all, the Celtics are having a rough year. They passed on the opportunity to acquire James Harden for a ridiculous reason. Ainge has been getting snippy about his team’s struggles. Team owner Wyc Grousbeck is off blaming players that aren’t even with the franchise anymore for their troubles.
LaMelo continuing to make a strong case for Rookie of the Year. https://t.co/hThv2JqlgN
— Game 7 (@game7__) April 4, 2021
It’s a bad situation.
Regardless of one’s personal beliefs on the COVID-19 vaccine, the PR fallout from Ainge’s comments is probably the last thing anyone in the organization needed right now.