The late head of the Players Association, Michelle Roberts, wants every NBA player to be vaccinated.
But she is not apologizing for strange cases, such as Kyrie Irving’s scenario with the Nets, in which she is currently banned from home nets practice and home nets play.
Speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Bronx for Earl Monroe’s Renaissance Basketball Charter School, Roberts called for NBA players to be supported for their high vaccination rates rather than being bullied for the high-profile case of Nets superstar point guards. needed.
“I’m not going to comment on Kyrie because that’s what Kyrie would be doing, making decisions,” Roberts told The Post. “But I would say that you guys need to stop focusing on the over 20 players who have not been vaccinated.
“Our numbers are 95-, 96-percent (vaccination). It well beats the national average. You need to ask what we can do to ask the rest of the country to do what our players have done.”
Roberts, a Bronx native who retires on December 31, is proud that her childhood Team Knicks have been 100 percent vaccinated, but she’s not sure she’ll get to that point.
“Will we get 100 percent?” Roberts said. “I don’t know. Maybe we will, maybe we won’t. But we’re still trying. But at this point I’m not ashamed of my players or apologizing. Because we’re doing so much better than the rest of the world.” Not just the country and New York City.
The players’ union voted to make vaccination against COVID-19 voluntary for players and they stick to that call.
However, Roberts said she “absolutely” wants players to choose to take the shot.
“And I’m not ashamed of my players,” Roberts said. “I think every player should be vaccinated. It’s me. The union has voted it should be a voluntary decision. I’m not in the choir that’s supposed to be promoted. I’m the choir. But ours The rate is something we appreciate and are proud of. I’m not going to apologize for its voluntary nature.”
It was the NBA cognoscenti’s “Who’s Who” in the case of Monroe’s school. The Knicks veteran guard opened a Bronx school with a regular curriculum, but a basketball to teach disadvantaged students the skills used in the business of basketball (lawyers, agents, physical therapists, coaching, scouting, mathematical analysis, journalists, etc.) Adds component.
Commissioner Adam Silver was on hand for the milestone event. Top members of the Knicks brass – Chairman Leon Rose, Senior Executive William Wesley, GM Scott Perry and Assistant GM Alan Houston – were also on hand.
Silver Irving would not comment on the issue as he is holding a press conference shortly to address those matters.
The initial freshman class of about 100 students gave Silver the biggest round of cheers when he was introduced to speak. “For every NBA player, there are 100 related jobs,” Silver told the students.
The school took eight years to build—the brainchild of famed publicist and filmmaker Dan Clores, who introduced the Knicks Brass as “four, five guys ready to make up the championship team.”