Some Golden State Warriors may be facing a conundrum as the 2021-22 NBA season approaches.
Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reported Monday that unvaccinated Warriors players could potentially lose a lot of money pursuant to the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s new policy governing entrance into venues such as the Chase Center. The policy holds that, by October 13, hosts of “indoor Mega-Events and Large Indoor Events” must require proof of full vaccination to be shown before allowing entrance into their facility. These provisions will apply to all employed staff, including players, but do not apply to players or performers who are not employed by the host.
Poole mentions Warriors swingman Andrew Wiggins as one player who previously announced his intention to avoid all COVID-19 vaccines unless he was “forced” to take it. If Wiggins does not show proof of full vaccination by Oct. 13, he will be denied entrance to the Chase Center for home games. That would cost him his game check (with a pre-tax value of about $360,000) for every contest that he misses.
Opposing players, though they need not provide proof of full vaccination, will still be subject to strict guidelines while inside of the Chase Center if they do not provide such proof. These include keeping six feet away from all members of the public, giving proof of a recent negative test, and wearing a mask at all times except when actively playing.
The most likely scenario is that Wiggins and the rest of the Warriors will get fully vaccinated before the start of the new NBA season on Oct. 21, if they have not yet done so already. That way they will not jeopardize their team’s success as well as their own individual paychecks. Still, the Chase Center will pose a unique situation for unvaccinated players this season, just like we have seen in other sports.
Kevin Durant and a couple of his former Golden State Warriors teammates got a laugh out of a funny meme a Warriors fan account posted to Instagram on Monday.
The Warriors gave several media members a tour of the new Chase Center Monday. The WarriorsTalk Instagram account posted a photo of Durant at the arena from a previous visit and included a funny caption that referenced Durant’s current home with the Brooklyn Nets.
Durant signed with the Nets in the offseason and left the team prior to their move to the new arena, which many suspected would happen all along. He got a laugh out of the Instagram post and left a funny comment.
“I’m cryin. That’s f–ked up,” he wrote, adding a few crying laughing emojis.
Steph Curry saw it too and reacted, “Yo! Who come up with this stuff?” he asked.
And Draymond Green found it funny too, adding in the crying laughing emojis.
A report in the days after Durant chose to sign with the Nets said Steph Curry was perturbed by the timing of KD’s announcement. Maybe all is well between the Warriors and Durant now.
The Golden State Warriors have ended their time playing home games at Oracle Arena in Oakland and will be moving into the all-new Chase Center in San Francisco for the upcoming season.
The franchise is excited about moving into the new building, which is full of all sorts of luxuries and amenities. On Monday, the team gave a tour of the building to several members of the media.
Here’s a look at the Chase Center:
Here are the clubs, lounges, and luxury suites.
And there are tributes to the Warriors’ past players and accomplishments:
The Warriors will not be entering the season with the team they expected or hoped to. Klay Thompson is recovering from a torn ACL and Kevin Durant left for the Brooklyn Nets. But as long as the team keeps winning and entertaining, they should still pack the arena during home games and rake in plenty of cash.