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Covid vaccinations continue to dominate discussions across all platforms as we check-in with the latest from around the NBA.
Unvaccinated NBA players visiting Toronto will be subject to strict rules. They must take a Covid test upon arrival and will only be allowed to leave their hotel for team activities. Anyone who breaks the rules could face up to six months in prison and/or a $750,000 fine.
The Los Angeles City Council passed a local vaccine mandate that impacts both the Lakers and Clippers. Anyone entering an indoor business including the Staples Center will need to provided a proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated individuals can still gain access as long as they show proof of a recent negative test.
New Los Angeles Lakers signing Trevor Ariza underwent surgery on his right ankle and will be reevaluated in eight weeks. The Lakers expect the veteran forward to return just before Christmas. Ariza played for the Miami Heat last season where he averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds.
Unvaccinated players could face prison time if they breach quarantine in Toronto.
He didn’t play yesterday but LeBron has still got hops.
The Lakers signing Frank Mason III got a lot of love from the Laker Nation.
Best of r/NBA
The Reddit community was pleased to see Stephen Curry’s eloquent take on Covid vaccines. The three-time champion cited the locker room aspect as a reason why players were not strong vaccine advocates. He hopes that the league achieves a 100% vaccination rate sooner than later.
Staying with vaccinations, Kareem Abdul Jabber took aim at Andrew Wiggins. The Lakers legend believes Wiggins should be doing more to help the Black community instead of making statements that could have a “seriously damaging impact”.
Toronto prison threat for unvaccinated players had plenty of Redditors talking. u/Life_of_high chimed in with the top comment: “From 72 games on the road last season to literally throwing your opponents in jail. Home court advantage is dialed way the hell up this season.”
Performance of the Night
De’Aaron Fox: 23 points (7-10 FG, 6-6 FT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists.
The Sacramento guard led all scorers last night with 23 points against the Clippers. All of his points came in the first three quarters. His performance carried the Kings to go 3-0 in preseason play.
Play of the Day
John Collins soaring over Cavaliers big man Jarrett Allen and slamming home the lob from Sharife Cooper gets The Daily Swish Play of the Day.