Knicks GM says all players vaccinated
That distinction is of particular note given New York City requires members of home teams to show proof of vaccination in order to access indoor dining, fitness, and entertainment venues - including Madison Square Garden.
All team personnel across the NBA - coaches, front-office members, trainers, and more - who work within 15 feet of the players or referees are reportedly required to be fully vaccinated. All game officials must be fully vaccinated, too, save for those with religious or medical exemptions.
As of Thursday, 90% of NBA players were reportedly fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Across town, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is reportedly among the remaining unvaccinated players. If the All-Star guard's status remains unchanged, he would need to receive an exemption to participate in any team events within the city.
Nets general manager Sean Marks said earlier in the week that he didn't believe New York City's vaccination mandate would be a significant obstacle in the team taking the floor at home this season.
The only other NBA market with a vaccination mandate that could impact player availability is San Francisco, home of the Golden State Warriors.
Games against the Toronto Raptors in Canada also pose logistical hurdles, though an NBA memo obtained by Newsweek's Pat Pickens states the Canadian government will allow unvaccinated players to cross the border if they test negative upon entry. Except for games and practices, those players would be restricted to their team's hotel while adhering to additional health and safety measures.