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Steph Curry respects Andrew Wiggins’ decision not to take the COVID-19 vaccine, but clearly isn’t too pleased

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The elephant in the room during the Golden State Warriors’ media day surrounded the vaccination status of starting forward Andrew Wiggins.

The 26-year old admitted that he is against taking the vaccine and appears to be willing to miss out on home games and a chunk of his contract due to his beliefs.

Members of the media didn’t just grill Wiggins with tough questions. They also asked his vaccinated teammates how they felt about it. The star of the team, Steph Curry, didn’t outright attack Wiggins but didn’t exactly endorse him either.

“At the end of the day, it is up to him. I think it’s no secret to that point…We obviously hope that he has all the right information, the access to the right resources to ask all the questions he has on making that decision. We hope he’s available. We hope he moves in the right direction.” said Curry.

“My opinion is, obviously I got vaccinated and am ready to be available and following the mandates and whatnot…We obviously hope he’s available and with us and kind of go from there. It’s difficult. Everybody’s in a difficult kind of position in that respect, and we’ve all made decisions that you feel like are right for you and your family and whatever the case is. This is no different, and whether you agree with him or not, you have to let it play out.”

The Warriors are set to open preseason action on October 4th, and will kick off the regular season with a road game against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 19th.

The clock is ticking…

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Lakers star Russell Westbrook not happy about recent benching, but remains positive and focused on helping team win

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When the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night to drop below .500, there was one player noticeably absent on the court in the final four minutes: Russell Westbrook.

The 33-year old, who is earning over $44 million in 2021/22, has struggled to fit in with the Lakers and been under heavy scrutiny from fans and media throughout the season.

His poor shooting and lack of defensive prowess has forced Lakers head coach Frank Vogel to change things up, which manifested in sitting the supposed star in crunch time of a close game.

Despite everything, Russell Westbrook continues to maintain a positive mindset and keeps his eyes on the prize. Even if he doesn’t agree with every decision being made.

“I want to be able to be on the floor to help my teammates and be able to help our team win in games like that — but that was a decision that was made” said Westbrook.

“Ultimately, you have to be OK when s— doesn’t go well, and I’m OK…I’ve done everything that’s been asked of me here, and I’ll continue to do so and ride this out as long as we can toward our ultimate goal — and that’s to win a championship”

The Long Beach, California native has averaged 18.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.8 assists in 45 games this campaign.

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Celtics looking to trade Al Horford as they try to revamp frontcourt

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Expected to be one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams heading into the season, it has been nothing short of a disaster for the Boston Celtics in 2021/22.

The Celtics, who currently sit ninth in the Conference with a 23-23 record, are desperately looking at ways to improve their roster as the trade deadline quickly approaches. According to The Athletic’s Jared Weiss, the team is looking to move veteran big man Al Horford elsewhere, and replace him with a center that better fits the team’s chemistry and playing style.

Horford, who was acquired in a trade this offseason that sent Kemba Walker and a 2021 first round to the Oklahoma City Thunder, has averaged 10.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists through 36 games. His struggles from beyond the arc have been a pattern this season, as he is putting up a dismal 28.5 three-point percentage on 4.2 attempts per game.

The 35-year old is making $27 million this season, and is guaranteed just $14.5 million of his $26.5 million salary for 2022/23.

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James Harden interesting in joining another team this summer, according to report

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Trouble in paradise?

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, Brooklyn Nets star James Harden might consider “relocating” to a new team when he has the option to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The 32-year old has a $47.4-million player option for 2022/23, but is more likely to opt out in order to seek a more lucrative long-term deal this summer.

Harden last spoke publicly about his situation with the Nets in October. He made it clear he fully intends to remain with the Nets moving forward.

“I don’t plan on leaving this organization and the situation that we have,” said Harden.

“So my focus, honestly, is just focus on the season and then winning the championship. The contract and all that stuff will bear itself out, but my focus is going to be locked on this season.”

The Nets have underperformed for a variety of reasons this season (injuries, Kyrie Irving situation, etc), which many feel could contribute to Harden’s desire to play elsewhere.

The Nets sit third in the Eastern Conference with a 27-16 record.

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