Nets says Kyrie won’t play or practice until he meets vaccination eligibility requirements

There is a very real possibility that the basketball will not get treated to the basketball genius that is Kyrie Irving, at least not this season. Tuesday, Sean Marks announced that star guard Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he fulfills local COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Marks said this in a statement: “Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any…

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Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid out of All-Star Game

from the NBA: NEW YORK — Prior to traveling to Atlanta, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons had contact with an individual who is confirmed today to have tested positive for the coronavirus.  As a result, Embiid (Team Durant) and Simmons (Team LeBron) will not play in tonight’s NBA All-Star Game. Participation for other All-Stars and members of the 76ers coaching staff in Atlanta is not affected because they were not exposed to the individual in Philadelphia.

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Health and Safety protocols postponed Sunday’s Bulls/Raptors game

From the NBA: The National Basketball Association game scheduled for Sunday night between the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. has been postponed in accordance with the league’s Health and Safety Protocols. Because of positive test results and ongoing contact tracing within the Raptors, the team will not have the league-required eight available players to proceed with the scheduled game against the Bulls.

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Spurs and Hornets next few games postponed

From the NBA: The San Antonio Spurs’ next three games (Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Cleveland; Saturday, Feb. 20 at New York and Monday, Feb. 22 at Indiana) and the Charlotte Hornets’ next two games (Wednesday, Feb. 17 vs. Chicago and Friday, Feb. 19 vs. Denver) have been postponed in accordance with the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols. The games are being postponed due to four Spurs players testing positive and additional contact tracing for players on both San Antonio’s and Charlotte’s rosters, and in order to ensure the health and…

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Thursday’s Wichita State v Memphis men’s ball game postponed

From University of Memphis Basketball: MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Thursday’s Memphis men’s basketball game at Wichita State has been postponed due to the Tigers’ pause in basketball activities, the American Athletic Conference announced Saturday. Memphis halted activities Wednesday until further notice as a result of positive COVID-19 cases and the ensuing contact tracing among Tier I individuals within the program. The Wichita State game is the Tigers’ third contest affected by the situation. Memphis’ next scheduled game is now Sunday, Feb. 21 against Temple. The University remains in constant contact with the AAC’s Medical…

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1 player tested positive in latest round of COVID-19 testing

From the NBA: NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2021 – Of the 470 players tested for COVID-19 since Feb. 3, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test. Anyone who has returned a confirmed positive test, or has been identified as having been in close contact to an infected person, is isolated or quarantined until they are cleared under the rules established by the NBA and the Players Association in accordance with CDC guidance.

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Howard Men’s BBall cancels remainder of 2020-21 season

Courtesy of Howard University Athletic Media Relations WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 9, 2021 — The Howard University Department of Athletics has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of its 2020-21 men’s basketball season out of an abundance of caution due to the health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We had several team members test positive in January, and were forced to place the program on hold, cancel several games and finally cancel our season. It was and remains the right thing for us to do,” head men’s…

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CIAA reveal plans for spring sports

From the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association: Due to continued concerns related to COVID-19, the Board of Directors for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has voted to cancel all conference scheduling and championship events for spring sponsored sports. This includes the sports of softball, women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, and men’s golf. Each school that sponsors the affected sports will have the autonomy to schedule competition throughout season, if desired, to allow teams and student-athletes the opportunity complete and if possible, qualify for NCAA Division II postseason participation should they meet minimum requirements. “These…

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KD could rejoin Nets Friday

According to Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash, star forward Kevin Durant could be eligible to rejoin the club Friday, just in time for a tilt against his former team, the Golden State Warriors. KD had to be pulled off the bench during the team’s Friday night game against the Toronto Raptors due to contacts racing, after it was learned that Durant drove with a team employee that tested positive for COVID-19 Friday. Durant will miss team’s games, including Saturday’s game against the 76ers, Tuesday’s matchup with the Pistons and…

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Tyler Herro could be out with virus-related issue

From Tim Reynolds of the AP: MIAMI — The Miami Heat may have another player missing games for virus-related reasons, after second-year guard Tyler Herro revealed that someone who lives with him tested positive for COVID-19. Herro is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report for Monday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets, that announcement coming Sunday afternoon — less than 24 hours after Herro learned of the positive test and his potential exposure. The reason the Heat cited for having Herro on the report is the NBA’s health and safety…

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