Much of the conversation ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season circulating in the NBA media has revolved around something that isn’t necessarily a basketball conversation, though it has pervaded virtually all aspects of contemporary life. We are of course talking about COVID-19 vaccination in the league, and in particular some especially vaccine-resistant players who occupy positions of considerable influence.
But rather than making the story about those individuals, the hosts of the “Celtics Lab” podcast Justin Quinn, Cam Tabatabaie, and Alex Goldberg dug deep in the hopes of re-setting the narratives a bit surrounding how we should engage those persons and the issue of vaccine hesitancy (and more pernicious anti-vaccine sentiments) in society more generally.
It can be hard for some of us in the media to see Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, and others resistant to making some choices for the common good. But, a steady stream of fan and media ire is almost certainly going to do little to change their minds on how they can best use their platforms (and bodies) to make us all safer (and teams perhaps more successful) in a pandemic.
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To that end, we were incredibly lucky to have Andy Slavitt of the “In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt” podcast to talk on the intersection of public health, the NBA and society at large in an era of COVID-19. Andy has worked with the last three presidents on issues of public health, most recently serving as President Biden’s COVID-19 advisor.
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We hope you find this podcast as informative and helpful in coping with and making progress on this viral scourge affecting all of our lives as we did.
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