Knicks, Nets players must be vaccinated to participate in home games and enter team training facilities

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General view of Knicks MSG court
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SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley has confirmed that Knicks and Nets players will need to be vaccinated to participate in home games and enter their team training facilities.

Per Begley, a memo was sent to NBA teams on Wednesday to break down the updated policy regarding teams in areas with local Covid-19 requirements, such as in New York City.

Per a New York City executive order, visiting players to New York City are exempt from the vaccine requirement, but Knicks and Nets players are not. There is a similar local ordinance in San Francisco, which impacts the Warriors.

If an unvaccinated Knick or Net player doesn’t have a medical or religious exemption (which will be determined by the NBA), the player won’t be allowed to enter home arenas or practice facilities or participate in any games, practices, or other team activities conducted at the arenas/practice facilities.

Begley notes that players failing to adhere to the local requirements could be viewed as failing to provide services under terms of his contract and could be fined or suspended by the league or his team or see his compensation reduced.

The league stipulation on unvaccinated players was first reported by The Athletic.