One of LeBron James’ teammates has let slip of the LA Lakers COVID-19 rollout plan.
It’s been revealed NBA superstar LeBron James, along with teammate Dennis Schroder, remain as the only two players on the Los Angeles Lakers playing roster who haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccination.
The news comes just days after NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that more than 70 per cent of NBA players had been given the vaccine.
James’ teammate Schroder, who was today ruled out for the next 10-14 days of NBA action due to the league’s COVID protocols, made the comments on a media panel with German media N-TV and they surfaced on social media today.
Schroder, who grew up playing basketball in Germany, said the entire Lakers quad had been vaccinated, “except, I think LeBron James … and I.”
“Vaccinating is a difficult thing for me,” Schroder said, translated from German.
“I am someone who does not like to take painkillers. I always try without them to get along with whole things.”
James was reticent to commit to the vaccination when he was asked about it in March.
“That’s a conversation my family and I will have,” he said. “I’ll keep that to a private thing.”
It’s unclear whether Schroder or James have received the vaccine since the German point guard’s comments were made nearly a week ago.
As it stands currently, there is no mandate by the league that requires NBA players to receive any of the coronavirus vaccinations on the market.
Nearly 45 per cent of people living in the United States have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with more than 30 per cent of the population already vaccinated in full.
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