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Phoenix Suns training camp opens this week, but at least one Sun won’t be able to tell whether the smell of pending success is in the air. Superstar guard Devin Booker has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be forced to miss the start of camp due to health and safety protocols. Booker declined to say whether he’s vaccinated.
Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker will miss time to start training camp this upcoming week due to health and safety protocols.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 26, 2021
Booker, who averaged 25.6 points last season, confirmed that he was COVID-positive in a video posted to his Twitch stream on Sunday: “Honestly, y’all, I’m feeling straight. The only thing I’m dealing with is no taste, no smell, which is the worst part of it. I’m about a week in. I’m (going to) be back in no time, no time. … Having no smell, no taste, it makes your day dry. It makes your day gray. It makes it gray, for real.”
Phoenix’s two-time All-Star was less-forthcoming about his vaccination status. “I’m not gonna tell you guys if I have the vaccine or not, but you could still get COVID with the vaccine, for anybody that’s saying that,” said Booker. “Educate yourself.”
Wise words from the 24-year-old, who, unlike so many others in the public eye, will not try and steer his fans towards a decision that they should make on their own.
Booker’s COVID-related absence comes on the heels of news that the Brooklyn Nets could be short-handed based on the city’s ridiculous vaccine mandates. OutKick’s Alejandro Avila also reported last week that Warriors starter Andrew Wiggins appears likely to miss games because of his unwillingness to bow down to the city of Oakland’s absurd mandates and get vaccinated.
Earlier this month, the NBA announced that players will not be required to be vaccinated in order to participate in games.