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After missing multiple games because of the NBA’s COVID protocol, an unvaccinated Eastern Conference guard is on the mend. No, it’s not Nets star, Kyrie Irving. Eight-year veteran Justin Holiday, currently in his second season with Indiana, is back with the team, feeling good and with no plans to vaccinate.
“Right now, I don’t,” Holiday said Sunday when asked whether he has plans to get vaccinated now that he’s contracted COVID. “I mean, yeah, right now I don’t. I don’t see how me getting (COVID-19) changes (my decision not to vaccinate).”
Justin Holiday after being away from the team for 13 days: "I'm feeling good. Practice was OK. Obviously, I was just trying to get my wind back, get used to being on the court again."
Yes, he is unvaccinated.
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) December 12, 2021
After testing positive for COVID, Holiday was forced into the league’s prison, err, protocols on November 30th. He returned to practice yesterday following his sentence of 10 days in isolation. Not surprisingly, the young, healthy, unvaccinated Holiday feels fine and could play as soon as Monday.
“I’m feeling good. Practice was OK,” said Holiday. “Obviously, I’m just trying to get my wind back, trying to get used to being on the basketball court and moving around, shooting by myself and with other people on the court. So it was fun to be back, though. It was good to get out of lockdown and be with my teammates.”
COVID put an end to Holiday’s streak of 250 consecutive games played, which had been the most amongst active NBA players.
“It was tough. I had to mentally become OK with it, which it wasn’t like it was the end of the world,” Holiday said.
Regardless of the corona craziness and the end of his consecutive game streak, Holiday seems content to not take shots outside the court.
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