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Steve Kerr on Wiggins: “We anticipate he’ll be available”


SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 27: Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins waits to be photographed during media day at Chase Center in San Francisco, CA on Monday, September 27, 2021. (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

San Francisco Chronicle via Gett

Andrew Wiggins was defiant, if not logical, in laying out why he has not, and does not plan to get, the COVID-19 vaccine.

Because Wiggins cannot play in home games or practice with the team when the Warriors are at Chase Center due to a San Francisco mandate requiring people to be vaccinated for most things indoors, Warriors coach Steve Kerr gets asked about Wiggins’ status daily. Every day he has to toe the company line, and he did that again on Saturday, adding the Warriors expect Wiggins will be available.

That’s what Kerr has to say, regardless of what he might be thinking.

The NBA announced that players who miss games because they do not comply with local mandates will miss game checks for those contests. For Wiggins, that would mean more than $350,000 a game he could miss. When asked about that on media day by reporters, Wiggins’ response was essentially, “that’s my money, not yours, don’t worry about it.”

Not having Wiggins on the court as a starting wing will set the Warriors back to start the season, especially with Klay Thompson out until likely around Christmas. More than pay, or health, or doing what is right to keep people around him safe, it may be peer pressure from his frustrated teammates that pushes Wiggins to get the vaccine. If he ever does.