Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins regrets having COVID-19 vaccination during the 2021-2022 season, even though he has later won the NBA Championship and an All-Star nomination, Wiggins said.
Wiggins expressed his sadness during an interview on the sports website FanSided.
“I have always wished I did not get vaccinated, to be honest with you,” the 27-year-old All-star spoke to FanSided’s Mark Carman. “But you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.”
Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors holds the Larry O’Brien Champion Trophy during the 2022 Victory Parade Rally on June 20th, 2022 in the Chase Center in San Francisco, California. (Josh Leung/NBAE, via Getty Images)
Wiggins admitted that his season was the best of his career over the course of eight years and the reason he was permitted to play within NBA rules and safety rules in the first place due to the fact that the vaccine he received.
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“I achieved it as I won an All-Star this year as well as a champion, which was the best part. I didn’t miss out on the most memorable year of my professional career,” he said during the interview.
However, he was cautious regarding getting “forced” through the NBA to get the vaccine.
NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors Andrew Wiggins in action He defends against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated/via Getty Images)
Wiggins said: “But for my body I don’t really like placing the whole thing inside my body. which is why I don’t like it and I wasn’t happy that it wasn’t something I could do. I didn’t enjoy the fact the fact that I had to choose between this or not play.”
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Through during the NBA game, Wiggins adamantly resisted the vaccine requirement and sought an exemption from religious beliefs. However, he was refused and eventually vaccinations to be able to play.
Stephen Curry #30 and Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors embrace after Game Six of the 2022 NBA Finals on 16 June 2022 on the floor of TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Nathaniel Butler/NBAE via Getty Images). Butler/NBAE through Getty Images)
In the wake of that decision, Wiggins ended up leading his team to a championship . He was widely regarded as Golden State’s second-highest valued player during the championship campaign (second only to the MVP of the Finals Steph Curry with an average of 18.3 scores and 8.8 rebound per game during the NBA Finals.
In a separate interview on Fox News Digital, Wiggins stated that he is a fan of his time with the Golden State organization and was pleased to be playing in the hands of the guidance of Coach Steve Kerr.
“Steve Kerr is an excellent coach. A player’s coach” Wiggins said. “He’s will put everybody in a position where they can perform good. He provides all of his players with confidence. And when you’re playing and you’re playing, he allows you to play your best game. Whatever you’re playing it, he will let you play it.”
Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins poses for a photo in front of the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy after winning Game Six of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 16 2022, in the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo from Mark Blinch/NBAE on Getty Images)
“He maintains his group members motivated. He keeps the team moving and makes all team members responsible,” Wiggins said. “I love Golden State. I am in love with the organization. They take care of my family and me so well. I love it.”
Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins is seen dribbling the ball against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 13 in 2022, at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. (Photo from Jesse. Garrabrant/NBAE through Getty Images)