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Blake Griffin on becoming a member of Gov. Whitmer’s COVID-19 taskforce, pleasure for the season and extra, at Pistons’ prepare facility in Midtown, Dec. 10, 2020.

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All the way through his post-practice media availability on Thursday,Detroit Pistons ahead Blake Griffin wore a masks. Most mavens would agree the odds of catching COVID-19 thru a digital Zoom convention are non-existent, however Griffin had a good instance to set. 

Griffin’s media convention came about an hour after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer introduced that she’s developing a brand new job drive that shall be tasked with elevating consciousness about COVID-19 vaccine protection and efficacy. 

Griffin is the lone athlete at the Offer protection to Michigan Fee, which additionally comprises Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and a number of other scientific mavens. 

“I used to be simply approached via the governor and being the spokesperson for being good, dressed in mask, social-distancing, washing fingers, doing all the issues that we all know are vital and is helping to sluggish the unfold of the virus,” Griffin mentioned. “But in addition, the vaccine as smartly when it’s time for that. It’s now not one thing we’re going to get thru simply by a couple of folks doing what they want to do. Everyone has to give a contribution. I’m happy to be part of it and proud to be part of it.”

Ahead Blake Griffin, heart, would be the lone athlete on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 taskforce. (Photograph: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Unfastened Press)

The fee is being shaped as Michigan prepares for the distribution of Pfizer’s vaccine, which has a 95% efficacy rate. The state of Michigan passed 400,000 cases and 10,000 virus-related deaths this week.  

Meanwhile, the NBA is preparing to start the 2020-21 season. The Pistons begin their home slate with a preseason game against the New York Knicks on Friday; they will play without fans at Little Caesars Arena for now.

The NBA paused the 2019-20 season in March, then completed it and the playoffs in a “bubble” at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, though the Pistons (along with several other teams) did not take part. Griffin, who has not played for the Pistons since Dec. 28 due to a knee injury, acknowledged that there’s some uncertainty approaching the start of the season.

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But the NBA, along with the National Basketball Players Association, has a plan intended to minimize cases and ensure the completion of the season. Griffin said he believes the league is prioritizing safety, and he’s eager to play for the first time in 2020. 

Griffin’s public support for the eventual distribution of a vaccine comes after an ESPN report stating the NBA could become the first professional sports league in America to manage wide vaccine dispersalal for its players, coaches and staff.

“Is there uncertainty? Yes. I’m not uneasy about it,” Griffin said of the looming season. “I think the NBA and NBPA have done a good job of putting together a plan that keeps us safe, first and foremost. It’s going to be a different experience. Going into it, no one knows what it’s going to be like. I’m just ready to play some basketball.”

Contact Omari Sankofa II at osankofa@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @omarisankofa.

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