• The NBA is getting ready for a modified season at the Disney World premises in Orlando 
  • Los Angeles Lakers big man Dwight Howard shared that he does not believe in vaccines 
  • The Lakers are one of the favorites to win this year's title

It has been another rough year for the NBA given how players and staff are affected by the global pandemic. As the world continues to find ways to fight the coronavirus, the NBA season is well on its way to resuming the games. Amidst the league’s prioritization of public health and safety, LA Lakers big man Dwight Howard drew attention to himself when he said that he does not believe in vaccines.

It was during an Instagram live segment where Howard responded to a followers’ query about vaccination. Scientists and researchers have been working day in and out to develop a vaccine that can hopefully put an end to the worldwide health crisis. The big man however shared that it’s not something that he puts his faith in.

“Do I believe in vaccinations? No, I don't. That's my personal opinion, but no, I don't,” Howard said.

It’s not the first time Howard was put under the spotlight during the first few weeks of the NBA bubble. The league recently put up a hotline where one can report anonymously those who are violating the necessary protocols inside the campus. The former All-Star was reported for not wearing his mask in the required areas.

This setup validates that it has been one of the more unique years in the history of the league. While it appeared that the Lakers were one of the favorites to win this year’s title, the games were immediately suspended with how the virus has found its way to the players. The matches have been on hold since March as the league’s top teams patiently wait for the resumption of the modified season.

While it’s ideal that the sport resumes without worries, the threat of the virus remains rampant. Until this day, several players and stars continue to test positive of COVID-19 and have been a rampant concern for the entire NBA.

Prior to the suspension, LeBron James and Anthony Davis were leading the Lakers to a dominant campaign, supported by key players such as Howard. It would be interesting to see how the league is able to finish off the season given the uncertainty of the current situation in the world.

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Dwight Howard of the LA Lakers dunks during an NBA game against Charlotte Hornets. LA Times