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Grizzlies' Morant, Bane considered family, others when getting vaccine

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Memphis Grizzlies guards Ja Morant and Desmond Bane stressed during media day Monday that they've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to show consideration for others.

Morant said keeping his young daughter healthy was a key factor in his decision to get inoculated.

"To be safe," Morant answered when asked why he chose to be vaccinated, per ABC24 Memphis' Clayton Collier. "I know a lot of people who had COVID and passed away, and me, I just want to protect myself. Me and my family got (the vaccine). I have a baby girl. You know, I travel a lot, so can't bring COVID back to her."

Bane, who stated he was comfortable with vaccines growing up, also took a considerate approach.

"Whatever happens down the road, I'll be fine knowing that I was one of those people that was at least trying to save the other people," he said, according to Evan Barnes of The Commercial Appeal.

It was reported last week that approximately 90% of NBA players are fully vaccinated, with a handful of teams boasting a 100% vaccination rate among their rosters.

Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman said Monday that the team is in "a very good place vaccination-wise" and is working toward a goal of 100%, according to Cassie Carlson of Action News 5.

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