Gregg Popovich and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Appear in the NBA Vaccine PSAs

Gregg Popovich and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Appear in the NBA Vaccine PSAs

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich appears in a new vaccine-related PSA as a continued effort of the NBA in partnership with players and others in the NBA family to support important public health and safety communications. Those efforts come in coordination with public health officials.

The PSA featuring coach Popovich shows receiving his COVID-19 vaccine and detailing his experience.

“I’m going to get the COVID-19 vaccine shot – it will keep me safe, keep my family safe and keep other people safe. Wearing masks is important and to get the vaccine does give you an added level of assurance,” Popovich said. “I didn’t even feel it! Science-wise, it’s a no brainer. It’s the right thing to do so we can all get on track again. Let’s do this together. To learn more, visit CDC.gov.”


The first vaccine-related PSA featured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “Because of the COVID-19 virus, we’ve had to find new ways to be together, we’ve had to find new ways to communicate, we had to find new ways to play and we have to find new ways to keep each other safe. For myself and my family, I am going to take the COVID-19 vaccine. To learn more about the vaccines, go to CDC.gov. Let’s do this together.”

Since the start of the pandemic in March, NBA, and WNBA players, legends and coaches have filmed more than 50 PSAs to share support and tips for reducing risk and staying healthy, including recent messages about the importance of wearing face coverings, hand washing, and physical distancing following the recent surge of cases around the country. The PSAs have been viewed over 65 million times.

Most recently, Joe Harris, CJ McCollum, J.J. Barea, Miles Turner and Patty Mills encouraged the NBA family to continue healthy habits while include Jamal Murray and Steph Curry shared the importance of wearing face masks, hand washing and social distancing.