Two Golden State Warriors players have tested positive for COVID-19, basketball department president / general manager Bob Myers said Tuesday.
“When players re-entered our market, two players tested positive when they re-entered,” Myers said. “I don’t think this is unexpected when all the boys come back [outside the] Market. It proves that the protocols and tests are working. That was the whole point of catching these things before we started.
“As a result, we have been delayed by a day so that we can start our individual workouts [Wednesday] and then the official type of camp they are going to practice in and all together that I believe will start on Monday. Of course, I can’t reveal the players [who tested positive] according to the CBA and HIPAA rules, but I wanted to get this out, put myself in front of it so everyone on the call would know that we are officially starting 1v0 things tomorrow and then starting increased activity on Monday. That’s all according to NBA protocols, which I learn a lot about. “
Myers said he contacted executives in other sports to see how they handled the uncertainty surrounding an unprecedented season during a pandemic. The Warriors did not participate in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida after hitting the worst league with a record of 15:50 in the regular season.
“”[Warriors co-owner] Peter Guber obviously went through [it this past season] As an executive with the Dodgers, “Myers said.” I spoke to him [San Jose] Sharks GM Doug Wilson on how to prepare when they get started [San Francisco 49ers GM] John Lynch. But more only across the board. How do you move What do you advise? … how do you navigate with all the uncertainty? “
Myers says he believes the Warriors can start their season at home on time, which is noteworthy given that the Niners had to move two home games to Glendale, Arizona later that month because contact sports were banned in Santa Clara County.
“At this point, the Santa Clara County’s decision clearly made us ponder these things,” Myers said as he discussed possible contingency plans should San Francisco County issue a similar order. “I haven’t heard from the City of San Francisco that they are going to implement anything like this at this point. I haven’t heard that we are put in such a position.”
“This is a very fluid world right now. Sport is part of it, just like our life is part of it. If at some point we have to make adjustments, we will. Just like they do. At this point, we are not told such things . “
Like Myers, Warriors manager Steve Kerr knows there is a lot of uncertainty about how the new season will play out.
“We can’t control the environment like the league with the bubble,” he said. “We go into this thing with open eyes. I join in with it every day [Warriors president] Rick [Welts] and Bob about our COVID logs, the latest updates from the league, the latest updates from our training staff, what’s happening. As for my confidence, I am confident that the league will do everything in its power to get things right and to protect us, the players and the staff.
“Who the fuck knows? I mean it’s 2020. I think we just have to be open about it and do our best and see what happens.”
Both Myers and Kerr tried to stay open about how things might play out in the future.
“The truth is, no one has the answers to these questions,” Myers said. “I think the key really is testing, when I have to say that something I’ve learned is reasonably accurate testing as often as possible. Besides that, if you’re smart and really understand, there will be bumps in the road give and understand that [this process] will not be smooth and seamless. Not today, not tomorrow, not in a day, not in a month, maybe in a while.
“We’re all trying to do this as best we can. And having some kind of conversation with other athletes can be helpful and meaningful. I know the league leaders are talking to the other league leaders, so I’m sure I do influenced a large part of the decision-making process. “
The warriors weren’t alone with a positive test.
Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks said Tuesday that his team had a positive player test, and Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford said Center Mo Bamba – who tested positive a few months ago – is still “far from it “is to be ready to play again.