Warriors’ position on playing in NBA’s second bubble, per Bob Myers
The NBA is reportedly close to finalizing a plan for a second “bubble” involving the eight teams not involved in the restart in Orlando. The Golden State Warriors are one of those eight teams. Bob Myers spoke up.
The NBA is closing in on signing off on a second “bubble” in Chicago for the eight teams that were not invited to play in Orlando, enabling mini-training camps and subsequent games against other clubs with a target date of September, sources tell ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2020
It remains unknown whether each of the eight teams are invested in this plan, but Myers, the general manager of the Warriors, told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan the Dubs would participate, though he also stated the team would only head to Chicago if players were invested:
“Our position is, ‘Let us know what’s possible,”‘ Myers said. “Until we really know, it’s hard to say. If we can get the majority of our players to go. And if it’s beneficial, then we’ll do that. If we can’t, we’ll take what we can get. This whole thing is about balancing health and safety. From a team standpoint, what solutions check as many boxes as it can?
“One of the things is, you try not to judge. Everybody is right in a certain sense. Whether we pursue the opportunity to get our young players some work in some safe environment locally or in a second bubble, we’re support of the pursuit. Now whether we get there or not is really a health and safety thing.”
Thompson was only just cleared from his ACL tear suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, and the Warriors–with nothing to play for–would not risk of the health of their two biggest stars.
Still, additional scrimmages and games might be good for players like Erich Paschall, Jordan Poole and Damion Lee, all of whom figure to be important depth pieces for the Warriors next season.