Warriors’ training camp delayed by 2 positive COVID-19 tests
The Golden State Warriors are ushering players in for training camp and the team will now have to push back practices. According to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, the Warriors have delayed the start of their training camp due to two positive COVID-19 cases.
Bob Myers said two Warriors players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the welcome process. "As a result, we've been delayed one day." Individual workouts tomorrow, practices pushed to next Monday. Won't disclose the players.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 1, 2020
In all likeliness, the Warriors won’t reveal what players tested positive for COVID-19 to avoid any controversy. Nevertheless, Golden State will be pushing back practices until next Monday to avoid an outbreak within the locker room.
Of course, there are only a few weeks until the season begins, giving teams a small window to practice with one another. And with the Warriors having some new faces on the roster, they could have even less time to build their chemistry.
At the end of the 2019-20 season, many people were speaking about Golden State that could return to being a contender in the upcoming season. They were going to be getting Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson back from injury to go along with Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins.
However, on the day of the 2020 NBA Draft, the Warriors discovered that Thompson suffered a torn Achilles. While Golden State added James Wiseman with the second overall selection, they lost Thompson for the second consecutive season.
To help replace the production of Thompson, the Warriors acquired Kelly Oubre Jr. in a trade. Oubre had a career year with the Phoenix Suns last season, averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game.
Despite the handful of changes the Warriors underwent this offseason, they’ll now have less practice time ahead of the regular season due to COVID-19. Hopefully there aren’t more positives to surface and the NBA doesn’t have any issues with COVID-19 when the season tips off.