The Golden State Warriors are taking a humble approach to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and scare. As tests for the coronavirus are in short supply, the Warriors organization made the decision not to circumvent the system and jump ahead of the line.
Warriors President Bob Myers explained to the media on Tuesday, via the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau, “We've been told that the testing is in short supply, and we're treating ourselves like people.” Myers elaborated, “We're not better than anyone else. … I've been told we shouldn't test asymptomatic people in California.”
Bob Myers on whether Warriors players have been tested: "We've been told that the testing is in short supply, and we're treating ourselves like people. … We're not better than anyone else. … I've been told we shouldn't test asymptomatic people in California."
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) March 17, 2020
Several professional athletes and celebrities have caught the ire of the public for somewhere cutting the line while there is a shortage of testing material for the coronavirus and finding out whether they are positive or not. The Brooklyn Nets, who revealed on Tuesday that four players, including All-Star forward Kevin Durant, are positive for the pandemic virus, shared that they used a private company to conduct the tests rather than skipping ahead of thousands of individuals on pins and needles to find out their statuses.
Durant and the three members of the Nets join Utah Jazz stars center Rudy Gobert and guard Donovan Mitchell along with Detroit Pistons power forward Christian Wood as the known tested-positive NBA players. The league suspended operations effective March 12, initially setting a 30-day hiatus period, but that may be extended due to the current state of the public health crisis in the United States, possibly ending the 2019-20 season or further delaying the conclusion of the regular season or postseason.
The Warriors have firmly been out of the running of the playoffs for quite some time, though, and instead can expect to have the tied-for-best odds to earn the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.