With the first preseason game later this week, the Golden State Warriors are finally at practice. But we knew there would be absences following the announcement that two undisclosed players on the team had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Now we know who those absences are and thus, who has the coronavirus. In theory, at least.
All-Star Draymond Green and rookie James Wiseman didn’t practice on Monday. Coach Steve Kerr is allowed to say that. What he’s not allowed to say is who has the coronavirus, due to the league’s protocol.
Steve Kerr said James Wiseman and Draymond Green did not practice today.— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) December 7, 2020
When asked about James Wiseman’s absence: "I will not comment on that any further. You can make your own deductions."
While Kerr couldn’t say that Green or Wiseman had tested positive for the virus, he was fully aware of the absurdity of the situation, and the fact that every member of the Warriors media has the requisite math skills to successfully put two and two together.
Kerr wonders aloud if anyone at this point on the Zoom has not figured out why Wiseman and Green did not practice today. I’d like to add Green has a newborn baby at home while the Warriors and the NBA gear up for games during the pandemic.— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) December 7, 2020
It’s a very bizarre and awkward situation, and while the NBA’s desire for anonymity in a pandemic is commendable, it also feels like a fruitless motion that only serves to put coaches and players in awkward positions.
As for Green and Wiseman, the concern is obviously for their health and safety, and the health and safety of their families. Hopefully they both fully recover soon, and everyone around them stays well.
It’s obviously not ideal to have them missing training camp, especially for Wiseman, since he’s a rookie who missed all but three games of his lone college season.
But, as has been the case since March, it’s hard to spend too much energy worrying about the sporting outcome here.
Heal up Dray, James, and the Green and Wiseman families.