With the NBA’s restart in full-swing, it looks like the league is considering adding a second bubble for the eight teams who aren’t participating in Orlando, Florida.
This means we could have Golden State Warriors back sooner than later. According to the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, the NBA is seriously considering a proposal to get the eight squads back on the court. Here are some of the details:
A week of practice at individual teams’ home facilities, starting the second week of August.
Possibly two weeks of group workouts hosted by two teams not in the restart. Those cities have not yet been finalized.
Teams traveling would likely be contingent on the players union approving teams scrimmaging each other.
As Bonnell points out, the proposal is pending approval from the NBAPA, but if it does, it would be beneficial for the Dubs.
Klay Thompson has been cleared for on-court workouts after recovering from knee surgery, so this would be a great opportunity to knock-off some of the rust. Stephen Curry only played in five games during the 2019-20 season, so getting back to some game action could help in preparation for next season.
The biggest benefit for Golden State would be for the young players. Guys like Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss, Jordan Poole and Ky Bowman some extra development time would be huge. Head coach Steve Kerr and the rest of the Warriors’ staff could get an up-close at the young guys, and provide some direction on what to focus on to improve their games ahead of next season’s training camp.
There are still a few hurdles to cover, but what do you think would be the biggest benefit for the Dubs to get some on-court workouts in this month? And do you think the vets like Thompson, Curry and Green should take part?
On to some links:
P.J. Carlesimo is best remembered for being choked by Latrell Spreewell during practice while both were with the Dubs. The former Warriors’ head coach weighed in on what the team should do with its top-five pick at the 2020 NBA Draft. (NBC Bay Area)
General manager Bob Myers has a big decision to make with the Dubs’ first-round pick this season. Fansided’s Mark Powell looks at if the team should use the selection to focus on the past, or the present?
The hot takes on whether or not Milwaukee Bucks’ superstar Giannias Antetokounmpo will stay-or-go will begin once the season is finished. Hall of Famer Charles Barkley shares why he is worried that the “Greek Freak” situation will turn out similarly to when the Warriors got Kevin Durant. (h/t NBC Bay Area’s Drew Shiller)
With the pandemic playing a major roll in the how the NBA’s economic picture will play out over the next few years. The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami breaks down how Warriors’ ownership could deal with the fallout. (subscription required)