NBA Covid-19 latest: Golden State Warriors’ GM Bob Myers announced that the first practice for the team will be delayed after two players were tested positive for Covid-19. The Golden State Warriors started camp without forward Draymond Green and recent No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman. They both will likely miss out for the NBA Preseason.
Head coach Steve Kerr told reporters as much Thursday, calling it “very unlikely” either of them will play in the team’s three preseason games.
“Neither one will play Saturday and very unlikely to play either game in Sacramento, too,” Kerr said of the opener against the Denver Nuggets and then the other two games on Tuesday and Thursday. “We’ve got to be very careful and smart given the layoff that we’re all coming off of and then the short amount of time as it is for training camp. There’s no way I’d throw either guy into an NBA game right away. They got to build into that.“
Wiseman could have used the experience that the preseason provides. Golden State selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft, and he figures to play significant minutes for a team looking to bounce back from a disappointing campaign.
“It just pushes everything back,” Kerr said of the 19-year-old’s development. “It’s unfortunate because these are very important practices this week, so the only thing we’ve been able to do is have him sit and watch practice. And then watch film, both with the team and individually and be tutored off the court, but as soon as he’s on the court, we’ll do as much as we can with him to get him up to speed.”
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“It’s unfortunate. But it’s just the way it goes,” Kerr said about their No.2 draft pick. “Our coaching staff has been showing him tape the last few days. He’s still getting some homework in. It’s not ideal, but nothing’s ideal for anyone in 2020.”
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The Warriors originally reported that two players had tested positive for the virus last Tuesday, and per league protocols, Green and Wiseman would need to quarantine away from the team for 10 to 12 days before registering two negative COVID-19 tests to rejoin the team.
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NBA also set up a rules system for what will happen if someone tests positive for COVID-19. Under such a situation, there are two possible routes to return: a “time-based” resolution, and a “test-based” resolution.
The tentative NBA schedule calendar for the NBA 2020-21 season:
• Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games
• Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season
• March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break
• March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season
• May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament
• May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs