The NBA is gearing up for a return to play in mid-July. It seems the Golden State Warriors might be asked to finish their season to some capacity.
Since the NBA announced it was suspending play for the foreseeable future, the Golden State Warriors have been in ‘offseason mode.’ However, it seems the Dubs might have to snap out of it quickly and prepare to head to Walt Disney World as the league looks to finish the season.
Reports of the NBA preparing to resume play sometime in July have been rampant. While no one seems sure of the full details, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports had this to say recently:
The NBA has a billion issues to address and finishing the regular season is one thing that will help them cover multiple bases. How do you handle the playoff seeding in an unfinished season? Do the players need some sort of warm-up period before jumping straight into the playoffs? What about all of the money the NBA would lose if they concluded the regular season? All of these issues would be fixed by asking all 30 teams to play out a few more games.
The Warriors still shouldn’t return
This is an interesting development for lottery teams such as the Warriors. The Dubs have already been eliminated from playoff contention. This makes returning to play meaningless and unnecessary risk.
I can’t imagine Stephen Curry and the rest of the team will be thrilled to learn they are going to be asked to stay isolated in a bubble while they finish an already lost season. As Steve Kerr already said, he doesn’t think the NBA will even request the Dubs to finish their campaign at all.
Still, Kerr acknowledged that if the Warriors are asked to play, they will play. The franchise was already looking ahead to the NBA Draft and free agency period but it won’t be too difficult for them to shift back into gear and bring their season to a proper conclusion.
Looking at this from a glass half full mentality, the Warriors will have a chance to safely see Andrew Wiggins and Curry play alongside each other. Building chemistry between these two will be key next year and getting a head start is always beneficial.
It still seems unlikely the Warriors will find themselves playing NBA basketball anytime soon but anything is possible in this crazy state the league is currently in.