The Golden State Warriors may resume play — it just wouldn’t be in Orlando. The “Delete Eight” may participate in a restart in Chicago.
As the Orlando restart nears with an anticipated start date of July 30, the other NBA teams, the eight not included, are vouching for a restart of their own. A group that would include the Golden State Warriors may get there wish.
The eight teams want it to build their culture, many of which are extremely young compared to other NBA teams. Having over half a year off wouldn’t necessarily be ideal, but neither would putting anyone at unnecessary risk of catching COVID-19.
There’s quite a bit to be panned out still as far as details and dates, but the second bubble is planning to take place in Chicago. It wouldn’t necessarily be postseason play with a champion like in Orlando but rather small training camps with regulation-style games.
All that, including if the league would look to televise it to recoup some of their losses, are still to be known. However, one other thing is also known — if there is a restart, the Big 3 won’t be involved.
The Warriors would be rolling out a roster that would barely be noticeable to a casual NBA fan. Players like Jordan Poole and Eric Paschal would lead this team, and they would get some more valuable experience against other professionals.
But, is it really worth it?
That’s what the league must find out, but for now, they appear to be moving in a direction which favors a second restart. Teams like Golden State, Cleveland, Atlanta, New York, and four others would participate with many of the league’s elite young talent on display.
The NBA’s Orlando restart will take months to complete, and it’s doubtful that whatever is done in Chicago wouldn’t be near that long. It’s worth keeping up with but don’t expect the Warriors star power to be on display if the “Delete Eight” does return to play.