Steph reacts to Dame’s comments on ‘meaningless games’
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Steph reacts to Dame’s comments on ‘meaningless games’

Damian Lillard created headlines last week along with his comments about the NBA’s potential plans for resuming the 2019-20 season.

“If we advance back and they’re right care for, ‘We’re adding a few games to finish the regular season,’ and they’re throwing us available for meaningless games and we make no longer have a right opportunity to get into the playoffs, I’m going to be with my team because I’m a part of the team,” the Portland Trail Blazers star guard told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. “However I’m no longer going to be participating. I’m telling you that legal now.

“If we advance back and I make no longer have an opportunity to make the playoffs — I am going to relate up to work, I am going to be at practice and I am going to be with my team. I’m going to attain all that and then I’m going to be sitting legal on that bench during the games.”

What is Steph Curry’s reaction to that?

“I really feel what he is saying because it is hard mentally to bolt together with this prolonged of gap, and then prepare for games you know make no longer matter,” the Warriors’ superstar said on the “The Existence Podcast” with Anthony Morrow and Justin Jack. “I get it.

“It is a hard thing to put your mind in that space, ‘I’m gonna exit here and compete and bust my a– and know in 5 games we’re right gonna be back in the offseason again.'”

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Golden State did re-start Chase Center facilities Monday so players may well figure out again, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Logan Murdock. 

However all indications are that the Warriors may no longer be playing any additional games this season, and is no longer going to be included among the teams that eventually will take the court in Orlando.

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“Between now and Thursday’s vote of the board of governors on the plan to restart the season, the NBA is working to total the details of a 22-team format,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe wrote Monday.

So for Lillard and the Blazers — who right now take a seat in a three-way tie for ninth place in the Western Convention — it appears they are going to get the opportunity to claw their way into the playoffs.

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To play or no longer to play?

That is the demand facing the Warriors as the NBA nears a resolution on how many teams will participate when the league resumes the 2019-20 season.

Whereas coach Steve Kerr said the team is operating as if the season is over, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that owner Joe Lacob told his fellow owners that the team was “willing” to play if all 30 NBA teams have been asked to play.

However … Wojnarowski also reported, citing sources, that the Warriors have been “far more frigid to the idea in private.”

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Based on Wojnarowski’s reporting from Friday, the NBA Board of Governors are expected to approve commissioner Adam Silver’s proposal for a 22-team restart plan later this week, meaning the Warriors — who preserve the worst memoir in the league — would no longer be asked to play any more games this season.

The Warriors make no longer have anything left to play for this season. They are the one team that has been officially eliminated from playoff competition. Does it make sense for the players to battle by several weeks of training camp to play a handful of meaningless games?

“It is a hard thing to put your mind in that space, ‘I’m gonna exit here and compete and bust my a– and know in 5 games we’re right gonna be back in the offseason again,’ ” Warriors star Steph Curry told archaic teammate Anthony Morrow these days on “The Existence Podcast.”

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Would it is advantageous for the Warriors to get a temporary look at Curry playing alongside Andrew Wiggins? Distinct, but they make no longer want to threat injury to either player when the goal is making definite the team is ready to soar back for the 2020-21 season.

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Monday was an important day for the Warriors.

A source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Logan Murdock that the Warriors re-opened their facility on Monday after the team acquired approval from the City and County of San Francisco. The Warriors adhered to all protocols area for the by the league and city. 

“About 5 players” of the team confirmed up to figure out, sources told Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

Expectation remains that Warriors may no longer be part of any NBA restart, but there is an obvious want to sharpen talents, get on training programs for the summer and eventually be able to attain community workouts/scrimmages and perhaps mini training camp

— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 1, 2020

The arena has been totally shut down since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Draymond Inexperienced getting in a “last court exercise for the foreseeable future …”

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The Warriors have been following guidelines from San Francisco mayor London Breed and local public health officials.

“After we receive approval by the County Health Officer, we plan to start our practice facility for voluntary workouts with our players,” the team announced last week. “In doing so, we can practice all health and safety protocols and procedures applied by the NBA, the City and County and our acquire additional [COVID-19] measures.”

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