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Warriors 'ecstatic' they aren't part of 2019-20 NBA Orlando restart

Warriors 'ecstatic' they aren't part of 2019-20 NBA Orlando restart

The Warriors aren't going to Orlando for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season in July, and they aren't complaining.

The NBA announced June 4 that 22 teams will report to the Walt Disney World complex next month, play eight regular-season games, possible play-in games and then conduct the playoffs. The Warriors are among eight teams whose season ended with the announcement.

"Talking to Warriors officials, they’re ecstatic about skipping Orlando and not just because they’re avoiding an increasingly complex negotiation process," The Athletic's Ethan Strauss wrote Friday. "They know that skipping Florida means more time to focus and figure out a way forward. The trick is getting started."

The Warriors posted a video of a number of players, including Steph Curry, working out at the practice facility at Chase Center on Wednesday.

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If the 2020-21 NBA season starts sometime in December, the Warriors would go nine months between official games.

Right now, Warriors players can go to the team's facility, but they have to abide by certain rules due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those rules limit how much work a player can do.

“We can only work one-on-one with players right now,” an unnamed Warriors coach told Strauss. “I can’t guard him, catch the kick-out pass and rebound all at the same time. It will be a lot more effective when the rules are relaxed to let us do more.”

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Despite their desire to contend for the 2020-21 NBA title. the Warriors have a lot of young players that need development time.

Playing in a few more games, however meaningless, might have helped those players, but it appears the team is more than happy to simply get in 1-on-1 work at the facility.

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What to expect in Steph Curry's return to depleted Warriors' lineup

What to expect in Steph Curry's return to depleted Warriors' lineup

Steph Curry hasn't played a basketball game in four months.

Sure, the Warriors point guard has been working out and going through shooting drills as he works his way back from a broken left hand. But nothing can simulate NBA game action.

So what can we expect to see from Curry when he makes his eventual return to the Warriors' lineup, presumably later this week?

"Man, they need him. They need him," NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh said during "Warriors Pregame Live" on Sunday. "Just some sort of lift for the locker room. I think, when you look at Steph Curry, he's a gamer, he's going to be able to play at a high level right away. I think the legs need to get underneath him obviously. Steve Kerr, Bob Myers and the team want to see him get his rhythm back, his conditioning back.

"And to me, he's been off the court for four months and it's going to be good to get some scrimmages out there. I don't think he's going to get 30-35 minutes a game, but I think right out of the gate, he's going to be in the [20-minute] range] and playing at a high level. He looks great to me. I just saw him [down on the court], he looks great out there. He didn't look like he had taken four months off at all."

Curry had been targeting Sunday's game against the Wizards for his return, but the Warriors announced Saturday that he needed more scrimmage time and will head down to Santa Cruz to practice with their G League affiliate Monday.

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The Warriors play in Denver on Tuesday, and it doesn't make much sense for him to play his first game at that altitude, so the next logical option is Thursday night against the Raptors at Chase Center.

Haberstroh is right. Curry won't play his customary 32-33 minutes per game. But he will definitely bring some much-needed excitement to the Warriors.

Warriors' Klay Thompson has chance to play this season, Bob Myers says

Warriors' Klay Thompson has chance to play this season, Bob Myers says

Klay Thompson is itching to get back into an NBA game. But all indications are that he will sit out the entire 2019-20 season to ensure his surgically repaired ACL heals.

But Warriors general manager Bob Myers left the door open slightly with his comments during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.

"I think there's a chance," Myers told ABC's Lisa Salters when asked if Klay could play this season. "We're going to have an update probably around All-Star break. But like Steph, if they're healthy and they're cleared, they'll play. But if they're not, obviously we're not going to play them.

"They both love basketball. Klay has had the hardest time being away from it. It's like he's thirsty and can't drink water. And Steph as well. But Steph is closer than Klay. You can ask him yourself. But it feels like Klay hasn't played in a long, long time. So it'll be exciting when we got all those guys back."

Curry spoke to Salters later in the game and indicated that he's targeting the first week of March for his long-awaited return to the Warriors' lineup.

As for Thompson, he's been seen on several occasions around the Warriors' facility in San Francisco shooting in full uniform. You can tell he desperately wants to get back on the court.

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But with the Warriors now sitting at 12-41 after their loss to the Lakers, Thompson should just shut it down for the season. As much as Warriors fans want to see him back on the court, it would be wise for him to give his left knee as much time to heal as possible.