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NBA rumors: Warriors exploring proactive safety ideas at Chase Center

NBA rumors: Warriors exploring proactive safety ideas at Chase Center

The NBA has a plan in place to restart the 2019-20 season in late July, but nobody really knows if the Orlando "bubble" concept will be successful.

And let's be real -- we have no clue what the 2020-21 campaign will look like. The league still needs to determine when the season will start, and what the salary cap and luxury tax line will be.

As a result, it's difficult for the Warriors to map out their future amid all of the uncertainty.

If there is no vaccine for COVID-19 by the end of the year, will fans be allowed in arenas? If the NBA decides to let local governments dictate the rules, will San Francisco give the Warriors the green light to open up Chase Center to Dub Nation? It's far too early to have any answers.

But as the franchise waits for clarity, it's looking ahead.

"In recent weeks, the organization has explored several proactive ideas, sources said," The Athletic's Anthony Slater wrote Tuesday. "Could they set up at-the-door coronavirus tests for every fan? What would be the protocol if someone’s temperature was over 100?

"What’s the best layout if the building could only fill 25 percent capacity? Fifty percent? What are the different legal and financial ramifications of each choice?"

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With the situation being so fluid, these conversations surely will evolve over the coming months. Certain concepts will be scrapped altogether.

But the franchise has plenty of time to look into these options, and it's certainly smart to get a head start.

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Source: Warriors' facility opens; 'about five players' reportedly show up

Source: Warriors' facility opens; 'about five players' reportedly show up

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 got approval from the City and County of San Francisco. The Warriors adhered to all protocols set for the by the league and city. 

"About five players" of the team showed up to work out, sources told Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

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

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

"Once we receive approval by the County Health Officer, we plan to open our practice facility for voluntary workouts with our players," the team announced last week. "In doing so, we will follow all health and safety protocols and procedures implemented by the NBA, the City and County and our own additional [COVID-19] measures.”

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Warriors fans ranked seventh best in sports, No. 1 in NBA by Forbes

Warriors fans ranked seventh best in sports, No. 1 in NBA by Forbes

If you're a Warriors fan -- whether you're having a bad day or not -- this just might cheer you up.

Forbes ranked the fans of all 123 teams in the four major North American sports, and there are two main takeaways from a Dub Nation perspective.

No. 1: The Warriors finished No. 7 overall (behind the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks).

No. 2: The Warriors are No. 1 in the NBA.

So how did Forbes come to this conclusion? Well, as Christina Settimi writes:

Measuring passion is a tricky thing. Crazy certainly helps, but we look at more concrete evidence, including television ratings, game attendance, merchandise sales and social media reach.

With the Warriors specifically:

You couldn’t give this team’s merchandise away a decade ago; today, it’s a bestseller, led by Stephen Curry’s jersey. An added bonus: the league’s highest average local television rating during 2018-19.

And after a disastrous 2019-20 season for Golden State in terms of wins and losses, you better believe Warriors fans are ready to explode next year.

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If life eventually returns to "normal" once a vaccine is developed for the coronavirus (COVID-19) -- and if the Warriors are a title contender again next season and beyond -- Chase Center is going to be rockin' and the TV ratings will soar.

And if Giannis Antetokounmpo somehow ends up putting on a Warriors uniform ...

... oh boy.

Lastly, if you don't root for the Dubs and believe it's just a bunch of bandwagon fans who cheer for the Warriors -- you are mistaken.

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Did some people jump onboard specifically during the 2014-15 season when the franchise won its first NBA championship in 40 years? Of course.

But the Bay Area packed Oracle Arena even when the team made the playoffs just one time over an 18-year span from 1995 to 2012.

Warriors fans have been extremely passionate and loyal for a long, long time.

A quick Google search will provide the truth.

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