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Coronavirus: San Francisco bans all mass gatherings over 1,000 people

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Coronavirus: San Francisco bans all mass gatherings over 1,000 people

Just two days after Santa Clara County issued a ban on all mass gatherings over 1,000 people due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, San Francisco followed suit.

Mayor London Breed issued the following statement Wednesday, banning such gatherings for the next two weeks.

“We know that this Order is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health,” said Mayor Breed. “We’re following the recommendations of public health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This order mirrors actions being taken by other local governments and is informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. We know cancelling these events is a challenge for everyone and we’ve been talking with venues and event organizers about the need to protect public health. Today I spoke with the Warriors to discuss the steps we’re taking to cancel large events and they are in support of our efforts.” 

“Today’s action is going to help us fight the new coronavirus together. The virus needs people to spread. It jumps from person to person, so by reducing the opportunity for that to happen, we can effectively slow the spread,” said Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of Health. “Our chief concern is for vulnerable populations who are most at risk of getting very sick, or dying, if they get COVID-19. That is why we are recommending that people over 60, or with certain underlying health conditions, stay home as much as possible. For the general public, reducing the opportunity for exposure to the virus is the top priority, and by cancelling events, we are improving the odds. We encourage all San Franciscans to cut back on the time you spend in groups and wash your hands consistently.”

The Warriors and Giants, who both hold their home games in downtown San Francisco, have both since responded to Mayor Breed’s statement by taking action on upcoming events.

The Warriors will play their game against the Nets on Thursday, March 12 at Chase Center without fans. All other events at Chase Center through March 21 have been canceled or postponed.

After their game vs. the Nets, the Warriors leave on a five-game road trip through Milwaukee, Toronto, Indiana, Detroit and New York. They return to Chase Center on March 25 to play the Atlanta Hawks, which would fall in this two-week window Mayor Breed issued. This is followed by three more home games on March 28, March 29 and March 31 before hitting the road again.

The Giants currently remain in Scottsdale, Ariz. for spring training. They already have announced they will not play their exhibition game at Oracle Park on March 24. They are set to begin their regular season on March 26 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Their home opener is scheduled for April 3.

Over 1,000 people are confirmed to have the coronavirus in the United States, which is labeled COVID-19 by the World Health Organization. Twenty-eight people have died nationwide, according to NBC News.

Erik Spoelstra credits Andre Iguodala's Warriors tenure for NBA esteem

Erik Spoelstra credits Andre Iguodala's Warriors tenure for NBA esteem

Andre Iguodala's Warriors tenure couldn't have worked out much better, as the talented wing was an integral part of three championship-winning teams and won the 2015 NBA Finals MVP.

The 36-year-old was traded to Memphis last offseason, but Iguodala eventually found himself in Miami after a deadline deal with the Heat.

Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra was asked about Iguodala's impact on the organization during his first five months with the Heat, and the two-time champion's answer spoke volumes about how Iguodala's perception in the NBA has been shaped by his time with the Warriors.

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He wasn't an original member of the Warriors' roster, but his acquisition helped mark a turning point that saw the Warriors go from a middle-of-the-pack Western Conference team to a bona fide NBA Finals contender year in and year out. Unselfishness and versatility enabled Iguodala to captain the Warriors' second unit into one of the league's best, while simultaneously bringing valuable clutch minutes night in and night out alongside the Splash Brothers and Draymond Green when the game was on the line.

"You can talk about it in sports, how I came in as a rookie, kind of paid my dues," Iguodala said to Forbes Magazine about his background in leadership. "Kind of like being an intern, you just work your way through the ranks, doing it the right way, having the respect for anyone, whether someone is above you or below you, just having that human level of respect.

"I think the main thing in leadership is trying to get the most out of those beneath you, seeing their potential and helping them maximize their potential, finding out who they are as a person, finding out what makes them tick."

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Even when NBA stars like Kevin Durant joined the fold in Golden State (at Iguodala's position no less), they took lessons to heart from competing every day with him.

"I learned a lot from watching guys like Andre Iguodala -- how he used his hands in the paint when guys were going up to shoot," KD said on a recent Instagram Live.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers didn't come away empty-handed from the Iguodala transaction, as Golden State wound up with a valuable $17.2 million trade exception. This leaves the Warriors with a chance to add a solid contributor in a trade this offseason.

Golden State showered Iguodala with love when he returned to Chase Center this season with the Heat, and he'll forever be an iconic figure in Warriors lore.

LeBron James tweets #FreeWoj in support suspended Adrian Wojnarowski

LeBron James tweets #FreeWoj in support suspended Adrian Wojnarowski

The NBA's biggest star has come to the defense of the league's biggest news breaker.

A day after ESPN reportedly suspended Adrian Wojnarowski for an email he sent to a politician, LeBron James has joined the #FreeWoj movement.

The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reported Sunday that Wojnarowski's suspension will last two weeks, meaning he will be back in action before the NBA season resumes in Orlando, Florida on July 30.

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The #FreeWoj movement began Saturday night after Outkick reported that ESPN was suspending Woj for a vulgar reply to an email sent by Missouri senator Josh Hawley.

Warriors rookie Eric Paschall showed his support for Woj on Instagram.

One Twitter user suggested Saturday that a tweet from LeBron could have Woj back on the job as early as Sunday. Clearly that hasn't happened, but it's a big deal that the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is standing with Woj.