Coronavirus: What's next for Warriors with NBA season being on hiatus?

Coronavirus: What's next for Warriors with NBA season being on hiatus?

Warriors forward Eric Paschall posted a picture on his Instagram story Friday morning, showing his feet up in front his home television with the caption: "My life now." 

With the growing concern over the coronavirus in the NBA, Paschall's post marks a growing sentiment among league circles: Wait for a return date that might not come soon. 

While the virus has been active globally since January, the league's attention peaked Wednesday evening after Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert contracted the virus, prompting the league to suspend the season indefinitely. 

At the moment, the NBA has not released return date and with how the virus is spreading globally, it could be weeks, if not months, before teams get clarity on the future.  

How it affects the league and Warriors

In the wake of Wednesday's developments, the Toronto Raptors have advised their players to self-quarantine for 14 days, while the Washington Wizards have told players to quarantine for three to four days, according to the Washington Post.

As for the Warriors, the team is expected to meet Thursday to evaluate options going forward. Many of them already took to social media to express their feelings. 

"Just gotta buckle up and take care of yourself and those around you," Warriors guard Stephen Curry tweeted. "Basketball will be back at some point but right now, protect yourself and stay safe out there!" 

"This has been a wild rookie year!" Paschall added.

The team will also take a major hit financially. A week after Warriors chairman Joe Lacob boasted that the team makes more than the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, team president Rick Welts said the team will lose "tens of millions" of dollars as a result of the virus. As for season ticket holders, Welts said the team is dealing with each fan on a case by case basis and pondered the idea of giving fans a credit towards next season's ticket cost. 

While the Warriors have been eliminated from postseason play, the team still faces ramifications beyond the immediate damage. Assumed of a top-5 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, scouting has taken a hit abroad. Additionally, the league's delay means May's scouting combine in Chicago is in peril as is the NBA Draft slated for June 20.  

What's next?

We wait. No matter what date the league puts out to reconvene, the health of the league's officials, coaches, players and adjacent workers are paramount.

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On Wednesday, the Warriors released the following statement: 

"With the escalating situation surrounding COVID-19, we find ourselves in a rapidly-changing environment. We completely support the NBA’s decision to suspend our season until further notice. The health and safety of our fans, staff and players is our top priority."

For now, the Warriors and the league are following the lead of Paschall's post: Waiting for an answer.

Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

The last decade was littered with some of the greatest MVP seasons in NBA history.

From Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 becoming the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to LeBron James taking his game to new heights during the 2012-13 season, there was no shortage of singular campaigns to remember. Of course, Warriors star Steph Curry was plenty unprecedented on his own, becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2015-16 and the only player other than James to win the award multiple times in the 2010s.

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Curry's MVP wins will stand the test of time, but where do those campaigns stand among his award-winning peers' in the last 10 years? Here's how I ranked the MVP-winning seasons of the 2010s, starting with arguably the biggest outlier among the bunch. 


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Steve Kerr explains moment he realized Warriors' dynasty was underway

Steve Kerr explains moment he realized Warriors' dynasty was underway

Steve Kerr has seen plenty of success during his tenure as the Warriors head coach. In just six seasons, Kerr has won over 70 percent of his regular-season games and helped bring three championships to the Bay Area.

The coach told 95.7 The Game on Friday that he first realized he might be captaining a dynasty during the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

“For me, the moment was when we beat Houston in the West Finals in 2015,” Kerr said. “We had maybe a 12-point lead with about 45 seconds left, and I was standing up near halfcourt, kind of leaning against the scorer’s table. 

“There was a dead ball, and that was the moment when we realized we were going to win, the crowd realized it, our team realized it. And I just soaked it all in, I remember just looking (at) the entire panoramic view around Oracle and just soaking it all. It was such an incredible moment to be heading back to the Finals for the first time in 40 years.”

Warriors fans had sat through so many rough seasons and come up short in the postseason for several years in a row prior to Kerr’s arrival, but that night marked the de facto beginning of the organization’s perch atop the NBA, where they’d stay for the next five seasons.

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A disastrous 2019-20 season riddled with injuries brought many back to reality, but it likely won’t continue even if the NBA restarts the season after the coronavirus pause. 

Golden State then can look forward to restarting the dynasty in 2020-21 with a healthy Steph Curry and Klay Thompson back on the court.

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