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Draymond Green explains how SoulCycle classes help him stay NBA ready

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Draymond Green explains how SoulCycle classes help him stay NBA ready

On the Warriors’ days off, Draymond Green likes to flush his legs out in a room with candles and strangers by pedaling in Bay Area SoulCycle classes.

“You walk out feeling sweaty, feeling good like you got a workout in, but it doesn’t put much strain on the body," Green said. "Sometimes it’s good to get away from the game of basketball or the typical weight room.”

SoulCycle is a spin class, typically done in a dark room with upbeat, throbbing music. A class is 45 minutes of heart-pounding cardio.

“You’re working out with a different group of people, you’re all on rhythm, trying to stay on the beat with each other," Green said. "When you add music to a workout, it’s fun. I do it a lot with my fiancée, and we have a good time. We sit next to each other. She’s really good at it.”

Green’s enjoyment of the classes made Warriors teammates DeMarcus Cousins and Jordan Bell curious to join. 

How does Cousins at 6-foot-11 and 270 pounds fit on a stationary bike?

“They have extended handlebars to make the bike a little more suitable for us,” Green said with a laugh.

The height of the seat is adjustable, too.

Cousins did some classes with Green when he was rehabbing his Achilles tendon injury. Bell did SoulCycle a lot during the offseason in Los Angeles, and he scatters in some classes now.

“Draymond introduced me to SoulCycle, I think when I got drafted," Bell said. "All the time in the summer, I did it. Monday, Wednesday, Friday. I make sure my heart rate is always up. And the recovery ... my legs feel so much better after I do it.”

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Green believes SoulCycle classes could become an NBA trend.

“I think if more guys tried it, it would be a lot bigger," Green said. "It’s a great workout, especially in the summer. Do a little SoulCycle, and you come back and you’re not in as bad of shape as you would have been. At that point, you can get basketball shape back easy.”

NBA rumors: Warriors privately 'cool' on playing when season returns

NBA rumors: Warriors privately 'cool' on playing when season returns

To play or not to play?

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

While 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 were asked to play.

But ... Wojnarowski also reported, citing sources, that the Warriors have been "far more cool to the idea in private."

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Based on Wojnawowski'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 hold the worst record in the league -- would not be asked to play any more games this season.

The Warriors don't have anything left to play for this season. They are the only team that has been officially eliminated from playoff contention. Does it make sense for the players to go through several weeks of training camp to play a handful of meaningless games?

"It's a hard thing to put your mind in that space, 'I'm gonna go out here and compete and bust my a-- and know in five games we're just gonna be back in the offseason again,' " Warriors star Steph Curry told former teammate Anthony Morrow recently on "The Life Podcast."

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Would it be advantageous for the Warriors to get a brief look at Curry playing alongside Andrew Wiggins? Sure, but they don't need to risk injury to either player when the goal is making sure the team is ready to bounce back for the 2020-21 season.

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Steph Curry reacts to Damian Lillard's comments on 'meaningless games'

Steph Curry reacts to Damian Lillard's comments on 'meaningless games'

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

"If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true 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. "But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now.

"If we come back and I don't have an opportunity to make the playoffs -- I will show up to work, I'll be at practice and I'll be with my team. I'm going to do all that and then I'm going to be sitting right on that bench during the games."

What is Steph Curry's reaction to that?

"I feel what he's saying because it's hard mentally to go with this long of gap, and then prepare for games you know don't matter," the Warriors' superstar said on the "The Life Podcast" with Anthony Morrow and Justin Jack. "I get it.

"It's a hard thing to put your mind in that space, 'I'm gonna go out here and compete and bust my a-- and know in five games we're just gonna be back in the offseason again.'"

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Golden State did re-open Chase Center facilities Monday so players could work out again, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock. 

But all indications are that the Warriors won't be playing any additional games this season, and will not 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 complete the details of a 22-team format," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe wrote Monday.

So for Lillard and the Blazers -- who currently sit in a three-way tie for ninth place in the Western Conference -- it appears they will get the opportunity to claw their way into the playoffs.

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