For the last week, the Warriors and the NBA at large have been dealing with the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
In the latest twist, the Brooklyn Nets announced four players have contracted the virus, including ex-Warriors forward Kevin Durant.
The announcement is noteworthy, considering the Warriors were slated to play the Nets at Chase Center without fans last Thursday.
"I'm hoping none of our players went and hung out with them the night before the game," Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted on a conference call Tuesday afternoon.
With the latest revelation, there are now seven known NBA players who have tested positive for COVID-19, including Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. Gobert's positive test last Wednesday led to the NBA's decision to suspend the season. The league announced it would tentatively wait 30 days before considering a return. Locally, on Monday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a 'shelter in place' order mandating citizens to remain indoors for three weeks to self-quarantine.
However, the NBA's response to the coronavirus outbreak was slow. Initially, teams opted to play in front of crowds. As more cases popped up, teams barred the media from locker rooms days before the season was suspended. On Tuesday, Kerr said Gobert's case played a big role in how the country currently views the seriousness of the situation.
"I think the NBA shutting down was part of the tipping point for everybody," Kerr said. "I think there was a period there for a couple of days where it was sort of natural human nature to think this will be okay ... because we're just not conditioned to process anything like this."
"I think everything that has happened since the league shut down was enough proof that the NBA did the right thing and that we need to follow the advice of the experts out there and everybody's got to do their part," Kerr added.
While the United States has just over 6,000 confirmed cases, that number is disputed since the country has limited access to testing equipment. Nevertheless, the Jazz got 58 test kits following Gobert's positive test, according to USA Today. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Los Angeles Lakers will be tested for the coronavirus Wednesday. As for the Nets, ESPN reported the team got kits through a private company. The test discrepancy has garnered criticism from skeptics who say that the league's access to testing kits is unfair.
On Tuesday, Myers said team staff and players have not been tested yet while expressing sympathy for those who aren't able to get tested.
"We've been told that the testing is in short supply and we're treating ourselves like people," he added. "Which is what we are. We're not better than anybody, we're not worse, we're just a basketball team."
"Right now we're not interacting with each other," he added. "I've been told by our doctors and our medical community we shouldn't be testing asymptomatic people at this point in California."