Marquese Chriss discusses James Wiseman-Warriors NBA draft links

Marquese Chriss discusses James Wiseman-Warriors NBA draft links

The Warriors could end up picking James Wiseman in the 2020 NBA Draft.

A couple of weeks ago, a report claimed that the big man is at the top of Golden State's draft board.

Shortly after that, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said that he would select Wiseman if he were general manager Bob Myers and the Warriors end up with the No. 1 overall pick.

Hey Marquese Chriss, what are your thoughts on Wiseman possibly landing with the Dubs?

“I’m just thankful to have an organization that believes in me,” Chriss recently told Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. “At the end of the day, if they do draft (Wiseman), I know they’re making the best decision that they can for this team and that they feel will be beneficial for us to win a championship.

“As a team player, I want to win and I want to be a part of the team. Whatever role I have to have to make that happen, I’ll take on.”

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Chriss -- the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft -- averaged 13.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 blocks over the Warriors' last 20 games (18 starts) before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the NBA season.

He shot over 61 percent from the field and better than 78 percent from the free throw line during that stretch.

The 22-year-old has been saying all the right things for months now:

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What the Warriors do in the draft completely is out of Chriss' control. But it's possible that his emergence impacts the front office's decision-making process.

“I think everybody sees the draft stuff, but I don’t think I really think about it,” Chriss told Letourneau. “I really don’t have an input on it. It’s not something I really research or anything like that.”

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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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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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