NBA rumors: Second campus for Warriors, non-Orlando teams has support

NBA rumors: Second campus for Warriors, non-Orlando teams has support

Ever since the Warriors last played in an NBA game back on March 10, nearly an entire typical offseason's worth of time has passed. Throughout the stretch of five straight NBA Finals runs, Golden State inevitably "enjoyed" the shortest offseasons in the league over that span.

With the Warriors not qualifying for the NBA's expanded playoff tournament, that time between games is slated to go on for much, much longer. Next season might not begin until January at the earliest, which, in theory, could place them at a competitive disadvantage. Rest is one thing. Rust is another.

With that in mind, The Athletic's Sam Amick reported Saturday there is "significant support" from most of the teams not participating in Orlando for the possibility of a secondary campus on which they could train, compete and potentially play televised games. 

"Those ideas have been shared openly on the league’s weekly general manager’s call, sources say, with the latest iteration on Thursday including optimism that a solution would be found and a continued focus on building an environment that’s on par with the Walt Disney World campus when it comes to the extensive precautions taken," Amick wrote.

Among the "Delete Eight" teams reportedly pushing the hardest for the secondary site, Amick mentioned the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks, while the Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly have expressed interest in serving as the host. Amick also reported Las Vegas and Houston were possible locations mentioned by league officials on Thursday's call, citing sources.

The only team Amick specifically mentioned as reportedly being hesitant to participate is the New York Knicks, due to them having as many as eight players who are pending free agents and might choose to sit out. However, Warriors coach Steve Kerr previously has said Golden State, too, would not be interested in participating in that kind of proposed setup.

"We're in a different space and people understand that," Kerr said on a June 9 conference call with reporters. "We'd be more interested in practice time."

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Regardless of what exactly the secondary site would entail, there appears to be a major hurdle for the league to overcome -- outside of the two most prominent "Delete Eight" franchises reportedly being uninterested. On that same Thursday call, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts reportedly expressed severe reservations due to potential health concerns.

"Candidly, while I appreciate (concerns) that there will be a bit of a layoff, I think there are some things these teams can do to get the guys that are not playing some (benefit) by their not being involved in Orlando," Roberts said. "But unless we could replicate in every way the protocol that’s been established for Orlando, I’d be -- I’m being tame now -- suspicious."

"I think our teams are incredibly smart and creative and can come up with ways to get their guys engaged, if not now, before the season starts," she continued. "But I am very concerned and frankly, my concern aside, our players, our teams are very concerned about any -- in terms of play that doesn’t have the same guarantees of safety and health that we’ve provided for the teams in Orlando. 

"So yeah, never say never, but there’s a standard. It’s a standard that’s got to be met, and if it’s not met, next question, as far as I’m concerned."

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Heat guard Tyler Herro studies Warriors' Klay Thompson to improve shot

Heat guard Tyler Herro studies Warriors' Klay Thompson to improve shot

Klay Thompson's shot is that of near perfection. Steph Curry might be regarded as the greatest shooter in NBA history, but his fellow Splash Brother's form is picturesque. 

Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro is taking note, too. The shooting guard has taken advantage of his time away from the court before the NBA's restart by watching film on Thompson and other greats.

"Klay Thompson, Ray Allen, CJ McCollum, Steve Nash and Bradley Beal are the guys that’s I’ve watched, just picking different things from each player," Herro recently told reporters, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman. 

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Herro, 20, is averaging 12.9 points per game for the Heat while shooting an impressive 39.1 percent from 3-point range. As a rookie, Thompson shot 41.4 percent from deep and has a career 41.9 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. They don't make many like Klay. 

Miami's young sharpshooter is studying one specific part of Thompson's game, too.

"You know, Klay and Ray, they do the catch-and-shoot very well," Herro said. "So that's the thing that I pay attention to when I'm watching them. But every player that I watch, or the coaches have me watch, I can dissect something new or something different from their game to try to add it to mine."

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Herro and the Heat resume their season Aug. 1 against the Denver Nuggets in Orlando. In just his first season, he has helped the Heat become a contender as a feared outside shooter and will play a big role once the NBA returns. 

Rested, healthy and full of more knowledge from hours watching film, we'll soon be able to see what exactly Herro picked up from Thompson other great shooters.

Eight things Warriors must do to return to NBA championship contention

Eight things Warriors must do to return to NBA championship contention

Until the current NBA season is completed -- if it ever is -- the Warriors will remain the reigning Western Conference champions. Yes, the 15-50 Golden State Warriors.

Obviously, they didn't come anywhere near their recent level of success this season, ending their season with the worst record in the league after making five straight NBA Finals. That said, the Warriors' roster isn't anywhere near the worst in the NBA. Not even close.

Though it would seem like quite a bounce-back, a Golden State resurgence next season isn't out of the question. In fact, for many reasons, you can bank on it. But resurgence isn't what the Warriors are aiming for. They don't simply want to climb out of the cellar.

They want to win championships.

Though they have many of the key ingredients already in place, some vital developments will have to occur in order for the Warriors to get back to title contention. Some will be more easily accomplished than others, and not all of them are in Golden State's control. But if the Warriors do these eight things, they'll give themselves a chance to lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy once again.