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Steve Kerr, Warriors will approach Chicago bubble 'like summer league'

Steve Kerr, Warriors will approach Chicago bubble 'like summer league'

Steve Kerr made headlines last month when he said the Warriors wouldn't be interested in participating in some sort of summer league with the teams not restarting their seasons in Orlando.

On Thursday, Golden State's coach provided an update on his perspective as a guest on The Athletic's "Hoops, Adjacent" podcast with David Aldridge and BIG Wos.

"Originally when it was announced that the 22 teams would go to Orlando, we felt like the other eight of us would probably be allowed to do some kind of an in-market training camp. And that is the most preferable scenario for us and, frankly, for most of the teams," Kerr explained. "But like everything else in the world, there are just so many factors here.

"I respect where the NBA is coming from, where the Players Association is coming from, where the guidelines are coming from, so this is really complex.

"We're going to do whatever the league asks us to do. If that means going to Chicago for a bubble, then we'll do it."

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Well, there you have it.

But don't expect players such as Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins to join the Warriors in the Windy City. In fact, it's very possible Kerr won't make the trip either.

When Aldridge said, "I got to imagine at the very least, younger guys would be the core of your group, right? And maybe some of the younger coaches, frankly, might make that trip," Kerr was transparent.

"We really haven't had a chance to talk about it, but I think those are pretty good assumptions to make," the eight-time NBA champion said. "It would feel like a summer league. If we go to Chicago, it's purely for development."

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So guys like Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, Alen Smailagic and Marquese Chriss would be expected to take the floor.

It's safe to assume new details will emerge at some point this month, but the overwhelming majority of the league's focus right now -- understandably -- is on Orlando.

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Warriors' 2020 second-round draft pick from Mavericks is No. 48 overall

Warriors' 2020 second-round draft pick from Mavericks is No. 48 overall

The Warriors will have a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, but we won't know if it's No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5 until next week's NBA draft lottery.

But when it comes to one of their two second-round selections, we already know the exact number.

Unless they trade the pick, the Warriors will choose a prospect at No. 48 overall.

How do we know this for sure? Well, Golden State acquired the Dallas Mavericks' second rounder in the February trade that sent Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III to the Philadelphia 76ers.

And when you look at the NBA standings, the Mavs are locked into the 48th spot when it comes to the draft order. At multiple points this season, it was looking like the pick could slip all the way to No. 53. But the Mavs went 12-13 over their last 25 games, including 3-5 in the Orlando bubble.

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The Warriors last picked at No. 48 overall in 1954 when they took Len Winogard out of Brandeis University. They chose Mike Kearns from Princeton at No. 48 in 1951.

That's your history lesson for the day.

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The Dubs' other 2020 second rounder won't be determined until the league figures out all of the tie-breaker scenarios from the final standings. It comes courtesy the Utah Jazz, yet was was acquired from the Mavs in the late January trade that sent Willie Cauley-Stein to Dallas.

And if you aren't already confused, the Mavs own Golden State's second-round pick this year (No. 31 overall), because the Warriors sent them Andrew Bogut and a future second rounder in July 2016 to clear sap space so they could sign Kevin Durant.

We all can agree that transaction worked out well for the franchise that calls Chase Center home.

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Why Warriors shouldn't be concerned about Suns' undefeated bubble run

Why Warriors shouldn't be concerned about Suns' undefeated bubble run

The Phoenix Suns deserve a ton of credit for going a perfect 8-0 in the Orlando bubble, and nearly earning their way into the play-in tournament between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds in the Western Conference.

Devin Booker was unbelievable, averaging 30.5 points and 6.0 assists, while shooting over 50 percent from the field. One of the best moments out of all of the seeding games was his game winner vs. the LA Clippers at the buzzer.

(Quick side note -- the team's official Twitter account produced some incredible content over the last couple of weeks, and pretty much became a must-follow.)

Because of what the Suns accomplished in the 2019-20 season restart, there are people across the basketball world who are expecting big things next season.

Should the Warriors view Phoenix as a legitimate threat in the West, or at the very least a team that definitely will be competing for a playoff spot? In short, the answer is no. Pump the brakes.

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It just was one week ago when Golden State forward Draymond Green disparaged the Suns' organization, saying he wishes Booker could leave the franchise because playing there is "not good for his career." Since 2010 -- when the Suns last made the playoffs -- they have finished with a winning record one time. Furthermore, it's well known that ownership isn't exactly committed to spending the necessary money on the roster, and it's fair to assume things could get worse on the financial front because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The reality is that Phoenix entered the bubble with no expectations whatsoever, and absolutely had nothing to lose. As mentioned before, they should be showered with praise for not mailing it in. They took it to heart to improve individually and collectively, and wanted to prove the NBA right simply for including them.

Mission accomplished.

But yours truly isn't going to take the Suns seriously until we see how they perform when legitimate stakes are on the line. Let's see if they can rise to the occasion when the opposition treats them like a legitimate threat, and they aren't able to sneak up on teams.

If fans return to arenas at some point next season, will the Suns be able to go on the road and win consistently? When adversity hits and they're feeling pressure, how will they respond?

Furthermore, while it's way too early to fully project the landscape (we got to see what happens with the NBA draft and free agency in October), we know the Western Conference is loaded.

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The nine 2020 playoff teams aren't going anywhere, and the New Orleans Pelicans (if they stay healthy) should be vastly improved. And then there's the Warriors, who typically play the Suns four times each season because they're in the same division. The Dubs expect to go from the team with the worst record in the NBA, to legitimate 2020-21 title contenders.

Plain and simple -- it's going to be very, very hard for the Suns to reach the postseason next year. And we doubt the Warriors are losing any sleep thinking about the franchise coach Steve Kerr was the general manager of from 2007 to 2010.

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