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Warriors center Damian Jones suffered torn left pectoral muscle

Warriors center Damian Jones suffered torn left pectoral muscle

The Warriors got the worst possible news on center Damian Jones on Sunday.

An MRI revealed that Jones tore his left pectoral muscle, the team announced.

Jones will see a specialist, and the Warriors will announce how long the 23-year-old center will be out after that meeting.

The injury occurred at the end of the third quarter Saturday night in Detroit, as Jones got tangled up with Pistons center Andre Drummond. Jones could be seen grabbing the left side of his chest.

Jones was having a solid game against Drummond and the Pistons before exiting with the injury. In 20 minutes, he scored nine points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out two assists.

The injury leaves the Warriors very thin at the center position, with Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell as the only healthy big men on the roster. Draymond Green is still recovering from a sprained toe, and DeMarcus Cousins hasn't been cleared to return from a torn Achilles.

For the time being, coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors will recall Marcus Derrickson from Santa Cruz of the G League.

How Warriors' finances might impact their 2020 first-round draft pick

How Warriors' finances might impact their 2020 first-round draft pick

Warriors general manager Bob Myers recently said that the team will "consider" trading its top-five pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft.

Of course he did. He wouldn't be doing his job if that wasn't the case.

Obviously, though, considering trading the pick does not necessarily mean that Golden State will. There are a variety of factors to consider, none of which have been made any simpler by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Potential salaries, championship windows and roster construction must all be taken into account.

The financial component is real. The league and each of its 30 teams inevitably will experience a significant drop in revenue due to the ongoing pandemic. ESPN's Brian Windhorst believes that will compel the Warriors to not only hold onto their first-round pick, but also consider altering previously-laid plans.

"The Warriors' whole planning and future has been exploded by this situation," Windhorst said Tuesday on "The Jump." "They have a $140 million-plus payroll for next year, and their cash cow arena that was going to pay for it is shut down. I'm not sure they can afford to trade [the pick], and I'm not sure that if they do make a trade that it's not going to be to reduce salary. 

"Everybody's talked about Andre Iguodala, that trade exception they have -- I don't know if they're going to be able to afford to use it, because this is going to be such a strain on their planning. They went from light years ahead to on their heads because of this unexpected turn of events."

Not being able to use the $17.2 million trade exception obviously would be a huge blow to the Warriors. That, along with their own 2020 first-round pick and the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2021 first-round pick, undoubtedly are their top-three non-player assets. Were Golden State to acquire an expensive veteran this offseason, it was fully expected the trade exception would somehow have been involved in that transaction. Eliminating it due to financial constraints would make Myers' attempt at an expedited turnaround that much more challenging.

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It's worth noting, though, that Warriors chairman Joe Lacob rarely has let expenses get in the way of acquiring premier talent, and while Chase Center won't produce anywhere near the revenue originally expected for its first year in existence, it will remain a "cash cow" for decades to come. Golden State must be fiscally responsible, but the long-term financial outlook is far rosier than the immediate. Lacob, Myers and Co. know their championship window is ongoing, and that surely will be factored into their offseason decisions.

Speaking of that championship window, Kendrick Perkins completely ignored it in his argument for why the Warriors should keep their first-round pick. That shouldn't necessarily come as a surprise, considering every word out of Perkins' mouth is an insult to anyone who has dedicated themselves to a career in sports media.

"I mean, come on Bob," Perkins said. "My thing is, look, you built a dynasty on drafting players. You drafted Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Steph Curry, and you won championships through the draft. Don't change what you've done that got you success. You gotta keep on. Don't change up the blueprint."

Perkins actually is correct -- shocking, I know. It's true, the Warriors' dynasty was built on homegrown talent. Well, that and this guy named Kevin Durant. However, it took a handful of seasons for that core to become a championship contender and Golden State doesn't have that same luxury this time around. In theory, the Warriors are more likely to acquire an immediate contributor by trading the pick than they are by using it themselves, and that option must be considered.

ESPN's Rachel Nichols also is of the belief that Golden State should retain its first-round pick, but for a different reason.

"It's so interesting," Nichols began. "The Warriors were in this once-in-a-lifetime situation because of Steph Curry's ankles, they were able to re-sign him to a contract that didn't really have his worth, and then you have the salary cap explosion in 2016 that enabled them to add Kevin Durant. That's never going to happen again, right? 

"Well, guess what? One of the other 'we never thought it would happen again' situations is what happened to the [San Antonio] Spurs when David Robinson was hurt for most of the year and they were able to draft Tim Duncan to a team that was already really good and should probably not have had a No. 1 draft pick. Well, that's what the Warriors are looking at again, because of these injuries to Steph and Klay. I don't see them giving that up."

The idea that the Warriors would be able to turn their outlying season into a future Hall of Famer sure is enticing. However, it ignores the reality of the situation. There is no Duncan in the 2020 draft class. Heck, there isn't even a consensus top prospect. Whoever the Warriors select with their first-round pick -- if that's what they choose to do -- won't be nearly as close to a sure thing as the greatest power forward of all time. Golden State can hope and pray for a similar result as San Antonio's, but the likelihood is extremely doubtful.

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So, what should the Warriors do? Do they draft someone who Curry can eventually pass the torch to, or do they trade the pick to try to extend the dynasty? Or, is there a way both can be accomplished? 

You can be sure Myers has been deliberating such questions, and will continue to do so all the way up until the Warriors are on the clock -- that is, if it ever gets to that point.

Gareth Bale uses Steph Curry golf story to defend his playing of sport

Gareth Bale uses Steph Curry golf story to defend his playing of sport

European soccer fans take the sport very seriously. Very seriously.

So seriously that they have a problem with Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale's desire to play golf on his down time. Apparently, this is a big point of controversy across the pond.

In an interview with Erik Anders Lang, Bale was asked about the complicated relationship he has with golf, and citied Warriors star Steph Curry's love for the game as a reason why it should be OK for him to play whenever he wants.

"Well, you wouldn't think it would be, but yeah, a lot of people have problems with me playing golf," Bale said recently. "I don't know what their reason is because I've spoken to doctors and this, that and the other and everybody's fine with it. But, especially the media have this perception that it's not good for me, you should be resting, it can cause injuries. I've looked in America, for example, I know Steph Curry plays maybe on the morning of his game."

What is Bale referring to?

On Dec. 4, 2019, former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala appeared on Anders Lang's podcast and revealed that Curry played 18 holes of golf in Phoenix before scoring 42 points against the Suns later that day. Oh, and the Warriors had played in Oakland the previous night, where they beat the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Curry played nearly 30 minutes against the Timberwolves, played a round of golf the next morning, and then played 35 minutes against the Suns. All in less than a 30-hour span.

"Like, we got a game tomorrow and it's important for him to play well," Iguodala told Anders Lang. "If I don't play well, it's whatever they ain't going to blame me. But he played great that day. He shot in the 70s like he always does ... I shot OK. I shot in the 80s so I was happy around that time. So I might have broke 90 that day and I was happy. I didn't play well that night because I was like, 'Whatever.'

"But he had like 40 that night. He had 40 that night. He killed them. And I was joking with him, 'If anyone on our team knew what we did today ...' Because nobody knew. Steve [Kerr] knew though. Steve was like, 'You guys better play good today.' Then he was like, 'Steph you should play golf every day."

In the win over the Timberwolves, Curry didn't play particularly well, finishing with 19 points on 7 of 18 shooting. So maybe he needed to hit the links to clear his head.

It clearly worked because he went 15 of 25 in the win over the Suns.

Ironically, Curry didn't play three days later when the Warriors hosted the New Orleans Pelicans.

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I'm not one to tell a professional athlete in peak physical condition what they can or cannot do, but Curry's golf outing came a few days before the start of the 2017 NBA playoffs. If he had pulled a muscle and missed postseason games, Kerr might have had a different reaction.

But Curry and Bale should be able to play a little golf on their down time. Fans everywhere need to relax and let these athletes live their life.