Warriors' Steve Kerr not surprised by MLB-MLBPA negotiation difficulty

Warriors' Steve Kerr not surprised by MLB-MLBPA negotiation difficulty

The negotiations between MLB and the MLB Players' Association hit a new low on Monday, as league commissioner Rob Manfred publicly said he's no longer 100 percent confident there will be an MLB season in 2020.

Players around the league fired back on social media, exasperated by the continuing inability for the two sides to come to an agreement.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr seems to have more confidence in the prospects of a 2020 MLB season, he isn't being blindsided by the current predicament the league currently faces.

"It wouldn't shock me to see just a sprint to the finish 50-game season or something," Kerr said to 95.7 The Game on Monday afternoon. "I don't really know anything that you guys don't, but I think there's reason for both sides to want to get together and play, but I think for baseball there's been sort of a looming labor crisis, you guys know that very well.

"Over the last couple years, you could sense that coming, so between the pandemic and some economic issues, I don't think this is that surprising that baseball is where they are right now."

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MLB's most recent proposal involving a 72-game regular season and a guaranteed 70 percent of players' prorated salaries being guaranteed emphatically was rejected by the MLBPA on Saturday, with executive director Tony Clark sending a strongly-worded statement that ended with "It's time to get back to work. Tell us when and where."

Kerr is one of the NBA's most comfortable personalities when it comes to speaking on issues outside of basketball, and has a wide range of experiences in having been an NBA player, coach and executive at different stages of his life.

Significant doubt has been cast on the future of MLB. Hopefully, Kerr can be proven right and the two sides eventually come to a resolution that satisfies both parties.

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Warriors' Steve Kerr regrets 'embarrassing' 2019 China-Hong Kong comments

Warriors' Steve Kerr regrets 'embarrassing' 2019 China-Hong Kong comments

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey caused significant controversy last October when he tweeted, and quickly deleted, “stand with Hong Kong” in support of protests happening in the city.

The tweet caused a firestorm in China, putting the NBA and some of its players in an awkward position, given the league's lucrative business relationship with the country. 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr -- who was asked about the issue a couple of days later -- now wishes he handled his response differently.

"That was a really, really uncomfortable position to be in," Kerr told Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos this week on KQED's "Political Breakdown" podcast. "China has been a partner in the NBA -- and across America with thousands of companies -- so all of a sudden, when the human rights issues really are being exposed and you're asked about it, it's like, 'Oh, wait a second.' 

"I was sort of deer in the headlights when I was asked about it. And I think it caught a lot of us by surprise. I handled it horribly. I regret my answer to this day. I sort of gave it 'no comment,' and then said something else. It was really embarrassing.

"But that's part of the deal when you're part of the public eye and you choose to speak out. You have to take that. You gotta be ready. You're gonna screw up sometimes."

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So what were Kerr's original comments?

"It's a really bizarre international story, and a lot of us don't know what to make of it," he said to reporters. "So it's something I'm reading about just like everybody is, but I'm not going to comment further than that.

"What I've found is that it's easy to speak on issues that I'm passionate about and that I feel like I'm well-versed on, and I've found that it makes the most sense to stick to topics that fall in that category.

"So I try to keep my comments to those things, and so it's not difficult. It's more I'm just trying to learn."

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Warriors' Steph Curry might wear Mavericks uniform as virtual fan

Warriors' Steph Curry might wear Mavericks uniform as virtual fan

Steph Curry is not physically in Orlando for the restart to the 2019-20 NBA season.

But the Warriors superstar could be making a virtual appearance in the bubble when the Dallas Mavericks take the court in the playoffs.

"When they get to the first round, I might be in there and wear my Dallas uniform and make everybody go crazy," Steph recently told CNBC's Jabari Young.

Why would the two-time NBA MVP do this? The answer is simple: His brother, Seth, plays for the Mavs.

The hope is that Seth is in uniform if and when this happens, as he missed Dallas' last two games because of right leg soreness.

Seth is having a terrific season, averaging 12.5 points and 2.0 assists, while shooting just under 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the arc.

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The Mavs practically are locked into the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, and most likely will face the LA Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

As for Steph, there's an outside chance he can watch his little brother take the court in person -- not through virtual technology -- later this month.

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The Athletic's Sam Amick reported Friday morning that the NBA is exploring the possibility for the Warriors (and the other seven teams not in Orlando) to join the bubble so they can hold organized team workouts/practices.

If this happens, you gotta assume Steph and former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will be hitting the golf course together.

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