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Warriors' Willie Cauley-Stein out for training camp with foot strain

Warriors' Willie Cauley-Stein out for training camp with foot strain

Willie Cauley-Stein's Warriors career is off to a tough start. 

Warriors general manager Bob Myers announced Monday that Cauley-Stein suffered a left mid-foot strain last week while scrimmaging. The 26-year-old center will miss training camp and is out until late October. 

"It's disappointing, for him mostly," Myers said to reporters at Warriors Media Day. "I know he was ready to go. You like to have new players get a chance to get acclimated in camp -- so for him, the coaches, myself, the whole organization, we want him to get back. The good news is he will be back ... there's nothing you can do. Injuries are clearly part of it."

Golden State opens the 2019-20 regular season on Oct. 24 against the Clippers at Chase Center. Cauley-Stein's timetable means there's a chance he misses the season opener. 

Cauley-Stein was seen hopping around on crutches and a walking boot at the Warriors facility.

When speaking to the media later Monday afternoon, Cauley-Stein said he injured his foot trying to catch a lob in a pick-up game. 

The Warriors signed the former Kings center to a two-year, $4.4 million contract this past offseason with a player option for the second season. He averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season with Sacramento. 

With Cauley-Stein out for training camp, Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Kevon Looney becomes the team's starting center.

Warriors close facility after team employee has positive coronavirus test

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Warriors close facility after team employee has positive coronavirus test

The Warriors announced Wednesday night that a team employee who works at the franchise's Oakland facility had tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the facility has been temporarily closed. 

"We have been notified that an employee who works at our Oakland facility has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19," Golden State said in a team statement. "As a result, the Oakland facility will undergo a thorough sanitation immediately and will be temporarily closed. Due to this closure, our virtual summer basketball camps, which have operated with only staff present at the facility (no campers) this summer, will be postponed next week."

This is the first known instance of a positive coronavirus test within the Warriors franchise.

This story will be updated.

Why Warriors' Draymond Green enjoys playing with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson

Why Warriors' Draymond Green enjoys playing with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson

Draymond Green has spent his entire NBA career on the Warriors with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson as teammates. This season, however, he played alongside them far less often than any previous season to date.

Despite having only played four games with Curry and zero with Thompson over the last calendar year, the benefits of playing with the Splash Brothers are still fresh in Green's mind. When ESPN's Jalen Rose suggested people need to "put more respect" on the Splash Brothers' names, Green described how much he enjoys playing with Curry and Thompson.

"It's extremely dope," Green said Wednesday on ESPN's "Jalen & Jacoby." "A, they've been a huge part of changing the game of basketball as a whole. But then when you play with two guys like Steph and Klay ... their selflessness, that's important in building a championship team. It's never all about them.

"For me, as a facilitator, I can't ask for two better guys to play with. Delivering the ball, trying to put the ball on time, on target, but always knowing that if you put the ball in the right place, they can get a shot off.

"Seeing the eruptions that they can go on, it's always fun to play with those guys and the way they can just wreck a defense. They'll have two or three guys chasing them, and it's always fun seeing the guys turning to each other and start bickering because they done messed up the defensive assignment." 

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With the Warriors not included in the NBA's expanded playoff format, it's going to be quite a bit longer until Green, Curry and Thompson take the court together again. But when they do, they should be amply rested, which is a bad sign for the rest of the league.

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