Steph Curry: 'It Would Be Hard for Me to Play Meaningless Games' in 2nd Bubble

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2020

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after shooting a 3-point basket against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, March 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry said Friday he's unsure whether he'd participate in a "second bubble" featuring NBA teams that didn't qualify for the resumption of the 2019-20 season at the Disney World complex in Orlando, Florida.

The league hasn't finalized details for the potential second site, but Curry explained his outlook during an appearance on ESPN's SportsCenter.

"At the end of the day, it would be hard for me to play meaningless games, and that's pretty obvious," he said. "But in terms of young guys trying to get as much basketball to break up, for the bottom eight teams, this potential eight-, nine-month layoff, I think it's a good effort. Obviously safety first, that's what everything is about. So if they can answer those questions, then we'll see what happens."

In April, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said the organization was "absolutely in offseason mode" and felt like its involvement in the 2019-20 campaign was over because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"It feels like the end of our season," Kerr told reporters. "We're staying in touch with our guys, but it definitely feels like the season is done for us."

Play, which was halted March 11, is scheduled to resume July 30 in Orlando with 22 of the league's 30 teams taking part in the shortened eight-game finish to the regular season.

ESPN's Jackie MacMullan reported last week the NBA was in "deep discussions" about getting the other eight squads together in Chicago for a mini-training camp and some head-to-head games. Teams have also suggested being allowed to do camps at their home facilities followed by regional matchups.

The Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks are the teams that didn't qualify for Orlando.

As Curry noted, the biggest concern for those clubs is potentially going from mid-March until early December—Dec. 1 is the target date for the start of the 2020-21 campaign if everything stays on schedule—without playing games.

Getting stars like the two-time NBA MVP to take part would likely prove difficult, so the second bubble would probably take on more of a Summer League feel, with young players from those eight organizations getting plenty of playing time for development.

Nevertheless, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area the franchise would find a way to participate if asked by the NBA.

"You have to take a step back and say, 'We're going to be good partners,'" Myers said last week. "We're going to do what's best for the league in a difficult environment."

Golden State owned the league's worst record at 15-50 when play stopped after dealing with injuries to Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.


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