SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After reaching five straight NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors couldn’t have foreseen such a strange, disappointing season as they debuted their snazzy new Chase Center in San Francisco.
The Warriors had the worst record in the NBA at 15-50 with a roster of largely unknowns taking the court night after night.
Kevin Durant had departed. Klay Thompson sat out recovering from surgery for a torn left knee ligament sustained in Game 6 of last year’s finals against champion Toronto. Stephen Curry broke his left hand.
Andrew Wiggins arrived and never got to showcase his star talent alongside the team’s top rotation before pro sports were halted because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Steve Kerr’s coaching got tested like never before as he relied on rookies and young players to learn on the fly because that’s all Golden State had available.
Then the Warriors were one of the teams left out when the NBA’s Board of Governors approved a 22-team format for restarting the league season next month.
“We all recognise that there are much more important and pressing issues in our world right now that need to be addressed and corrected,” general manager Bob Myers said
in a statement.