A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that the NBA was pondering making a second bubble for the eight teams that weren’t invited to the first one in Orlando.
One of those teams was the Golden State Warriors, the biggest force in the league for the last five years. This season was anything but good for the Dubs, who lost Kevin Durant in free agency; Klay Thompson was out due to a torn left ACL, Stephen Curry broke his hand in the fourth game of the season and the team had to rely on a bunch of young players and Draymond.
Things weren’t good, they finished the season with the worst record in the league and didn’t get the call to go to the bubble. Green spoke about this matter in a recent edition of “The Steam Room” with Charles Barkley and the pair had a fun exchange when talking about the possibility of a second bubble.
Barkley: “Are you, Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) getting ready for that second bubble right now? (laughter)”
Draymond: “Second bubble? What’s that? (laughter) The Gus Macker Toilet Bowl — that’s what you want us to go play in? (laughter)”
Barkley: “When I heard them saying some of the other teams want to put together a second bubble, me and Dray were joking. I asked him last week, I said, ‘Hey, when are you and Steph gonna get to that second bubble?’ He said, ‘Hell no!’ “
Draymond: “No chance (laughter). No chance. No, at the end of the day — if it came about and we had to go — I’m not gonna opt out. I’m just not gonna do that. But I am strongly against Adam Silver and anyone else in the league office starting a second bubble.
“No one wants to see these teams. And by the way — they don’t want to see us if Steph and Klay ain’t playing either (laughter). So what are we talking about?”
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 6, 2020
Besides the Warriors, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons would go to a certain place to have a tournament or simply to scrimmage between each other ahead of the next season. However, not everybody is sold on that idea.
As Green said, the biggest attraction for this would be Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and they won’t play meaningless games. Fortunately, the league seems to have stopped thinking about that possibility and we’ll have to wait until next season to see these eight teams back in action.