A Whole New Ball Game

On the morning of March 11, just hours before a positive test result would upend the NBA season and alter the course of the entire country, Warriors president and COO Rick Welts made a trip across town, up the steps, and through the rotunda to the office of San Francisco Mayor London Breed. Inscribed in the stone above his path: “San Francisco, O glorious city of our hearts that hast been tried and not found wanting, go thou with like spirit to make the future thine. ” The growing pandemic had other ideas. At that time, the Bay Area was more than a month removed from its first confirmed case of COVID-19 and beginning to institute dramatic counteractive measures. Welts arranged to meet with the mayor to better understand what that meant for the Warriors. A half-hour later, Welts left City Hall with clearance to continue hosting games at the Chase Center, so long as there were no fans in attendance.

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