March 7, 2021

Coronavirus: Warriors taking it slow with Draymond Green, James Wiseman

SAN FRANCISCO – Both Draymond Green and James Wiseman are making small strides after recently testing positive for the coronavirus but neither will play in Saturday’s exhibition opener against the Denver Nuggets – or perhaps in any preseason game – coach Steve Kerr said.

Kerr said Green lifted weights at the Warriors’ practice facility Thursday, sat in on the team’s film session and might be able to go on the court as soon as Friday in limited fashion. Wiseman again watched the Warriors practice from afar, but was able to do “limited and light” individual work and get some shots up before Thursday’s practice got underway, Kerr said.

Per NBA protocol, Wiseman and Green must self-quarantine for 10 to 12 days after the initial positive test, register two negative tests and be cleared by both a team- and league-designated physician to return.

“So this is just the early stages of him being able to get back out on the court,” Kerr said of Wiseman, “so we’re just following the protocols. So he got a few shots up, but that’s about it. ”

After Saturday’s game at Chase Center ,, the Warriors play games in Sacramento against the Kings on Tuesday and Thursday. The regular season opener is Dec. 22 in Brooklyn against Kevin Durant against the Nets.

“We’ve got to be very careful and smart, given the layoff,” Kerr said. “We’re all coming off a (long layoff and have a) short amount of time as it is for training camp. There’s no way I throw either guy into an NBA game right away. You got to build up to that. ”

Wiseman has not played a competitive, organized game in 13 months and

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