'We feel for the workers mostly' — Myers addresses Warriors, coronavirus situation

President of basketball ops was among Golden State figures to speak on health crisis

Whitley Sandretto
March 11, 2020 - 3:17 pm
Warriors president Rick Welts, GM Bob Myers

Golden State Warriors president/COO Rick Welts, president of basketball operations/GM Bob Myers, head coach Steve Kerr and guard Stephen Curry addressed the media following Wednesday's announcement that San Francisco will ban all events over 1,000 people, including Warriors games. Later in the day, the NBA announced that the season would be suspended, effective at the end of Wednesday night.

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"I just want to at least start this by saying we've had a really productive collaboration with the city of San Francisco," Welts said. "Yesterday I asked to meet with the mayor this morning and we did have that meeting this morning and it was very cordial. It was very constructive."

The Warriors president said that fans not being in attendance for just one game is a 'multi-million dollar loss' to the franchise. Multiple games without fans they'll lose 'tens of millions.'

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Despite the huge financial hit, that's not Golden State's biggest concern; it's the the low-income workers that they employ.

"We feel for the workers mostly. The low-income wage earners that count on working our games. If you're gonna have empathy, have it for them. Not us." Myers said. 

Steve Kerr reiterated that sentiment:

"There's no question now that everybody's lives will be effected by this," Kerr said. "No matter what you do, who you are, you're daily life is going to be effected by this."

Kerr continued, "There are people out there who have much bigger issues at hand. I'm concerned about all of our users and vendors and the entire supply chain that goes into putting on a Warriors game or a concert. There's a lot of people whose livelihoods are dependent on that."

Stephen Curry, who had been expected to play on Thursday after missing the last two games with the flu (influenza A), stepped up to the podium after his coach. 

"We all have to do things that we need to do and there's people that are reliant on the world working as it should," Curry said. "People that are out there that they can't necessarily take time off. They have to make hard life decisions."

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