Barbosa, wife got coronavirus in March before birth of child

March was supposed to be a joyous time for former Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa and his wife Talita Rocca.

The couple, who got married last year, were expecting their first child together on March 26.

But the joy went away, briefly, on March 21 when Barbosa and Rocca both tested position for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Brazil, New York Times’ Marc Stein reported Monday.

According to Stein, doctors decided it was necessary to induce labor for Rocca on March 22.

Barbosa wasn’t allowed in the delivery room because he had the coronavirus. He had to watch the birth via a video call.

“I didn’t know what to do,” Barbosa told Stein. “All I did is just talk on the phone: ‘Listen, you’re going to have to do it by yourself.’ I told my wife, ‘Think on the baby, not on me.’

The good news is that Rocca gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Isabela.

“We’re all good now,” Barbosa told Stein. “We’re healthy. The baby didn’t have the virus and thank you, God.”

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Barbosa spent two seasons with the Warriors, but he always will be a fan favorite in the Bay Area. He was part of the 2014-15 team that ended a 40-year NBA title drought.

This story could have had a tragic ending, but luckily for the Barbosa family, it had a happy one.

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The chatter surrounding a dead trade from 2011 won’t die.

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul was a guest on Uninterrupted’s WRTS podcast Monday night, and he was asked about the story in which he brought down a potential trade from the Charlotte Hornets to the Warriors in 2011.

“Yeah, I remember it. True story,” Paul told Maverick Carter and Paul Rivera. “Yep. that happened with a few teams. I actually never wanted to come out west. I’m born and raised on the East Coast, so I never was crazy about [Los Angeles] and all that until I finally got out here and lived out here. But at that time, all I really knew about The Bay, because I had been there to play the games, and everything was so hilly … “

Chris Paul 🔁Splash Brothers. A 2011 trade that almost happened.

@CP3 explains why he rejected it on #WRTS: After Party.

Watch 📺: https://t.co/Bbr4SDruqG

Listen 🎧: https://t.co/WXweDcD8fy pic.twitter.com/M3hhJzXznU

— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) April 28, 2020

This all started in mid-April with a story from “The Victory Machine” book in which author Ethan Strauss wrote that the Warriors almost traded Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to the Hornets for Paul in 2011. The deal fell through when Paul said he wouldn’t re-sign with the Warriors, who at the time, were not yet a consistent NBA playoff team.

A few days later, former Warriors general manager Larry Riley refuted the story that the Warriors contemplated trading the Splash Brothers for CP3.

“First off, that’s false. That never took place,” Riley said on 95.7 The Game on April 17. “And therefore, I think everyone learned something. When you — I had to tell my mother this because she grew up in the days of Walter Cronkite — when you see something on TV or you read it in the newspaper, it’s not necessarily true.”

Now you have Paul claiming he did nix the trade to the Warriors.

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So who’s telling the truth? Who knows? But one thing is for sure. The Warriors sure are glad the reported trade never went down. They never would have become the powerhouse team they turned into, and they wouldn’t have three NBA championship banners hanging in the rafts.

And the Warriors never would have gotten to crush Paul’s championship dreams just about every year since.

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They’ll be compared for the rest of time. Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls set an NBA record with 72 wins in the 1995-96 regular season, a record that stood until the Warriors won 73 games in the 2015-16 campaign.

But if MJ and the Bulls had known there would be a team that would eventually top the mark, they would have won a few more games, at least according to former Chicago assistant Jim Cleamons.

MJ and the 72-win Bulls might have won a few more games if they knew the ’16 Warriors would win 73 🤔 pic.twitter.com/xBAX5VQinS

— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 27, 2020

In order to win 76 games, the 1995-96 Bulls would’ve had to lose no more than six regular-season games. Considering the team lost its sixth game on Feb. 23, 1996, Chicago would have needed to win its final 28 games of the season in order to reach that mark.

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The 2015-16 Warriors actually lost their sixth game on Mar. 6, and would’ve needed to win 21 in a row to win 76. 

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While there likely were some winnable games for both teams earlier in the year, the amount of travel and wear and tear of the 82-game NBA season make having such an astronomical winning percentage nearly impossible.

We could just sit back and enjoy discussing the two greatest NBA teams of all time, but naturally, the debate always will rage on as to which one would end up winning a hypothetical on-court matchup.

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