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2009 DRAFT BLOG
During the weeks leading up to and following the 2009 NBA Draft, warriors.com will feature complete coverage from a variety of Warriors sources. With submissions from Warriors PR, warriors.com, broadcasters and more, the Warriors 2009 Draft Blog is the best place for Warriors fans wanting the inside scoop on this year's draft.
So much for a relaxing off-season. Over the last month, a lot has been going on with the Golden State Warriors. From preparing for the NBA Draft and selecting Stephen Curry at No. 7 to trades and rumored deals to the upcoming Summer League, there has hardly been a dull moment at Warriors headquarters over the last month.
Just like those at the Warriors Draft Party at the Gordon Biersch Brewery in San Francisco, everybody involved with the Warriors is still ecstatic about the selection of Curry. We’ve brought you several interviews with Curry already, and we have one more as well. This one aired on KNBR last Friday, and just a few days later Stephen’s father, former NBA player Dell Curry, spoke to KNBR as well. Access both of those interviews below:
Stephen Curry - 6/26/09
Dell Curry - 6/29/09
Curry will be one of several Warriors participating in the team’s summer league this month in Las Vegas. The Warriors announced their summer league roster and schedule on Tuesday, and joining Curry will be current Warriors Anthony Randolph, Anthony Morrow, Jermareo Davidson and Acie Law. The Warriors will play five games in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas between Friday, July 10, and Thursday, July 16, and during that time, Warriors Summer League Central will be the best place to go for the most in depth coverage. With game recaps, player interviews and a behind-the-scenes blog, Summer League Central will provide the latest news and updates of all the team’s action in Las Vegas. Summer League Central will be up and running early next week, but in the meantime you can access a complete roster and schedule of the Warriors Summer League team by clicking here.
Like Curry, Acie Law’s first game action as a member of the Golden State Warriors will come next week in Las Vegas. The Warriors acquired Law, as well as guard Speedy Claxton, from the Hawks last week in exchange for Jamal Crawford. Earlier this week, Law met with the Bay Area media, and you can watch that interview below.
Friday was another busy day at Warriors Headquarters, as Stephen Curry made his way to Oakland less than 24 hours after being selected by the team with the seventh pick in the draft. Curry arrived at the practice facility along with several friends and family members, including his mother Sonya and father Dell (who played 16 years in the NBA). After a brief introduction, Curry took the stage along with Warriors General Manager Larry Riley and expressed his excitement about becoming a Warrior. You can see video footage of the press conference and Curry's first day as a Warrior below:
To view a photo gallery of the press conference, as well as several shots Curry took afterward, click on the image below:
And just to give you even more multimedia goodness, feel free to listen to all three interviews below. The first is Tim Roye interviewing Curry's father, Dell, who had many interesting stories to tell about his time in the NBA and Stephen's development through the years. The second is Coach Bob McKillop, who recruited and coached Curry at Davidson. And the third is Warriors GM Larry Riley's appearance on the KBNR Morning Show.
Dell Curry With Tim Roye
Bob McKillop On KNBR Morning Show
Larry Riley On KNBR Morning Show
That's it for now, but we'll be back with more news and updates in the coming days. Enjoy the weekend!
Friday, June 26 (10:42 a.m.)
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The Curry And Riley Media Tour
Stephen Curry will be in the Bay Area for his introductory press conference later this afternoon. (Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE/Getty)
To find out a little bit more about Curry, go ahead and check out his Draft Profile. You’ll have much more opportunity to get to know the latest Warriors draft pick soon, as the team’s introductory press conference for Curry will take place this afternoon at the Warriors Practice Facility. We’ll have full coverage of the event, so stay tuned.
And if you’ve ever wondered what goes on in an NBA team’s War Room during the NBA Draft, check out this short video. Note the reaction of the Warriors brass when they find out their guy, Curry, is still available after the Timberwolves pass him up with the sixth pick of the draft. We’ll have a full-length video feature available for you later today with plenty more footage from the Warriors War Room.
Following his selection, Curry was taken through the media circuit. He went through an NBA photo shoot and conducted interviews with the Bay Area and national media. To see video of his interview with Craig Sager, or to listen to his conference call with Bay Area reporters, check out the previous blog entry.
And if you just want to see some footage of Curry's skills on the court, check out the exclusive warriors.com highlight package below:
And just moments after the completion of the NBA Draft, Tim Roye hosted a special edition of Warriors Radio Roundtable with special guests Stephen Curry, General Manager Larry Riley and Head Coach Don Nelson. To listen to last night’s show, click here.
As it turns out, the interviews were just getting started last night, as this morning Larry Riley and Davidson Head Coach Bob McKillop appeared on the KNBR Morning Show. We’ll have those available for you shortly.
We’ll be back with much more coverage soon, including video of today’s introductory press conference.
Thursday, June 25 (7:54 p.m.)
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Post-Pick Interviews With Stephen Curry and Larry Riley
Just moments after being selected by the Warriors with the seventh pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, Stephen Curry sat down for a conference call with the Bay Area media. Listen to the interview below:
Curry also caught up with NBATV and TNT’s Craig Sager, and you can watch that video by clicking here.
Warriors General Manager Larry Riley also offered some post-pick reaction with our very own Tim Roye mintutes after making the selection. Watch that video here, and watch his entire press conference with the assembled media below:
And for even more multi-media, check out the photo gallery of Curry by clicking on the image below.
Thursday, June 25 (7:38 p.m.)
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Warriors Select Stephen Curry At No. 7
With the seventh pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, the Warriors selected Stephen Curry from Davidson. Curry, a 6-foot-3 guard, played three seasons at Davidson and led the nation in scoring with 28.6 points per game during his junior year.
Stephen Curry averaged 25.3 points per game over his three-year collegiate career at Davidson. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Sport)
Check out these video highlights of Curry at Davidson, and click on the link below for more of his pre-draft videos.
Stay tuned to Warriors Draft Central, as we will bring you much more throughout the draft, including interviews with Curry and Warriors General Manager Larry Riley.
Thursday, June 25 (4:19 p.m.)
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Gearing Up For Draft Night
All of Golden State's draft-night decisions will be made in the 'War Room' at Warriors Headquarters. (warriors.com photo)
This is the scene at Warriors headquarters in Downtown Oakland. Headed by General Manager Larry Riley, the basketball operations department is pouring over scouting reports and making their last-minute cases on who they should draft. The public relations, marketing and creative staffs are working on several copies of documents and images, and two hours from now the majority of that work will be pointless because, barring a trade, the team can select only one player. Meanwhile, the Bay Area print and broadcast media is beginning to find its way to the facility to begin their work on a day that will end up with a new member of the Golden State Warriors.
Oh, the phenomenon of Draft Day, where a maze of possibilities whittles its way down to one route all within the realm of a few picks. While the Warriors can go in a number of directions, they will only be able to go in one by the time they are on the clock for the seventh pick of the 2009 NBA Draft.
Before that can happen, five other teams must make six decisions (Minnesota owns the Nos. 5 and 6 picks), beginning with the Clippers selecting Blake Griffin at about 4:35 p.m. If all goes as scheduled, the announcement of the Warriors’ draft pick will be made by NBA Commissioner David Stern at about 5:10 p.m. (Pacific).
With the Warriors set to select a high-profile player at No. 7, a larger-than-usual media gathering has accumulated at Warriors headquarters. Joining the media contingent is Tim Roye, who will host a special Draft Night edition of Warriors Radio Roundtable tonight at 9 p.m. on KNBR 680. Scheduled to join Tim on tonight’s program are the Warriors’ draft selection and General Manager Larry Riley. If you can’t tune in to KNBR tonight, you’ll be able to access the show on Friday morning by clicking here.
Earlier today, Tim Roye offered a behind-the-scenes tour of Warriors Draft Headquarters. Watch the video below:
That’s it for now. We’ll be back with an announcement of the Warriors’ selection as soon as it is made.
Tuesday, June 23 (3:32 p.m.)
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Draft Day Memories With Anthony Randolph
With just two days remaining until the NBA Draft, anticipation is building as the Warriors players, front office and fans wonder who it is the Warriors will select with the seventh pick. If you think you are excited, imagine what potential draft picks are going through. Knowing that they may or may not be drafted and that they may be headed to a number of NBA cities, this truly must be a hectic time for some of these draft prospects.
Warriors 2008 draft pick Anthony Randolph sheds some light on what exactly goes through a prospect’s mind in his interview below with Warriors broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald. To see more of Fitz’s off-season interviews with Randolph, click here.
Here are a few other quick clicks to get you caught up on all the Warriors draft talk:
As draft day nears, the movement on the Mock Draft board is heating up. As of right now, Jordan Hill and Stephen Curry are the most commonly predicted players to be selected by the Warriors, according to the “experts.”
The NBATV crew discusses the possibility of either Brandon Jennings or DeMar DeRozan being selected with the seventh pick in their Warriors Draft Video Preview.
Stay up to date on what the local and national media are saying about the Warriors’ draft preparations by clicking here.
Monday, June 22 (2:42 p.m.)
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Discussing The Draft With Larry Riley
I spoke to Warriors General Manager Larry Riley this morning and got his final pre-draft thoughts. Watch the exclusive interview below:
But Wait, There's More
With the help of the producer who needs no introduction, RC Davis, I hooked up with Ryan Blake, the NBA’s Assistant Director of Scouting, to talk about the draft, especially the big men who might be taken this year. Listen below:
Rumors (And I'm Not Talkin' Fleetwood Mac)
Hasheem Thabeet from UConn dropped out of his scheduled workout with the Memphis Grizzlies and, according to ESPN, it was because of a sore shoulder.
There is a lot of chatter league-wide about DeJuan Blair and Jordan Hill.
In the second round, keep an eye on Jermaine Taylor of Central Florida, as he could be the steal of the second round.
Chris Monter of the Monter Draft News, part of Scout.com scoured over the last four drafts and noted that there were more foreign players drafted than any single college conference. However, of those conferences, the PAC-10 was first with 29 overall players drafted.
Numerous reports say that the buyout for Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio has been reduced…stay tuned.
One of the NBA’S all-time best, Randy Smith passed away in Connecticut at the age of 60. Smith held the NBA’s consecutive games record until the AC Green broke it as a member of the Mavericks, and he was a starter on the great Buffalo Braves teams of the 1970s. He was an All-American soccer player at Buffalo State as well, and he used his endurance and quickness to wear down opponents.
Patrick Mills is one of several point guards who have worked out for the Warriors this month. (warriors.com photo)
I feel a lot better about the Warriors this offseason. I believe the draft can help the Warriors at the point guard position. I believe players like Stephen Curry and Patty Mills would be great initiators for the Warriors’ offense. How high do the Warriors have these players rated? What are the odds that the Warriors draft one of these players?
I think the Warriors are close. We know the team is better than their record from last year because of the injuries and the way the season started. I don’t know specifically where the Warriors rate these players, but at DraftExpress.com, they list Curry as the number two point guard in this draft and Mills the number 11. However, Mills has quickness (which as we saw in the postseason) that you can never have enough of. The great excitement of the draft is the uncertainty of it all. I know Mills will be on the board when the Warriors select seventh, I don't know if Curry will be there. Thanks for your question, Tim
The Warriors seem to have picked up a lot of good young talent over the past few years. Anthony Randolph, Marco Belinelli, Brandan Wright and Anthony Morrow all show a lot of potential as far as being everyday players or even a stars in this league. These guys are all continuing to develop and I'm sure that at some point (hopefully sooner than later) a couple of them will have worked themselves into a starting role on the Warriors. This year, the team is drafting a little higher than it has in recent drafts, so do you think that the Warriors are going to be able to take someone who is slightly more NBA-ready and might be able to make an immediate impact on the floor? Or are they going to focus on adding another player they can develop?
Andrew in Castro Valley
This is a great question and it is not one that is easy to answer. A team would love it if the seventh pick is an NBA-ready guy who fills a need. However, that is not always the case and you can never pass on talent. I think it's imperative to always take the best available player. We have seen in the past that drafting for need in the NBA does not always work, so I think you take the best player and if he does not address a need, teams can use free agency and trades. Thanks, Tim
Stephen Jackson and Monta Ellis were each interviewed on KNBR this week. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
While the Warriors are busy preparing for next week's draft, current players like Stephen Jackson and Monta Ellis are back home getting ready for the upcoming season. In addition to working out rigorously, Stephen Jackson has been busy with his 'Jack One Foundation' this offseason. Ellis, meanwhile, became a father on June 5 and received a congratulatory visit from General Manager Larry Riley and Head Coach Don Nelson.
The two Warriors recently took the time to talk on KNBR's 'Fitz and Brooks Show' in order to update fans on how their offseason has progressed thus far. Both players expressed their excitement for next season and talked a bit about their own preparation and expectations.
Former VCU guard Eric Maynor is logging some serious frequent flyer miles as he attends several pre-draft workouts. (warriors.com photo)
June is the time of year when you start hearing a lot of NBA Draft speculation regarding franchise needs and which players should get drafted where. We get insight from NBA experts, radio personalities, newspaper columnists and even sometimes from the organizations themselves.
But oftentimes what gets lost in the mix is what the experience is like for the young men that are putting themselves on display in workouts and interviews with hopes to secure their future by landing in the NBA.
Whether the player is a projected lottery pick or someone who may not even be selected at all, the events and emotions leading up to the NBA Draft are often shared by each and every prospect.
One of the most exhausting aspects is the travel. It is a hectic time, flying from city to city, all the while trying to perform your best at each stop. In fact, the travel can be so fast paced that it’s sometimes hard to remember where you are and where you’re headed next.
“I fly to Minnesota in the morning, from Minnesota I go to Toronto, from Toronto I’m… I’m somewhere else,” Virginia Commonwealth guard Eric Maynor said. “It’s going to be a busy two weeks, but this stretch is going to determine where I get drafted so I have to be ready to go.”
Arizona guard Chase Budinger had similar issues: “It’s difficult doing all the traveling, cramped on commercial flights and not getting much rest between workouts, but this is what it’s all about and you get used to it fast,” he said.
One player who can tell you all about the pre-draf workout process is Warriors forward Anthony Randolph. The Warriors' 2008 lottery pick discussed his pre-draft experiences with Warriors broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald in the video below.
While guys like Randolph can now conduct all of their workouts in one place, others who are just trying to make it into the league find themselves flying all over the country. Once the players get off the plane and start heading to their workout, the nerves are soon to follow.
Forward Luke Harangody, who announced on Monday that he will return to Notre Dame for his senior season, compares it to the feeling that any college graduate gets when he heads off to his first big job interview.
“You really just try to come in and do your best because everyone here is trying to get the same job. It is a very competitive atmosphere so the nerves are there, but it’s a lot of fun.”
Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague, who many are expecting to go in the middle of the first round, agreed with this sentiment.
“I’ve realized that everyone is out here fighting for their lives so you’ve got to come out prepared. It’s tough because you put a lot of pressure on yourself because you want to do so well, but you have to try not to think like that.”
Maynor, who is also projected as a mid-first-round pick, tries to clear his mind before each workout because he knows if he doesn’t, he can drive himself crazy.
“It’s hard at first because you’ve got all these eyes watching you and you feel like if you make one mistake these (GMs and scouts) will make a decision they don’t want you. You just have to relax and show them what you can do.”
Feeling nervous in a stressful situation is a natural reaction, but the truth is that an especially good or bad workout is not going to completely sway the powers that be one way or the other.
Arizona swingman Chase Budinger thinks it's important to stay within your game during the pre-draft workouts. (warriors.com photo)
As Budinger explains, “the coaches have done the research on you and they know what type of ballplayer you are. They mainly just want to see you and get to know you, so the biggest thing you can do is be yourself, compete and play as hard as you can.”
The main thing to focus on as a player is that the workouts can prove to be extremely positive experiences if you take full advantage of them.
Jeff Pendergraph of Arizona State, who could get drafted in the second round, looks at it like this: “This has been a very good learning experience and I feel really fortunate to be a part of it.
“Everyone knows what they can do well, that is why we were successful in college,” Pendergraph continued. “So I’m here to show these scouts what I do well, but to also expose what I need to work on so I can improve that aspect of my game. As long as I leave with something I didn’t have when I got here, I think that is a very successful trip.”
Many players agreed that is a great way to look at the process. They shared the idea of wanting to continue to improve as well as being very grateful to be in the position to do so.
“This has been an amazing experience for me,” Teague said. “I feel that I can play at the NBA level and I’m lucky to be in the position to prove that to people and hopefully make it a reality.”
Budinger summed it up nicely: “You can’t focus on what people are saying about you. I just need to be myself, play hard and continue to be thankful that I’m in a situation where I’ll be able to play in the NBA no matter what number I get drafted at.”
So for now, all these players can do is hop on the next plane, perform to the best of their ability and hope that they hear their name called come June 25th.
Monday, June 15 (11:06 p.m.)
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Catching Up With Anthony Randolph
As draft hopefuls continue to make their way to Oakland for pre-draft workouts, former draft picks are coming back to the Warriors Practice Facility in anticipation of the 2008-09 season. That’s definitely the case for Anthony Randolph, whom the Warriors selected with the 14th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.
Warriors broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald recently caught up with Randolph in between workout sessions. Find out what the 19-year-old forward has been up to this off-season and what skills he is developing for the 2008-09 campaign by watching the video below:
Friday, June 12 (5:05 p.m.)
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Previewing The NBA Draft With Chris Monter
Tim Roye discussed Jordan Hill and several other top prospects with Chris Monter. (warriors.com photo)
We are continuing to prepare you for the NBA Draft, and the big day is less than two weeks away. This week, I spoke to Chris Monter of
CollegeBasketballNews.com. Monter is also the editor of the Monter Draft News. We talked mostly about forwards but also about the draft as a whole. Check it out…
I attended this week’s workout featuring standout point guards Brandon Jennings and Jonny Flynn of Syracuse. I spoke to both and you can find those interviews by clicking here.
Speaking of workouts, Arizona power forward Jordan Hill was in action earlier today at the Warriors Practice Facility. Watch his post-workout interview by clicking here, or by scrolling down to the previous entry.
Future Draft Pick
Congratulations!!! Monta Ellis became a father for the first time this past week, when he and his girlfriend welcomed a little baby boy – Monta Jr. – to the world. The baby, who arrived three weeks ahead of schedule, weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 ½ inches long.
Random thoughts On The Finals
Exciting finishes and overtime thrillers have made it fun … Did you notice everyone downplaying Gasol’s goaltending at the end of Game 2 in regulation when his hand was in the cylinder when Courtney Lee was attempting to finish off of the lob pass? No, I don’t think it affected the shot but it is a rule … Trevor Ariza has played great and will be one of the interesting off-season free agents, while former Warrior Mickael Pietrus has had some spectacular moments … And how many times will we see a team take a three in the final 10 seconds of a game and tie the score as the defensive team refuses to foul? How many times does this have to happen? If Jameer Nelson fouls Derek Fisher before the Lakers guard could get his shot off, then a whole series of improbable events has to happen for the Lakers to win. Instead, they get a bad shot to end regulation and lose in overtime … Great Playoffs in 2009 means great memories for years to come.
Anthony Morrow and Anthony Randolph are both back in the Bay Area getting in shape for the upcoming season. (warriors.com photo)
Also Working Out
It was great to walk into the gym this week and see the young Anthony’s working out. Both Morrow and Randolph were there working on conditioning and strength training. One person was disappointed however, and that was Jonny Flynn. The Syracuse standout was hoping to see Morrow take some three’s because he wanted to watch Morrow’s sweet stroke. Morrow did get around to putting up some shots, but not until after the draft prospects left. And for the record, Morrow nailed 98 of 112 three point shots during his workout. That’s right, 98-FOR-112!!!!
I’m really excited about this team. I believe that if they stay healthy they will be very good. My question is: All the Mock drafts seem to have us taking a PG, but with Crawford, Ellis and Watson it seems like that position should be fine. How do you think a new PG would fit onto this team?
Teir in Oakland
I think a pass-first pure point guard is absolutely needed for this team. The three guards you mention are all quality NBA players differing in skills, but they are all scoring point guards, as opposed to a distributing point guard. I think a point guard is a must, someone to come off the bench and run the team and I also think a burly power forward type who rebounds and can defend would help too. Thanks for your question, Tim
Who should the Warriors get in the draft?
Eric in Petaluma
I get this question a lot and I get it every year. The way to answer it plainly is to say, take the best available player. I am not avoiding the question but you have to stockpile talent and the Warriors have done that. Maybe you draft that player for someone else and make a trade. I think the areas of need, as I have stated before are at point guard and power forward. The Warriors have plenty of good wing players and I like Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf at the five. There are a number of ways they can go at the seventh selection and with a deep crop of point guards in this draft, they might be able to take the best player and fill a need at the same time, which is as perfect a scenario as you could want. Thanks, Tim
As the NBA Draft approaches, the Warriors are continuing to bring in notable prospects for both group and individual workouts. Today was no different, as Arizona power forward Jordan Hill worked out at the Warriors Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland. Check out the photos below.
Hill is an interesting prospect. An Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America and a Third-Team All-America pick by The Sporting News as a junior, the 6-foot-10 235-pounder averaged 18.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game this past season for the Wildcats. He’s widely projected to be a top-five pick in the upcoming draft, but some have him falling toward the bottom half of the Lottery.
As for the workout itself, it was pretty much the opposite of Thursday’s session. While Jonny Flynn and Brandon Jennings got to go up against each other in three-on-three competition on Thursday, Hill pretty much had the entire court to himself. As General Manager Larry Riley watched from the sidelines, Hill worked on his skills under the direction of Assistant Coaches Keith Smart, Russell Turner and Stephen Silas.
Following his workout, Hill answered questions for warriors.com. Check out what he had to say by watching the video below.
Like what you saw in the video? Visit Warriors Draft Central and share your opinion with other Warriors fans in a live Facebook chat.
Thursday, June 11 (3:14 p.m.)
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Flynn And Jennings Work Out & Conduct Interviews
One of the Warriors’ most highly-anticipated pre-draft workouts of the year took place at the team’s practice facility earlier today. Point guards Brandon Jennings and Jonny Flynn were in action, working on their skills and engaging in three-on-three competition with Lawrence Hill (Stanford), Courtney Fells (North Carolina State), Gary Wilkinson (Utah State) and Aron Baynes (Washington State).
Watch the video below to see workout footage and interviews with Jennings and Flynn.
And for a full photo gallery of today's workout, click on the image below.
Of today's group, only Jennings and Flynn are regarded as potential Lottery Picks in the 2009 NBA Draft. In the mock drafts released immediately following the NBA Draft Lottery last month, Jennings was a popular pick to wind up with the Warriors with the No. 7 selection. The guard, who played professionally in Italy this past season, has fallen on several mock draft boards in recent weeks. Flynn, meanwhile, has remained a dark horse candidate to end up with the Warriors.
This is what the “experts” think, but Warriors fans are encouraged to offer their opinion on who they think the Warriors should draft on Warriors Draft Central. All you need is a Facebook account to let your voice be heard. And while you’re at it, become a fan of the Warriors on Facebook and be part of a community that already has 13,000 members.
So go ahead and check out Warriors Draft Central for full coverage and let your voice be heard. Do you prefer Jennings or Flynn? Or are you hoping the Warriors take another highly touted prospect? Chat with fans here.
And to see prior video interviews with draft prospects, click here. Stay tuned for much more behind-the-scenes coverage as the Warriors continue their draft preparations.
Thursday, June 11 (12:09 p.m.)
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Flynn And Jennings Work Out For The Warriors
The Warriors hosted a six-player workout earlier today at the team's practice facility in Downtown Oakland on Thursday, and commanding the majority of the attention were guards Brandon Jennings and Jonny Flynn. We'll be back soon with a recap and video interviews from today's workout, so stay tuned.
Jonny Flynn (left) and Brandon Jennings (right) each worked out for the Warriors before meeting with the media on Thursday. (warriors.com photo)
For more on Flynn and Jennings, and to find out who else worked out for the Warriors today, check out the previous blog entry.
Tuesday, June 9 (9:14 a.m.)
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Flynn And Jennings To Visit Thursday; Tell Us What You Think
Many 'experts' predict the Warriors will take a guard like Jonny Flynn (left) or Brandon Jennings (right), both of whom will be in Oakland on Thursday .
One of the great things about the NBA Draft is all of the possibilities that it presents. The Warriors can draft a point guard, they can go big, they can trade up in the draft or perhaps trade out of it all together. With Golden State holding the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the possibilities aren’t infinite, but they are pretty darn close.
Of course, with the team able to go into so many directions, speculation is rampant. The Internet is full of so-called “experts” saying what the Warriors should or shouldn’t do. We’ve collected 24 online mock drafts, and at present count, Golden State is predicted to select 11 different players, and it’s almost a given that number will change by the time June 25 rolls around. While all those players would look good in a Warriors uniform, Golden State will only be able to select one of them, at most, barring a trade.
So who do you think the Warriors should select with the seventh pick? You can offer your opinion on warriors.com in the Facebook Connect chat section of Warriors Draft Central. Just log into your Facebook account and visit Warriors Draft Central and you’ll be able to Discuss the draft with Warriors fans worldwide. And to stay up-to-date and communicate with fans throughout the year, you can become a fan of the official Warriors Facebook page.
Louisville's Earl Clark was among those working out with the Warriors over the weekend.
In other Draft news, the Warriors are still in the thick of preparations with pre-draft workouts and evaluations. On Saturday, Louisville’s Earl Clark and Wake Forest’s James Johnson headlined a group of six draft prospects working out at the Warriors Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland. Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle covered the workout, which also included guards Marcus Johnson (USC), K.C. Rivers (Clemson), Garrett Temple (LSU) and Dar Tucker (DePaul). Click here to read Simmons’ story, and to find out what other media outlets are saying about the Warriors’ draft preparations, click here.
The Warriors will be conducting more pre-draft workouts at their practice facility this week. Guards Jonny Flynn and Brandon Jennings will work out on Thursday. Flynn earned AP All-American Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore at Syracuse, but he became a household name during the Orange’s Big East Tournament championship run that included a six-overtime thriller over Connecticut in the quarterfinal. Jennings, meanwhile, was one of the top high school prospects in the country last year and played professionally in Italy this past season.
Joining Flynn and Jennings will be Lawrence Hill (Stanford), Courtney Fells (North Carolina State), Gary Wilkinson (Utah State) and Aron Baynes (Washington State). And on Friday, Arizona power forward Jordan Hill will have an individual workout with the Warriors.
We’ll have much more on these workouts later on in the week. In the mean time, let your voice be heard on warriors.com and Discuss the Draft on Facebook at Warriors Draft Central.
Friday, June 5 (2:10 p.m.)
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Working Out For The Draft
St. Mary's guard Patrick Mills will be one of the many talented guards in the 2009 NBA Draft. (warriors.com photo)
The Warriors hosted a multi-team workout earlier this week which showcased some of the prospects for the 2009 NBA Draft. It was one of the final large-scale multi-team workouts before the draft and allowed a look at the players’ skills in a controlled atmosphere.
Click here for a video recap of the two-day event that includes interviews with NBA general managers and draft prospects.
Tim Roye’s Journal Exclusive Draft Preview
The draft is just a few weeks away and it promises to be the usual interesting affair that it always is. I will be giving you an exclusive look ahead with a series of interviews with those who study the draft for a living.
This week, Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com joins me for an exclusive conversation on the guards who will be in the 2009 NBA Draft. Listen to the interview below:
Remembering Wayman Tisdale
Unfortunately, here is a sad note from my days in Sacramento with the recent passing of Wayman Tisdale after a two-year battle with cancer. He is the only player in NCAA history to make First Team Consensus All-America three years in a row. He went on to have a good NBA career and was a very tough cover in the low block, a true post player. He was also a Grammy winning Jazz bassist who composed his own work and had a true passion and gift for music. Very few people reach the top of their profession and even fewer get the top of two very distinct and different professions. He was 44 and is survived by his wife, Regina and his family.
The Los Angeles Lakers took Game 1 of the Finals, beating Orlando rather easily as one might expect. The Magic have a chance if they can knock down the perimeter shots like they have throughout the post season. Following ABC's coverage of Game 1 last night, Andris Biedrins showed off his pool skills at his Oakland condo with KGO-TV's Mike Shuman. Watch the interview below:
In the West, the Denver Nuggets took a huge step forward with their performance and could be a team to reckon with for years to come. One thing that has been very evident to me during this postseason has been the play of quick guards who can penetrate and make plays. Isn’t it also interesting that neither of the teams that reached the Finals have an elite point guard? No disrespect to the players that man those positions on the Magic and the Lakers, but there is no Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Tony Parker, or even a Rajan Rondo on the floor. I am not counting Jameer Nelson, since he was not part of the run that got Orlando to the Finals.
I am wondering who you think the Warriors will select with the seventh pick of the Draft?
Gary in Danville
I am not sure who will be there at seven but if you believe the Mock Drafts, Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings, Stephen Curry and Jonny Flynn of Syracuse are all possibilities. It is always tough to forecast the seventh pick until you’re pretty sure who will be taken in the first six selections.
What do the Warriors have to do to get to the Playoffs next year?
Eric in Walnut Creek
I think the first thing they will have to do is stay healthy. That would go a long way for success. Secondly, I think the roster is very talented but needs a little tweaking and a little balance. I’m no GM, but I believe we need a point guard and rebounder who can play the four position. Thirdly, I think the young nucleus needs to stay intact so that this team will be poised for not just a one-year playoff appearance, but a multi-year playoff run.
Video Recap Of Warriors' Multi-Team, Pre-Draft Workout
The Warriors’ multi-team, pre-draft workout from earlier this week drew rave reviews from basketball personnel throughout the league. The two-day event featured 24 players working out in front of scouts, general managers and other basketball personnel from 21 NBA teams.
See exclusive footage and find out what those involved in the workout had to say about it in the video below:
Earlier today, USC swingman DeMar Derozan worked out for the Warriors, and following his workout, he was interviewed by warriors.com. You can watch his interview in our previous post. On Saturday, the Warriors will have six more players at their practice facility - Wake Forest forward James Johnson, Louisville forward Earl Clark, Clemson guard K.C. Rivers, DePaul guard Dar Tucker, LSU guard Garrett Temple and USC guard Marcus Johnson.
Thursday, June 4 (4:09 p.m.)
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Working Out DeMar DeRozan
As Warriors PR discussed in Wednesday’s blog entry, USC’s DeMar DeRozan worked out at the Warriors Practice Facility this morning. Check out his post-workout interview in the video below:
USC freshman DeMar DeRozan worked out at the Warriors Practice Facility on Thursday. (warriors.com photo)
The freshman swingman was a standout in his lone season at USC, earning Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors after averaging 13.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. DeRozan really picked up his play when it counted most, as he took home the Pac-10 Tournament MVP Award after leading the Trojans to a conference championship and into the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. A 19-year-old native of Compton, Calif., DeRozan averaged 19.8 points and 8.2 rebounds over five postseason games (three in Pac-10 Tourney, two in NCAA tourney).
According to all the mock drafts floating around on the Internet, DeRozan is widely considered to be a lottery pick in the upcoming draft. Chad Ford of ESPN.com says that DeRozan’s size and skills draw comparisons to Kobe Bryant. Richard Jefferson, Josh Howard and Vince Carter are also players that DeRozan has been compared to.
Whether or not the Warriors select DeRozan with the seventh pick of the 2009 NBA Draft will not be known until June 25. Until then, the Warriors will continue to bring in players for individual workouts so that General Manager Larry Riley can make the best possible decision for the Warriors come draft night.
Wednesday, June 3 (1:39 p.m.)
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Opening The Door On The Warriors' Multi-Team Pre-Draft Workout
Pat Riley, Mitch Kupchak and Mike Dunleavy were just a few of the executives representing over 20 teams at this week's workout in Oakland. (warriors.com photo)
The Warriors held a multi-team pre-draft workout at the team’s Oakland practice facility earlier this week. More than 20 NBA teams were present, with NBA front office decision-makers such as Pat Riley, Mitch Kupchak, Steve Kerr, Kiki Vandeweghe and Mike Dunleavy on hand for the two-day affair. Twenty-four players – ranging from potential lottery picks to second-round success stories – had the chance to slip on a Warriors jersey and impress the assembled team personnel.
The concept behind the workout was not too unique. This is the second-consecutive season in which the Warriors have held a multi-team workout and several other NBA teams will host (or have hosted) a similar event this year.
What was unique?
YOU were involved. YOU were aware. YOU benefitted.
It might sound simple, but it’s far from cut and dry. How much access and information should be provided to the public during the month leading up to the NBA Draft? The same $64 million question is debated in every front office in the NBA this time of the year. And, the answers are wide-ranging and different for virtually every team. The art of reaching a happy medium in regards to generating a little publicity for the team while also maintaining the standard secrecy/low-profile approach – which is prevalent every June around the NBA – is a complicated matter.
A good number of NBA teams do not provide any public information or access in regards to the pre-draft process. For those teams, the answers every June are pretty much straight forward and right to the point.
Which players are visiting for workouts? Sorry, that list is not available.
Are the workouts open to the media? Nope, not this year.
Are the players available for interviews after the workouts, either via a team Web site or the media? Probably not a good idea.
Each draft prospect was given a Warriors uniform with his name a number printed on the back. (warriors.com photo)
On the other side of the spectrum, some teams provide little nuggets of information, such as which players are scheduled to visit for a workout. Others, meanwhile, will take it a step further and not only release the names of the players visiting for workouts, but also allow the team’s Web site and local media to interview the players at the end of the session. A few organizations, furthermore, will attempt to capitalize on the entire gamut of events, allowing team Web site personnel and local media the opportunity to view, shoot (video or still photography) part of the workouts from a designated location.
The latter scenario is certainly not common around the league. In those rare instances where it is, the amount of time allowed to view an actual three-on-three scrimmage is very limited, if not completely omitted. The part most likely available to view? A few drills and free throws.
Every GM has a different approach and there is certainly no right or wrong way to tackle this dilemma. It’s all based on their personal preference, history and thought process. I know some GMs who have allowed access to everything and everyone, almost to the point of too much (even for the PR guy); I know others who have treated the pre-draft workout period like it was top secret information for the CIA.
As PR personnel, our jobs are to try to maximize the amount of publicity for our team while also respecting the wishes of the team’s General Manager and Basketball Operations staff. They have a job to do and so do we. We’d love to have a story in the paper, on TV or on warriors.com about a potential draft pick visiting Oakland and working out for the team every day during the month of June. That’s good for me. Good for you. A win-win situation.
General Managers, however, have an obligation to pick the best player for the organization when the draft rolls around every summer. If they believe that less is more at this time of the year, that is completely understandable and acceptable. They win. No argument from us. In the long run, it’s about winning basketball games and piecing together the best roster for our team. That ultimate goal supersedes any other motives.
St. Mary's guard Patty Mills was the runaway winner of the Session 2 fan vote, and his interview did not disappoint. (warriors.com photo)
Well, you got the chance earlier this week, via both warriors.com and the local media, which was also allowed access to selected players at the conclusion of their workouts. The result? Nice feature stories in the papers and the Internet, where we found out that Mr. Mills is 100 percent committed to the NBA, that Sam Young’s heralded pump fake wasn’t immediately welcomed with open arms by his college coach, and that Terrence Williams would love to play for Don Nelson.
In addition to the wide coverage warriors.com was granted, members of the local media were given access at various points during the two-day workout. (warriors.com photo)
And, we’ve had another bit of interesting information recently delivered from the GM’s office: On Thursday, USC’s DeMar DeRozan, a 6’6” swingman, will be in Oakland to work out for Larry Riley and the rest of the Warriors’ staff. The workout is scheduled for mid-morning and you will have the opportunity to view DeRozan’s interview with warriors.com shortly thereafter. I’m not sure what he’ll say, but I do know this: It’s nice for all of us to hear from him.
The openness and availability will not only provide the fans with more information, but it will add plenty of fodder and speculation on the Internet. I’m sure we will read between now and June 25, the date of the 2009 NBA Draft, about five or six players the Warriors are “really” interested in selecting. In fact, I’ve already read about four such players. That, of course, will be hard to achieve when you consider Golden State has one pick (#7 in the first round). Nonetheless, draft-related Web sites such as HoopsHype.com, DraftExpress.com and NBADraft.net will have a field day over the next three weeks as they attempt to piece together their mock drafts and conjure up story ideas, some based on fact, some on fiction and some on, well, who knows.
We’re just glad we could add to the confusion and you could be a part of it.
Tuesday, June 2 (4:32 p.m.)
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Photos & Videos From Day 2 Of Multi-Team Pre-Draft Workout
The second and final day of the multi-team, pre-draft workout hosted by the Warriors came to an end this afternoon, and the event was deemed a great success by those who attended. The multi-team workout idea has started gaining popularity in recent years, and this year's event - attended by 21 teams - exemplified why these large workouts are becoming more commonplace. Executives and scouts from more than two-thirds of the NBA's teams were each able to get a good look at 24 draft prospects in just two days...and all while having the opportunity to mingle and talk amongst one another. In other words, it was a great way to kick off the off-season.
Twelve players worked out at today's two sessions, as we detailed in our previous blog entry. For a photo gallery of today's two-session workout, click on the image below.
Warriors.com also had the opportunity to interview two of the top prospects at today's workouts - Louisville's Terrence Williams and UCLA's Darren Collison. Fans voted on warriors.com for which player they would like to see interviewed from each session. Williams was chosen after Tyler Hansbrough was replaced at the workout by Leo Lyons. And Collison was the winner of the Session 4 poll. Watch each of their interviews below.
TERRENCE WILLIAMS INTERVIEW:
DARREN COLLISON INTERVIEW:
We'll be back with even more in-depth coverage of this week's workout, including interviews with several of the high-profile executives who attended, more player interviews, an overview of the entire event, plus much more, so stay tuned.
Tuesday, June 2 (11:49 a.m.)
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Day 2 Of Multi-Team Pre-Draft Workout Has Begun
Many experts predict Austin Daye (5) and Chase Budinger (34) to be selected in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft. (warriors.com photo)
Day 2 of the Warriors’ multi-team, pre-draft workout has begun, and 12 more prospects are showcasing their skills again in front of some of the most powerful people in the NBA. As was the case with Monday’s workout, today’s event has been broken up into two sessions with six players in each.
Today’s first session, which started at 10:00 a.m., featured Chase Budinger (Arizona), Dionte Christmas (Temple), Austin Daye (Gonzaga), Gani Lawal (Georgia Tech), Leo Lyons (Missouri) and Terrence Williams (Louisville). North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough had been scheduled to participate with this group, but was a late scratch and replaced by Lyons.
The second session, scheduled to begin at noon, will feature Omri Casspi (Israel), Darren Collison (UCLA), Daniel Hackett (Southern California), Ater Majok (Connecticut), B.J. Mullens (Ohio State) and Luke Nevill (Utah).
Like Monday, players participating in Monday’s workout run through drills led by Warriors Assistant Coaches Keith Smart, Russell Turner and Stephen Silas before participating in three-on-three action. The NBA brass in attendance, including several coaches and general managers from throughout the NBA, follow the entire proceedings, but are even more diligent in their note taking during the three-on-three scrimmages. We’ll have more from the NBA executives later on this week.
Following each session today, warriors.com will interview one player according to the vote of the fans. Hansbrough won the popular vote for Session I, but since he did not attend the workout, the No. 2 vote getter from this session, Terrence Williams will get the nod. UCLA point guard Darren Collison will be interviewed following Session 2.
All of the basketball executives in attendance on Tuesday paid close attention to the play of Terrence Williams. (warriors.com photo)
And in case you missed out, scroll down for a complete recap of the first day of the workout, including fan’s choice video interviews with Sam Young and Patrick Mills .
We’ll be back soon with much more coverage from each session of today’s workout.
Monday, June 1 (9:58 p.m.)
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Pre-Draft Workout Interview: Patrick Mills
As promised, here is the interview with Patrick Mills that took place following the second session of Monday's pre-draft, multi-team workout at the Warriors Practice Facility. The St. Mary's guard was one of 12 potential 2009 draft picks to work out in Oakland on Friday, and fans voted to see this interview in a warriors.com online poll.
PATRICK MILLS INTERVIEW:
For more multimedia from today's workout, click here.
Monday, June 1 (6:23 p.m.)
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Photos & Video From Day 1 Of Multi-Team Pre-Draft Workout
The first day of the multi-team, pre-draft workout hosted by the Warriors is now complete. Twelve players put their skills on display in front of representatives from 21 teams. For a photo gallery of the first two-session workout, click on the image below.
Also, by popular demand, check out the interview with Sam Young below. Fans let their voice be heard on warriors.com and voted to hear from the Pittsburgh product.
SAM YOUNG INTERVIEW:
Stay tuned for full coverage of tomorrow's workout, and be on the lookout for another fan's choice video shortly.
Monday, June 1 (3:12 p.m.)
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Multi-Team Pre-Draft Workout Underway In Oakland
Warriors General Manager Larry Riley was among those with a vested interest in today's workout. (warriors.com photo)
With the NBA Finals still three days away, the league’s collective attention shifted to Oakland on Monday for the first of a two-day pre-draft workout at the Warriors’ Downtown Oakland practice facility. Today’s workout consists of two sessions, each with six players taking part. The first session, which started at 2 p.m., featured Sam Young (Pittsburgh), Luke Harangody (Notre Dame), Marcus Thornton (LSU), Jeff Pendergraph (Arizona State), Damion James (Texas) and Joe Ingles (Australia). The second session, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., will include Patrick Mills (St. Mary’s), Jeff Teague (Wake Forest), Eric Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth), Taj Gibson (USC), Derrick Brown (Xavier) and Patrick Beverley (Arkansas). Diamon Simpson (St. Mary’s), Dior Lowhorn (San Francisco) and Josh Akognon (Cal State Fullerton) were on hand as reserves in case any of the original six prospects were unable to participate.
Player projections for those participating in today’s and tomorrow’s workouts in Oakland are across the board. According to the various Mock Drafts out there, some are surefire first-rounders, while others are simply trying to play their way into being one of the 60 players selected in this year’s draft.
Sam Young (20) finishes a lay-up as Marcus Thornton (5) looks on during Monday's pre-draft workout in Oakland. (warriors.com photo)
Twenty-one teams, including the Warriors, have sent general managers, scouts and other executives to monitor the workout. With Warriors General Manager Larry Riley joining the likes of Pat Riley (Miami Heat), Mitch Kupchak (L.A. Lakers), Steve Kerr (Phoenix Suns), Kiki Vandeweghe (Denver Nuggets) and Mike Dunleavy (L.A. Clippers) talks of potential trades and players climbing and falling on teams’ draft board surfaced throughout the workout.
All six players from today’s first session also took part in the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last week, and the same can be said for many of the other participants that will display their skills in Oakland later on today or tomorrow. Unlike the Draft Combine, however, the players were able to participate in three-on-three competition, in addition to a set of drills run by Warriors Assistant Coaches Keith Smart, Russell Turner and Stephen Silas. The workout itself was closed to the media, but reporters were given access to the players after the workout.
We'll have multimedia from today's workout soon, so stay tuned for a video interview with Sam Young, plus interviews with NBA executives later on this week.
Thursday, May 28 (11:13 a.m.)
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Warriors To Host Multi-Team Workout; Fans Can Vote For Featured Interviews
Welcome to the official 2009 Warriors Draft Blog. Over the next month, we will keep fans updated with a behind-the-scenes look at the Warriors draft preparation, including prospect interviews, workout details, analysis and updates from various members of the organization, mock drafts, multimedia and much more. Stay tuned for continuous coverage.
Late May is when teams really start gearing up for the draft. With the Draft Lottery now finished and the playoffs nearing completion, things have really started to pick up on the draft front. And with the seventh overall pick, the Warriors are one of many teams looking to make a big splash on draft night.
Over the next few weeks, Golden State will have the opportunity to bring a number of prospects in for private workouts. However, for the second-straight year, the Warriors will be hosting a large multi-team workout featuring 24 draft hopefuls. The workout will take place over two days (June 1 and 2), with 20-25 NBA teams coming to Oakland to take part. The Warriors played host to a two-day multi-team workout last year as well, with players such as Courtney Lee, Jason Thompson, Brandon Rush, Mareese Speights, Darrel Arthur, Chris Douglas-Roberts and many more playing in front of scouts and front office representatives from more than a dozen teams. The reviews of the workout were so positive that the same event was organized this year.
The Warriors hosted a two-day multi-team workout at their Downtown Oakland Practice Facility last year.
With so many teams spread out across the country, draft prospects often have to pick and choose which organizations they will visit for their private workouts. And when scheduling workouts, teams can see a prospect a maximum of two times, and they are only allowed to have six players on the court at one time during a workout. But in recent years, the idea of large workouts featuring dozens of prospects and multiple NBA teams has started to gainpopularity. Teams are able to see 24 players over a two-day span while also not worrying about scheduling conflicts, cancellations, unbalanced competition, etc. This year's workout at the Warriors practice facility will feature the most organizations of any multi-team workout to date. And with so many teams and important decision makers on hand, one can be sure that the 24 prospects attending the workout will be out to prove that they are ready for the NBA.
As an added bonus for fans, warriors.com is allowing you to vote on which players you would like to see interviewed following each workout session. To see who will be working out on June 1 and 2, and to vote on who you would like to see interviewed, see the polls below:
Stay tuned for the results of the poll, interviews with the chosen prospects, a recap of the multi-team workout and much more. And for even more coverage of the draft, including multimedia, mock drafts, Warriors history and more, visit Warriors Draft Central.
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