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2009 TRAINING CAMP BLOG
Throughout the 2009 training camp and pre-season, warriors.com will feature complete behind-the-scenes coverage from a variety of Warriors sources. With submissions from the full-time Blog Squad roster, the Warriors 2009 Training Camp Blog is the best place for Warriors fans wanting the inside scoop on the team.
For a full game preview of the Warriors' season opener, including videos, audio interviews and expected starting lineups, click here.
The Warriors spent their final day before the start of the 2009-10 season back at practice, which featured much less crowd noise than Monday’s Open Practice at Oracle Arena. Following the workout, we caught up with Head Coach Don Nelson, Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson. Watch their interviews in the video below.
Prior to Wednesday's Opening Night contest against the Rockets, the Warriors will hold a shootaround in the morning at Oracle Arena. During this time, the Warriors will finalize their game plan and go over their offensive sets and defensive assignments one last time before taking the court for real later on in the evening.
Having played eight preseason games, the Warriors are ready for the season to begin. For some, Wednesday’s season opener represents a clean slate. Every team starts the season at 0-0 – although the Rockets will enter the contest on the heels of tonight’s season-opening game in Portland – and success in the 2009-10 regular season ultimately comes from what transpires between late October and mid-April.
But for other players, a new season can mean a new chapter in life. On Wednesday night, Stephen Curry’s dream of playing in the NBA will come to fruition. The rookie is expected to be in the starting lineup, a far cry from where others predicted the son of a former NBA veteran would end up. Growing up in an area where college basketball rules all, Curry was lightly recruited out of high school and wasn’t thought of as an NBA prospect until he led tiny Davidson College (1,700 enrollment) on a miraculous run in the NCAA Tournament in 2008. Now he is on the verge of doing what nearly every basketball-playing kid has wanted to do since shooting around in the gym, park or driveway for the first time.
Curry discussed his journey to the NBA, and much more, during an hour-long appearance on KNBR’s Razor and Mr. T Show on Monday. Listen to the there-part interview below:
STEPHEN CURRY ON KNBR - 10/26/09
That’s all for the 2009 Training Camp Blog. We at warriors.com thank you for reading and encourage you to return to warriors.com throughout the season to get the most in-depth coverage of the team. This year, we’ll have more videos online than ever before, so stay tuned for that and much more.
Monday, October 26 (3:55 p.m.)
Warriors Hold Open Practice At Oracle Arena
Thousands of kids and birthday cake don’t typically make up the ingredients of an NBA practice, but they sure did on Monday. The Warriors hosted a practice that was open to the public at Oracle Arena, and of the thousands in attendance, many were kids from local schools on a field trip.
The crowd had a chance to watch the Warriors run through a typical practice – although this practice was anything but typical considering the crowd noise and the fact that it was taking place at their home court instead of their practice facility. Have a look at some of the images from today's practice in the photo gallery below.
The workout began with each of the players and coaches being introduced by Warriors hype man Franco Finn. One by one, the team made its way out onto the floor and the fans attending the event welcomed each player and coach with a loud ovation. The cheers grew loudest for Monta Ellis, who is celebrating his 24th birthday today.
Immediately following introductions, the team got down to business with a few warm-up drills and stretching. With Opening Night just two days away, the intensity soon picked up as the team took part in a modified scrimmage for the rest of the workout. As the scrimmage took place, the fans grew louder and louder and cheered every made basket. Like the Warriors, they are ready for the season to begin.
Following the workout, Kelenna Azubuike spoke to the crowd about the importance of education and reading. He then recognized Ellis’ birthday and called out rookie Stephen Curry. The first-year player, accompanied by Anthony Randolph, Anthony Morrow and Acie Law, got the crowd on their feet and everybody joined in to sing “Happy Birthday” to Ellis.
Afterward, a group of kids presented Ellis with a birthday cake and balloons, cards and signs wishing him a happy birthday. The 24-year-old guard was touched by their gesture and thanked them and the rest of the crowd for the well wishes.
Ellis and his teammates won’t have much time to celebrate, however, as the team will officially open the 2009-10 season on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets. Judging by the way the team conducted themselves at today’s workout, the players are definitely ready for the season to begin.
After today's practice, we caught up with Anthony Randolph and Anthony Morrow. Listen to their interviews below:
PRACTICE INTERVIEWS - 10/26/09
Before we let you go, we want to give you a quick reminder to watch Warriors Weekly tonight at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area for in-depth features, exclusive interviews and much more. On tonight's show, Jim Barnett will take you behind the scenes of a Warriors road trip. For a sneak preview, click here.
Friday, October 23 (5:31 p.m.)
Morrow, Maggette Among Preseason Standouts
Anthony Morrow has proved that he is much more than just a pure shooter this preseason. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Now that the Warriors have officially completed their preseason, we can officially start the countdown to Opening Night – five days and counting. Golden State will open the 2009-10 regular season on Wednesday against the Rockets . An Opening Night Friends and Family Offer will be in place for this contest, allowing fans to save up to $79 on a package including four game tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four soft drinks.
The Warriors wrapped up their 4-4 preseason with an impressive 126-92 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday. As has been the case throughout the preseason, Anthony Morrow stood out once again on Thursday with 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting.
After exceeding all expectations last season, Morrow has eliminated any notion of a sophomore slump with a stellar preseason. He worked his tail off over the summer and came back to the Warriors in tip-top shape last month. His off-season regimen has produced results, as he ranked second in the NBA with 22.0 points per game. Yes, you read that right. Only one player in the entire league – Denver’s Carmelo Anthony – averaged more points than the Warriors’ number 22 this preseason.
It’s not like Morrow became a volume shooter to reach his points total either. Instead, he refined his outside shot, which was good enough to lead the NBA in three-point percentage last season (.467), and improved his ball-handling and ability to get to the hoop. As a result, the second-year guard out of Georgia Tech, who was signed to play professionally in the Ukraine prior to making the Warriors’ roster last year, has shot 57.9 percent from the field and 51.9 percent from long distance in the preseason. Unlike last season, opposing defenses are now well aware of how dangerous a player Morrow can be, so it’s a testament to his hard work and determination to become a better all-around player that he continues to put up such impressive numbers.
Fans can watch Corey Maggette and his Warriors teammates at Monday's Open Practice at Oracle Arena. (warriors.com photo)
Morrow isn’t the only Warriors player turning in impressive performances either. Corey Maggette has also put together a quality preseason, quietly ranking sixth in the league with 18.0 points per game. Maggette, entering his second season with the Warriors, continues to excel at getting to the free-throw line. He attempted at least eight free throws in four of his seven preseason games, despite never playing more than 30 minutes in a single contest. Maggette closed out the exhibition schedule on an especially hot note, averaging 23.7 points over his last three games, during which he shot 74.2 percent from the field.
Morrow, Maggette and company will be hard at work at practice over the next few days, and fans will be able to see one of those workouts live at Oracle Arena. Warriors Open Practice will take place on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to seeing your favorite Warriors hard at work at practice, other highlights will include free admission and parking and a Warriors Team Store sale. For more information on Warriors Open Practice, click here.
Also on Monday, fans can watch a brand new episode of Warriors Weekly at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. On next week’s show, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Warriors’ preseason road trip in Southern California and much more. And remember to visit the Warriors Weekly web page to watch full-length archived episodes of the weekly television show.
Wednesday, October 21 (5:39 p.m.)
Warriors Prepare For Preseason Finale
The Warriors will close out the 2009 preseason on Thursday night with a home game against the New Orleans Hornets . Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson has stated in the past that the team will treat this game like the regular season, so the starters and player rotations shouldn’t differ too much from what fans will see come Opening Night.
The Warriors made one more step in preparation of next Wednesday’s season-opener against the Rockets , as the team waived Shaun Pruitt earlier today. The Warriors’ roster now stands at 15 players, and barring any other roster moves, the team taking the floor against the Hornets will include the same players as those facing Houston next week.
Following Tuesday night’s loss to the Lakers in Ontario, the Warriors were back at practice today. Following the workout, we caught up with Head Coach Don Nelson, Ronny Turiaf and C.J. Watson. Watch their interviews in the video below, and also access audio interviews with Anthony Morrow and General Manager Larry Riley that aired earlier this week on KNBR.
Anthony Morrow - 10/20/09
Larry Riley - 10/19/09
You can access even more interviews by tuning into the Warriors Weekly Radio Show tonight at 9 p.m. on KNBR 680. Usually airing on Thursdays, this week’s episode was pushed up due to tomorrow’s home game against the Hornets. If you can’t be near a radio tonight, be sure to visit the Warriors Weekly Radio Show web page to listen to a full archive of the show.
And if you haven’t seen the season premiere of the Warriors Weekly TV show yet, check out the video below to see Ronny Turiaf answer some “hard-hitting” questions in a segment of the always-entertaining “Warriors In The Paint” series.
Watch more features and interviews from this week’s Warriors Weekly by clicking here.
That’s all for now, but we’ll be back with more updates as they become available. And remember tomorrow’s preseason game against the Hornets will be broadcast on KNBR 680, with the pregame show beginning at 7:15 p.m.
Monday, October 19 (5:09 p.m.)
Ronny Returns; Warriors To Go Big
The Warriors have become synonymous with small ball in recent seasons, but the team will field a bigger starting lineup on Tuesday when it closes out its six-game preseason road trip against the Lakers in Ontario, Calif.
After sitting out with a sore left knee, Ronny Turiaf has recovered and is expected to make his preseason debut against his former team, and he will do so in the starting lineup alongside fellow big man Andris Biedrins. Since the Warriors are poised to become an improved defensive club this season, taking a look at Turiaf in the starting lineup makes perfect sense. Turiaf was perhaps the team's best interior defender last year, ranking fifth in the NBA with 2.13 blocks per game.
While Turiaf will return for Tuesday night's contest, Head Coach Don Nelson will miss the game due to a family emergency. In Coach Nelson's absence, Warriors Assistant Coach Keith Smart will assume head coaching duties, and following practice today, he spoke with the media. Watch his interview in the video below.
Last season, Coach Nelson was hesitant to play Turiaf alongside Biedrins for more than a few minutes at a time. But now, since the Warriors have increased depth in the front court with the addition of experienced veteran Mikki Moore among others, Nelson can play Biedrins and Turiaf together without worrying too much about who is going to back them up.
Ronny Turiaf is expected to start Tuesday night's preseason contest against the Lakers. (warriors.com photo)
This taller lineup will definitely receive a test in going up against the defending NBA champions on Tuesday night. With Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum – all of whom are at least 6-foot-10 – the Lakers cause match-up problems for just about everybody, and then there's Kobe Bryant.
If nothing else, the Warriors going big on Tuesday night will give the Lakers another look to worry about. These teams have already played one another twice this preseason – each team is 1-1 – so this third match-up will allow the Warriors to experiment a little bit and play with different combinations.
Following Tuesday’s contest, the Warriors will wrap up their preseason with a home game against the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday. Coach Nelson has stated that he will treat this game like a dress rehearsal for next Wednesday’s Opening Night contest against the Houston Rockets , so fans attending that contest should get more of an idea of how each player will be used to start the season.
Warriors rookie Stephen Curry expressed his excitement for the regular season to begin earlier today on KNBR. Listen to that interview below.
STEPHEN CURRY ON KNBR - 10/19/09
REMINDER: Warriors Weekly premieres this evening at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Take a sneak peek at the show in our prior blog entry and if you miss the show tonight, you’ll be able to watch it by tomorrow afternoon at our Warriors Weekly web page.
Friday, October 16 (4:27 p.m.)
A Sneak Peek Of Warriors Weekly
With another season of Warriors basketball comes another season of Warriors Weekly. Set to premiere on Monday, October 19th, at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the weekly television program will include in-depth feature stories, highlights and much more. Get a taste of Monday’s show with a Monta Ellis video below, and see more features like this throughout the season.
If you can’t tune into Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on Monday evening, be sure to visit warriors.com on Tuesday to watch Warriors Weekly in its entirety. In the mean time, you can watch the above video and also preview a segment involving a Ronny Turiaf-guided tour of Warriors Media Day by clicking here.
Warriors Weekly’s sister program, the Warriors Weekly Radio Show, premiered on Thursday night on KNBR 680. Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson appeared live on the show and answered questions from fans calling into the program. In case you missed the show, which also included an exclusive interview with Anthony Randolph and an Anthony Morrow feature story, you can listen to the program by clicking here.
Before the radio show aired last night, Coach Nelson appeared on KNBR 680’s Razor and Mr. T Show. Listen to the interview below.
DON NELSON ON KNBR - 10/15/09
As the team gets more and more coverage in broadcast and print media, the players and coaches remain focused on the task at hand as they prepare for the 2009-10 season. Their next preseason tune-up will take place on Saturday against the Northern California rival Sacramento Kings. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Arco Arena, and fans can hear Tim Roye call the action live on KNBR 1050.
In preparation of Saturday’s match-up, the Warriors held practice at their Downtown Oakland practice facility. Following the workout, we caught up with Coach Nelson and Shaun Pruitt. To watch their interviews, click on the video below.
In case you’re not too familiar with Pruitt, he’s a 6-foot-10, 245-pound rookie forward/center out of Illinois. He went undrafted in 2008 and spent last season playing professionally in China, Latvia and the Czech Republic. At Illinois, he was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and is now considered to be among a handful of players competing for the last few spots on the Warriors regular season roster.
Pruitt has up to three games remaining to show the Warriors that he belongs on the team, beginning with tomorrow night in Sacramento.
Thursday, October 15 (5:08 p.m.)
Acie Law Ready To Play Some Point Forward
Acie Law will get a look at point forward by Head Coach Don Nelson and his staff. (warriors.com photo)
Good news from Warriors headquarters – the team is on the mend. Anthony Randolph (bruised lower back) was back at practice and Ronny Turiaf (sore left knee), Mikki Moore (sick) and Acie Law (sprained left ankle) all participated in parts of Thursday’s workout. Some players remain sidelined with injuries, but it’s a definitely a good sign for the Warriors that the team is approaching full health with October 28’s Opening Night contest against the Rockets less than two weeks away.
Other than injuries, one of the big news items as of late has been Head Coach Don Nelson’s recent announcement that Acie Law will play some point forward for the Warriors this season. One look at the roster and it’s obvious that the team is loaded at point guard. And being that Law has impressed the coaching staff thus far in practice and the preseason games – he’s averaged 14.5 points in 19.0 minutes over two games – the team needs to find a way to get him on the floor.
While his 6-3, 200-pound frame doesn’t scream NBA big man, Law has shown the ability to play tough and aggressive defense against taller opponents. On the other end of the floor, Law's speed and quickness can wreak havoc on opposing defenses, especially when teaming him up with the likes of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. Coach Nelson has always been one to exploit match-up problems, even if it goes against the book. Law playing the three is definitely unconventional, but judging by Nellie’s track record in that department, it’s an idea that just might work.
Following practice on Thursday, we caught up with Law and center Andris Biedrins. Listen to their interviews in the table below.
PRACTICE INTERVIEWS - 10/15/09
Also on Thursday, Stephen Curry answered questions directly from the fans during a conference call for season ticket holders. To listen to the call in its entirety, click here.
Following practice today, we caught up with Head Coach Don Nelson and Randolph. Find out their reaction to today’s news and see what else they had to say in the video below.
Be sure to read our prior entry for a detailed look at Stephen Curry’s dealings with the media, plus his latest Flip Video Diary.
Wednesday, October 14 (12:39 p.m.)
Stephen Curry And The Media
Stephen Curry offered an inside look at Warriors Media Day in his latest Flip Video Diary. (warriors.com photo)
As most Warriors fans know, rookie Stephen Curry comes from a high basketball pedigree. His college – Davidson – may not be a traditional national power, but his father, Dell Curry, did play 14 years in the NBA. The younger Curry spent years trailing his father around NBA arenas, practices and events. Growing up around the game, he developed an understanding of the league and what comes along with it other than basketball.
Of the many skills Curry picked up along the way, his ability to communicate with the media ranks right up there near the top. Whether he’s talking to a group of reporters after practice, conducting an exclusive interview or speaking off the record, he always manages to say the right thing and deliver it in the right way.
Curry is quite advanced in the media game, especially for a rookie. He has more than 27,000 followers on his Twitter page and he’s the only first-year player to be featured for NBA.com’s Flip Video Diary series, joining the likes of experienced NBA veterans Danny Granger, Mike Bibby, Derek Fisher and Andre Iguodala. Watch Curry’s latest video diary below.
While on the subject of media, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Thursday night’s season premiere of the Warriors Weekly Radio Show. Beginning at 9 p.m. on KNBR 680, radio broadcaster Tim Roye will break down the Warriors and other topics around the NBA. Featured on the first show of the new season will be an exclusive interview with Anthony Randolph that fans won’t want to miss.
The Warriors Weekly TV Show will premiere on Monday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Fans tuning into this show will be treated to a Ronny Turiaf-guided tour of Warriors Media Day, plus much more. Watch a preview of the show in the video below.
The Warriors continued their preseason road trip on Monday in Los Angeles, falling to the host Clippers 124-117. That was the team’s fourth of six-consecutive games on the road, but with four full days before the next game in Sacramento, the Warriors have returned home for the time being.
Over the last few days, we have done our best to offer fans a glimpse of the life of the Warriors on the road. The latest in a four-part series of behind-the-scenes photo galleries can be seen by clicking on the photo below.
The photo gallery above chronicled what the team went through right before, during and immediately after the game. View our other behind-the-scenes galleries for an inside look at how the team traveled, practiced and took care of themselves over the first few stops of this preseason road trip.
With the Warriors’ next preseason game taking place on Saturday, the team’s focus for the next few days will be on practice. We’ll be sure to continue to provide full coverage of the team as it prepares for the 2009-10 season.
Fans wishing to see the team practice in person will get that chance on Monday, October 26, at the annual Warriors Open Practice at Oracle Arena. Taking place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the workout will allow fans to see their favorite players in a LIVE practice just two days before they tip off the 2009-10 season. To find out more about this admission-free event, click here.
Monday, October 12 (4:19 p.m.)
Shootaround At The Hangar
The Warriors will play their fourth of six-consecutive preseason road games tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at STAPLES Center, and Bay Area basketball fans can hear Tim Roye call the action live on KNBR 1050.
Earlier today, the team held shootaround at the Hangar Athletic Xchange in Hawthorne, Calif. Coincidentally enough, the facility used to be an actual airplane hangar and is located at a small airport, about 20 minutes from the team hotel in Marina Del Rey. To view some behind-the-scenes photos from the Warriors’ pregame routine, click on the image below.
You can see even more behind-the-scenes photos from the Warriors’ preseason road trip by clicking here and here.
Monta Ellis did not attend this morning’s shootaround and is questionable for tonight with the stomach flu. C.J. Watson, however, is expected to see his first preseason game action this season after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in practice late last month. And after missing Saturday’s outdoor game against Phoenix with a sprained left ankle, Acie Law was working out today and is hopeful to play against the Clippers tonight. A final decision on Law’s status will be made closer to tip-off.
That’s it for now, but be sure to return to Training Camp Central after the game tonight for a full recap of the contest, including highlights, photos, quotes and more.
Sunday, October 11 (5:51 p.m.)
Leaving Palm Springs
After Saturday night’s victory over the Suns in the NBA Outdoor Game at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, the Warriors departed Palm Springs on Sunday for Los Angeles, where they will continue their six-game road trip on Monday against the Clippers at STAPLES Center. View a photo gallery of the team’s travels on Sunday by clicking on the image below.
That’s all for now, but stay tuned for more coverage of the team’s road trip. And for more behind-the-scenes images from the Warriors’ stay in Palm Springs, click here.
Sunday, October 11 (2:06 p.m.)
Warriors Win In Ideal Conditions In Outdoor Game
Anthony Morrow talked to Cheryl Miller on TNT following Saturday night's outdoor game at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
The Warriors improved to 3-1 in the 2009 preseason with a 104-101 victory over the Suns on Saturday in the 2nd Annual NBA Outdoor Game at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs. By all accounts, this year’s event was a huge success. The weather cooperated, as temperatures that were in the 90s during the day cooled down to the 70s for the duration of the contest. As Scott Howard-Cooper pointed out in his column for NBA.com, this game was a stark contrast to last year’s contest between Phoenix and Denver, where players had a tough time staying warm on the bench.
The Warriors also had some nice things to say about playing outdoors. Hear their postgame interviews by clicking on the links below.
Check out the game recap of last night’s game by clicking here and be sure to check out the previous blog entry for even more coverage of the contest, including a behind-the-scenes photo gallery of the team’s trip to Palm Springs.
Saturday, October 10 (3:19 p.m.)
Warriors Prepare For Tonight's Outdoor Game
The Warriors and Suns will play outside tonight at Indian Wells Tennis Garden (TNT - 6:30 p.m.)
After defeating the Lakers in a 110-91 contest at the L.A. Forum on Friday night, the Warriors made their way to a place not frequently traveled by NBA teams - Palm Springs, California. The reason? Tonight, the Warriors and Suns will square off in the 2nd Annual NBA Outdoor Game at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. That's right, Outdoor Game.
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a 16,000-seat stadium with no roof that annually plays host to one of the world’s major tennis tournaments, the BNP Paribas Open. The game will be televised nationally, exclusively on TNT beginning at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
The Suns and Nuggets faced each other at the same venue in the first-ever NBA Outdoor game last year, which the Nuggets won by a score of 77-72. And while the Suns and Warriors are always two of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA, we'll see if the elements play a factor in tonight's final score.
As usual, we will be here with full coverage of the game. But before the game tips off, you can check out a behind-the-scenes photo gallery of the Warriors arrival in Palm Springs, including the team breakfast this morning. View the photo gallery below:
During pre-game warmups, we had a chance to catch up with Stephen Curry, Anthony Morrow, Keith Smart, Suns Broadcaster Al McCoy and TNT's Cheryl Miller. Listen to their interviews below:
After posting a double-double on Wednesday, Anthony Randolph will have another chance to go up against the Lakers tonight. (photo: Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty)
The Warriors face the Lakers tonight for the second time in three days. Golden State dropped a 118-101 decision to the defending NBA champions on Wednesday night in Anaheim. Tonight’s match-up takes place at the L.A. Forum in Inglewood, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. This game will not be televised in the Bay Area, but fans will be able to hear radio broadcaster Tim Roye call the action live on KNBR 680.
Monta Ellis, who injured his left ankle in the opening minutes on Wednesday night, fully practiced on Thursday and is considered probable for tonight. Likewise, Kelenna Azubuike will be a game-time decision after spraining his left ankle earlier this week in practice.
Following tonight’s game, the Warriors will travel to Palm Springs for Saturday’s highly anticipated NBA Outdoor Game against the Phoenix Suns at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs. This contest, which tips off at 6:30 p.m., will be broadcast live on TNT. We’ll have plenty of behind-the-scenes coverage of the team in the desert, so stay tuned.
And remember to visit Training Camp Central later on tonight for a full recap of this evening’s Warriors-Lakers game.
Wednesday, October 7 (3:14 p.m.)
Warriors Face Lakers Tonight
As mentioned in Tuesday’s blog entry, the Warriors continue their preseason tonight with a game against the Lakers at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., but the game is not scheduled to be broadcast on television or radio in the Bay Area, so be sure to tune in to Training Camp Central afterward for a full recap of the contest.
Following tonight’s contest, the Warriors will play the Lakers again on Friday. The team will then head to Palm Springs to take on the Phoenix Suns on Saturday in the Annual NBA Outdoor Game at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. From there, Golden State plays road contests against the Clippers, Kings and the Lakers once more before closing the 2009 preseason with a home game against the Hornets on October 22.
With so much preseason action remaining on the schedule, it’s a given that our behind-the-scenes coverage of the Warriors will not run out any time soon. In the mean time, enjoy the interview with Anthony Morrow below, and remember to visit Training Camp Central for a full recap of tonight’s Warriors-Lakers game.
Tuesday, October 6 (5:57 p.m.)
Heading To Southern California
Corey Maggette and the Warriors will open a six-game preseason road trip on Wednesday against the Lakers.
Tuesday was getaway day for the Warriors. After holding a practice earlier in Downtown Oakland, the team is off to Southern California to open a six-game road trip that will encompass 75 percent of the Warriors’ preseason schedule.
The trip will begin with Wednesday night’s match-up against the Lakers in Anaheim. This game will not be broadcast on the radio or television, so be sure to tune into warriors.com for full details of the game after the contest. The Warriors will have another date with the Lakers on Friday at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, and this game will be broadcast on KNBR 680.
Although the Warriors meet the defending NBA champions three times, the highlight of this year’s preseason might be Saturday’s contest against the Suns. This match-up will take place outdoors at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, and the forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 94 degrees on Saturday. It will be interesting to see if the natural elements have any effect on this contest, and fans will be able to find out for themselves with the game being nationally broadcast on TNT. Following practice today, Head Coach Don Nelson talked about the preseason. Watch his interview and see what Assistant Coach Keith Smart had to say by watching the video below:
As Coach Smart said in the video above, the Warriors have focused on defense quite a bit this preseason. Golden State forced 26 turnovers during Sunday’s 108-101 victory over the Clippers in the preseason opener, and the Warriors will be looking for a similar defensive effort when they face the Lakers on Wednesday.
That’s all for now, but we’ll be back with more updates as they become available.
Monday, October 5 (5:07 p.m.)
Monday Practice Update
The Warriors were back on the pratice floor on Monday, one day after defeating the Clippers 108-101 in the team's preseason opener at Oracle Arena. Head Coach Don Nelson was impressed with his team's effort on Sunday, but also knows that there is still plenty of work to be done before the regular season opener on October 28. Watch what Nelson and center Mikki Moore had to say about last night's game and today's practice in the video below:
Ronny Turiaf (sore left knee) and Devean George (sore left knee) both sat out today's practice, while C.J. Watson (sprained MCL) took part in drills for the first time since Thursday. The Warriors will practice again tomorrow before leaving for Anaheim, where they will face the Lakers on Wednesday.
Monday, October 5 (8:36 a.m.)
Warriors Start Preseason With A Win
Anthony Morrow scored a team-high 21 points in Sunday's victory.
The Warriors tipped off their 2009 preseason with a 108-101 victory over the visiting Clippers on Sunday night. Anthony Morrow led the Warriors with 21 points, while Kelenna Azubuike notched a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Playing his first game at Oracle Arena, rookie Stephen Curry scored five points and led the team with nine assists and five steals.
With just 10 practices together before the opener (five sets of two-a-days), the Warriors put together an impressive overall effort. The team forced 26 turnovers and sealed the game by outscoring the Clippers 30-22 in the game's final quarter. For a full game recap, including photos, quotes, stats and more, click here. And for highlights from the game, watch the video below:
Remember to check back often for updates and behind-the-scenes coverage throughout the preseason.
Sunday, October 4 (8:04 a.m.)
Preparing For The Preseason Opener
After a week full of double-day practices, the Warriors will play their first preseason game tonight when they host the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available for this contest, which will mark the first time fans will get to see rookie Stephen Curry in a Warriors uniform.
The Warriors are ready to embark on a successful 2009-10 season, and it starts with Sunday’s match-up against a division rival. Golden State will be testing out many of the things that the team has worked on throughout training camp, and one player to watch will be Monta Ellis. The young shooting guard has his speed and explosiveness back after sitting out most of last year with an injury, and he is poised to lead the team in the right direction.
Ellis and his Warriors teammates participated in their final two-a-day practice session on Saturday, and we carried live footage of the first workout on Training Camp Central. Access archived footage of the workout in the video below.
Warriors Training Camp officially closed with Saturday's evening practice, after which conducted an exclusive live interview with Andris Biedrins. Watch the interview below:
Following Friday’s evening practice, we broadcast a live interview with sharpshooting guard Anthony Morrow. Watch the exclusive footage below.
That’s all for now, but remember to come back to Training Camp Central for full coverage throughout the preseason.
Friday, October 2 (4:31 p.m.)
Catching Up With Kelenna Azubuike
As posted previously, we broadcast live video from Warriors practice earlier today. Check out our prior entry to view the archived footage. One quick note from practice is that Ronny Turiaf sat out for the second-straight day to rest a sore left knee. Following the practice, we caught up with Warriors swingman Kelenna Azubuike. Watch the interview in the video below.
And remember to tune in to Training Camp Central tonight following the second session of Warriors practice at about 8 p.m. for a live exclusive interview with Brandan Wright.
Friday, October 2 (1:33 p.m.)
Warriors Practice Footage & Exclusive Anthony Randolph Interview
The Warriors have completed seven of their 10 practices of their 2009 Training Camp, and the team is beginning to round into shape. Fortunately for the Warriors, the core of the 2009-10 club was with the team last season, and most of the first-year Warriors are experienced veterans who are adapting quite well to the system put in place by Head Coach Don Nelson. The team, however, is starting to grow weary of facing off against one another in practice every day and is looking forward to Sunday’s preseason opener on Sunday against the Clippers at Oracle Arena (6 p.m.).
Before that game take place, the Warriors must endure three more practices. The team’s latest workout took place earlier today, and we broadcast it live on Training Camp Central. In case you missed it, you can watch archived footage of the practice below.
And stay tuned for more live coverage tonight, as we will be back following the team’s evening workout at approximately 8 p.m. with an exclusive interview with Brandan Wright. Tune in to the live webcast on Training Camp Central, Facebook or Ustream.com and find out how you can win an autographed authentic Brandan Wright jersey.
Wright will be the fourth guest to appear live on a warriors.com webcast this week for an exclusive interview. Earlier this week, we brought you live interviews with Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and most recently Anthony Randolph. Watch the latter interview below, and get ready for even more live coverage from Warriors Training Camp.
Thursday, October 1 (4:32 p.m.)
Thursday Practice Interviews And More Media Day Videos
In our previous blog entry, we mentioned how Acie Law participated in his first practice as a Warrior this morning. Find out what the first-year Warrior had to say about the practice and also hear from Head Coach Don Nelson in the video below.
While Acie Law was taking part in his first practice, Ronny Turiaf was sitting out his first workout of training camp. Turiaf sat out this morning’s workout with a sore left knee and is considered to be day-to-day. No matter how much time Turiaf misses, he should be ready to pick up right where he left off. Since he spent part of the summer playing for the French national team in the European championships, Turiaf came into camp in great shape.
Similarly, the energetic big man’s talent as an entertainer arrived in the Bay Area in top form, as this video from Monday’s Media Day event suggests.
Turiaf wasn’t the only one having a good time at Media Day. NBA TV analyst and “Honorary Warrior” Steve Smith was certainly enjoying himself in his fake return to the league, at least until Head Coach Don Nelson cut him. Watch the entertaining and not-to-be-taken-seriously video below:
Getting back to reality, warriors.com is set to host another LIVE webcast at approximately 8 p.m. Warriors forward Anthony Randolph will join broadcaster Tim Roye at the event, and you can watch it all unfold on Training Camp Central, Facebook or Ustream.com. Tune in and find out how you can win an autographed authentic Randolph jersey.
Thursday, October 1 (1:19 p.m.)
Exclusive Stephen Curry Interview; Thursday Practice Update
The Warriors have completed just five practices in three days since training camp began, but there is already a game right around the corner. On Sunday, Monta Ellis, Anthony Randolph and company will open up the team’s 2009 preseason against Baron Davis and the Los Angeles Clippers . Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. and the Warriors are ready to return to Oracle Arena to play in front of the home fans.
One of the many Warriors to keep an eye out for on Sunday will be Stephen Curry. Head Coach Don Nelson has been happy with what he’s seen out of the rookie so far, and on Wednesday night, Curry appeared in a live webcast on Training Camp Central. Check out the interview in the video below.
The next live webcast is set for approximately 8 p.m. tonight, during which second-year forward Anthony Randolph will be interviewed by Warriors radio broadcaster Tim Roye. Watch the webcast on Training Camp Central, Facebook or Ustream.com and find out how you can win an autographed authentic Randolph jersey.
The webcast will follow tonight’s practice, but with Warriors Training Camp including five double-day practices, the team was also hard at work this morning. We broadcast this morning’s workout live, and you can watch that footage in the video below.
If you watch the video above, you’ll notice something that has been missing in our first two practice videos – Acie Law. After suffering a mild concussion and sprained neck in a pick-up basketball game last week, Law received medical clearance from the team’s training staff and fully participated in his first practice as a Warrior today.
While Law was in action on the court, Ronny Turiaf was not. The energetic big man watched from the sidelines and is day-to-day with a sore left knee. One more injury note about C.J. Watson. As we mentioned in Wednesday’s blog, he has a sprained medial collateral ligament and will be out for at least a week. During this morning’s practice session, he was seen doing strength exercises and shooting around with the Warriors training staff.
That’s it for now, but we will be back with much more from today’s workout.
Wednesday, September 30 (5:04 p.m.)
Morrow Practicing With The First Unit
Head Coach Don Nelson says you shouldn’t read anything into it, but it is worth noting that Anthony Morrow has been playing with the first team over the first two days of practice. Nellie has already penciled in Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson, Anthony Randolph and Andris Biedrins into the starting lineup, so that leaves one starting spot open. Granted, we’re just two days into practice and we are still four weeks away from Opening Night, so a lot can happen between now and then, but the fact remains that Morrow has been practicing with the first unit so far.
Following today’s morning practice, Morrow discussed the comfort of playing alongside guys he knows from last year. See what he had to say in the video below, and also check out interviews with Head Coach Don Nelson and Brandan Wright.
As for the practice, C.J. Watson was held out of it after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Tuesday morning’s practice session. Watson had an MRI this afternoon and will be out for one to three weeks.
Staying on the injury front, Acie Law was limited to light shooting again on Wednesday as he continues to recover from a mild concussion and sprained neck suffered last week in a pick-up basketball game. Law is hopeful he will gain medical clearance shortly, and we’ll be sure to provide more updates as they become available.
Those who were able to participate in this morning’s practice received a further lesson of Nellie-ball. The Warriors being a fastbreak team, the club worked on its transition game. One such drill saw the Warriors big men come down with the rebound and ignite the fast break. In recent seasons, Warriors fans have grown accustomed to seeing Andris Biedrins or Brandan Wright come down with the rebound and take a few dribbles down the court before passing the ball ahead to the point guard. Well, not everybody comes from this high-octane brand of basketball, so it was interesting, to say the least, to see guys like Shaun Pruitt handle the basketball. Thankfully, the Warriors already have several point guards on the roster.
At any rate, we broadcast some of this morning’s practice live at Training Camp Central. See the footage in the video below:
The team still has one more practice left today, and afterward we will be bringing you a live interview with Stephen Curry. Tune in to Training Camp Central at approximately 8 p.m. to watch the exclusive interview and find out how you can win an autographed authentic Curry jersey. You can also access tonight’s webcast on Facebook or Ustream.com and comment on the interview in a live chat.
That’s it for now, but we’ll back on Training Camp Central at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30 (9:51 a.m.)
Previewing Day 2 Of Practice
The Warriors conducted their first double-day of practice on Tuesday, and the team will be right back at it today. Just like yesterday, we will again broadcast live footage of practice today beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Training Camp Central. And tonight, we will host another live webcast at approximately 8 p.m. with special guest Stephen Curry. Watch this evening's webcast and find out how you can win an autographed authentic Curry jersey.
In addition to Training Camp Central, each of our live webcasts can be seen on the Warriors Facebook page and Ustream.com. Last night, our live webcast featured an exclusive interview with Monta Ellis. Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett conducted the interview, and the result was one of the best interviews Ellis has ever given. Don’t just take our word for it, watch it for yourself below.
That’s it for now, but we’ll be back later today with more coverage.
Tuesday, September 29 (8:15 p.m.)
Check Out Monta On A Live Webcast
Just wanted to give you a quick reminder that we currently have a webcast airing live on Training Camp Central. Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett is interviewing Monta Ellis, who just finished his first of five double-days of practice. Tune into Training Camp Central, Facebook or Ustream to watch the webcast and find out how you can win an autographed authentic Monta Ellis Warriors jersey.
Tuesday, September 29 (5:25 p.m.)
Warriors Are Back At Practice
For the first time in what seems like ages, the Warriors were back on the court earlier today taking part in their first practice of the 2009 training camp. We broadcast some of the workout live at Training Camp Central, as well as on Facebook and Ustream, but in case you missed it, check it out below.
We’ll continue to broadcast live video footage of practice from 11:30 a.m. until noon every day through Saturday, so stay tuned. In addition, we’ll host a live webcast on those same days at 8 p.m. A Warriors player will be the featured guest on the evening webcasts, and tonight it will be none other than Monta Ellis. Tune in at Training Camp Central, Facebook or Ustream and find out how you can win a Monta Ellis autographed jersey.
As for the practice, it was a non-contact workout mostly consisting of conditioning and shooting drills. There was some five-on-five action, but we wouldn’t go as far as to call it an all-out scrimmage. At any rate, the roster for the five-on-five portion of practice broke down as follows:
Acie Law was limited to just light shooting as he continues to recover from injury. Following the workout, we caught up with Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. Watch their interviews in the video below.
The Warriors will have their second practice later on this evening, after which Ellis will appear on our live webcast at about 8 p.m. And if you want to see more Curry video, check out his most recent Video Diary for NBA.com.
That’s it for now, but remember to join us tonight at 8 p.m. for a live webcast featuring Monta Ellis!
Monday, September 28 (6:23
Media Day Recap
Stephen Curry appeared on a live webcast during Monday's Media Day at the Warriors Practice Facility. (warriors.com photo)
The always-entertaining spectacle known as Warriors Media Day took place on Monday at the team’s practice facility in Downtown Oakland.
Media Day, which acts as the official tip-off of training camp, serves several purposes. It allows Bay Area and national reporters to interview all Warriors players, and other than a few exceptions, it’s the media’s first access to the team since the end of last season. Many quotes, sound bites and video clips recorded earlier today will form the basis for the Warriors previews that will be coming out in the near future in newspapers and on television in the Bay Area and beyond.
Our next live webcast is set for tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11:30 a.m., during which you’ll get a live look at the team’s practice. And then at approximately 8 p.m., we will bring you a live interview with Monta Ellis. Those tuning into the evening webcast will have the chance to win an autographed Monta Ellis jersey.
Our live coverage will follow a similar schedule through Saturday, with live practice footage airing from about 11:30 a.m. until noon , and a live interview with a Warriors player being aired at roughly 8 p.m. Please keep in mind that these times are approximate and the schedule is subject to change.
Getting back to Media Day … In addition to conducting interviews, each player went through a photo shoot, posing for shots that will be used for future promotions and other purposes. For some of the players, it’s difficult to focus on the task at hand when teammates are behind the photographer doing something silly to try and make the teammate laugh. As a result, the Warriors’ team photographer, Rocky Widner, is ever thankful for the digital age of photography.
Other obligations for the players and coaches include recording promotional pieces for KNBR and CSN Bay Area, many of which you will hear and/or see during game broadcasts this season. Although the players are required to go from station to station, they do still find the time to have quite a bit of fun during Media Day. Many of the players haven’t seen one another all summer, so it’s no mystery as to why the event is filled with so much laughter.
When laughter is involved with the Warriors, Ronny Turiaf is often the source. A video crew followed the second-year-Warrior throughout the event, capturing all of his energy, jokes and special dance moves. We’ll have a full video of Turiaf at Media Day available for you in the coming days, so stay tuned for that. We promise you won’t want to miss it.
Check out some of the images from Media Day by viewing the photo galleries below:
The Warriors certainly shared a ton of laughs at today’s annual event, but the team is well aware that it is now time to get to business. The Warriors are scheduled to hold two-a-day practices from Tuesday through Saturday, and we will be there every step of the way to bring you the most in-depth coverage of Warriors Training Camp, including live video of the team’s practices (Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m.). And don’t forget that a live webcast can be seen at Warriors Training Camp Central every night this week, beginning Tuesday, at 8 p.m.
Stay tuned for further updates and much, much more.
Monday, September 28 (11:14
Media Day Is Underway
The Warriors Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland has been transformed into a studio, and throughout the gymnasium photo shoots are taking place, interviews are being conducted and promotional pieces are being recorded. Yes, Media Day is here.
Lights, cameras, action! Warriors media day has begun and you can follow the action with our live webcast at Training Camp Central. (warriors.com photo)
Catch a live webcast (already in progress) of all the action surrounding Media Day, including interviews with all of your favorite Warriors, at Training Camp Central.
We’ll have much more on Media Day after the conclusion of the event, so stay tuned ...
Friday, September 25 (2:41
Training Camp Is Just Around The Corner
Welcome to the Warriors Training Camp Blog. For the next month or so, this will be the place to go to check out all of the behind-the-scenes action as the Warriors prepare for the 2009-10 season. Fresh off of announcing their training camp roster earlier today, the Warriors will officially tip off their 2009 Training Camp with Monday’s Media Day, but we figure you’re probably hungry for some Warriors news after a long summer, so check out these interviews with Head Coach Don Nelson and General Manager Larry Riley below.
As for Media Day, it's an event that allows local and national reporters and broadcasters to interview all players on the roster. There will also be a team-wide photo shoot, as well as players recording promotional pieces for the upcoming season. As with all aspects of Training Camp, we'll have plenty of coverage from Media Day, including a live webcast that you can check out on Training Camp Central. Scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (Pacific), our live webcast will be highlighted by interviews with several of your favorite Warriors.
Once practices begin on Tuesday, we’ll continue to give you an inside look of the team. The team will hold "two-a-day" practices from Tuesday through Saturday, and for the first time ever we will broadcast live footage on each day from approximately 11:30 a.m. until noon. In addition, we have scheduled to air a live interview with a Warriors player every night during Training Camp, beginning Tuesday, at around 8 p.m. The first scheduled guest is Monta Ellis, and during the interview one lucky fan will have a chance to win an autographed Monta Ellis jersey. Tune in to warriors.com or find us on Facebook on Tuesday night to find out more.
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