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Warriors 2010 Draft Blog Archive
WARRIORS 2010 DRAFT BLOG ARCHIVE
During the weeks leading up to and following the 2010 NBA Draft, warriors.com has featured complete coverage from a variety of Warriors sources. With submissions from Warriors PR, warriors.com and Tim Roye, as well as interviews with draft prospects and draft experts, the Warriors 2010 Draft Blog is the best place for fans seeking the latest Warriors developments in the 2010 NBA Draft.

2010 Draft Blog Home

Wednesday, June 23 (9:25 a.m.)
Submitted by: warriors.com


Local Prospects Work Out For Warriors

It’s always fun to follow the draft prospects of local players. Whether it’s a high school on the Peninsula or a small college in the East Bay, the Bay Area certainly has had no shortage of players on the brink of turning pro. From Gary Payton to Jason Kidd to more recent players such as Leon Powe and Patty Mills, the list could go on for days.

This year, two of the top NBA draft prospects with local ties are Omar Samhan and Jeremy Lin. Many Bay Area basketball fans were familiar with Samhan as a high school standout at San Ramon Valley High School, but the St. Mary’s center made a name for himself on a national level in this year’s NCAA Tournament. As charismatic as they come, the 6-foot-11, 265-pound Samhan led the Gaels to the Sweet 16 with averages of 25.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in the Tournament. After working out alongside Greg Monroe on Sunday, Samhan sat down with warriors.com:


A little more subdued, Jeremy Lin’s NBA dreams are every bit as legit as those of Samhan’s. After a brilliant career at Palo Alto High School capped by a state title, the 6-foot-3 guard enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at Harvard in which he averaged 16.4 points, 4.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game during his senior season. Lin also participated in Sunday’s workout at the Warriors’ practice facility, and you can see his interview below:


Both players have a shot to be selected in the second round of Thursday’s NBA Draft, but unless another move is made, it won’t be by the Warriors. Golden State traded its second-round pick, along with Corey Maggette, to Milwaukee on Tuesday in exchange for Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric. Although it can't yet be predicted with any certainty where Samhan or Lin play next season, it will be interesting to see how the local boys’ professional careers shape up.



Tuesday, June 22 (7:52 p.m.)
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Riley Speaks On Trade With Milwaukee

Earlier today, the Warriors acquired Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Corey Maggette and the 44th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Shortly after the move was made, Warriors GM Larry Riley spoke to the media. Watch that interview in the video below:






Tuesday, June 22 (10:50 a.m.)
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Curry Hosts Golf Tournament, Weighs In On Draft

At this time last year, Stephen Curry was waiting in anticipation of where he would be selected in the 2009 NBA Draft. Fast forward to present day and the young guard is now offering his thoughts on which prospects from this year’s draft class could be joining him on the 2010-11 Warriors.


The above video, courtesy of The Sporting News, was recorded on Monday at the Curry Celebrity Classic, a charitable golf tournament held in Davidson, North Carolina, that benefited the Ada Jenkins Center and Athletes United for Youth. Several celebrities participated in the golf tournament, including Hornets point guard Chris Paul. For more on Curry and the golf tournament, check out this AP story that appeared in today’s Courier-Tribune (a North Carolina newspaper).

That’s all for now, but we’ll be back later today with much more Warriors draft coverage.



Monday, June 21 (4:16 p.m.)
Submitted by: Tim Roye


A Conversation With NBA Scouting Director Ryan Blake, Plus The Return Of The Journal

The journal is back!

After a year’s hiatus, I have decided to once again answer your questions, put down some random thoughts and get everyone updated on the latest Warrior and NBA news.

Also, I want and need your input. This journal is really about you, the best fans of the NBA who make Oracle Arena one of the great atmospheres in all of sports. So, what would you like to see in the Journal? What kinds of features and ideas would you like me to pursue?

2010 NBA Draft
The NBA Draft is just three days away and I hope that you have been following my interviews to better prepare you for Thursday's event. Today, I spoke with Ryan Blake, the NBA Director of Scouting, and you can access that interview in the audio player below.

Ryan Blake Interview - 6/21/10


I have also discussed the upcoming Draft with several other experts (see below), and we’re going to be doing a couple more interviews, so if you have a question that you want answered please let me know.

• Chris Monter - Monter Draft News - 6/16/10
• Jay Bilas - ESPN College Basketball Analyst - 6/2/10
• Len Elmore - iHoops CEO Analyst - 5/27/10

NEW LOGO
The Warriors’ new logo was unveiled last week and I love the fact that it incorporates the idea of ‘The City’ jerseys from the 1960s, still one of the coolest jerseys of all-time. In fact, in 2004, GQ Magazine voted that jersey as one of the Top 20 of all time in any sport. Check out the video below to see how the logo has evolved throughout the franchise’s history:



The TODAY Show
I don’t know how many of you are TODAY Show buffs, but I have to admit it was pretty cool to see the Warriors featured on the nationally broadcast morning show. NBC’s Al Roker interviewed Warriors guard Anthony Morrow during the event, which was held in conjunction with the official unveiling of a refurbished basketball court at Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco. For more information on the event, including videos, photos and much more, click here.

MAILBAG
Hi Tim,
I’m hoping that the Warriors big men play more games next year. What, if anything, are the injured guys doing this summer to get stronger so that they don’t get pushed around as much?
Thanks for your response,
Ray


Ray,
I think we all want a lot of minutes from the Warriors big men next year. At the center spot, both Biedrins and Turiaf will not be playing international competition this year and that will help both players to rest, recover and arrive healthy in October. For Randolph and Wright, both are young men and we all know young bodies heal quicker than older ones. Also, the Warriors could add another big man in Thursday’s draft and a rebounder is definitely something this team needs.

Hey Tim,
Who do you think the Warriors will pick on Thursday?
Christine in Sacramento


Christine,
Well, I am not sure who will be on the board Thursday, and opinion seems to vary based on the source. I think the issue is very much in doubt depending on who goes in the top five picks. Warriors.com has compiled a list of all of the top experts’ draft predictions, and many have the team taking Greg Monroe of Georgetown at No. 6. The Big East big man was here this past weekend, and you can watch Warriors Radio Producer R.C. Davis’ interview with him by clicking here.

Thanks for the e-mails. Please continue to send me questions and I’ll answer as many as possible before the draft.




Sunday, June 20 (3:05 p.m.)
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Six More Prospects Work Out In Oakland; Greg Monroe Interviewed

The Warriors conducted yet another six-man pre-draft workout at their practice facility on Sunday. With the draft less than a week away, it's getting down to crunch time for NBA teams, as well as potential draftees. The following prospects were included in today's workout: Gerard Anderson (Cal State Fullerton, F, 6-6, 205), Tweety Carter (Baylor, G, 5'11, 185), Jeremy Lin (Harvard, G, 6-3, 200), Greg Monroe (Georgetown, F/C, 6'11, 253), Omar Samhan (St. Mary's, F/C, 6'11, 265) and Seth Tarver (Oregon State, G/F, 6'5, 210).

Over the last few weeks, Monroe has steadily been tabbed as one of the early favorites among the mock draft 'experts' on the web who are looking to predict the Warriors pick - including fans who have made their voice heard on the Warriors' official Facebook page. All that being considered, warriors.com sat down with the Georgetown big man for an exclusive interview, which you can see below:



Click here for our compilation of the various mock drafts, and stay tuned for even more coverage as we count down the final days until the 2010 NBA Draft.



Friday, June 18 (4:15 p.m.)
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Warriors Work Out Six More Prospects

As mentioned in Thursday’s blog entry, the Warriors worked out the following six prospects today during a pre-draft workout at the team’s practice facility: Derrick Caracter (UTEP, F, 6-9, 275), Landry Fields (Stanford, F, 6-7, 210), Luke Harangody (Notre Dame, F, 6-8, 246), Dior Lowhorn (USF, F, 6-7, 230), A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky, G, 6-3, 180) and Jeremy Wise (Bakersfield Jam, G, 6-1, 165). The workout was closed to all but a few select basketball operations people, but afterward we were able to catch up with a few of the prospects. Hear what they had to say in the interviews below:

Derrick Caracter Interview - 6/18/10



Luke Harangody Interview - 6/18/10




Friday, June 18 (11:28 a.m.)
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New Video: Anthony Morrow Off-Season Workout And Interview

Few people in the NBA work as hard as Anthony Morrow. After going undrafted in 2008, Morrow parlayed a jaw-dropping Summer League performance into a training camp invite and now, he has played his way into the team’s rotation and has even started 54 games over his first two NBA seasons.

It’s safe to say that Morrow has “made it” in the NBA, but he’s not stopping there. Once a pure shooter, his overall game has grown, so much so that he earned a spot on the sophomore squad of the 2010 Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend. The 24-year-old product of Georgia Tech is continuing to improve his game this off-season. During a break in one of his recent workouts, Morrow sat down with Jim Barnett to discuss his young career and off-season workout regimen:


If you’ve been keeping close tabs on this blog, then you’d know that Morrow isn’t alone in working out at the Warriors Practice Facility in the off-season. Already this summer, we have provided fans with workout footage and/or interviews with Reggie Williams and Anthony Randolph, and we’ll continue to offer behind-the-scenes coverage of the team throughout the off-season.

Also, with the NBA Draft now less than a week away, Tim Roye caught up with General Manager Larry Riley on Thursday to get an update on the Warriors’ draft preparations. Watch video of that interview in our previous blog entry, and be sure to listen to Riley’s appearance on KNBR in the audio player below:

Larry Riley On KNBR - 6/17/10




Thursday, June 17 (4:07 p.m.)
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Warriors Get A New Look & Larry Riley Talks Draft With Tim Roye

We’re sure by now that you’ve noticed that warriors.com has a bit of a new look to it. The re-designed Web site launched earlier this morning and the new logo and colors are prevalent throughout all warriors.com pages. If you’re a bit short on time, we definitely recommend that you click on the following links so you can get an idea of exactly what has changed and why.

New Logo & Colors Unveiled

Evolution Of The Warriors Logo

What's New On Warriors.com?

Although it was definitely an organizational-wide effort for this new look to take off, the team remains focused and committed to a successful draft and 2010-11 season. The Warriors’ preparation for next Thursday’s event is an ongoing process, and the team is surely doing its homework on prospects that might be available not only at No. 6, but also in the second round – the Warriors also have the 34th selection overall. General Manager Larry Riley said as much in an interview earlier today with our very own Tim Roye:


The team will host continue to host more pre-draft workouts before next Thursday, including one on Friday that is scheduled to include Derrick Caracter (UTEP, F, 6-9, 275), Landry Fields (Stanford, F, 6-7, 210), Luke Harangody (Notre Dame, F, 6-8, 246), Dior Lowhorn (USF, F, 6-7, 230), A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky, G, 6-3, 180) and Jeremy Wise (Bakersfield Jam, G, 6-1, 165). We’ll be sure to provide coverage on these workouts as they happen, but in the meantime, watch the video above, check out the rest of the new Web site and be sure to come back soon for the latest Warriors’ draft updates.



Wednesday, June 16 (11:39 a.m.)
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A Conversation With Draft Expert Chris Monter

As we get closer to the NBA Draft, Warriors broadcaster Tim Roye will interview different experts around the country to find out their take on how this year’s event will turn out. Already he has spoken to ESPN’s Jay Bilas and iHoops CEO Len Elmore, and now we bring you his conversation with Chris Monter of the Monter Draft News at CollegeBasketballNews.com. Hear that interview below:

Chris Monter Interview - 6/16/10



To find out more about Monter’s work on CollegeBasketballNews.com, click here. And be sure to keep on visiting us here at warriors.com for continuous pre-draft updates and video features.



Tuesday, June 15 (5:15 p.m.)
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Sneak Peek At New Warriors Commercial

With the NBA Draft coming up in just nine days, anticipation is building pretty much on an hourly basis, and the video below will do nothing to dampen that excitement. Who will the Warriors select at No. 6? Will the team go big, small or perhaps go with a swingman? Stick with a college prospect or maybe go international? All those questions will be answered at the Warriors 2010 Draft Party on Thursday, June 24, at Oracle Arena. In the meantime, enjoy a sneak peek at this Warriors commercial that will air on KGO-7 tonight following Game 6 of the NBA Finals.




Tuesday, June 15 (1:02 p.m.)
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Pre-Draft Workout Interview With Xavier Henry

The Warriors had success last year in drafting the son of a former professional basketball player. If they were to do so again this year, there’s a strong chance that they’d select Kansas guard Xavier Henry. Carl Henry, Xavier’s father, had a brief NBA career but also played professionally in Belgium.

Find out how Carl Henry playing in Belgium influenced the pronunciation of Xavier Henry’s first name and much more in Jim Barnett’s conversation with the Kansas guard in the video below.



Be sure to read our previous blog entry for news on the Warriors’ involvement in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. And check out all our draft prospect interviews on our Multimedia page.



Tuesday, June 15 (11:45 a.m.)
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Warriors Heading To Las Vegas This Summer

The NBA has announced its Summer League plans, and the Warriors will play five games next month in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Including the Warriors, 22 NBA teams will have Summer League entries in Las Vegas and another team will be made up of select players from the NBA Development League. All NBA Summer League games will be played at the COX Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

While an announcement on the Warriors’ Summer League roster will be made in the near future, we can tell you that Golden State’s 2010 Draft picks (Nos. 6 and 34) are expected to participate. The Warriors’ NBA Summer League schedule can be found below:

WARRIORS 2010 SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

DATE OPPONENT TIME (PDT) LOCATION
Friday, July 9
New Orleans Hornets
7:00 p.m.
COX Pavilion
Saturday, July 10
Detroit Pistons
5:00 p.m.
COX Pavilion
Sunday, July 11
Washington Wizards
5:00 p.m.
COX Pavilion
Tuesday, July 13
Miami Heat
7:30 p.m.
Thomas & Mack Center
Thursday, July 15
Phoenix Suns
3:00 p.m.
COX Pavilion


Tickets for the 2010 NBA Summer League are on sale and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS, through UNLVtickets.com or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office and UNLV Ticket Outlets. All general admission tickets are $25 for the day; seniors and children (3-12) are $15 for the day; and children two years and under are admitted free of charge.



Monday, June 14 (10:20 a.m.)
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Pre-Draft Workout Interview With Ryan Richards

Other than those who closely monitor developing prospects in foreign countries, few had heard of Ryan Richards before last month’s NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. But the buzz quickly started to build around the English born big man who played last season with the Gran Canaria junior team (Spain) and BBC Monthey (Switzerland). At 6-foot-10 and 225 pounds, Richards showed tremendous athleticism and definitely held his own with the top collegiate players who took part in the workout portion of the Draft Combine. Since then, he has embarked on the pre-draft workout tour with individual teams. After his recent workout with the Warriors, Richards sat down with team broadcaster Jim Barnett, and you can watch the resulting interview in the video below.



Watch Barnett’s prior workout interviews by clicking here and be sure to stay tuned for more conversations with draft prospects later this week.



Sunday, June 13 (8:34 a.m.)
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Pre-Draft Workout Interview With Ekpe Udoh

It’s certainly interesting how a run in the NCAA Tournament can raise a profile for a potential draft prospect. That was certainly the case for Ekpe Udoh, the Baylor big man who played a large role in leading the Bears to the Elite Eight before falling to the eventual national champion Duke. Following his recent workout with the Warriors, Udoh discussed his March Madness experience and much more with Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett.



Access more of Barnett’s interviews by clicking here and stay tuned for even more conversations with draft prospects throughout this week.



Friday, June 11 (4:14 p.m.)
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It’s Either Aminu, Monroe or Somebody Else

Monroe (left) and Aminu (right) are the most common predictions for who the Warriors will select with the sixth pick of the NBA Draft. (photo: Getty Images)
“With the sixth pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors select …”

The first and last name that NBA Commissioner David Stern completes the above sentence with could possibly impact the Warriors’ organization for years to come. But who will the Warriors select? According to all of the Mock Drafts we have compiled across the Internet, it’s a tossup between Wake Forest’s Al-Farouq Aminu and Georgetown’s Greg Monroe. Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett interviewed Aminu on Monday and he is indeed an intriguing prospect, and the same can be said about Monroe.

With absolute certainty, we at warriors.com can say that the team will select one of those two players at No. 6, or possibly somebody else. The truth is that the team can go in a number of directions with that selection. The Warriors can possibly not even make that selection and instead use it as a bargaining piece in a potential trade. While John Wall is assumed to go No. 1 to the Wizards, there aren’t very many ‘sure things’ after that. Most agree that Evan Turner and Derrick Favors will be top-three selections, but you never really know what’s going to happen on draft night until the picks are announced.

To give you an idea on just how all-over-the-map these so-called draft experts can be with their predictions, consider this: We compiled 31 Mock Drafts on warriors.com, and they have the Warriors selecting eight different prospects with the sixth pick of this year’s draft. As it stands right now, at least 22 of those predictions will be wrong. Over the last three years, only one media member featured on our Mock Drafts page has successfully predicted who the Warriors will select in the first round (Congratulations Kerry Eggers of CBS Sports, who guessed right on Golden State landing Anthony Randolph at No. 14 in 2008). Not one person predicted that the Warriors would pick Stephen Curry at No. 7 last year and nobody had the Warriors taking Marco Belinelli at No. 18 in 2007.

As entertaining as reading these Mock Drafts can be, let’s remember that we can’t take them as absolute truth. After all, by this time last year, everyone was certain that the Warriors would be selecting Jordan Hill with their first round pick.



Friday, June 11 (12:45 p.m.)
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Anthony Randolph Off-Season Workout

Anthony Randolph taking part in an off-season workout at the Warriors Practice Facility was certainly a sight for sore eyes on Thursday. The Warriors forward suffered a sprained left ankle in January and that injury caused him to miss the final 47 games of the season. Just seeing him take part in basketball-related activities had to give Warriors fans a good feeling. That’s not to say that the soon-to-be third-year forward was just going through the motions. Instead, he didn’t hold anything back and he’s been going full throttle for some time now during workouts in his hometown of Dallas. Randolph has certainly added some bulk to his lengthy frame this off-season, and his ankle injury will be nothing but a distant memory once the team convenes for training camp in October. Take a look at his workout session in the video below:


A quick look at the video above will tell you that Randolph wasn’t alone in his workout. Reggie Williams, as he has been over the last few weeks, was also putting in some work at the Warriors Practice Facility. If you haven’t seen it already, have a look at a recent interview with the Warriors guard.



Thursday, June 10 (5:09 p.m.)
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Pre-Draft Workout Interview With Patrick Patterson

The NBA Draft is pretty unpredictable, but there are a few things about it that stay consistent from year to year. One, nearly everyone has a prediction on how the event will turn out; and two, just about every one of those predictions will be wrong when it's all said and done.

Take a look at Patrick Patterson for example. According to the Mock Drafts scoured across the Internet, the Kentucky forward is projected to go anywhere from a top-10 selection to a mid-late first rounder. Obviously, not everyone will be correct in predicting which team will select him. We can’t tell you with any certainty where he’ll end up either, but we can offer this interview with the prospect recorded during his recent workout with the Warriors:



That’s all for now, but be sure to read our prior entry from today for a quick look at an Anthony Randolph and Reggie Williams workout session and an update on the Warriors’ pre-draft preparations.



Thursday, June 10 (11:36 a.m.)
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Randolph And Williams Working Out At Warriors Practice Facility

As you saw last week, Reggie Williams has been training hard this off-season, but we’d be lying if we told you that he was the only one. Anthony Randolph is also putting in some serious work at the Warriors Practice Facility. After last season was cut short due to injury, Randolph is anxious for the 2010-11 campaign to begin. With that in mind, the Warriors forward is working with the Warriors coaching staff on skill development in addition to a grueling strength and conditioning program.

Randolph and Williams were working out together earlier today. Have a quick look in the video below and stay tuned for more workout coverage.



As Randolph and Williams get ready for next season, Warriors management is continuing to prepare for the 2010 NBA Draft. The team has multiple representatives attending a mass pre-draft workout in New Jersey. The event, which began yesterday and concludes on Friday, will include 36 draft prospects and act as the final multi-team pre-draft workout of the year. The team also had representatives at the other mass workouts in Chicago and Minnesota, and when you combine that with their own pre-draft workouts, the Warriors have gotten an up-close and personal look at several dozen prospects over the last few weeks.

Who the Warriors will select with their two picks (No. 6 and No. 34) has yet to be decided. Plenty of player evaluation still needs to happen before those decisions are made, and that process will surely take place right up to the moment in which they are on the clock on June 24. In the mean time, have a look at all of our draft prospect interviews by clicking here.



Wednesday, June 9 (12:34 p.m.)
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Warriors Draft Workout Interview With Lance Stephenson

To show our appreciation to all those who voted in the recent warriors.com poll questions, we have decided to share with you even more video interviews with 2010 draft prospects. Yesterday, we brought you an interview with Hassan Whiteside, and today we offer you Jim Barnett’s conversation with Cincinnati forward and 2010 Big East Rookie of the Year Lance Stephenson:



Be sure to keep on visiting us here at warriors.com for the latest Warriors draft coverage, including interviews with more prospects, draft experts and much more. For all of the latest draft multimedia updates, click here.



Tuesday, June 8 (4:51 p.m.)
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Bonus Interview With Hassan Whiteside

Warriors.com thanks everyone who voted on our draft prospect interview poll questions over the last week. Because the fan vote was so popular, we decided to interview multiple prospects on each of the three days of pre-draft workouts at the Warriors Practice Facility. We’ll continue to bring you bonus interviews throughout the week, beginning with this one between Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett and Marshall center Hassan Whiteside:



And if you missed out on any of the first three prospect interviews, click on the appropriate link below:

Al-Farouq Aminu | Cole Aldrich | Gordon Hayward




Tuesday, June 8 (9:25 a.m.)
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Warriors Highlight Video: Centers

Over the last few weeks, we have broken down the 2009-10 Warriors position by position. Today, we finish that look by going big, literally. Enjoy this highlight video starring Warriors centers Andris Biedrins, Ronny Turiaf and Chris Hunter:



And if you missed any of our prior highlight videos, click on the links below:

POWER FORWARDS | SMALL FORWARDS
SHOOTING GUARDS | POINT GUARDS




Monday, June 7 (4:47 p.m.)
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Warriors Pre-Draft Workout Interview With Al-Farouq Aminu

According to our Mock Drafts page, the majority opinion among NBA experts – and that term is used lightly – is that Al-Farouq Aminu will be selected by the Warriors with the sixth pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. Perhaps that explains why fans overwhelmingly voted to see an interview with the Wake Forest forward over any of the other five prospects taking part in today’s pre-draft workout at the Warriors Practice Facility. By popular demand, here is Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett’s conversation with Aminu that took place after today’s workout:



The above video marks the third draft prospect interview in as many days, as Barnett sat down with Gordon Hayward on Saturday and Cole Aldrich on Sunday. We’re still two-and-a-half weeks from the draft, and you can be sure that warriors.com will continue to provide complete behind-the-scenes coverage of the team throughout its pre-draft preparations and beyond.



Monday, June 7 (9:18 a.m.)
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Warriors Host Third Pre-Draft Workout Today; Still Time To Vote On Prospect Interview

After facing each other in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest) and Patrick Patterson (Kentucky) will participate in today's pre-draft workout. (photo: Getty Images)
Today the Warriors will host their third pre-draft workout in as many days, and six more prospects are scheduled to participate: Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest, F, 6-9, 215); Marquis Gilstrap (Iowa St., F, 6-7, 215); Xavier Henry (Kansas, G, 6-6, 220); Damion James (Texas, G, 6-7, 225); Landon Milbourne (Maryland, F, 6-7, 205); and Patrick Patterson (Kentucky, F, 6-9, 235). As was the case for the last two days, fan voting will decide who we interview on warriors.com. Cast your vote in the poll below and be sure to visit us later today to see the fan-chosen draft prospect interview:

Pre-Draft Workouts:
Poll Question #3

Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 7th?
Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 7th?
View Results


And if you were away from the computer for the weekend and are just catching up on all of your Internet activities now, be sure to catch Jim Barnett’s interviews with draft prospects Gordon Hayward and Cole Aldrich.



Sunday, June 6 (4:49 p.m.)
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Warriors Host Another Pre-Draft Workout; Cole Aldrich Interview

The Warriors hosted their second pre-draft workout in as many days today. And just like Saturday, six draft prospects participated in the workout. Among those on hand at the Warriors Practice Facility today was Cole Aldrich, the 6-foot-11 center out of Kansas who many predict to be a top-10 pick in the draft. Fans voted right here on warriors.com to see a post-workout interview with Aldrich, and that video can be seen below:



Joining Aldrich at today’s workout were Ryan Richards (Gran Canaria – Spain, F, 6-11, 230); Aubrey Coleman (Houston, G, 6-4, 200); Dominique Jones (South Florida, G, 6-4, 215); Lance Stephenson (Cincinnati, F, 6-5, 210); and J.T. Tiller (Missouri, G, 6-3, 200).

The Warriors will host another pre-draft workout on Monday, and fans will again be able to vote for which prospect they would like to see interviewed on warriors.com. Monday’s event will include Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest, F, 6-9, 215); Marquis Gilstrap (Iowa St., F, 6-7, 215); Xavier Henry (Kansas, G, 6-6, 220); Damion James (Texas, G, 6-7, 225); Landon Milbourne (Maryland, F, 6-7, 205); and Patrick Patterson (Kentucky, F, 6-9, 235). Cast your vote below:

Pre-Draft Workouts:
Poll Question #3

Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 7th?
Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 7th?
View Results


Stay tuned for more coverage of Monday’s workout, and don’t forget to catch Jim Barnett’s interview with draft prospect Gordon Hayward or Tim Roye’s conversation with Warriors guard Reggie Williams if you haven’t done so already.



Saturday, June 5 (6:19 p.m.)
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Warriors Pre-Draft Workout Interview With Gordon Hayward

Warriors fans spoke, and we listened. By popular demand, here is today’s post-workout interview with Gordon Hayward:



Remember, the Warriors will be hosting two more pre-draft workouts over the next two days, with six prospects participating in each workout. As was the case for today’s workout, you – the fans – will decide which prospects we interview for warriors.com. If you haven’t done so already, go ahead and let your voice be heard and vote in the polls below:


Pre-Draft Workouts:
Poll Question #2

Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 6th?
Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 6th?
View Results

Pre-Draft Workouts:
Poll Question #3

Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 7th?
Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 7th?
View Results




Saturday, June 5 (10:05 a.m.)
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Three Days Of Pre-Draft Workouts Begin Today; Vote For Player Interviews

The Warriors will hold a workout with six draft prospects today at the team's practice pacility.
As noted previously in this blog, the Warriors will host six players at the team's practice facility today for a round of pre-draft workouts, and fans have the chance to vote for which player they'd like to see interviewed by warriors.com. Marqus Blakely (Vermont, F, 6-5, 225), Gordon Hayward (Butler, F, 6-8, 207), Mike Roll (UCLA, G, 6-5, 200), Ekpe Udoh (Baylor, F, 6-10, 240), Hassan Whiteside (Marshall, C, 7-0, 235) and Jahmar Young (New Mexico State, G, 6-5, 180) will make up today's workout, with six more players coming to Oakland to work out on Sunday, and six more on Monday.

Sunday's participants were revealed yesterday, and without further ado, here is the first look at the list of prospects working out on Monday: Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest, F, 6-9, 215); Marquis Gilstrap (Iowa St., F, 6-7, 215); Xavier Henry (Kansas, G, 6-6, 220); Damion James (Texas, G, 6-7, 225); Landon Milbourne (Maryland, F, 6-7, 205); and Patrick Patterson (Kentucky, F, 6-9, 235).

For all three workouts, fans can vote for which prospect they’d like to see interviewed on warriors.com. View all three workout schedules below, and let your voice be heard by voting.

Pre-Draft Workouts:
Poll Question #1

Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 5th?
Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 5th?
View Results

Pre-Draft Workouts:
Poll Question #2

Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 6th?
Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 6th?
View Results

Pre-Draft Workouts:
Poll Question #3

Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 7th?
Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 7th?
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Stay tuned for the interview with today's leading vote-getter. And in case you hadn't heard, Reggie Williams has also been working out at the Warriors Practice Facility as of late. Check out a recap of one of his workouts, plus a sit-down interview with Tim Roye in our previous post.




Friday, June 4 (5:15 p.m.)
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An Off-Season Workout & Interview With Reggie Williams

While anticipation is building regarding this weekend’s pre-draft workouts, other workouts have been taking place lately at the Warriors Practice Facility. More specifically, Warriors guard Reggie Williams has been an absolute gym rat recently. During this circuit, he has worked out under the supervision of Warriors Director of Athletic Development Mark Grabow, Assistant Coach Stephen Silas and Strength and Conditioning Coach John Murray. Williams has gone through a number of strength and agility exercises, as well as plenty of basketball work. Following a recent workout, Warriors broadcaster Tim Roye caught up with the second-year guard, and you can watch that interview below:



We’ll continue to bring you more of these type of features throughout the off-season. In the mean time, you can vote on which draft prospect you’d like to hear from for both Saturday’s and Sunday’s workouts. To find out who is participating in the event and to cast your vote, click here for Saturday and here for Sunday.



Friday, June 4 (11:51 a.m.)
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Sunday's Pre-Draft Workout Prospects Revealed; Vote For Who You'd Like To See Interviewed

Cole Aldrich of Kansas and Missouri's J.T. Tiller will participate in Sunday's pre-draft workout at the Warriors Practice Facility. (photos: Getty Images)
Pre-draft workouts are taking place across the NBA, and the Bay Area is no exception. As reported yesterday on warriors.com, the Warriors will bring in six prospects on Saturday to work out at the Warriors Practice Facility. NBA rules prohibit a single team from working out more than six players at a time and a prospect can be worked out no more than two times by the same team.

As a result, the Warriors will bring in six different players on Sunday, and six more on Monday. As is the case with Saturday’s workout, fans will have the chance to vote for which prospect they’d like to see interviewed on warriors.com.

Sunday’s workout session will include the following draft prospects: Cole Aldrich (Kansas, C, 6-11, 245); Ryan Richards (Gran Canaria – Spain, F, 6-11, 230); Aubrey Coleman (Houston, G, 6-4, 200); Dominique Jones (South Florida, G, 6-4, 215); Lance Stephenson (Cincinnati, F, 6-5, 210); and J.T. Tiller (Missouri, G, 6-3, 200).

Vote below for which of the above prospects you would like to see interviewed on warriors.com following Sunday’s pre-draft workout. If you need to find out more information on any of the prospects, click on their names above and check out their player profiles.

Pre-Draft Workouts:
Poll Question #2

Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 6th?
Which draft prospect would you like to see interviewed on June 6th?
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And remember, the polls are still open for Saturday’s workout. Find out who will be participating in Saturday’s pre-draft workout and vote for your favorite prospect by clicking here.



Friday, June 4 (8:51 a.m.)
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Behind-The-Scenes Remix Video

Over the course of the season, Warriors Weekly gave fans a look at the lives of players and coaches away from the court. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes compilation featuring Stephen Curry, C.J. Watson and Ronny Turiaf.



And don't forget to vote for which draft prospect you would like to see interviewed on warriors.com following Saturday's pre-draft workout at the Warriors Practice Facility. To find out who will be working out on Saturday and to cast your vote, click here.



Thursday, June 3 (7:20 p.m.)
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New Warriors 2010-11 Commercial

If you’re like us, watching the NBA Finals has made you ready for another season of Warriors basketball. Agree or disagree, you should check out this sneak peek of the new Warriors commercial that will air tonight during KGO-TV’s postgame coverage of the NBA Finals.



As mentioned in the video above, 2010-11 Warriors Season Tickets in the lower level start at just $35. To purchase a season ticket plan or find out more information, call 1-888-GSW-HOOP or simply click here.



Thursday, June 3 (12:45 p.m.)
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Warriors To Host Pre-Draft Workouts; Fan Voting Will Decide Prospect Interviews

Butler's Gordon Hayward will be one of six draft prospects working out for the Warriors on Saturday. (photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images Sport)
The NBA Draft is three weeks from today and Warriors management is scouring the globe looking at potential draft picks. Of course, a lot of publicity has gone into who the Warriors will select at No. 6, but don’t forget that Golden State also has a second-round pick. The Warriors will pick fourth in the second round (34th overall), and recent history has shown that gems are to be found late in the draft.

San Antonio’s DeJuan Blair was taken at No. 37 last year and was the MVP of the 2010 Rookie Challenge, while Marcus Thornton (No. 40) turned in a solid season in New Orleans. Of course, you can’t ignore our very own Monta Ellis, who was also the 40th selection (in 2005) and is now one of the top guards in the NBA. While you can’t always pencil in an impact player with the 34th selection, you can’t write it off just yet either. After all, a lot needs to happen (like actually making the selection, summer league, training camp, the season, etc.) before we can pass judgment.

Before either of the Warriors’ draft picks is made, however, a ton of evaluation still needs to take place. And beginning this Saturday, the Warriors will host several draft prospects for a series of pre-draft workouts. As was the case last year, warriors.com will bring you exclusive interviews with the prospects, and who we interview will be decided by you, the fans.

Saturday’s session will include the following draft prospects: Ekpe Udoh (Baylor, F, 6-10, 240); Hassan Whiteside (Marshall, C, 7-0, 235); Gordon Hayward (Butler, F, 6-8, 207); Marqus Blakely (Vermont, F, 6-5, 225); Jahmar Young (New Mexico State, G, 6-5, 180); and Mike Roll (UCLA, G, 6-5, 200).

In the poll below, you can pick which prospect from Saturday’s workout you would like to see interviewed and the one with the most votes will be featured on warriors.com. Simple enough? Now go ahead and put this democracy to work and rock the vote!

Pre-Draft Workouts:
Poll Question #1



Thursday, June 3 (10:01 a.m.)
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Catching Up With Ronny Turiaf

Earlier this week, we got a glimpse into the off-season life of Stephen Curry. Today, we catch up with Ronny Turiaf. The energetic big man has stayed quite busy this off-season. He’s taken part in graduation ceremonies from Gonzaga University, spoken at California Lobby Day and even visited a high school French class.

Don’t just take our word for it. Hear from Ronny himself in the video below:





Wednesday, June 2 (5:32 p.m.)
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Warriors Highlight Video: Power Forwards

Whether it is through the NBA Draft, the NBA D-League or via a trade, the Warriors have used any means necessary to bring in an effective power forward. Unfortunately for the Warriors, injuries took their toll on the team’s crop of power forwards during the 2009-10 season. Brandan Wright was lost for the season in training camp, and Anthony Randolph and Vladimir Radmanovic each missed most of the season with injuries as well. As a result, Anthony Tolliver took full advantage of the opportunity after signing with the Warriors out of the D-League in January.

The team figures to be fully healthy for the start of the 2010-11 season. And with that, we anticipate the power forwards to make many plays similar to the ones shown in the video below:



And if you missed any of our recent highlight videos, click on any of the links below:

SMALL FORWARDS | SHOOTING GUARDS | POINT GUARDS


Also, in case you missed it, earlier today we posted an interview that Warriors broadcaster Tim Roye conducted with college basketball expert Jay Bilas. Listen to that interview by clicking here.



Wednesday, June 2 (9:19 a.m.)
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Breaking Down The Draft With Jay Bilas

As the NBA Draft draws nearer – three weeks from Thursday to be exact – we will continue to bring you behind-the-scenes coverage of the Warriors. From the logo unveiling (did you take the Warriors 2010 Draft Challenge?) to “expert” opinions on who the Warriors will select at No. 6 (check out our expansive Mock Drafts page), warriors.com has and will continue to be the best place to find the most up-to-date Warriors draft news.

With that in mind, we bring you Tim Roye’s interview with college basketball expert Jay Bilas. A basketball analyst for ESPN and CBS Sports, Bilas has one of the most informed opinions about many of the draft prospects and who might fit best with the Warriors at No. 6. Check out the interview below, and if you missed Roye’s interview last week with iHoops CEO Len Elmore, click here.

Jay Bilas Interview - 6/1/10





Tuesday, June 1 (5:05 p.m.)
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ESPN Takes A Look At Stephen Curry In The Off-Season

If you’ve ever wondered what the players do during the off-season, check out this ESPN video featuring Stephen Curry and his father, former NBA player and current Bobcats broadcaster Dell Curry:



This video was part of a touching feature story written by ESPN’s Anna Katherine Clemmons about life in the Curry household. To read the full article, click here.

On another note, you have until midnight tonight – less than seven hours – to complete the Warriors 2010 Draft Challenge if you haven’t done so already. Those who successfully complete all nine challenges by midnight will be eligible to win Warriors 2010-11 Season Tickets. To enter the Draft Challenge, click here.



Monday, May 31 (12:00 a.m.)
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The FINAL Challenge Is Revealed

The time has finally come. The final clue in the Warriors Draft Challenge has been revealed. Thousands of fans have participated in our online scavenger hunt, finding clues in a variety of ways over the last two weeks while winning daily prizes and ultimately moving closer and closer to winning 2010-11 Season Tickets.

Clues have been found on warriors.com, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more, with each correct answer also unveiling a piece of the Warriors new logo. Eight challenges have taken place thus far, and now it's time for #9. Fans who complete all nine challenges will not only be eligible to win 2010-11 season tickets, they will get the first sneak peek at the team's brand new logo.

For those of you who are already registered, login to find out today's clue and unlock the final piece of the puzzle!

If you haven't signed up for the Draft Challenge yet, there is still time to do so. Register by clicking here and get started today. You can work your way through the challenges in any order you want. Complete all nine challenges and you will become eligible for the chance to win 2010-11 Season Tickets!



Friday, May 28 (12:00 a.m.)
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Challenge #8

Clue #8 of the 2010 Warriors Draft Challenge has just been revealed. Many fans have uncovered all seven clues thus far and are now just two steps away from becoming eligible to win season tickets Those who find the answer to today's challenge will also have the chance to win a hat autographed by Warriors swingman Anthony Morrow. For those of you who are already registered, login to find out today's clue!

The final clue will be revealed on Monday, May 31, so be sure to check back for Challenge #9.

If you haven't signed up for the Draft Challenge yet, there is still time to do so. Register by clicking here and get started today. You can work your way through all eight of the current challenges in any order you want. Complete all nine challenges and you will become eligible for the chance to win 2010-11 Season Tickets!



Thursday, May 27 (2:03 p.m.)
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Draft Talk With Len Elmore; Plus New Small Forwards Video

We’re now less than a month away from the NBA Draft and prospects are beginning to have workouts with individual teams. With that in mind, our very own Tim Roye spoke with iHoops CEO Len Elmore this morning about last week’s NBA Draft Combine and other Draft-related topics. Listen to the interview below:

Len Elmore Interview - 5/27/10



As part of our continued behind-the-scenes coverage, we will continue to provide interviews with Draft experts in the coming weeks. In addition we will take a detailed look at players already on the Warriors roster. We’ve already gone over the point guards and shooting guards, and now we will take a look at the small forwards that were on the 2009-10 Warriors. Enjoy the following video:



Also, by now we’re sure you’ve heard about our Draft Challenge. We are nearing completion of the nine-part challenge, and the eighth clue will be revealed tonight at midnight. If you’re a bit behind on the Draft Challenge, it’s not too late to get started and become eligible to win Warriors 2010-11 Season Tickets. To get started on, continue with or find out more about the Warriors 2010 Draft Challenge, click here.



Thursday, May 27 (12:00 a.m.)
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Challenge #7

It's midnight, which means it's time to unveil the seventh clue of the 2010 Warriors Draft Challenge. So far, thousands of fans have participated in this scavenger hunt, with clues being found on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and warriors.com. Today's challenge will utilize yet another social media tool, and fans who find the clue will be eligible to win a merchandise package with items featuring the Warriors new logo. Login to find out today's clue!

If you haven't signed up for the Draft Challenge yet, there is still time to do so. Register by clicking here and get started today. You can work your way through all seven of the current challenges in any order you want. Complete all nine challenges and you will become eligible for the chance to win 2010-11 Season Tickets!



Wednesday, May 26 (12:01 a.m.)
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Bonus Video: Movie Time With Ronny Turiaf

With the 2010 NBA Draft now less than one month away, Warriors HQ is buzzing as the organization makes preparations for the June 24th event. And while we will continue to give fans exclusive coverage of these preparations, we're starting things off today with a bonus video not related to the draft. Check out Ronny Turiaf's latest DVD movie reviews in the video below, and for those of you participating in the Warriors Draft Challenge, find out today's challenge question and look for the clue within the video.



Get the clue for today’s challenge question and you will be eligible to win today’s daily prize – an autographed draft cap from the Warriors 2010 Draft Pick. And remember, complete all nine challenges for the chance to win 2010-11 Season Tickets! Register or login by clicking here

Ronny will soon be filming a video blog for Warriors.com in which he answers questions from the fans. Whether you’d like to hear about his recent graduation from Gonzaga, his thoughts on the draft, or his opinion on a recent movie, you can e-mail your questions for Ronny to turiafquestions@gs-warriors.com and he will answer as many as possible in his video blog.



Tuesday, May 25 (8:22 a.m.)
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Challenge #5

The Warriors Draft Challenge is now almost halfway over. How many clues have you found? Today marks the unveiling of the fifth challenge, and a number of fans have already found the answer.

Continue your quest to win season tickets by finding today's clue. In addition, today's daily prize is an autographed print of the Warriors 2010 Draft Pick! And if you haven't registered yet, you can still sign up and take today's challenge, plus all four of our previous challenges.

Register or login by clicking here to take part in today's contest and move one step closer to winning 2010-11 season tickets.



Monday, May 24 (2:25 p.m.)
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New Video: Warriors Shooting Guards

One of the Warriors’ greatest strengths from last season was that of their backcourt. Both Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry have the ability to play both guard positions at a high level, and both Anthony Morrow and Reggie Williams have proven to be quality additions. Have a look at some of the top plays turned in by the Warriors’ shooting guards during the 2009-10 campaign in the video below. And if you missed our point guards video, click here.



With all of that depth at the guard positions, most experts predict that the team will go with a front court player with the sixth pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. In fact, of the dozens of predictions on our Mock Draft page, only one currently has the Warriors selecting a guard – Xavier Henry of Kansas. That number could go up or down by the time of this reading, but if the experts are right, the chances are that the Warriors will go big at No. 6.



Monday, May 24 (12:02 a.m.)
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Warriors Draft Challenge Continues; Login Or Register Today

After launching last Tuesday and drawing interest from thousands of fans, the Warriors Draft Challenge continues today with the fourth of nine challenges. Fans who have already registered for the challenge can continue their quest to win season tickets by finding today's clue. And if you haven't registered yet, there is still time to do so. Sign up and take today's challenge, plus all three challenges from last week.

Best of all, those answering today's question correctly will become instantly eligible to win today's daily prize - a private luxury suite you and 15 friends at the Warriors 2010 Draft Party on June 24!

Register or login by clicking here to take part in today's contest and move one step closer to winning 2010-11 season tickets.



Friday, May 21 (9:30 a.m.)
Submitted by: Warriors PR


The Poking And Prodding That Is The NBA Draft Combine

As the 2010 NBA Draft Combine continued in Chicago on Thursday for Warriors GM Larry Riley and his staff, one of the much-anticipated events of the three-day evaluation period was conducted at a downtown hotel ---- the official measurements of the players. With the draft order revealed on Tuesday, this is the next step in the draft process. The entire collection of players who traveled to Chicago, roughly 60 strong, were scheduled to participate in the measurements, regardless if they have chosen to compete in any of the drills and workouts in front of NBA GMs, scouts and other player personnel evaluators.

This is a day when NBA teams and fans REALLY find out about a player and his size. Before this, you just don’t know.



It’s amazing how a player --- we’ll call him Player X for our analysis --- is listed at 6’3”, 190 during his college days, but by the time the end of May rolls around, he’s shrunk. Interesting. All of the sudden, Player X is only 6’1” and not only have a few of his prominent numbers gone down, but so has his stock in the upcoming NBA Draft. A players who was viewed as a potential early second round pick could fall completely out of the draft. A player projected to go in the mid-20s might slide to the late-40s. It is serious business.

And, it’s not limited to how tall a player may or may not be. If someone comes in 20 or 25 pounds heavier than listed in college, that could have an impact on the decision-makers too, positive or negative.

The measurement process began early in the morning on Thursday and the official results are usually available for everyone (those not in attendance) in a few days. The measurements typically include a players’ height with shoes, without shoes, his weight, his wingspan and his standing reach. Additionally, most of the players will undergo various strength tests, such as the bench press, and agility drills, including sprints and leaping evaluations, on Friday in the Windy City. There are a lot of important results to obtain.

In Chicago, I guess we’d call them the Magnificent Measurements, recorded not far from the Magnificent Mile.

The results will be magnificent for some. For others, we’ll have to weight, pun intended, and see.

And by the way, ESPN3 is streaming live coverage of the Draft Combine, and you can access it by clicking here.



Friday, May 21 (7:44 a.m.)
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Challenge #3

The Warriors Draft Challenge continues today with the third of nine challenges. Hopefully you've had a chance to complete the first two challenges, but if not, there is still time to start.

Register or login by clicking here to take part in today's contest. Those who correctly answer today's challenge will move one step closer to winning season tickets, while also becoming instantly eligible to win a $100 shopping spree at the Warriors 2010 Draft Party.



Thursday, May 20 (5:28 p.m.)
Submitted by: Warriors PR


Ronny Turiaf Speaks At AHA's Lobby Day In Sacramento

Turiaf served as the keynote speaker at the American Heart Association's Lobby Day in Sacramento on Wednesday.
Warriors forward Ronny Turiaf continued his busy off-season on Wednesday, serving as the keynote speaker at the American Heart Association’s Lobby Day in Sacramento. The event was attended by several hundred AHA advocates, including 100 high school students, who met with members of the State Legislature and their staffs to urge them to support public policies that will make a difference in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Serving as an activist for heart health issues is nothing new to Turiaf. In 2009, he established The Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation to help provide medical care for children who do not have health insurance and cannot afford the care that they so desperately need. The goal of the Heart to Heart Foundation is to raise money to provide health services including EKG’s, heart surgeries and defibrillators to children and schools in need. For more information on the Heart To Heart Foundation, visit www.ronnyturiaf21.org.

In the coming weeks, Ronny will be filming a video blog for Warriors.com in which he answers questions from the fans. Whether you’d like to hear about his recent graduation from Gonzaga or his thoughts on next month’s NBA Draft, you can e-mail your questions for Ronny to turiafquestions@gs-warriors.com and he will answer as many as possible in his video blog.



Thursday, May 20 (11:48 a.m.)
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A Look At The Warriors Point Guards

With the NBA Draft set to take place in a little more than a month, the anticipation is beginning to build with who the Warriors will select with the sixth pick. According to our Mock Draft page, speculation is already running rampant. As discussed in one of Wednesday’s blog entries submitted by Warriors PR, General Manager Larry Riley is currently in Chicago attending the Pre-Draft Camp. This is the first of several workouts that Riley will attend, and the chances are that the Mock Drafts will continue to be adjusted throughout the course of the workout circuit and right up until the first pick of the 2010 NBA Draft is announced on June 24 in New York City.

As the excitement builds on who will be joining the Warriors next month, we decided to take a deeper look at who is already on the team. Today we focus on the point guards: Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and C.J. Watson. Without further ado, enjoy the video:





Thursday, May 20 (12:03 a.m.)
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Challenge #2, Featuring Stephen Curry

The Warriors Draft Challenge continues today with the second of nine challenges. Today's clue comes to you courtesy of Stephen Curry, who checked in with a special YouTube video exclusively for the Draft Challenge.

Register or login by clicking here to take part in today's contest. Those who correctly answer today's challenge will move one step closer to winning season tickets, while also becoming instantly eligible to win an autographed Stephen Curry jersey shirt!

Find out more about the Draft Challenge and the Warriors Draft Party by reading this previous blog entry, and sign up today for your chance to win season tickets!



Wednesday, May 19 (2:21 p.m.)
Submitted by: Warriors PR (Raymond Ridder)


Time For The Draft Workout & Interview Circuit To Begin

Earlier this morning, Warriors General Manager Larry Riley boarded a plane for Chicago and the NBA's pre-draft camp, which will be held at Attack Athletics on Thursday and Friday. The three-day event tips off today with the interview portion of the camp and drills begin tomorrow. Each team will have the opportunity to sit down with many of this year’s draft prospects and get to know them in a one-on-one setting. It is an important part of the entire evaluation process and teams put a lot of stock into their meetings, and rightfully so. Finding out about a person, his thought process, drive, what makes him tick, his background and his family is sometimes almost as valuable as knowing about his jump shot, rebounding and passing skills.

Over the next few weeks, Warriors management will scout dozens of 2010 Draft prospects at several multi-team and private pre-draft workouts. (warriors.com photo)


In addition to the Chicago pre-draft camp, the Warriors will have an opportunity to watch players in several workout settings over the next several weeks. As of today, there are two multi-team workouts scheduled this year, one in Minnesota in late May and one in New Jersey in early June. As you might recall, the Warriors have hosted a similar event each of the last two years in the Bay Area. These events typically attract representatives from almost all – if not all – teams around the league and gives the decision-makers a chance to watch 20-plus players in one setting over a two or three-day span. Golden State will also host individual workouts at the team's Downtown Oakland Practice Facility over the course of the next few weeks.

That’s all for now, but we’ll continue to keep you posted on the Warriors’ pre-Draft efforts.



Wednesday, May 19 (10:30 a.m.)
Submitted by: Warriors PR (Raymond Ridder)


Lottery All About Luck

Warriors GM Larry Riley chatted with Mikhail Prokhorov, the new owner of the New Jersey Nets, prior to the Lottery.
As an eternal optimist, I'll share the good news with you that transpired inside Conference Room 3A at the NBAE Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey last night: The Warriors will end up drafting one spot higher in the 2010 NBA Draft than they did in last June's selection process (number six as opposed to number seven). And, Golden State will select #34 in the second round and not #35, which belongs to the Washington Wizards after Ernie Grunfeld's team defied the odds and moved from the number five pre-lottery position to the top of the mountain and the first pick.

Unfortunately, it was a case of so-close, but yet-so-far by the end of the night. On one occasion during the five-minute process that took place over an hour prior to the actual made-for-TV event on ESPN, it appeared as though the Warriors would land the top prize in the process. When the first three ping-pong balls out of the hopper for the number one pick were stamped with an 8, 7 and 11, Golden State was firmly in the mix, owning all three of those numbers. The Warriors needed a 3 to vault to the top of the hopper for the fourth and final ball. Instead, a 4 shot up the tube and the Wizards walked away with the top draw in the lottery.

Amazingly, the Wizards had three of their 103 combinations become reality during the tense event. Not only did Washington's lucky numbers appear out of the hopper on the first sequence, but after Philadelphia secured the second pick in the draft, the Wizards combination appeared again. And again. On both occasions, the results obviously were discounted and the hopper was reloaded before the third official combination resulted in the New Jersey Nets owning the final spot in the top three.

That's why they call it a lottery. It is simply luck. Period. The Nets, who had the best chance to win the lottery, did not see their combination until the fifth go-around (Washington three times and Philadelphia once prior to the Nets' luck turning favorable).

Following the Lottery, Warriors General Manager Larry Riley appeared on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Watch his interview below.





Tuesday, May 18 (6:16 p.m.)
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Lottery Reaction From Warriors GM Larry Riley

As discussed in the prior blog entry, the Warriors fell two spots from their pre-Lottery position and were awarded with the sixth pick in next month’s NBA Draft at today’s NBA Draft Lottery. The Wizards were the big winners in the annual event, moving up four spots to grab the No. 1 pick. Philadelphia also moved up four spots to pick No. 2 and the Nets, who had the best chance of securing the first pick, wound up with the third selection.

Shortly after the draft order was revealed, Warriors General Manager Larry Riley, who represented the team on stage at the made-for-TV event, spoke with our very own Tim Roye with reaction to the pick. Listen to that interview below:

Larry Riley Interview - 5/18/10



The Warriors will obviously be a bit disappointed at falling two spots in the Lottery, but that’s not to say that a quality player or potential star can’t be found with the sixth pick. The Warriors landed Stephen Curry at No. 7 last year and Monta Ellis wasn’t picked until the second round (No. 40) in 2005, so the team still figures to find a solid player come June 24.

Now that the draft order is known, the fun truly begins. Draft prospects will work out for different teams and a number of so-called experts will come out with their mock drafts. Of course, warriors.com will be there every step of the way, so continue to come back over the next month for full behind-the-scenes coverage of the team’s draft preparations. And if you haven't already, go ahead and get started on the Warriors 2010 Draft Challenge for a chance to win Warriors 2010-11 season tickets.



Tuesday, May 18 (5:28 p.m.)
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Warriors To Select No. 6 In 2010 NBA Draft

The 2010 NBA Draft Lottery was held on Tuesday evening, and the Warriors wound up with the sixth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft on June 24 (see full Lottery results in the table below). General Manager Larry Riley represented the Warriors at the annual event in which Golden State entered in the fourth position. The fact that Golden State fell two spots to No. 6 isn’t all that surprising considering the team in the fourth pre-lottery position has now fallen to fifth or lower 14 times since 1985. We’ll have much more on the NBA Draft Lottery soon, so stay tuned.

Draft Order....
Pre-Lottery Position
Lottery Movement
1. . Washington
5
Moved Up 4
2. . Philadelphia
6
Moved Up 4
3. . New Jersey
1
Moved Down 2
4. . Minnesota
2
Moved Down 2
5. . Sacramento
3
Moved Down 2
6. . Golden State
4
Moved Down 2
7. . Detroit
7
None
8. . L.A. Clippers
8
None
9. . Utah (From NYK)
9
None
10. Indiana
10
None
11. New Orleans
11
None
12. Memphis
12
None
13. Toronto
13
None
14. Houston
14
None


Now that the 2010 draft order has been determined, fans are now prepared to take the Warriors 2010 Draft Challenge, a Web-based contest in which visitors to warriors.com will have a chance to win free Season Tickets for the 2010-11 season by successfully completing a nine-part online challenge. To get started or to find out more on the Draft Challenge, click here.



Tuesday, May 18 (3:33 p.m.)
Submitted by: warriors.com


Farewell To The ‘Flying W’

In roughly an hour and a half or so, Warriors General Manager Larry Riley will be in an NBA TV studio in Secaucus, New Jersey, where he and the rest of the viewing public will learn where the Warriors will pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. History is sure to be made at this event, though it will not necessarily be related to the 2010 NBA Draft order.

Rather, the history that we speak of is that of the “Flying W.” Riley will be sitting at a podium adorned with that logo (pictured above) at today’s Draft Lottery, marking the final officially sanctioned NBA event in which the "Flying W" logo will be displayed. The Warriors are currently in the process of phasing out the old logo, and the team will continue to do so until the new logo and branding elements are officially released at a later date.

So here’s to the “Flying W,” and may its final appearance at an NBA event be a successful one in which the Warriors land the top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.



Tuesday, May 18 (2:00 p.m.)
Submitted by: warriors.com


Warriors.com Goes Dark As Team Begins Transition To New Logo

As you can see, just hours before today's 2010 NBA Draft Lottery, warriors.com has “gone dark” as we begin to cleanse the site of its familiar "Flying W" logo in order to make way for a redesigned website featuring our yet-to-be-released new logo and branding.

We have also officially tipped-off the Warriors 2010 Draft Challenge, a web-based contest in which fans will have a chance to win free Season Tickets for the 2010-11 season by successfully completing a nine-part online challenge. Participants in the Warriors 2010 Draft Challenge will utilize several on-line and social networking platforms – including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook & Flickr – to find clues that will unlock each of nine puzzle pieces. Daily prizes will be given away as part of the Challenge, and everyone completing all nine steps will be entered for a chance to win free Warriors Season Tickets for the upcoming 2010-11 NBA season. The winner will be announced at the Warriors Draft Party at Oracle Arena on June 24, 2010.

Register for the Draft Party and get started on the Draft Challenge by clicking here.

Tonight's 2010 NBA Draft Lottery will be the last officially sanctioned NBA event in which the Warriors' old "Flying W" logo will be displayed. The organization is currently in the process of phasing out the old logo, and we will continue to do so until the new logo and branding elements are officially released at a later date.

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Monday, May 10 (4:05 p.m.)
Submitted by: Warriors PR


The Perfect Script In Secaucus

Warriors GM Larry Riley (right) talked shop with Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks at the 2009 Lottery. (photo: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty)
It’s that time of the year again. The annual NBA Draft Lottery is scheduled for next Tuesday at the NBAE Studios in quaint Secaucus, New Jersey. The studio is home to all that is NBA Broadcasting, although NBATV and its crew has moved from Secaucus to Atlanta in recent months as part of an agreement with Turner Sports. Still, there is a ton – both physically and emotionally – of incredible NBA memories stored in the vaults at 450 Harmon Meadow Boulevard. If you are looking for highlights of the Warriors’ 1975 Championship run or the footage of Al Attles getting tossed in the series-clinching win over the Washington Bullets during The Finals, it is easily accessible. Or, maybe it’s Sleepy Floyd’s 29-point fourth quarter against the Lakers in the 1987 Playoffs. Regardless of what the historical significance may have been, there are hours upon hours of footage and interesting antidotes crammed into the two-story building. Some good. Some bad. A lot of highlights. A lot of lowlights. I guess it depends on your team and your allegiance.

In other words, it’s the perfect place for the Lottery.

A few teams, such as the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs, have a lot of good memories in Secaucus in the Spring. Others? They’d rather torpedo the tapes.

But, May 18, 2010 provides a chance for 14 teams to write a new story.

With an award-winning script in mind, Larry Riley (General Manager) will represent the Warriors at this year's Lottery. Riley will spend his time with 13 other high-profile team executives at the made-for-TV event on stage. Meanwhile, I – Warriors Executive Director of Public Relations Raymond Ridder – will be the team’s back-stage representative and sequestered in a back room at NBAE, where I will have no communication with the outside world for about an hour after the actual lottery takes place (around 4 p.m. Pacific time). No cell phones. No Blackberries. No laptops. I won't need any of that; I just need four lucky ping-pong balls and the right combination.

The infamous “back room” is where the entire landscape of the NBA can change in a matter of seconds. Six years ago, I was in the room, saying a few Our Fathers and Hail Marys, hoping that the Warriors might get a little lucky and win the LeBron James Sweepstakes. Meanwhile, a representative from the Cleveland Cavaliers was sitting two tables in front of me. The Cavs, as you may recall, ended the previous season with the second-worst record in the NBA (17-65) and had the second-best chance of winning the Lottery. And, as fate would have it, the first combination of ping-pong balls dispensed from the hopper would match those assigned to the team in Ohio, LeBron's home state. The gentleman from the Cavs sitting in front of me - trying his best to remain calm and under control - gave out a little "yeah!" with a quick fist pump. He knew the fortunes of the Cleveland franchise had taken a quick turn for the better, but he wanted to remain somewhat reserved and not rub it in to his 13 peers from around the league.

The 2010 NBA Draft Lottery will take place in the NBAE Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. (photo: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty)


On the other hand, I also remember the reaction later on-stage from Jerry West, a close friend who I worked with for several years with the Lakers and one of the most competitive individuals I have ever met. West and the Memphis Grizzlies, who were at No. 6 entering the lottery, were poised to move up into the top three when the cards were unveiled to the TV audience and the team decision-makers. Making matters even more gut-wrenching, the Grizzlies had traded their first round pick that year to the Detroit Pistons, but would still own the pick if it was No. 1. If it was No. 2 or below, it would be conveyed to Detroit. When the No. 3 pick was announced, two teams remained – Cleveland and Memphis. Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, the No. 2 pick went to Memphis (and on to Detroit). That’s how close LeBron James came to calling Beale Street his home and Pau Gasol a teammate.

So close, but yet so far.

Regardless if a franchise-altering player is available in any given draft , the back room is filled with nervous energy as a representative from the NBA office (usually NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Adam Silver) instructs each team on the rules of the Lottery and how it will unfold. A representative from an accounting firm, typically Ernst & Young, is provided the task of actually reading the ping-pong balls when they pop to the top of the hopper. There are 1,001 potential combinations that could evolve when you pluck four (4) ping-pong balls from a hopper that has 14 ping-pong balls numbered 1-14. The first four-ball combination that is recorded will be matched with a team and that team will earn the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft on June 24.

As this transpires, the 14 representatives write down the numbers on their NBA notepad and compare them to the 1,001 combinations that have been previously assigned to the various teams (each representative will be provided a list of all 1,001 combinations and which team owns those different combinations). As a result of our regular season record, the Warriors will have 104 possible combinations in this year's Lottery; the New Jersey Nets, who have the best chance to win the lottery, will have 250 possible combinations. The following, as an example, are the five (5) combinations that the 14th team in the Lottery owned in 2006:

9, 12, 13, 14
10, 11, 12, 13
10, 11, 12, 14
10, 11, 13, 14
10, 12, 13, 14


Based on those numbers, the team with the smallest chance to win the lottery – the 14th team - in 2006 would have captured the first prize if any of those combinations would have appeared on the first attempt (not necessarily in that order, just those 4-digit combinations) when the four ping-pong balls were pulled from the hopper. This scenario (four balls drawn from the hopper) is executed three times during the lottery --- the first combination will select first in the draft, the second combination will select second and the third combination will select third. It is a pretty tense four or five minutes to say the least for the back-room representatives.

As noted, the Warriors will have 104 possible combinations in this year’s Lottery. While that might not sound like many when you consider there are 1,001 combinations possible, remember this: In 2008, the Chicago Bulls had 17 combinations and, despite those odds, the No. 1 pick, Derrick Rose, still ended up in the Windy City. And, for good measure, the last time a team had 104 combinations in the draft Lottery (Atlanta in 2004), the Hawks darted up one notch.

Probable? Not necessarily. Possible? Certainly.

Remember, the actual Lottery determines only the top three (3) picks in the draft and, thus, no team can fall more than three (3) spots from their pre-lottery location. Thus, the Warriors, who enter slotted at No. 4, can draft no lower than seventh. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7. Those are the Lucky Seven.

The first three picks of the 2010 NBA Draft will be determined by the four-digit combinations that the hopper (pictured above) produces. (photo: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty)
And the myth about the Lottery being rigged is simply that - a myth. The 14 ping-pong balls are placed in a clear hopper and each ball and corresponding number is shown to the assembled team members one by one before the lottery begins. And, a few years ago, the NBA started to allow selected members of the media access to the back room where they could witness - and document - the entire event. There are no shenanigans. Impossible. It is all based on pure luck and odds.

At the end of the lottery, the team representatives in the back room must remain there until the made-for-TV event is announced approximately one hour later. In other words, I will know the results of the lottery long before Larry Riley or any of the ESPN viewers at home. I’m anticipating an enjoyable hour!

At the conclusion of the Lottery, Larry Riley will conduct interviews from Secaucus with various local Bay Area media outlets, including Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, KGO-TV, KPIX-TV and a conference call with our two beat writers, Marcus Thompson and Rusty Simmons. Riley’s post-lottery obligations will increase should Golden State move up and secure one of the top three spots, including a national conference call if the Warriors land the No. 1 pick. I’m sure he won’t mind the additional attention. In fact, I’m certain he’d welcome it.

The Warriors will have …
  • 104 of a possible 1,001 combinations in the Lottery.

  • A 10.4% chance of landing the No. 1 pick.

  • An 11.2% chance of landing the No. 2 pick.

  • A 12.8% chance of landing the No. 3 pick.
The Warriors can …
  • Finish anywhere from No. 1 to No. 7 in the Lottery.
The Warriors can’t …
  • Drop below #7 in the Lottery.
The Warriors will …
  • Have either the 34th or 35th pick in the second round, depending on who finishes higher in the Lottery between the Warriors and Wizards (higher team in the first round will draft lower in the second round).


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