Warriors Training Camp Blog: Scrimmage And ... Dancing ... Highlight Warriors Open Practice
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Thursday, October 7 (2:02 p.m.)
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Scrimmage And ... Dancing ... Highlight Open Practice
Like any typical Warriors workout, Wednesday’s practice at Oracle Arena featured several warm-up drills, stretching and an intra-squad scrimmage. Unlike any typical workout, this one was conducted in front of more than 5,000 screaming fans and ended in a rookie dance-off.
Watch a pair of videos from Open Practice below:
Yes, it was just a practice, but the level of excitement in the building was right on par with that of a regular season game. The admission-free open practice gave the general public its first in-person look at the 2010-11 Warriors, and the crowd seemed to like what they saw from the get-go. Like the players and coaches, the fans are ready for another season to begin. They showed that enthusiasm during player, coach and training staff introductions. Each member of the organization was introduced one by one, and the energetic crowd, almost all of which was on their feet, cheered loudest for Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, Andris Biedrins, David Lee and Jeremy Lin.
Mic’d up for a large portion of the workout, Head Coach Keith Smart promised the fans that the 2010-11 Warriors will go all out, all the time. A standard has been set over the first two weeks of practice, and anything short of that standard will not be tolerated. The fans seemed to embrace Coach Smart’s style, which emphasizes defense while still maintaining the high-octane offense that has made the Warriors one of the NBA’s most exciting teams to watch in recent years.
After Coach Smart’s brief speech to the fans, a few warm-up drills and plenty of stretching, it was time for an intra-squad scrimmage. The black team, which included Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee, Andris Biedrins, Aaron Miles, and Jeff Adrien, was pitted against a white team that consisted of Charlie Bell, Reggie Williams, Brandan Wright, Vladimir Radmanovic, Dan Gadzuric, Jeremy Lin, Vernon Goodridge and Cheyne Gadson. Lou Amundson (lower back stiffness), Ekpe Udoh (left wrist surgery) and Rodney Carney (right hip contusion) attended the practice, but did not participate in any basketball activities due to injury.
With the Warriors’ likely starting five on the black team, they took the lead early and won the 32-minute scrimmage 68-47. Stephen Curry led the way with 25 points (on 11-of-15 shooting) and four assists, and Dorell Wright also impressed fans with 20 points (8-for-12 shooting). Brandan Wright led the way for the white squad with 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. View a full photo gallery of the Wednesday's practice by clicking on the image below.
The scrimmage showed fans that the Warriors are indeed ready for a successful run in the 2010-11 season. The team will get a chance to prove that with the preseason opener this Friday against the Clippers at Oracle Arena. Fans unable to attend the game can hear Tim Roye call the action live on KNBR 1050 (tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.).
While the players are serious about putting forth a strong showing for the upcoming season, the closing moments of Wednesday’s practice were a little more light-hearted. Complete with a rookie dance-off (Reggie Williams had to participate since this is his first NBA training camp), crowd participation and a number of gag gifts, the veterans, led by Monta Ellis, certainly had their fun with the youngsters.
The team will be back at practice today, and it'd be safe to assume that today's workout will consist of a little less dancing than Wednesday night's fan-friendly event. Stay tuned for more practice coverage later today and listen to Wednesday's post-practice interviews with Coach Smart and Stephen Curry below:
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