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Friday, April 25 (10:00 a.m.)
Despite narrowly missing the playoffs this season, Monta Ellis and the Warriors have much to look forward to as they head into next year. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
So we’re just more than a week removed from the end of the regular season, and we must say, it’s difficult to watch the NBA Playoffs without wondering how the Warriors would have fared in the postseason. Would Baron and the boys have been able to steal a game from the Lakers at STAPLES Center? Could Monta and Captain Jack have led Golden State to a win or two in New Orleans?
The answers to those hypotheticals will never be known, but you can only tell yourself, “Only if we played in the East,” so many times before you drive yourself a little crazy. As opposed to playing the “what if” game and trying to figure out what it would have been like had the Warriors made the playoffs, the friendly folks of warriors.com encourage you to just take in the postseason as is. There are some quality match-ups going on – we’re still giddy over Game 1 of the Phoenix-San Antonio series – and we can promise you that the drama and excitement will continue for the better part of the next two months.
But if you can’t bear to watch basketball when the Warriors aren’t involved – and don’t worry, we wouldn't fault you for that – then here are a few dates that might be of keen interest to you as the Warriors piece their team together for the 2008-09 season:
April 27 – NBA Early Entry Eligibility Deadline
May 20 – NBA Draft Lottery
June 16 – NBA Early Entry Eligibility Withdrawal Deadline
June 26 – 2008 NBA Draft
July 11 – Las Vegas Summer League begins
We’ll have much more coverage of the Draft Lottery, 2008 NBA Draft and the Warriors Summer League entry as those events draw nearer, and of course we'll continue to provide you with any other Warriors news as it becomes available. Until then, here are a few quick links that can help fill some time between some upcoming playoff games …
'Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay' star John Cho was interviewed by Baron Davis for the most recent edition of Setting the Screen. (warriors.com photo)
Baron Davis recently sat down with John Cho, the star of “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” for the latest edition of Baron Davis’ Setting the Screen. For a complete transcript of the interview, click here.
Take a look back at the Warriors’ 48-win campaign with our Season in Review, and check out a variety of stats, notes, multimedia and more, including a pair of interviews with Chris Mullin.
Stephen Jackson, Baron Davis and Monta Ellis are three of the biggest reasons the Warriors won their most games since 1993-94.
The Warriors wrapped up their season on Wednesday with a 126-121 loss to the Sonics at ORACLE Arena. Despite the loss, the Warriors finished with an impressive 48-34 record on the season, six wins better than last season's playoff team and the most wins for the franchise since the 1993-94 season. Unfortunately, this year's team fell just short of qualifying for the postseason. Instead, they will be known as one of the best teams in NBA history that did not make the playoffs. We won't even get into the Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference argument right now, but we'll just say that it sure is going to be strange to see a 48-win team taking part in the NBA Draft Lottery.
All that being said, the 2007-08 season was one that will leave fans full of memories. For a full look back on the season that was, including notes, stats and multimedia, check out our annual Season In Review.
The Warriors have been cleaning out their lockers at the practice facility over the past two days.
Over the past two days, the Warriors players have made their way to the Practice Facility to gather up their belongings and say their farewells. 'Pack it up day' is always bittersweet for a team full of guys who have known nothing but being around one another for the past seven months. It's hard to leave teammates who have battled it out all season together, both at home and on the road. At the same time, it's nice to be able to go home, rest and get one's body fully healed from the rigors of an 82-game schedule.
Some will remain in the Bay Area for the time being, some will head home (whether it be Mississippi, Hawaii or as far away as Latvia) and some will get away for a much-needed vacation. Whatever the case, each player is sure to look back at the 2007-08 season with mixed emotions. The team fought so hard to earn those 48 victories, and any other year, that victory total would have easily been enough to qualify for the playoffs. And while the team will be proud of the six-game improvement they made, it can also be assured that they are disappointed that they ultimately won't be playing in the postseason.
To help wrap things up, Warriors Executive VP of Basketball Operations spoke to the media on Thursday, April 17 at the Warriors Practice Facility. Watch his interview below.
The Warriors would like to once again thank their fans for being the best in the NBA. Night in and night out, you help make ORACLE Arena one of the most amazing places to watch basketball on the planet. You help give the Warriors a home court advantage that cannot begin to be overstated. Watch the video below for a special message from the entire Warriors organization.
Stay Tuned Throughout The Offseason
Remember to check back to warriors.com during the offseason. We'll be here covering player news, offseason workouts, roster movements, the Draft Lottery, the NBA Draft, Summer League, Training Camp and much more. You'll also be able to find feature stories, blog entries, multimedia, ticket announcements and updates on the Warrior Girls, Warriors Basketball Camp and more! Check out our 2007 Offseason Central to take a look back on this past offseason.
We hope you've enjoyed our coverage, as well as the coverage from the rest of the Blog Squad, over the course of this season. Stay tuned for much more. We'll be right here waiting for you!
Friday, April 11 (4:44 p.m.)
Nothing Decided Yet
There's no way to get around it, last night's loss to Denver was disappointing. But before you give up hope, just remember that at this point last season, everyone was counting the Warriors out too. That team didn't clinch a spot in the playoffs until the final day of the season.
A few things need to happen for the Warriors to qualify for the playoffs this year, but these things aren't entirely unlikely. Trailing the Nuggets by one game and not owning the tiebreaker, the Warriors must finish two games better than Denver over the last three games of the season. And while this might seem daunting, consider the fact that Denver must travel to Utah on Saturday to face a Jazz team that is 35-4 at home this season. The Nuggets then must travel home to face the playoff-bound Houston Rockets on Sunday. As NBA fans know, the second game of a back-to-back can be challenging, especially this late in the season. Denver will then close out their season with a home game versus Memphis on Wednesday.
If the Nuggets manage to go 1-2 over this stretch, the Warriors can secure the eight-seed in the West by going 3-0 over their final three contests. First, they must defeat the Clippers at ORACLE Arena tomorrow. From there, they head to Phoenix to play the Suns. Phoenix is definitely one of the top teams in the West, but the Warriors are one of the few teams to have consistent success versus Steve Nash and company. Golden State has taken two out of three from the Suns so far this year, and three out of the last four overall. The Warriors will close out their season on Wednesday when they host the Sonics, and that game might mean a whole lot to the Warriors. BELIEVE!
For interviews from today's practice, see the table below.
Baron Davis and the Warriors were all business at practice on Wednesday.
The Warriors have played 78 games so far this season, but none have been as big as tomorrow's showdown with Denver promises to be. The Warriors and Nuggets will square off at the special start time of 5:00 p.m. at ORACLE Arena in a game that could have historic playoff implications. For those of you watching from home, the contest will be broadcast nationally as the first game of a double-header on TNT.
With the teams currently tied for eighth place in the West with identical 47-31 records, only one of them will go on to the playoffs as a dangerous eight seed. The other will be forced to stay home despite having a playoff-worthy type of season. In fact, since the NBA switched to the 16-team playoff format in 1982, no team with 46 wins has missed the playoffs. And only once has a team with 45 wins not made the postseason (the Rockets in 2001-02). With so much hanging in the balance, Thursday's game becomes all that more important. Both teams know that they can compete with any team in the Western Conference, and they want to be able to prove that point in the playoffs.
So while some say that every game counts the same, we'd beg to differ. Thursday's game is going to go down as the most important game of the season for both teams, and we can't wait to watch them battle it out.
On Wednesday, the Warriors were back at practice, although Head Coach Don Nelson explained that it was more of a glorified shootaround. With tomorrow's early start time, the Warriors will not hold their normal morning shootaround at ORACLE Arena. Instead, they went over most of their shootaround drills and preparation today at their practice facility. This may be the fourth time the Warriors have faced the Nuggets this season, but there was still plenty of preparation and game-planning going on today.
The Warriors are coming off Tuesday's victory over Sacramento, a game in which they scored 140 points for the first time since April 1, 1994. The Nuggets, meanwhile, kept pace with Golden State by defeating the Clippers in Los Angeles on Tuesday. And since the Warriors and Nuggets are the two highest scoring teams in basketball this season, fans can expect another high-scoring, run n' gun affair on Thursday.
Following practice on Wednesday, Nelson and several of the Warriors spoke to the media. Listen to their Interviews below.
If all this talk of intense preparation and the importance of the game is making you just a wee bit anxious, here's a lighthearted video that may help calm you down:
And last but not least, we can't end this entry without giving you one more video. This one is the play of the night from last night's game versus Sacramento. It's brought to you by Hulu.com, the brand new premium content video site that recently partnered with the NBA. Check out all of the highest quality NBA videos (plus entire movies, TV shows and more) for free by clicking here.
One more small note, if you're coming to the game tomorrow, please do everything you can to arrive early for the 5;00 p.m. tip-off time. A playoff-type game deserves a playoff-type atmosphere, and we're sure that the ORACLE Arena faithful are ready to let their voices be heard yet again. The players rely on your enthusiasm and energy, so be ready to help them out from the beginning to the end! If you're watching from home, remember not to throw anything at your TV when Charles Barkley inevitably disparages the Warriors chances again. That would be an expensive mistake. Just remember where his doubting got him last year - on the set of his show wearing a GIANT 'We Believe' t-shirt.
Monday, April 7 (4:15 p.m.)
Focused Warriors Return Home
Baron Davis knows exactly what is at stake this week for the Warriors. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
After splitting the final two games of their road trip, the Warriors were back in Oakland today, practicing and preparing for their crucial three-game homestand.
With only five games left in the season, the Warriors currently sit tied with the Denver Nuggets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Denver surprisingly dropped games to Sacramento and Seattle over the weekend, making the race out West even more wild than before.
The Warriors will enter Tuesday's game against Sacramento with one important fact in mind: they control their own destiny. Depsite the fact that Denver owns the tiebreaker over the Warriors (due to the Nuggets' greater record within the Western Conference), Golden State is in the proverbial 'driver's seat' since it will host Denver on Thursday at ORACLE Arena (remember, Thursday's game starts at the special time of 5:00 p.m.). Put simply, if the Warriors close out the regular season with a 5-0 record, they WILL make the playoffs. One of those five victories would have to be over the Nuggets, so Golden State would therefore have a better record than Denver. Once again, this is only the case if the Warriors can finish the season unbeaten.
In order for the Warriors to maintain this advantage, they are going to have to first focus on Tuesday's game against their Northern California rival Sacramento Kings. The Kings are not a team that can be overlooked, as evidenced by their 118-115 victory in Denver on Saturday night. The Kings may be out of the playoff race, but they still are going to play an important role in who makes it.
Head Coach Don Nelson and center Andris Biedrins spoke to the media following today's practice. Find out what they had to say about their current place in the standings by watching the video below.
Tomorrow's game versus Sacramento will be the last Hardwood Classics contest of the season. In the spirit of Hardwood Classics, take a trip down memory lane with Monta Ellis by watching the video below:
Quick Hits …
In recognition of Stephen Jackson’s outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing charitable work, the NBA has honored the Warriors forward with the Community Assist Award for March. Read the full press release.
Wanna know who Jackson's favorite cartoon character is? How about where he thinks you should take a first date? Find out by watching the video below.
Remember when Chris Mullin came back to the Warriors for the 2000-01 season after spending three years in Indiana? Well we dug up this video gem on NBA.com that was filmed prior to Mullin's final season as a player. Enjoy!
Once again, whether you're coming to Thursday's game versus Denver or watching from home on TNT, please remember that the game starts at the special time of 5:00 p.m. Try to get there early if possible so the Warriors can enjoy the home court advantage they've grown so accustomed to.
Friday, March 28 (3:02 p.m.)
Big Weekend Lies Ahead
Monta Ellis and the Warriors are focused and ready for their upcoming schedule of important games.
One day after securing an impressive 111-95 home victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, the Warriors were back at practice on Friday getting ready for a pair of very important weekend match-ups. For all of you worried about the flu-ridden Baron Davis, you can rest assured that he practiced with the team and went through his usual post-practice workout in the weight room.
Following practice, the Warriors headed to the airport to board their flight for Denver. Tomorrow, the Warriors and Nuggets will square off at the Pepsi Center in a game that means a great deal to both teams. At 44-27, the Warriors currently occupy the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff race. Nipping at their heals, though, are the Nuggets, who currently sport a 44-28 mark. What this essentially means is that their head-to-head match-up carries double the importance. The Warriors can either further separate themselves from Denver or they can fall a half-game behind them. The third of four match-ups between the teams is also important in the terms of a potential tiebreaker to end the season. In the case of identical records, the first tiebreaker is the teams' records in head-to-head match-ups. With the season series currently tied at 1-1, Saturday's game will be one of the most anticipated of the year for both clubs.
And if all of that wasn't enough to pump you up, the Warriors will follow up Saturday's contest in Denver by coming home to host the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. As if you weren't already aware, the Warriors are currently only a half-game behind Dallas for the seventh spot in the West. Therefore, all the points brought up in the previous paragraph are equally valid for Sunday's game. One small difference is that the Warriors currently trail the season series with the Mavs 0-2, meaning any hope at securing a tiebreaker advantage would hinge upon a victory on Sunday.
We know it's still March, but for a full breakdown of NBA playoff tiebreak scenarios, click here.
Head Coach Don Nelson and forward Al Harrington spoke to the media following today's practice. Find out what they had to say about their important upcoming weekend by watching the video below.
Quick Hits …
Did you know that the Warriors have scored 100-or-more points in 35 straight games, which is the longest single-season streak in the NBA since 1992-93? Well now you do, and for even more stats, notes and stories about the team, check out this week's Warriors Weekly Notes.
Always a good interview, take a look at Stephen Jackson chatting with Matt Steinmetz and Cheryl Miller following the Warriors last two victories.
After a brief attempt at coming back to play this season for the Warriors, Chris Webber officially announced his retirement on Wednesday, March 26. For the official press release and a full video of his press conference click here.
Webber got a jump start on his post-playing career by appearing in-studio with Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley on last night's broadcast of TNT's Inside the NBA. Watch his appearance, including his breakdown of the Warriors' future and his advice to Barkley to go watch the Warriors play in person, by watching the video below.
The Warriors are focused and ready for the stretch run of the season.
67 games down, 15 left to play. And each of those remaining games are going to be vital for the Warriors.
With a record of 42-25, the Warriors are currently sitting in the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff race. And what a race it's turning out to be. Just 4.0 games separate the top eight teams in the West, which could make the last few weeks of the season some of the most memorable in recent regular season history. Following their 116-100 win over the Clippers on Wednesday night, the Warriors moved 2.5 games ahead of the Denver Nuggets for the final spot, and just 4.0 games behind the Hornets and Lakers, who sit tied for first in the conference. For a full look at the conference standings, click here.
In order to maintain or improve upon their position in the standings, the Warriors are going to have to continue to play at a high level, as their final 15 games are some of their most challenging of the season. On Friday night, the Warriors will host Tracy McGrady and the Rockets, who only recently saw their 22-game winning streak come to a halt. From there, the Warriors will have one day off before facing Kobe Bryant and the Lakers twice in two days. The teams will square off at STAPLES Center on Sunday, March 23 before meeting again at ORACLE Arena on Monday, March 24.
And if that's not challenging enough for you, Golden State's following five contests will also be against Western Conference opponents with better-than .500 records. The schedule will go as follows: vs. Portland on March 27, at Denver on March 29, vs. Dallas on March 30, at San Antonio on April 1, at Dallas on April 2. The Warriors will truly be tested over the next few weeks, but the team sees it as a chance to prove itself against some of its top competition.
Of the Warriors' final 15 games, eight will come at home, where the team is 22-6 over its past 28 games. Seven will come on the road, where the Warriors' 19 wins are the eighth-most in the NBA. Golden State has already matched last season's win total (42), this despite starting the season 0-6. Since that time, the Warriors are 42-19, giving them the fourth-best record in the NBA over that span of time, trailing only the Celtics, Pistons and Lakers.
So now that we've broken down the numbers a bit, it's time to sit back and enjoy the stretch run. And while you're here, it's fime for you to sit back and enjoy some videos and links.
Can you guess what Matt Barnes' first car was? How about Monta Ellis or Brandan Wright? Find out the answers by watching the video below.
One player who has elevated his game in recent weeks is Mickael Pietrus. Check out a feature on the Warriors' swingman that aired on FSN's Rountable Live broadcast by watching the following video.
Monta Ellis recently sat down with NBA.com for a special Q&A. Read it by clicking here.
The Warrior Girls have moved on to the third round of the annual NBA.com Dance Bracket. Their next match-up will come on March 26, so remember to vote and help send them to the Final Four! To check out the Warrior Girls new and improved page, click here.
The Warriors recently partnered with the City of Oakland to host a special 'Silence The Violence' rally. For a complete recap of the event, including photos and video click here..
The Warriors honored their Season Ticket Holders with a special Fan Fest at ORACLE Arena on March 16. All of the Warriors players and coaches made appearances at the event, which included autograph signings, photo opportunities, chalk talks with current and former Warriors greats and much, much more. For a recap and complete photo gallery of the event, click here.
Head Coach Don Nelson's 2008-09 contract option was excercised by the Warriors on March 11. Read the press release by clicking here.
Check out some of the amazing desktop artwork some of our dedicated fans have sent in to warriors.com by clicking here.
Remember to listen to tonight's broadcast of Warriors Radio Roundtable at 9 p.m. on KNBR 680. You can also listen to the interviews after the show airs by visiting our Radio Roundtable page.
With all of this talk about the playoffs, we have to remind you that if you'd like to guarantee yourself a seat to see the Warriors in the 2008 NBA Playoffs, join the Playoff Priority List today.
Friday, February 22 (2:00 p.m.)
Entertainment At Its Finest
If you've been to ORACLE Arena this season, or even if you've watched from the comfort of your own home, you know that the Warriors are the embodiment of pure entertainment. And if you've seen the team's last four home games, you might even think that declaration is an understatement.
In those four contests, the Warriors have gone 4-0 while providing plenty of late-game heroics. The Warriors defeated the Kings by three points on February 9, then took down the Wizards by three on February 11. On February 13, they decided to make it even closer and defeated the Western Conference-leading Phoenix Suns 120-118. Finally, after returning from the All-Star break, the Warriors hosted the Boston Celtics, who came into the building with an NBA-best 41-10 record. Playing without Stephen Jackson, the Warriors erased a 12-point deficit and won a 119-117 contest thanks to Baron Davis' game-winning 20-foot jumper. Watch Baron's heroics below:
With those four victories, the Warriors are now an NBA-leading 8-1 this season in games decided by three-points-or-less. And while fans are almost beginning to expect thrilling games and dramatic finishes, the players are also beginning to expect each crowd to be louder than the next. A franchise record 20,711 fans packed ORACLE Arena for the Celtics game, which marked 19th sellout of the season.
So if you're coming to tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks or watching from home, be prepared for another thriller...although we wouldn't mind if the Warriors won by a comfortable margin either.
There was a lot to talk about following practice on Thursday. From Baron's late-game heroics to the passing of the trade deadline, the media had plenty of quesitons. Unfortunately, the Warriors also had a bit of bad news to break, as it was announced that Andris Biedrins would undergo surgery (appendectomy) on Thursday night. We are glad to report that the surgery was successful and Andris is now recovering. As of now, there is no timetable set for his return.
For a quick look at what Don Nelson and some of the players had to say at Thursday's practice, watch the videos below:
Monta Ellis was one of several Warriors players and front office staff to attend a special screening of Will Ferrell's new basketball comedy Semi-Pro.
On Thursday night, the Warriors were fortunate enough to be invited to a special screening of Semi-Pro, Will Ferrell's new basketball comedy that is loosely based on the final days of the ABA. Ferrell's character, 'Jackie Moon', is the owner, head coach and starting power forward for the Flint Tropics, a team known more for its wacky promotions than its play on the court. If you're familiar with Will Ferrell movies, you can probably only imagine what ensues.
Monta Ellis and Patrick O'Bryant were two of the guests who attended, and we briefly caught up with them after the movie ended. Their opinions on the film are below.
When asked what they thought of the movie:
Ellis: "It was pretty good. It was pretty funny and I thought Andre 3000 was good in his role."
O'Bryant: "I thought it was hilarious. I'm a big fan of Will Ferrell. It was definitely funny."
When asked which one of their teammates would fit in the best with the Flint Tropics and their constant hijinx:
Ellis: "Mickael Pietrus without a doubt."
O'Bryant: "Probably Baron. He does some crazy stuff sometimes."
It's hard to argue with their choices. Take a look at the following videos if you need evidence.
Thanks to everyone who made the special screening possible. And while we're still thinking about the movie, thanks to whomever is responsible for the end of basketball's short shorts era.
Baron Davis has assumed the role as the offical movie reviewer for NBA.com.
The awards you've been waiting for are finally here...THE BOOMSCARS! As the official movie reviewer for NBA.com, Baron Davis has been sharing his thoughts on a variety of films throughout the season. And during that time, he has said that eventually he would come out with a awards-style review of all of the top films of the year - appropriately called 'The Boomscars.'
Check out Baron's four-part award series, and find out his pick for best picture, by clicking here.
Quick Hits …
Tim Roye recently answered fans' questions and gave his opinion on the state of the team in his latest blog entry.
You can also listen to Roye on last night's broadcast of Warriors Radio Roundtable by clicking here.
Warrior Girl Alexis also recently submitted a new blog entry, in which she discussed the Warrior Girls busy schedule, their upcoming dance clinic and the March Dance Team Bracket on NBA.com.
Stephen Jackson and the Warriors are teaming up with recording artist John Legend for a special charity auction that will benefit Legend's 'Show Me Campaign.' To bid on an experience that includes tickets, autographed items and the chance to meet Jackson and Legend, click here.
Have you checked out our brand new wallpaper or fan artwork? Visit our wallpaper page and download the Warriors straight to your desktop!
And speaking of feature stories, we'd be remiss if we didn't plug our own feature on C.J. Watson. Read about his adjustment from the NBDL to the NBA, both on and off the court, as well as his excitement on signing with the team for the rest of the season.
Last but definitely not least, if you'd like to guarantee yourself a seat to see the Warriors in the 2008 NBA Playoffs, there's only one way to do it. Join the Playoff Priority List today.
Monday, February 4 (5:05 p.m.)
Time to Get Caught Up
After five-straight days of practice, Webber is expected to make his season debut with the Warriors on Thursday.
Well this is certainly odd. We’re in our third day removed from Warriors basketball, yet we are still three days away from our next game on Thursday against Chicago. (Can you say ski week?) With this much time between the on-court action, we figure now is as good time as any to get you all caught up on what you may have missed out on in the fray of last week.
As you are probably well aware, the Warriors signed Chris Webber last Tuesday. The five-time All-Star has been hard at work over the last few days in what Don Nelson has dubbed a midseason mini-camp. If all goes as expected, Webber will make his season debut in a few days against the Bulls. With such a high-profile player joining the team, it's only fitting that we provide you with some links to interviews with and regarding the newest Warrior:
C.J. Watson has averaged 5.1 points and 1.7 assists in 15.1 minutes per game with the Warriors this season. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
What was perhaps lost in all of the excitement surrounding
the Webber acquisition was another signing, that
of C.J. Watson. After holding his breath over a pair of
10-day contracts, the 6-foot-2 guard can breathe a sigh of
relief for his immediate future, as he is under contract with
the club for the rest of the season.
Watson will likely back up Baron Davis at the point for the remainder of the season. And we can’t bring up Baron without mentioning the disappointment felt by Warriors fans worldwide that No. 5 was left off of the 2008 All-Star team. It’s hard to argue against any of the coach’s selections for the Western Conference reserves, but leaving Baron off the team is like making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich sans peanut butter.
However, there is a bright side in this sad tale. Baron is averaging 39.0 minutes per game, the most since his 2003-04 campaign with the Hornets, and he has yet to miss a start this season. So the extra rest he can get during the All-Star Break, coupled with the team’s current long layoff from game action, can only aid the Warriors superstar as he and his teammates prepare for yet another playoff push.
Quick Hits …
Have you checked out the new Warrior Girls Page? If not, what are you waiting for? The new page is better than ever, complete with photo galleries and bios of each member of the dance team. And be sure to notice the video in the backdrop of the main image. The fine folks of warriors.com would love to take credit for this, but the Warriors creative department is most responsible for making the page as cutting edge as it is. Good work guys!
Did you know that Baron was a voting member of the Screen Actor's Guild? Find out more about that and much more in the latest edition of Baron Davis' Setting the Screen.
David Garibaldi created another one of his masterpieces at halftime of the Warriors-Timberwolves game on Jan. 21. Watch video of the world renowned painter’s performance by clicking here. To bid on the Dr. King portrait, click here.
Garibaldi isn’t the only talented artist in the realm of Warriors nation. Check out the Fan Artwork page and feel free to download any of the photos and post as your wallpaper.
The Warriors and Kaiser Permanente recently completed another installment of the Get Fit Program, which served as a campaign to battle childhood obesity through healthy eating and active living. For recaps and photo galleries of the week’s events, click here.
Kia Motors and the Warriors are teaming up to offer Warriors fans FREE TICKETS in two ways. To find out how, click here.
Friday, February 1 (10:26 p.m.)
Chris Webber Press Conference
We have to admit, tonight's game was pretty fun. From the 'Welcome Back' tribute videos for Jason Richardson and Chris Webber to the 69-point Warriors first half to watching the second unit entertain the fans in the fourth quarter, tonight's game definitely didn't lack for excitement. And it can be safely said that Chris Webber got a good look at what Warriors basketball is all about.
The Warriors took down the visiting Bobcats 127-96 in front of 20,064 rowdy fans, and the newly acquired Webber had a front row seat for the entire thing. With just one practice under his belt, Webber was inactive for the game, but he's expected to play when the Warriors host the Bulls on Thursday. The next five days will be spent getting to know his new team and his new system, as the Warriors have five full days to practice, rest up and get healthy.
Prior to Friday's game, Webber met with the media for the first time. Watch his press conference by clicking below.
For more coverage of Webber's return, check out Tim Roye's one-on-one interview with C-Webb by clicking here.
And for more coverage of the entire team, including their picks for this weekend's Super Bowl, click here.
Thursday, January 24 (10:22 a.m.)
Best Start in 16 Years, But There's Still Work To Be Done
After playing 24 of their first 43 games on the road, the Warriors will be at home for 12 of their next 15.
It's hard to believe, but the Warriors are more than halfway through the 2007-08 regular season. Through their first 43 games, the Warriors have compiled a 25-18 record, which happens to be the franchise's best mark through 43 games since the 1991-92 season.
One of the biggest improvements the Warriors have made this season is their play on the road, where they are 14-10, already eclipsing their road win total from one season ago. And as usual, the team has also been tough to beat at ORACLE Arena, especially as of late. After beginning the season with an uncharacteristic 0-4 home record, the Warriors have won 11 of their last 15 in front of the ORACLE Arena faithful. This fact becomes especially important when one considers that the team will play 12 of its next 15 games at home, making the next five weeks extremely important as Baron Davis and company battle it out in the always-competitive Western Conference.
Two of those 12 home games will occur over the next four days, as the Warriors will square off against the New Jersey Nets tonight and the New York Knicks on Sunday night. A limited number of tickets are still available for tonight's game, while Sunday's contest marks another Family and Friends Weekend.
Golden State will be looking to come back strong after falling in a 109-108 home contest versus the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. The loss was not taken lightly by the Warriors players or coaches, as it was a game the team was expected to win. But rather than hang their heads, the Warriors have proven to be extra focused over the past few days. The team went through an intense practice on Wednesday, one that concluded with an all-out scrimmage that neither team wanted to lose.
If one thing is clear about this team, it's that the players and coaches will not settle for losing. Head Coach Don Nelson exemplifies that attitude in every way, and he made that apparent when he spoke to the media following practice on Wednesday. Watch his interview below:
And speaking of being at home Baron Davis recently let the camera crew from TNT into his home for a special 'NBA Life' segment that will air on the network. Take a look at Baron's Bay Area pad by watching the video below.
For stats, feature stories, quotes, multimedia and more, check out the latest edition of our Warriors Weekly Notes.
To see what a typical game day is like for Kelenna Azubuike, read this behind-the-scenes article by Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times (make sure you watch the video too).
One year ago today, the Warriors hosted the Nets at ORACLE Arena. And if you can't remember what happen we (along with Monta Ellis) would like you to
watch this video.
To listen to last night's Warriors Radio Roundtable show, click here.
Baron Davis was named the Western Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday for games played Monday, Jan. 14 through Sunday, Jan. 20. Davis helped the Warriors to a 3-1 week, which included road wins over the T-Wolves, Bulls and Bucks. Read the full press release here.
Tuesday, January 17 (11:28 a.m.)
Time To Vote ... For The Warriors
There's no doubt about it, election season is upon us in full effect. Presidential hopefuls are relentlessly campaigning throughout the country, trying to spread their messages and earn votes. And while we will stay out of telling you who to vote for in the upcoming California primaries, we have no problem in campaigning for certain candidates who happen to be on the 2008 NBA All-Star ballot.
Voting for the 2008 All-Star Game in New Orleans ends this Sunday, January 20th at 11:59 Eastern. That means you still have time to vote for Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Monta Ellis, Al Harrington and Andris Biedrins.
The quintet of Warriors has helped the team to a 23-17 record through the first 40 games of the season, the franchise's best start in over a decade. And if that fact alone doesn't convince you to vote right now, here's a campaign strategy that's sure to work.
Check out the following two videos. The first is a highlight package featuring the brand new 2007-08 version of the Trackrunners' Warriors-themed song 'Game Time.' The second is ... well, describing the second one does not do it justice, so we suggest just watching it for yourself.
Hopefully our hard work on the campaign trail has worked. If you need even more reasons to vote for the Warriors, check out some of our brand new 'Warriors Weekly Notes'.
Okay, if you haven't already, now is the time to get out and rock the All-Star Game vote. Remember, these five Warriors are all worthy candidates who deserve your consideration. This message has been endorsed and approved by Baron, Steve, Monta, Al, Andris and the good folks at warriors.com.
Watson averaged 26.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in16 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League. (Dave Eggers/NBAE/Getty)
Just over one year ago, the Warriors made what seemed like a minor move, signing swingman Kelenna Azubuike out of the NBA Developmental League. Looking for more scoring and depth off the bench, Golden State signed Azubuike, who was the leading scorer in the NBDL at the time. Since that day, that move has proved to be anything but minor, as Azubuike has blossomed into a key contributor for Golden State, averaging 10.7 points and 4.5 rebounds this season, while shooting over 40% from the three-point line. The Kentucky product has firmly planted himself in Don Nelson's rotation and is becoming one of the most notable feel-good stories in the NBA this season. Needing someone to complement their roster, the Warriors found the perfect answer by looking to the D-League.
Fast forward to the present - the Warriors recently learned that point guard Troy Hudson will miss a significant amount of time due to a hip injury and were in need of depth at the point guard position. On Sunday, the team waived center DJ Mbenga and opened up a roster spot. After exploring their options, the Warriors filled that spot by once again looking to the D-League and signing guard CJ Watson.
In 16 games for the Rio Grand Valley Vipers this season, Watson carried averages of 26.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists. The NBDL December Player of the Month ranked third in the league in scoring while leading his team to a 9-7 record. In his final game before being called up, the 6'2 Watson exploded for 42 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, which surely didn't hurt his standing in the eyes of scouts. The Warriors made Watson the 10th Gatorade Call-Up of the season, and the 100th in league history. To read the official press release of his signing, click here.
To give fans a bit of a brief history, Watson comes to the Warriors after having spent time with the San Antonio Spurs' 2007 Summer League team, as well being part of the Charlotte Bobcats' 2007 Training Camp roster. In 2006-07, he split the season between professional clubs in Greece and Italy. Prior to his stint abroad, Watson played four years at the University of Tennessee, where he finished his career as the 15th leading scorer and 2nd leading assist man in school history. Watson was born and raised in Las Vegas, and stepping out onto the court for the Warriors would make him the sixth native of Nevada to play in the NBA.
Watson went through his first practice with the Warriors on Tuesday (warriors.com photo)
And while the stories of Azubuke and Watson are quite similar -- decorated college players passed over by several NBA teams go on to excel in the D-League and hope to impress someone enough to earn a call-up -- their expected immediate impact may be quite different. Whereas Azubuike joined a team so depleted by injuries that he was inserted into the starting lineup just one day after signing his contract, Watson will be joining a squad that is healthy and playing together at a very high level. In that sense, no one is looking for Watson to step in and play 30 minutes per game. However, both the Warriors and Watson are hoping that his presence on the roster will make some sort of positive impact.
Watson joined his new teammates at practice on Tuesday and immediately caught a glimpse of the chemistry this team shares. Watson also had the good fortune of joining the Warriors one night after they defeated the Spurs in a thrilling 130-121 overtime victory at ORACLE Arena, meaning that most everyone was in a good mood as they prepared for tomorrow's game in Portland.
With Head Coach Don Nelson and Executive VP of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin looking on, Watson scrimmaged with his new team during practice, learning sets and listening to what his coaches had to say. Following practice, Watson spoke with the local media about being called up and practicing with the Warriors. LISTEN TO HIS INTERVIEW HERE
For even more information about CJ Watson, check out the links below:
Whether or not he's on the hardwood, Baron Davis is up to big things. (Photo provided by Baron Davis)
Baron Davis must not get a lot of sleep. That’s the only logical explanation of how he finds time to do everything he does. His off-the-court interests are no secret. A native of Los Angeles, Baron has fully immersed himself in the show business. He’s appeared in music videos and sitcoms, and he’s also done a lot of work behind the camera.
His film financing company, Verso Entertainment, is currently working in conjunction with director Stacy Peralta to create a documentary on the life of gangs in South Central Los Angeles, as well as an HBO docudrama in development on Sonny Vaccaro, the hoops executive who launched the careers of NBA greats like Michael Jordan through mega-licensing deals with shoe companies.
A movie buff at heart, Baron’s latest endeavor has him critiquing films for NBA.com. The premiere edition of “Baron Davis’ Setting the Screen” featured the Warriors point guard reviewing the new Will Smith movie, “I am Legend.” To see what he thought about the flick, and to find out what Baron’s all-time favorite movies are, click here.
Although he likes to keep himself busy with several projects off the court, Baron’s play on the hardwood hasn’t suffered. He’s averaging a team-high 21.8 points (12th in NBA), 8.1 assists (6th in NBA), 5.0 rebounds and 2.46 steals (2nd in NBA). He leads all Western Conference point guards in scoring, and he ranked third in NBA.com’s Ballot Breakdown of Western Conference guards (behind Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson). In addition, TNT’s Kenny Smith marked Baron down as the fourth-best point guard in the entire NBA in his most recent column on yahoo.com.
Despite his stellar play all season, Baron was just the 10th-leading vote getter among Western Conference guards when the first voting returns were announced last week. Fans can help push Baron toward the top of the list by casting their All-Star ballot daily on NBA.com.
Want to know what Baron wants for Christmas?
During the Warriors annual Season of Giving, Baron distributed gifts he purchased for a pair of families he adopted for the holidays during a Holiday Outreach at Ristorante Umbria in San Francisco. For a photo gallery of the event, click here.
Baron led a fourth-quarter comeback in a thrilling Warriors victory over the Lakers on Dec. 14. Catch Baron’s game highlights by
Watch Baron and the Warriors take on the Nets on Saturday on FSN Bay Area and find out about a special offer that will only be available for the length of the game.
Monday, December 10 (9:50 a.m.)
Remembering the 1974-75 NBA Champs
Rick Barry (left) and the 1974-75 Warriors are being honored by Baron Davis (right) and the 2007-08 Warriors during this season's Hardwood Classics Nights.
The Warriors will host their second Hardwood Classics Night of the season tomorrow when the Spurs visit ORACLE Arena . And as the Warriors look to win their third-straight home contest, we thought it was an appropriate time to reflect on one of the teams that originally donned the now-retro royal blue uniforms back in the day - the 1974-75 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.
Despite much skepticism from critics, Head Coach Alvin Attles knew he had the makings of a good team, saying "We had a lot of players who played a lot of minutes. And the competition that we had amongst our own players caused them to always be prepared and be in to games mentally even when they weren't on the floor. We found a way to use everyone and keep everyone sharp and in shape. Eventually we just beat teams down with our depth."
After defeating the Seattle SuperSonics in the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs, the Warriors went on to defeat the heavily favored Chicago Bulls in a seven-game Western Conference Finals. By the time they were scheduled to meet Elvin Hayes and the Washington Bullets in the 1975 NBA Finals, many were predicting Washington to sweep Golden State in a lopsided series match-up. As you may know, a sweep did indeed occur, but it was the Warriors who used the brooms, going on to win the series 4-games-to-none.
Afterwards, an elated Barry would go on to say, "It has to be the greatest upset in the history of the NBA Finals. It was like a fairy-tale season. Everything just fell into place. It's something I'll treasure for the rest of my life."
To watch a recap of the entire series, watch the video below:
If you are in the mood for an even more detailed video tribute to the '74-75 team, check out these two links featuring legendary Bay Area broadcaster Bill King: PART 1 | PART 2
Looking for even more? To read an in-depth summary of the 1975 NBA Finals, click here.
When watching those videos and reading about that Championship Warriors squad, the consistent theme that pops up is the fact that the team always acted together as a cohesive unit and had each others backs through thick and thin. Despite being counted out numerous times, they just kept playing their game and proving doubters wrong. Unless we're mistaken, it sounds oddly familiar to this year's Warriors team. After proving that they were a legitimate threat during last year's playoff run, the Warriors' slow start this season had many proclaiming that last season was a fluke. However, the players stuck together and have since become one of the hottest teams in the NBA, winning 11 of their last 14 games.
So as the Warriors wear those still-stylish throwback uniforms tomorrow night, they will be looking to embody all the things that the '74-75 team was about - unselfishness, determination, unity and a prove-you-wrong mentality.
Let's just all be thankful that this time around, they won't be wearing short shorts.
NEW HARDWOOD CLASSICS MERCHANDISE NOW AVAILABLE
It's true. The Warriors consistently have some of the coolest-looking, best-selling Hardwood Classics gear in the NBA. So if you're looking for the newest Warriors gear for yourself, or you're in need of a gift for the Warriors fan on your holiday shopping list, check out the brand new Hardwood Classics gear at warriorsteamstore.com. The Warriors Team Store at ORACLE Arena will be also open on Monday, December 17, through Friday, December 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (in addition to all game nights).
The NBA is currently celebrating Heritage Week, and several other teams will also be wearing their Hardwood Classics uniforms. For more coverage, click here.
For a full roster, stats and schedule of the 1974-75 Warriors, click here.
To find out what Rick Barry had to say about the Championship run, click here.
Remember to cast your online ballot for the 2008 NBA All-Star game. Click here to vote now (and remember, Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington and Andris Biedrins are all on this year's ballot and don't mind being voted for)
Kelenna Azubuike might not be on the All-Star ballot, but he's still having one heck of a year so far. Warriors Executive VP of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin recently sat down with NBA.com to answer some questions about the former D-Leaguer. Read it here
Still looking for the perfect gift for the Warriors fan on your holiday shopping list. Check out the Warriors Holiday Gift Guide today!
Thursday, November 29 (6:55 p.m.)
Back At Home For A While
After a bit of a rough start to the season, we think it can be officially stated that the Warriors are on a roll. After defeating the Clippers 122-105 on November 16 at ORACLE Arena, the team went ahead and had their most successful road trip in 29 years, going 4-1 on their five-game Eastern swing. And as if that wasn't enough to move the Warriors up the various power rankings on the web, Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and company went out and ended the Phoenix Suns' eight-game winning streak on Monday and then went back on the road and defeated the Sacramento Kings last night. Before you start adding all that up, we'll just tell you...that's seven wins over their last eight games.
Tonight, the Warriors will host Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets, thereby beginning a stretch in which they will play six of their next nine games at home. Considering the fact that they were 30-11 at home last season, that could mean trouble for their opponents. And with so many home games on the horizon (coupled with the fact that it's the Holiday season), you can be guaranteed that there are plenty of things going on in the coming weeks. For example, tonight in Club 200, the Warrior Girls 2008 Swimsuit Calendar Release Party is being held. The girls will officially unveil this year's 12-month calendar and will also be available for autographs. Fans can order the calendar online by visiting warriorsteamstore.com.
To watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the Warrior Girls Swimsuit Calendar shoot, check out the clip below.
Okay so after watching that, let's see. We have the Calendar Release Party, we have superstars Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady in the arena for the first time since Baron hit a
buzzer-beating three-pointer to defeat them last year, and we have the memory of Monday's victory over the Suns still fresh in our heads (still trying to figure out if we've ever seen a more entertaining regular season game). So even though the game is less than an hour away, it feels like it's never going to start. We've been chomping at the bit all day.
Since we all have to wait a bit more for the game to begin, here are a few links to pass the time:
Have you cast an All-Star ballot yet today? If not, we'll give you the link in a second, but first ponder these little tidbits. There are two players in the NBA who rank in the top 10 in points, assists and steals per game. One is LeBron James. The other is Baron Davis. The Warriors are 6-1 with Stephen Jackson in the lineup. Jackson is averaging career-highs in points (22.0), rebounds (5.6), assists (3.9), steals (1.7) and blocks (0.9). Over his last five games, Monta Ellis is averaging 23.2 points on 58.2% shooting from the floor. Now, with those facts implanted in your brain, click here to vote now.
Make sure you tune into tonight's Roundtable Live telecast, airing at 7:00 p.m., just prior to tip-off. And new for this season, fans can submit questions for the show's featured guests.
If you're looking for the ultimate gift for the Warriors fan on your shopping list, check out the Warriors Holiday Auction.
Matt Barnes and his mother, Ann, at Game 4 of last season's playoff series versus the Utah Jazz. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Lastly and most importantly, we'd like to offer our most sincere condolences to Matt Barnes and his family. Barnes' mother, Ann, passed away on Monday night after a hard-fought battle with cancer. A fixture at Warriors home games and a big fan of the team, Ann was close to several of the players on the team. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Matt and his family as they deal with this tough situation.
Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a remarkable piece on Barnes and his relationship with his mother. Read the article here.
And to listen to Barnes' interview with reporters yesterday in his hometown of Sacramento, click here.
Thursday, November 15 (4:14 p.m.)
All-Star Votes and Warriors Notes
The Warriors have five players on this year's All-Star ballot. VOTE NOW
THE EARLY CASE FOR BARON
Despite the Warriors' early struggles, Baron Davis has been playing incredibly well. It seems like his performance in last year's playoffs reminded everyone just how great Baron can be, and he is out to prove that he truly is one of the elite players in the NBA. Thus far, Baron is averaging 25.5 points (ninth in the NBA) and 9.0 assists (fifth in the NBA) per game. In fact, he joins LeBron James and Allen Iverson as the only players to rank in the top 10 in each category. His consistent and reliable performances are a big reason that the Warriors are in no need of panicking despite their 0-6 start. Just as he has done since he arrived in February of 2005, Baron will lead the way.
In addition to Baron's performance this season, it's also safe to say that he's overdue for an All-Star appearance. An eight-year NBA veteran, the Warriors point guard has made two All-Star teams, the last being in 2004, which just doesn't seem right. Looking back at last year, with Baron averaging 20 points and eight assists a game and then leading his team to the biggest upset in NBA history, it's hard to imagine that he wasn't even named to the Western Conference All-Star team. We think fans, coaches and opponents will all agree that Baron deserves a spot on the team this year. Now, go on and vote!
THE EARLY CASE FOR AL
Ever since Training Camp, Warriors players and coaches have been raving about the play of Al Harrington. Currently in his 10th NBA season, Harrington may be in the midst of his finest year. Through six games, the versatile Harrington is averaging 20.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while playing forward and center for the uptempo Warriors.
Harrington has never been named an NBA All-Star, but according to Dave McMenamin of NBA.com, Al leads the list of potential first-timers. Read his article here, and then (if you haven't already been convinced), go ahead and rock the vote.
Fellow All-Star nominee Stephen Jackson will make his much-anticipated return to the court when the Warriors begin a five-game road trip in Toronto on Sunday. Jackson has been serving a seven-game league mandated suspension, but during that time, he decided to use his time to give back to the community. Over the last two weeks, Jackson took part in five separate community events, which isn't all that surprising if you truly know and understand who he is. For a full-length feature story, plus photos and videos of Jackson's involvement in the community, click here.
As you may know, the Carlos Santana portrait that was painted by artist David Garibaldi at last week's Warriors-Mavericks game is now up for auction, with all proceeds benefitting the Warriors Foundation. Click here to bid now.
NBA.com has launched new team communities for each franchise as part of its 'Fan Voice' section. Join the Warriors team community by clicking here.
Thursday, November 8 (11:14 p.m.)
Santana Painting To Be Put Up For Auction
The portrait that David Garibaldi painted of Carlos Santana on Thursday night has been made available for auction. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
As expected, tonight's game between the Warriors and Mavericks was a thriller that came down to the final minute. Unfortunately, the Mavs were able avenge their playoff defeat of a year ago with a 120-115 victory at ORACLE Arena. The contest was full of highlights and memorable moments, just as fans have come to expect when these two teams meet.
One of the top highlights of the night came at halftime when world renowned artist David Garibaldi wowed the crowd with one of his signature "Rhythm & Hue" performances. For those not familiar with Garibaldi, he is a one-of-a-kind
artist who uses music, paint and the energy of the crowd to create spontaneous six-foot portraits of rock stars, CEO's, sports figures and more.
At halftime of the Warriors-Mavs game, Garibaldi created an amazing portrait of rock legend (and Bay Area native) Carlos Santana. What Garibaldi didn't know is that Santana was in attendance and watching him from courtside. The portrait, which was later signed by Santana himself, has been put up for auction by the Warriors, with all proceeds benefitting the Warriors Foundation. For more information on how to bid on the item, click here.
And finally, to watch highlights of Garibaldi's halftime performance, watch the video bleow. Around the two minute mark, you will see Garibaldi finally realize that Santana has been watching him the entire time.
Following the game, Santana signed his portrait. (warriors.com photo)
Special thanks go out to David Garibaldi for his incredible performance. For more information on Garibaldi, check out his official web site.
And for more information on how to bid on this unique work of art, click here.
When the Warriors' 2007-08 schedule came out, one game seemed to catch our eye immediately, and that was tonight's match-up versus the Dallas Mavericks . As you all know, this will be the first contest between the two teams since the Warriors pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NBA Playoff history last season. In that series, the #8 seed Warriors took down the #1 seed Mavs 4-games-to-2. Golden State went 3-0 at home during the series, and the fans at ORACLE Arena became somewhat of a national story.
What made the historic upset somewhat less surprising was the fact that the Warriors had gone 3-0 versus Dallas during the regular season. Keep in mind that the Mavs were 67-12 against the rest of the NBA. The Warriors, in fact, have not lost
a home contest versus Dallas since January 25, 2006. We could go on and on about the various storylines involved, but for a more complete recap of last season's series, visit
our 2007 Warriors-Mavs Playoff Central section.
With all of that said, you can probably understand how excited we are for tonight's game. We have a feeling that Warriors fans are going to show up in full effect. And with the game being nationally televised on TNT, the Warriors have yet
another chance to impress viewers all over the country. For even more pre-game coverage of tonight's contest, check out the links below:
Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson (who are sure to be entertaining tonight) talked about tonight's match-up in a special segment for Inside the NBA. WATCH IT HERE
TNT analyst and former NBA coach Mike Fratello wrote a preview of tonight's game for NBA.com. READ IT HERE
And speaking of TV, Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett was just featured as the NBA's broadcaster of the week. As part of being honored, Jim took the time to write an article on the Warriors. READ IT HERE
Check out all the multimedia from last year's playoff match-up by clicking here.
To listen to all the interviews from last night's Warriors Radio Roundtable, click here.
And see what Head Coach Don Nelson had to say at yesterday's practice by watching the video below:
Remember that tonight's game also marks the first-ever It's A Great Time Out Thursday, giving fans the chance to purchase $48 Club 200 tickets for $40.
In addition, fans can hang out with KNBR personalities at the game and check out what Damon Bruce has to say after the contest as he broadcasts his radio show.
Hopefully we've given you enough to stay busy until tonight's game, but if not, there's no need to fret. We'll be back with more later today, so stay tuned.
Tuesday, November 6 (11:43 a.m.)
So we're roughly eight-and-a-half hours from the tip-off of tonight's game between the Warriors and Cavaliers . It will be a meaningful contest for both clubs, as the Warriors will be searching for their first win of the season while LeBron James and the Cavs will also be looking to recover from a slow start.
Following yesterday's practice, Head Coach Don Nelson and swingman Mickael Pietrus spoke to the media about the team's match-up with the Cavs. Watch their interviews below:
Be sure to check out our Verizon Wireless Game Time previews before every game for multimedia clips such as these, as well as stats, analysis, lineups and more.
Despite the 0-3 start, the Warriors have had several bright spots thus far in the 2007-08 season, one of which has been Kelenna Azubuike. Averaging a team-high 20.3 points per contest, the second-year guard out of Kentucky has opened eyes across the league. Azubuike is currently featured as a Former D-Leaguer To Watch in Matthew Brennan's current D-League Week Ahead, which is also currently linked on one of the main stories on nba.com.
Azubuike isn't the only Warrior in the spotlight, as Andris Biedrins has also been picking up steam by way of his recently-launched blog. Andris' blog is featured as the lead item in today's Western Conference Call blog entry by Darren Misener. In the blog, Misener critiques the Latvian center's take on Halloween while also giving props to Stephen Jackson for his Halloween festivities.
Thanks for the love Matthew and Darren. The fine gentlemen of warriors.com really do appreciate it.
And just a heads up as far as the Warriors' upcoming schedule goes, the Warriors will play each of their next three games at home. This includes Thursday's much-anticipated Playoff rematch versus the Dallas Mavericks . The game also marks the first-ever It's A Great Time Out Thursday, giving fans the chance to purchase $48 Club 200 tickets for $40. In addition, fans can hang out with KNBR personalities at the game and check out what Damon Bruce has to say after the contest as he broadcasts his radio show. The Warriors will then host Detroit on a Web Wednesday on November 14, followed by a Family & Friends match-up versus the Clippers on Friday, November 16. That game will also mark the first E-Loan Student Body offer, giving the students with the most Warriors spirit a chance to receive FREE lower level tickets.
Monday, November 5 (4:26 p.m.)
LeBron Is Here
LeBron James and the Cavaliers practiced at the Warriors Practice Facility on Monday afternoon. (warriors.com photo)
After a tough road trip that saw the team fall to 0-3 in the young 2007-08 season, the Warriors are back home for four-straight games at ORACLE Arena. Their first opponent is the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers . They are led by a guy named LeBron James -- you may have heard of him. If not, here's a detailed scouting report on him: HE IS VERY GOOD. You don't need to be a basketball expert to figure that one out. LeBron's status as a present-day basketball icon is further evidenced by the number of media members he draws on a daily basis.
The Cavs practiced today at the Warriors Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland, so we witnessed first hand just how big of a deal LeBron is. Opposing teams don't usually practice here at the facility, but occasionally they'll hold shootaround or, as in today's case, a full practice here. Generally, a Warriors practice attracts the team's two beat reporters, some Bay Area columnists and maybe a TV camera or two. For a typical opponent, there might even be fewer media members present. But not for the Cavs, and definitely not for LeBron. Today, dozens of reporters, sports anchors, columnists, cameras and microphones emerged on the scene at the Warriors Practice Facility.
Surprisingly enough, there are still some tickets available for tomorrow night's contest. LeBron and the Cavs only visit Oakland once per season, so don't miss the chance to come out to ORACLE Arena if you have the chance.
Speaking of tickets, the Warriors are now offering It's A Great Time Out Thursdays, presented by KNBR. For every Thursday home game this season, fans can purchase $48 Club 200 tickets for $40. In addition, fans can hang out with KNBR personalities at the game and check out what Damon Bruce has to say after the contest as he broadcasts his radio show Sportsphone 680 live from the Club 200 sports bar behind Section 209. It's A Great Time Out Thursdays premieres with this week's contest against the Mavericks , so get your tickets today.
That's it for now, but we'll be back soon with more behind-the-scenes updates and news soon.
Following last night's Opening Night loss to the Jazz, the Warriors are back at practice, looking ahead to this weekend's road trip through L.A. and Utah. And since it's Halloween, we'll let you know if anyone shows up to the Warriors Practice Facility in costume or not. We personally are thinking about learning how to 'Soulja Boy' so that we can dress up as Al Harrington tonight.
The Warriors will practice today and again tomorrow before departing for their two-game road trip. To help you pass the time until Friday's game versus the Clippers, here are a few links, pictures and videos.
As you can see in the picture to the right, Patrick O'Bryant and Mickael Pietrus celebrated Halloween last season by making a surprise visit to a neighborhood in Concord. Luckily, there are still photos and video evidence of their experience.
Here's another Halloween-inspired picture, obviously sent to us by a loyal Warriors fan. Want to see how creative our fans are? Check out our Fan Artwork Page.
If you haven't checked out NBA.com's 'My Amazing Journey' feature on Monta Ellis, you should do so now. Ellis was one of 30 NBA players who took part in the special interview series, and he candidly told the story of his journey from MIssissippi to the League.
Whether you were at Opening Night or not, you can get a good idea of what the experience was like by checking out these audio photo galleries from some of our local newspapers:
Last but not least, check out Baron Davis' appearance on the Jim Rome show from earlier this month. Baron acted as a special Training Camp correspondent and took cameras through a typical day at the team's Hawaiian camp headquarters.
Tuesday, October 30 (9:16 p.m.)
It's halftime here at ORACLE Arena, and the Warriors currently trail by a score of 62-51. After coming out strong in the first quarter, Golden State ran into some troubles in the second. They will look to rebound as they head into the second half.
In case you weren't here to experience the opening 'blow-off', we'll try to explain just how cool it was...even though there's no way to really put it all into words. After the Utah lineup was announced, ORACLE Arena went dark, the crowd went nuts, and then the opening video played on the in-arena scoreboard. Not only did the crowd somehow get louder, but we're betting that most, if not all, also got chills watching the opening scene. Following the video, the Warriors reserves were announced one-by-one, and as a special surprise, they each came running down the aisles of the lower bowl when announced. The excitement came to an ultimate build-up when the starting five was lifted up (yes up) from the north tunnel on a platform.
Once again, the ORACLE Arena crowd did not disappoint. But don't worry if you couldn't be there to join in on the fun. You can watch the video right here. Just don't blame us if you get the chills too.
Tuesday, October 30 (6:45 p.m.)
Al Harrington chatted with Deron Williams while the Warriors and Jazz were warming up earlier tonight.
The doors just opened at ORACLE Arena and fans are starting to flow through the arena, with free T-shirt in hand. The level of excitement in the arena is building by the second. Each minute that goes by is getting us closer to what we've been waiting for since last May -- Warriors basketball.
On the court, players from both the Warriors and the Jazz are getting warmed up. Both teams conducted shootaround earlier today, yet several players are on the court getting some extra work in. If Marco Belinelli is nervous for his first regular season NBA game, he sure has a way of showing it. The 6-foot-5 guard from Italy knocked down shot after shot in warm-ups, each time taking a step back.
There are bound to be pregame jitters from some of the younger players tonight, but one player who won't be feeling them is Warriors forward Al Harrington. The 10th-year pro appeared to be quite at ease as he stepped on the floor. As he entered through the players tunnel, he stopped briefly to visit with some of the Utah players. Among those he spoke to were Matt Harpring, Andrei Kirilenko and Deron Williams. While we can't verify what was stated in those brief conversations, it was obvious that Al was happy to see his opponents again, as his ear-to-ear smile followed him all the way to the other side of the court.
We'll be back soon with another update. And in case you missed our first posting of the evening, click here to get yourself caught up.
Tuesday, October 30 (5:43 p.m.)
Familiar Feeling On Opening Night
Ahhhh...this is a sight for sore eyes. And it's going to get even better in about two hours.
So here's the setting. We're here at ORACLE Arena, where things are already buzzing. A good number of media members have already arrived (many of them now converted 'believers'). Diehard fans are chomping at the bit to get in the doors (would you expect anything less?). There are cheer cards attached to every seat in the bowl (we salute all those gracious enough to help put these in place yet again). And in less than two hours, the Warriors are set to play the Utah Jazz. It feels oddly familiar...
And while it may not be the playoffs, let's just say it still kind of feels like it. Just five months ago, we were sitting here under very similar circumstances. The Warriors were hosting the Jazz in the Western Conference Semi-Finals and everyone around ORACLE Arena was giddy with anticipation. And while it may be a few months later, it feels like nothing has changed.
After a successful (and very fun) training camp and preseason, the Warriors, their fans and the entire organization cannot wait for the 2007-08 season to begin. We just watched the opening video montage that is going to play prior to tip-off, and it's now safe to say that our anticipation can be no greater. We'll post the video a bit later, so any of you who won't be at the game can see what we're talking about.
Check back soon for more updates and photos.
To keep yourself entertained in the meantime, check out the videos from our previous entry.
Monday, October 29 (3:24 p.m.)
Watch Those Rookies Dance
There's been a lot of talk about the special surpise ending at last night's Open Practice. As usual, the team's rookies (as well as second-year players Kelenna Azubuike and Patrick O'Bryant) were brought to center court for a little "initiation." The veterans decided to have the rookies learn the new Soulja Boy Tell'em dance in front of the thousands of Warriors fans who showed up for the free event.
And if you weren't there to witness it firsthand, have no fear. You can watch the entire thing right here:
The rookies obviously have a lot of work to do in order to match the skills of Baron Davis, Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson, who, as you may know, performed an impromptu version of the dance during one of the team's preseason games in Hawaii:
Stephen Jackson was mic'd up on Sunday. For more photos from the Open Practice, click here.
The Warriors had practice on Sunday night, but it wasn't as usual. This time thousands of fans packed the lower level at ORACLE Arena to watch the team run through drills, play an intra-squad scrimmage and participate in a few extra-curricular activities.
For a photo gallery of the Open Practice, click here.
During the hour-and-a-half session, for which admission and parking were free, the Warriors ran through several of their offensive sets. Head Coach Don Nelson was wired with an in-house microphone throughout the practice, so the fans in attendance were able to able to witness first hand the terminology used for different plays.
As many Warriors fans already know, Nellie has quite a sense of humor. It often comes through in his media interviews, and it did so again and again throughout the Open Practice. If a player ever forgot where he was supposed to be on a certain play, Nellie would issue a fine of $20. A good way to keep the team humble for sure, although there is no official word if he ever collected.
Stephen Jackson also wore a microphone during the practice. One of the team captains for the 2007-08 season, Jackson displayed his leadership qualities in front of the entire crowd. Whether the team was running drills or in the middle of a scrimmage, Jackson directed traffic on the floor while also constantly encouraging his teammates. There are widespread reports of how great a teammate Jackson is, and the fans who attended the Open Practice now know why.
After running through drills and their offensive sets, the Warriors broke into two teams for a 40-minute scrimmage (four 10-minute quarters). Assistant Coach Keith Smart directed the Blue team, which included Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, Al Harrington, Andris Biedrins, Mickael Pietrus, Austin Croshere and Stephane Lasme. That squad went up against Stephen Silas' White team of Matt Barnes, Marco Belinelli, Troy Hudson, Jackson, Patrick O'Bryant and Kosta Perovic. Kelenna Azubuike and Brandan Wright watched the practice from the sidelines as they are recovering from some minor injuries.
Although it was just a scrimmage, both teams played with a level of intensity typical of a regular season contest. The scrimmage was closely contested the entire way, but Monta Ellis completed a three-point play with 10.3 seconds left to give the Blue team a 92-91 win. Ellis scored a game-high 34 points in the scrimmage, while Davis added 28 points for the Blue squad. Jackson paced the White team with 26 points.
As it turned out, the scrimmage was just an undercard to the true main event – rookie hazing. After the practice, the veterans requested that some of the team's younger players perform the increasingly popular Soulja Boy dance in front of the entire crowd. Azubuike, O'Bryant and rookies Belinelli, Lasme, Perovic and Wright all attempted the dance, with comical results. It's probably safe to say that none of those players will be appearing on next season's "Dancing With The Stars."
After the young players turned a little red in the face, Harrington, a so-called expert on the dance, showed them how the dance was done with the help of three volunteers from the crowd. The rookies then tried the dance one more time, and showed obvious improvement from their first attempt.
In addition to mentoring the young players on life in the NBA, Harrington also teaches them how to dance. (warriors.com photo)
While the young players may have been a little embarrassed, they could at least take solace in the fact that they weren't alone. Wright wasn't so lucky following the dance routine, as he was given a microphone to sing a song – any song. After taking some requests from the crowd, the rookie forward settled on the Boyz II Men classic “It's so Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”
Wright managed only to belt out a few lines before everyone in the entire arena was thankful that he has a promising basketball career ahead of him.
The evening came to a close moments later with Jackson thanking the crowd for coming out and providing a pep talk of sorts, reminding everyone that last year was just the beginning of things to come and that Warriors fans should keep believing.
From basketball instruction to awe-inspiring dunks to flat out comedy, Sunday's Open Practice entertained everyone in attendance. We'll be back on Monday with much more coverage from the event.
Thursday, October 25 (1:15 p.m.)
Welcome To The New Site!
It's finally here. The brand new, ultra sleek, super-savvy, user-friendly, multimedia-rich warriors.com launched today and boy, does it look good (in our very humble opinion). After many, many long days and nights put in by yours truly, as well as the Warriors creative department and the great folks with the NBA, the new site is up and running.
Admittedly, there are probably a few bugs here and there, so bear with us over the next few days. But while you're here, make sure you check out all of the new features on the site, including the brand new Blog Squad, which you obviously have already discovered.
In our opinion (again a very modest one), the best new feature on the site is probably the Multimedia Central area out on the home page. That area should be the first place you visit everytime you log on to warriors.com because we will constantly be providing new videos and photo galleries, all of which can be viewed using our one-of-a-kind, specially designed media player. Once you are finished reading this fine entry, go check it out for yourself. We challenge you to not be highly entertained by the video of Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington dancing to Soulja Boy. We dare you feign interest on the video showing four of the Warriors' international players playing horseshoes in Hawaii. You will be hard-pressed to find a multimedia player quite like it. Special thanks go out to the folks at Questus for the great work in collaborating with us to make this idea come to life.
For more highlights of the new site, and to learn more about some of our new pages and features, check out our Redesign Overview.
Just so you know, our role as part of the Blog Squad will be to give you, the fans, behind-the-scenes coverage of the team throughout the year. In the past, we have provided you with in-depth coverage of the team through such things as our Playoffs Blog and our Training Camp Blog, but now we'll have updates and coverage throughout the year, both during the season and the offseason. Warrirors PR will also continue their outstanding coverage of the team, providing updates from practice and from the road. We will also bring in our most experienced bloggers, broadcasters Bob Fitzgerald and Tim Roye, to continue to supply more of the great coverage they've provided over the past few years. Also be on the lookout for video updates from broadcaster Jim Barnett, as well as written entries from Warrior Girl captain Alexis. And last but not least, be prepared to get to know Warriors fourth-year center Andris Biedrins much better. The 21-year old from Latvia will provide thoughts, analysis and stories from both on and off the court...and we're pretty sure he's going to keep you entertained.
That's all for now, but be sure to check in often.
Tuesday, October 23 (4:15 p.m.)
Warriors Face Durant's Sonics Tonight
The Warriors held their typical shootaround this morning at Seattle's KeyArena. (warriors.com photo)
In their second-to-last preseason game of the season, the Warriors will take on the Seattle SuperSonics tonight at KeyArena. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., and you can catch all of the action on KNBR 1050.
Tonight's game will give the Warriors another look at Seattle rookie Kevin Durant. The two teams faced each other during the 2007 Summer League in Las Vegas, with the Warriors emerging with a 85-74 victory. The rookie-of-the-year candidate went off for 32 points in that contest, albeit against a summer league Warriors entry that hardly resembled the current club. Of the five Warriors who participated in the team's summer session, only Patrick O'Bryant and Marco Belinelli played in the contest against Seattle.
Kelenna Azubuike, Brandan Wright and Stephane Lasme all sat out the summer league game against Seattle with injuries, but all three are expected to play tonight. In addition, Monta Ellis (sprained neck), Andris Biedrins (sprained big toe on left foot) and Troy Hudson (sore left groin) are all game-time decisions. Should Ellis play, it would be his first game action of the preseason.
After tonight's contest, the Warriors have one final tune-up against the Clippers on Friday before returning home to open the season against the Utah Jazz a week from tonight.
Stay tuned for more updates to the Warriors Training Camp Blog, and in case you missed it, check out yesterday's posting to see what Don Nelson, Al Harrington and Matt Barnes had to say following Monday's practice.
Monday, October 22 (5:41 p.m.)
Gearing Up for the Season
We're just more than a week away from Opening Night at ORACLE Arena and there are still a few Club 200 tickets remaining for the game against Utah . While excitement has been dawning all over the Bay Area in anticipation of the new season, perhaps nobody is as amped for the 2007-08 campaign as the players themselves.
The team appears to be ready for the Oct. 30 re-match of last year's Western Conference Semifinals. In fact, the team chemistry is already in midseason form. On Sunday, team captains Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes organized a trip to the Raiders and Chiefs game. Despite the result, Oakland fell to Kansas City, 12-10, the trip was a hit among the several Warriors who attended the game.
Also on Sunday, the Warriors waived Pat Burke and Tierre Brown, bringing the number of players on the roster to 15. NBA rules mandate that a team can have no more than 15 players for a regular season game, with any 12 of those players being eligible to play in that night's contest. In that respect, the Warriors most likely will not need to tinker with their roster at all before Oct. 30's opener.
Speaking of Nellie, he sat down with reporters after practice today, as did Al Harrington and Matt Barnes. To watch video of the interviews, click on the image below.
Following practice, the Warriors departed for Seattle. They will take on the SuperSonics tomorrow night in a radio-only contest that can be heard on KNBR 1050 at 7 p.m. Andris Biedrins (sprained big toe, left foot), Troy Hudson (sore left groin) and Monta Ellis (neck sprain) are all listed as game-time
Kelenna Azubuike's hard work has earned him a spot in the Warriors' starting lineup. (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty)
The Warriors were back out on the practice floor on Saturday, and Head Coach Don Nelson supplied the biggest news of the day by announcing what he says will be his starting lineup on Opening Night. With Stephen Jackson serving a seven-game suspension to begin the season, Nellie announced that the Warriors would go with the following lineup when they face the Jazz on October 30 at ORACLE Arena.
PG: Baron Davis | SG: Monta Ellis SF: Kelenna Azubuike | PF: Mickael Pietrus C: Andris Biedrins
This lineup might seem a bit odd if it were any coach besides Nellie, but Warriors fans are well aware that the coach with the second-most wins in NBA history is fond of playing 'small ball.' Ellis, who started 53 games last season on his way to earning NBA Most Improved Player honors, will make up a high-scoring backcourt with Baron Davis. Azubuike, who has averaged a team-leading 17.2 points per game in the preseason, will step in for Jackson and look to show exactly why the Warriors think so highly of him. Pietrus, typically a swingman, will step into the role of power forward, with Al Harrington being utilized as the team's sixth man. Fourth-year center Biedrins will man the middle as the Warriors look to run and gun all season long.
Following practice, Warriors Executive VP of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin addressed the local media. LISTEN
Remember to check back often for more updates. And if you haven't watched the video of Baron Davis mic'd up at the Warriors preseason game in Hawaii, do yourself a favor and watch it now.
Friday, October 19 (4:56
A Day Off, Sort Of
It's not unusual for players like Kosta Perovic to work on their game during an off-day. (warriors.com photo)
Following last night’s 116-111 loss in San Antonio, the Warriors were given the day off from practice today. Despite getting back to the Bay Area in the wee hours of this morning, many players still made their way to the team’s practice facility in Downtown Oakland earlier today to use the gym, work on their individual game and get treatment.
Three players – Andris Biedrins, Troy Hudson and Monta Ellis – sat out Thursday’s contest with injuries, but all three are expected to make full recoveries. Biedrins and Hudson were game-time decisions in San Antonio, and Ellis is starting to participate in more practice activities after he suffered a sprained neck earlier in training camp. As Tim Roye wrote in his latest Journal entry, hopefully the Warriors can avoid the injury bug for the rest of the preseason.
For all other NBA news, be sure to check out NBA.com’s new blog The Court Reporters. Editor Rob Peterson and company provide an excellent resource to get caught up on all that’s going around the league.
Thursday, October 18 (11:07
Baron can Motivate ... And he can Dance, Too
During the Warriors' final preseason game in Hawaii, Baron Davis agreed to wear a microphone while sitting on the bench. Because he was gracious enough to do this, we were able to catch a glimpse of the kind of teammate he is. And since Head Coach Don Nelson rested most of his starters for the entire game, Baron, Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson kept themselves busy at one point by...actually we don't want to ruin it, you really should just watch the video.
Baron and the Warriors will look to improve their preseason record to 4-1 when they take on the Spurs in San Antonio tonight. If you missed the Warriors Preseason TV Special, it will air six more times over the next two weeks. To catch a special clip involving some of the Warriors international players, click here.
Stay tuned for more videos, updates and features as the Warriors continue on during the preseason.
Wednesday, October 17 (5:15
Talking about Injuries
Four games into the preseason and the Warriors are a banged up bunch. Fortunately, none of the injuries appear to be too serious and all of the hurt players have started to take part in at least some form of basketball activity over the last few days. Following today's practice, Head Coach Don Nelson talked about his team's injury plight and Andris Biedrins provided an update on his sprained big toe on his left foot. To watch the video of the interviews, click on the image below.
And in case you missed the earlier posting regarding the Warriors Preseason TV Special, you can watch it tonight at 7 p.m. on FSN Bay Area. And to catch a special sneak preview of the show, click here.
Also earlier today, Warriors radio broadcaster Tim Roye provided his thoughts on the team's preseason so far and answered fans' questions in another edition of the Journal. To read his latest entry, click here.
Wednesday, October 17 (11:53 a.m.)
Warriors Preseason TV Special
In case you missed it last night, the Warriors Preseason TV Special will air again tonight at 7:00 p.m. on FSN Bay Area, as well as six more times over the next two weeks. For a full schedule of air times, click here.
And for a special sneak preview of the show, check out the segment on four of the Warriors' international players by clicking the video below.
Stay tuned for more videos, updates and features as the Warriors continue on during the preseason.
Tuesday, October 16 (6:24
Pietrus Practice Interview
Mickael Pietrus, who slightly injured his back during the Warriors' final game in Hawaii, also spoke following Tuesday's practice. For an update on his condition and his thoughts on the upcoming season, watch the video below.
Tuesday, October 16 (5:39
Nelson Practice Interview
The Warriors emerged victorious in last night's 107-88 victory over Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania. Golden State got out to a large advantage early, allowing the younger plays to see ample playing time. Kosta Perovic saw his first NBA action, Marco Belinelli played all 48 minutes and Brandan Wright continued to provide glimpses of his sky-high potential.
At practice earlier today, Head Coach Don Nelson commented on the play of his rookies with members of the local media. Watch his interview by clicking on the image below.
Monday, October 15 (5:25
Nelson Pregame Interview
The Warriors' final preseason home game is less than two hours away, and the team is anxious to avenge last night's loss to the Clippers. Not completely satisfied with the team's play last night, Head Coach Don Nelson put the Warriors through a standard practice earlier today. Typically, the second day of a back-to-back consists of a light shootaround, but Nellie obviously wanted to make a point and let his team know that he expects more out of his team.
Following practice, Nelson spoke with members of the local media. Watch his interview below.
Monday, October 15 (12:02
Open Practice Announced
Open Practice usually provides a few laughs for fans and players alike. (warriors.com photo)
The Warriors announced today that the team will be holding their annual Open Practice on Sunday, October 28 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. As usual, the event is FREE and open to the public.
The practice gives fans the chance to see Head Coach Don Nelson put his team through drills and scrimmages, all while he is wearing a microphone so that they can hear his every word. And as many fans might guess, Nellie can be quite entertaining during practices...whether he means to or not.
The practice usually involves a few antics as well, most notably rookie inititations. Last year, a handful of children were chosen from the crowd to play a game of duck-duck-goose with 7-foot rookie Patrick O'Bryant. Obviously, this was quite entertaining to watch. The year before, rookies were given lyrics to their school song as well as a microphone. They then had to sing the song while standing at center court. Once again, this had players, coaches and fans laughing out loud, albeit while muffling their ears.
Lastly, the open practice will also serve as the official Grand Opening of the brand new Club 200, with two new lounge areas, upgraded concessions and more. For more information on how to attend the grand opening, click here.
Monday, October 15 (10:00
An International Affair
Like many teams in the NBA, the Warriors have a variety of countries represented on their roster. (Don Smith/NBAE/Getty)
The Warriors won't get much rest after Sunday's 99-89 preseason loss to the Clippers, as the team will return to the floor to host Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania on Monday at ORACLE Arena. Winners of 14 Lithuanian League titles, Zalgiris is run under the healm of former NBA player Arvydas Sabonis, who acts as the club's president. The only way to catch the action will be to come to ORACLE Arena, as the action will not be broadcasted on local television or radio. Act now, as a limited number of lower level tickets are still available for this contest.
Zalgiris will be the only international team the Warriors play this season, but dozens of foreign-born players will take the floor at ORACLE Arena throughout the season. On the Warrors current roster alone, Andris Biedrins (Latvia), Kelenna Azubuike (England), Marco Belinelli (Italy), Kosta Perovic (Serbia), Mickael Pietrus (Guadeloupe), Stephane Lasme (Gabon) and Pat Burke (Ireland) are from overseas. Throughout the league, there are even more players from outside the United States.
For a complete listing of foreign players in the NBA and when they will play the Warriors at ORACLE Arena, click here. Act now and at each of the games listed, fans can purchase $48 tickets for just $40!
Friday, October 12 (5:28
Looking Back on Hawaii
In addition to their stellar play on the court, the Warriors exemplified a high level of team chemistry during their 2007 Training Camp. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)
As the Warriors are making their way back to the Bay Area, we figure there would be no better time than the present to recap the Warriors 2007 Training Camp in Hawaii. Over the last week and a half, warriors.com has brought you a ton of beind-the-scenes coverage. From media day photo galleries to analysis from Warriors broadcasters to raw video footage of the team's practices, we have done our best to provide you with the most complete coverage of the Warriors as they prepare for the 2007-08 season.
In case you missed any of it, here's your chance to get caught up:
For all of our multimedia features, including videos, photo galleries, radio interviews and more, click here.
The Warriors will arrive in Oakland tonight and hold practice tomorrow at 10 a.m. in preparation for Sunday's preseason home opener against the Los Angeles Clippers . The Warriors will remain at home for Monday's contest against Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania).
Tickets are still available for each of those contests. In addition, a limited number of Club 200 Season Tickets are still available for the 2007-08 season. Act now, as packages start at just $18 per game.
We'll be back with much more coverage when the team arrives back in the Bay Area.
Thursday, October 11 (9:35
Stephen Jackson Mic'd Up
At this morning's shootaround, the always-talkative Stephen Jackson wore a microphone. Find out exactly what he's like at Warriors' practices by watching the video below.
Tip off is in less than one hour, so stay tuned for much more coverage of the team. In the meantime, check out KNBR’s interview with Kelenna Azubuike from earlier today. Remember that the game is live on KNBR 1050 starting at 10:00 p.m. And in case you were wondering what a typical day is like for the Warriors in Hawaii, check out the our behind-the-scenes photo gallery.
Thursday, October 11 (5:11 p.m.)
Brandan Wright's first NBA preseason action will come with tonight's start. (photo: Monique Saenz)
The Warriors trip to Hawaii is coming to an end, but not before they take on the Lakers tonight for the second time in three days. Tonight’s radio-only broadcast can be heard on KNBR 1050 at 10 p.m.
During Tuesday night’s action, the Warriors got off to a blistering start. They scored 41 points in the first quarter before eventually beating Los Angeles 111-110 on Troy Hudson’s last-second shot.
If Golden State opens tonight’s contest in similar fashion, it will be with a different starting lineup. Rookie forward Brandan Wright, who didn’t see any action on Tuesday, will get the starting nod tonight. Joining Wright in the opening rotation will be Patrick O’Bryant, who impressed nearly everyone on Tuesday with 12 rebounds and three blocks in just 19 minutes.
O’Bryant will start in place of Andris Biedrins, who will sit out tonight’s action with a sprained toe. Monta Ellis will also watch tonight’s game in street clothes as he continues to rest his sprained neck. Both of those injuries are minor, so the two players could possibly see some playing time when the Warriors host the Clippers on Sunday evening in their preseason home opener at ORACLE Arena .
Following tonight’s action, the Warriors will stay in Honolulu and practice tomorrow morning before departing for the Bay Area at 1:30 p.m. (Hawaii time).
We'll be back with more coverage soon. Remember that tonight's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050.
Wednesday, October 10 (3:16
Warriors Start the Preseason 1-0
The Warriors looked sharp in their preseason opener last night, taking down the Lakers 111-110 thanks to a last-second jumper by recent signee Troy Hudson. The starting five -- Baron Davis, Kelenna Azubuike, Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington and Andris Biedrins -- seemed to pick up right where the team left off during the 2007 Playoffs, racing out to a 41-20 lead by the end of the first quarter. Azubuike went on to finish with a team-high 27 points, while also grabbing nine rebounds. For a complete recap of the contest, including a photo gallery and box score, click here.
Tim Roye, who called last night's contest on KNBR 1050, also wrote a recap of the game, in which he shared his thoughts on each of the players and once again answered fan e-mails. Read his latest journal entry here.
Additionally, after nailing the game-winning jumper and finishing with 15 points in his preseason Warriors debut, Troy Hudson spoke with Warriors broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald in the locker room. Watch the video by clicking on the image below.
We're less than six hours away from the Warriors preseason opener versus the Los Angeles Lakers. As noted earlier, the game can be heard on KNBR 1050 and seen on FSN Bay Area at 10:00 p.m. The television broadcast will be preceded by a live 30-minute pregame show that will include interviews with President Robert Rowell and Special Assistant Mitch Richmond.
While you're waiting for the game to tip-off, have a look at what Al Harrington had to say when interviewed by Tim Roye at this morning's team shootaround.
Roye has been hard at work during his time in Hawaii, and today he submitted yet another journal full of fan questions, player interviews and thoughts on the upcoming preseason schedule. Read his most recent journal entry here.
During Monday's practice, Baron Davis weighed in on how the first-year Warriors have progressed through training camp. Hear what Baron had to say and also check out some raw footage of Monday's practice by clicking on the image below.
Remember, tonight's preseason opener against the Lakers in Honolulu can be heard on KNBR 1050 and seen on FSN Bay Area at 10 p.m. The television broadcast will be preceded by a live 30-minute pregame show that will include interviews with President Robert Rowell and Special Assistant Mitch Richmond.
Monday, October 8 (7:00
Heading to Honolulu
Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin enjoyed what they saw over the Warriors first week of practice. (photos: Monique Saenz)
Don Nelson put his team through one last practice today before the team prepared to board a bus headed for Honolulu. The session was the longest of training camp thus far, and it brought more of the same enthusiasm and competitiveness that has been present throughout the week. The players will now look to carry that intensity and ever-increasing team unity into the beginning of preseason play.
The Warriors will take on the Lakers in their preseason opener on Tuesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii. Tipping off at 7 p.m. Hawaii time (10:00 p.m. in the Bay Area) the contest will be televised by FSN Bay Area and will be preceded by a live 30-minute pregame show that will include interviews with President Robert Rowell and Special Assistant Mitch Richmond. The game is the first of two that the Warriors and Lakers will play this week in Hawaii, with the second game coming on Thursday evening at the same time. Live radio broadcasts of both games can be heard on KNBR 1050 AM, with Tim Roye calling the action.
Roye submitted another journal entry prior to practice this morning in which he touched on how the Warriors' players and coaches spent their day off on Sunday. He also took the time to answer a few more questions from fans. Read the journal here.
Monta Ellis was held out of practice again on Monday as he continues to recover from a neck strain suffered at Friday's practice. Monta will be officially listed as doubtful for tomorrow's game against the Lakers. Newcomer Austin Croshere also missed practice on Monday with back spasms, but has stated that he fully intends to play on Tuesday.
With two-a-days now behind them, the team will have the chance to enjoy a night off in Honolulu. Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., they will meet at the Stan Sheriff Center for morning shootaround. Later that night, they will take the floor for the first time...and we're not sure anyone is as excited as the players themselves.
We will have plenty more coverage coming soon, including more video blogs and behind-the-scenes updates. To listen to Coach Nelson's recent interview on the Jim Rome Show, click here.
Saturday, October 6 (1:27
Day 4 & 5 Practice Video
Check out some raw footage from Thursday and Friday's practices by clicking on the image below. Also, hear Head Coach Don Nelson and Marco Belinelli speak about Belinelli's role on the team this season.
If you're looking for an update on the status of Monta Ellis, who suffered a strained neck during Friday's practice, please click here.
Barnes Update: Yesterday, it was reported that Warriors forward Matt Barnes was to have x-rays on a sore left foot. The results of those x-rays have since come in, and they are negative, but he will remain sidelined for the immediate future for precautionary reasons.
Wednesday, October 3 (9:47
Day 2 Practice Video
As promised, here is some exclusive video footage from today's practice in Hawaii. Listen to Baron, Nellie and Al Harrington break down the first few days of practice and watch the team run through a variety of drills by clicking the image below.
Make sure you also check out today's full practice recap, and stay tuned for Jim Barnett's latest video blog.
Wednesday, October 3 (10:22
USA Today Follows the Warriors
Greg Boeck interviews Troy Hudson at Media Day. (warriors.com photo)
As we discussed in previous blog entries, USA Today reporter Greg Boeck was given unprecedented access to the team for a feature called "24 Hours with the Golden State Warriors." Boeck covered the team during Media Day on Monday and then traveled with them to Hawaii.
The in-depth article appeared in today's edition of USA Today. Click on the following links to read the article and view a special photo gallery.
One of the best parts about Media Day is that all the players and coaches are back together as a whole for the first time in months. This not only serves as a reminder that the season is almost here, it provides for an amazing amount of laughs. From Andris Biedrins taking over as a photographer at one station to Monta Ellis and Baron Davis cracking up during team photos, the day definitely didn't lack entertainment.
The players and coaches all assembled at the Warriors Practice Facility this morning to go through the annual event. They kept plenty busy throughout the day as front office staff and media members from the world of print, photo, radio and televsion were all present and anxious to talk to them. For photo galleries of the entire day, including a behind-the-scenes look at the event, plus portrait photos of each member of the team, click on the images below:
Media Day marked the beginning of Training Camp for the Warriors, but it was also the team's last day in Oakland for a while. The team will now travel to Hawaii to begin training and practicing as a unit. And while Hawaii is usually one of the most relaxing places in the world, the players on the Warriors roster know that they will not get much relaxation once Head Coach Don Nelson's practices begin. In order to play in Nellie's run-n-gun system, the players must be in top shape...and Nellie will do anything necessary to make sure that they're ready.
Stay tuned for much more coverage from Hawaii over the coming weeks. In the meantime, meet one of the newest Warriors by checking out our special feature on rookie Stephane Lasme.
Friday, September 28 (4:56
Things are Starting to Pick Up at the Practice Facility
Training Camp is less than a week away, which means more and more Warriors have been showing up at the team's practice facility in Downtown Oakland over the past week or so. It's been encouraging to see so many players coming in ahead of schedule in order to start getting ready for training camp, and more importantly, the 2007-08 season.
The team will be conducting training camp in Hawaii for the third time in the last five years, which no one really seems to be complaining about so far. On Monday, the players and coaches will take part in Media Day here at the facility. During the annual event, players will pose for a variety of pictures, shoot promotional radio and televsion spots, conduct interviews with national and local media and get aquainted or reaquainted with one another. As usual, warriors.com will be there every step of the way to provide behind-the-scenes photos, stories and more.
Over the past few weeks we've seen the likes of Brandan Wright, Kosta Perovic, Stephane Lasme, Patrick O'Bryant, Austin Croshere, Kelenna Azubuike, Matt Barnes and Monta Ellis here at the facility, and the rest of the team should be arriving shortly. Don Nelson and his trusty sidekick, Lucky the dog, have also been around quite a bit lately, which really makes it feel like the season is just around the corner.
Both Nellie and Warriors Executive VP of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin recently spoke to the local media, and their interviews can be found in the Multimedia section of our Training Camp Central home page. Throughout Training Camp, we will be bringing you exclusive updates, stories, photos, audio, video and much more from Hawaii, so make sure to check back often.
In the meantime, start mentally preparing yourself for Warriors basketball season because Opening Night is only 32 days away!
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