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During his 15th season as a Warriors radio broadcaster, Tim Roye continued to share his thoughts on the Warriors and answered fan e-mail in Tim Roye's Journal. Send him a Question at tjroye@gs-warriors.com and check out the next entry for his response. An experienced broadcaster and blogger, Tim has written on warriors.com since the 2000-01 season.

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Tuesday, July 20 (3:41 p.m.)

Curry & Lee Take Part In Team USA Training Camp; Lee Injures Finger At First Practice

David Lee injured his right middle finger during practice earlier today in Las Vegas. (photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)
Stephen Curry and David Lee took part in the first practice of the Team USA Training Camp in Las Vegas earlier today. And unfortuately for Lee, the new Warriors big man suffered an injury to the middle finger on his right hand. He will return to the Bay Area tonight and be examined by Dr. Bill Green tomorrow in San Francisco. Lee is expected to then return to Las Vegas and re-join USA Basketball later tomorrow. NBA TV broadcasted today's practice, and you can view coverage of Lee's injury by clicking here.

Lee and Curry are among the 20-plus NBA players taking part in the Team USA training camp. The team will be coached by Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski with Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, New York Knicks Head Coach Mike D'Antoni and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan serving as assistants.

The training camp began yesterday and practices tipped off earlier today at Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. Be sure to check out warriors.com’s blog entry from earlier today for interviews with both Curry and Lee from today's practice.

The team will hold three more days of practice before the camp culminates with the 2010 USA Basketball Showcase, a Blue-White intra-squad game that will be held this Saturday at 7 p.m. (PDT) at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

Following this week’s action in Las Vegas, the selected USA national team players will reassemble in New York City to take part in the first-ever World Basketball Festival, a four-day celebration of the game’s performance and culture hosted by NIKE and USA Basketball.

Team USA, which won’t have any players from 2008’s gold medal-winning team in Beijing, will see its first action at New York’s Madison Square Garden against France on August 15 (10 a.m. PDT). That will mark the first game of an exhibition doubleheader, with China meeting Puerto Rico immediately afterward at 12:30 p.m.

Stephen Curry and David Lee are among the 20-plus NBA players competing for a spot on the national team that will participate in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. (photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)

Team USA will then play three world basketball powers in exhibition games, or “friendlies,” in preparation for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. In advance of that tournament, the Americans will play two games in Madrid – vs. Lithuania on Aug. 21 and vs. Spain on Aug. 22 – and one in Athens – vs. Greece on Aug. 25.

The World Championship will be held Aug. 28-Sept. 12 in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Kayseri, Turkey. Twenty-four teams will compete in the World Championship, and those teams were divided into four preliminary round groups consisting of six teams each. The United States was drawn on Dec. 15 into preliminary round Group B, and is joined by Brazil, Croatia, Iran, Slovenia and Tunisia.

THE SALE

Well, as you all know by now, Galatioto Sports Partners has announced the signing of a Purchase Agreement for the sale of the Golden State Warriors to an investor group led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Managing Partner Joe Lacob and Mandalay Entertainment Group Chairman Peter Guber. The process continues as the league’s Board of Governors has to formally approve the sale, and of course, the sale has to go through a final closing. Click here for the official press release and news articles.

As with any sale, there is a combination of excitement and uncertainty for everyone involved. Stay tuned to warriors.com for upcoming details.

MAILBAG

Tim,
I think Jeremy Lin would be a great addition to the warriors as a backup point guard for Stephen Curry and Charlie Bell. They should add him to the training camp roster and let him play his way onto the team. Your thoughts?
Thanks,
Doc


Doc,
Lin is an intriguing player and one of the best out there that was not drafted by an NBA team. He will get an invite to someone’s camp this October and whether that will be with the Warriors remains to be seen. If you haven’t seen it already, check out this interview with Lin that my colleague R.C. Davis conducted before the Draft.
Thanks for the e-mail,
Tim

Tim,
I like the David Lee trade but I'm curious about what that means for the SF position? Steph, Monta, Lee, Biedrins ... and Reggie Williams? Any ideas?
Thanks,
JT


JT,
I think that Larry Riley helped answer this with the addition of Dorell Wright, formerly of the Miami Heat. (Click here for my interview with Dorell). Wright gives Golden State an athletic three, who is improving his shot and plays quality defense. Other possibilities include the option of the team going big with either Vladimir Radmanovic or Brandan Wright, or going with a smaller lineup with Reggie Williams at the three.
Thanks for the e-mail, and keep the questions coming.
Tim




2010 Summer Blog

Throughout the 2010 NBA Summer League, Tim Roye will be contributing entries to the 2010 Summer League Blog. Click the link below for full coverage of the team's activities in Las Vegas, including interviews, exclusive videos, analysis and much more.

2010 SUMMER LEAGUE BLOG





Monday, June 28 (6:06 p.m.)

Getting To Know The New Guys

Earlier today, I sat down with newcomers Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric and got their thoughts about coming to the Warriors.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY …
… to former Warriors and Giants announcer Hank Greenwald, who turned 75 on Saturday. He has always been a fun and witty guy as well as a great announcer.

SUMMER LEAGUE …
… is next on the agenda. The Warriors will begin their Summer League action in Las Vegas on Friday, July 9, and you can check out all the games on NBA TV. Click here for the Warriors’ full Summer League schedule.

NEW ENGLAND …
… is where I grew up and it was great to check out the Red Sox this past weekend on their trip to the Bay Area. The weather was great and what can I say…I like Big Papi! The best shirt I saw was a green Red Sox jersey with Steinbrenner on the back and the number 666.

MAILBAG
Tim,
I am confused about the Warriors selection of Ekpe Udpoh with their first round pick. I keep reading that he is just another skinny forward so why did we do this since we already have Randolph and Wright?
Ray in Berkeley


Ray,
It’s easy to bash a draft pick, the player has not played yet, and we have not seen him in an NBA setting. However, every draft is about picking the guy who you think is the best available player, regardless of size, position or body type. It is all about stockpiling talent and then making good decisions with that talent. Last year, the Warriors took Steph Curry even though they already had Monta Ellis and we all know what a great pick that has turned out to be. So, let’s allow Ekpe to show us that his rebounding and shot blocking will be a big help to Golden State next year.
Thanks for the e-mail, and keep the questions coming.
Tim




2010 Draft Blog

As the team gets set for the 2010 NBA Draft, Tim Roye will be contributing entries to the 2010 Draft Blog. Click the link below for full coverage of the team's preparation for this year's draft, including interviews with NBA prospects and draft experts, plus full behind-the-scenes coverage of the team's draft preparations.

2010 DRAFT BLOG





Wednesday, April 14 (6:42 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Video Journal

On the April 14 edition of Warriors Weekly, Tim Roye answered a fan's question about Stephen Curry's chances of winning NBA Rookie of the Year.

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Monday, March 29 (6:37 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Video Journal

On the March 29 edition of Warriors Weekly, Tim Roye took a question from a fan and went to Warriors guard Stephen Curry for the answer.

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Monday, March 15 (6:49 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Video Journal

On the March 15 edition of Warriors Weekly, Tim Roye took a question from a fan and went to Warriors guard Raja Bell for the answer.

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Monday, March 1 (6:37 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Video Journal

On the March 1 edition of Warriors Weekly, Tim Roye took a question from a fan and went to Warriors center Chris Hunter for the answer.

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Wednesday, February 17 (6:39 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Video Journal

On the February 17 edition of Warriors Weekly, Tim Roye answered a fan's e-mail by reflecting upon one of his favorite All-Star Weekend memories.

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Monday, January 25 (6:53 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Video Journal

On the January 25 edition of Warriors Weekly, Tim Roye received an e-mail with a question from a fan about Brandan Wright, and Roye went straight to the Warriors forward for the answer.

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Monday, January 11 (6:50 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Video Journal

On the January 11 edition of Warriors Weekly, Tim Roye got to the bottom of the pregame routine performed by Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette.

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Monday, December 28 (6:45 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Video Journal

On the December 28 edition of Warriors Weekly, Tim Roye took a question from a fan about the players' and coaches' favorite holiday gifts from their childhood.

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Tuesday, December 8 (3:48 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Video Journal

On the December 8 edition of Warriors Weekly, Tim Roye took a question from a fan about Monta Ellis and asked Assistant Coach Keith Smart and swingman Corey Maggette for the answer.

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Monday, November 9 (2:28 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Video Journal

On the November 9 edition of Warriors Weekly, Tim Roye sat down with center Andris Biedrins to ask him some questions directly from fans.

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Monday, November 2 (11:00 a.m.)

Warriors Weekly Video Journal

On the November 2 edition of Warriors Weekly, Tim Roye took questions from fans and received answers from Assistant Coach Keith Smart, as well as New Orleans' Hornets point guard Chris Paul.

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Tuesday, August 11 (5:06 p.m.)

Recounting A Close Call

Warriors radio broadcaster is recovering nicely after suffering a recent heart attack. (warriors.com photo)
A Lucky Break
That’s what my oldest brother Kenny says I received last week. Some may not view it that way but I really do see the wisdom of his declaration.

If you’re like me and you don’t like going to the doctor, please read this, it might make a difference for you and your family.

Last week, I had just returned from Sacramento with my son Zach and one of his friends, as they had spent the day at baseball camp. The previous three days I had been suffering from severe heartburn that had not responded to the over-the-counter drugs I was taking. We stopped for lunch and I thought the tacos I had were making my situation worse, but that was not correct as I would soon find out. I felt like something was off, it just didn’t feel right.

Telling my family about how I felt, I was off to the emergency room. Once I was admitted, the battery of tests began and if you go saying you have heartburn, they will immediately start testing you for a heart attack. Better be safe than sorry, for one can kill you and the other just makes you uncomfortable.

I was still convinced that I was suffering from some sort of gastrointestinal problem, but when they gave me an EKG, an Ultrasound, an Echocardiogram and did blood work, I knew they were thinking of something else.

Still, the heart burn had subsided, I was feeling better and they were going to keep me overnight for observation. My blood work had shown a raised level of heart enzymes, not a good sign.

At this point, I should point out that there is no such thing as good sleep in a hospital, as someone is bound to show up at two-hour intervals to test you, probe you, feed you and remind you about when the doctor will arrive.

Confirmation
The doctor on duty came in at 5:30 a.m. (see what I mean about sleep) and confirmed what they suspected, “You’ve had a heart attack”, she said, reminding me of my high heart enzyme count.

Now, if that does not get your attention and if that does not make you concerned, not much will. Now sleep was impossible as I pondered my future, and for the first time since entering the hospital the previous afternoon, I was worried.

What Tim thought was originally heartburn turned out to be a heart attack. (warriors.com photo)
The cardiologist, Dr. Edward Yoon, came to my room a few of hours later and told me he was going to get more blood drawn and see where my numbers were. When he came back midday, I felt great and was reading the newspaper. I was ready to go home, or so I thought. He kidded me that he wished all of his patients were as upbeat as I was, reading, joking and wanting to leave. However, he said the enzymes were still up and so he wanted to send me to Richmond, where I would undergo an angiogram, to determine if I had any blockages.

Dr. Yoon had spoken to the doctor in Richmond and he was ready to go and then asked me, “Are you some sort of sportscaster?”

I told him I was and he said,”Yeah, our Doctor in Richmond really wants to meet you.”

When he left the room, he was going to set up the ambulance ride, and that’s when my symptoms hit me again. All of a sudden, I broke out in a big sweat, got real anxious, got out of bed and started walking around the room. Dr. Yoon came back, took one look at me and said, “I don’t want you to get caught in traffic, I’m calling the chopper.”

I had visions of M*A*S*H* helicopters, Charlie Sheen in “Platoon” and Robert Duvall in “Apocalypse Now” and me being strapped on the outside. No, I didn’t smell napalm in the morning and nor did I want my pilot to talk about surfing. Believe me, the prospect of that ride was not making my anxiety any better. Finally, I heard that distinctive WOP-WOP-WOP of the helicopter blades in the distance and they started to wheel me to the elevator. As we hit the hallway, all the nurses wished me good luck and to be honest, I didn’t know how to take that. Was I really in jeopardy or was this routine?

The guys from REACH, the helicopter service, were very cool and even though it was a little cramped, we were fine and I was talking to the pilot about how my father, Ken, had been a cost-to-design engineer for Sikorsky Helicopters back in Connecticut. The fact that a technology that my father helped progress was in turn helping in a moment of need was not lost on me.

Talking about Anthony Randolph helped Tim feel a little more comfortable in the hospital. (warriors.com photo)
A 15-minute sightseeing ride later – with perfect weather and not much wind – we arrived in San Pablo and they wheeled me right in from the chopper pad to the operating room. At this point, the nurses started prepping me and have I mentioned that as a patient, one has no dignity whatsoever in a hospital? It’s hard to look cool or graceful in that gown. Anyway, while they are scrambling around me, the doctor comes over and introduces himself as David Weiland, a Warriors season ticket holder.

So, as the nurses are checking my IV, disinfecting the area for the angiogram, yours truly and the good doctor discussed the Devean George trade, the drafting of Stephen Curry, the progress of Anthony Randolph and so on. The conversation really got my mind off of everything and we were so caught up in our discussion that one of the nurses interrupted and said, “We really DO have to get this thing started.” So, under the anesthesia I went.

Result

Following the surgery, I had to keep my leg still for three hours and the discomfort in my chest was gone. Dr. Weiland came in to my room later that day and explained that I had an extra small artery down the front of my heart that was blocked and needed to be cleared. That was the bad news, the good news was that my other arteries are clear and there was no damage to the heart muscle and my cholesterol was good at 151. However, my family does have a history of hypertension and my brother Mike had a similar episode, three years earlier. Now, after the surgery they had me plugged into some machines and on oxygen so they were constantly aware of my condition, except for one thing. How do I say this? HMMM. Lets’ just say that never were so many so concerned about my bodily fluid output as in this one evening. I passed that test with flying colors.

Both Dr. Yoon and Dr. Weiland were very good in explaining everything and letting me know what my options were and what course of action I need to take. I was in good hands and very comfortable with both and it was great to talk about the upcoming season with Dr. Weiland, who I discovered hailed from Cincinnati, which is where my parents grew up. His wife’s family is from Massachusetts, where I have lots of relatives and spent a lot of time as a kid, so we had a lot to talk about. He even came and saw me the next day, on his birthday.

So, it could have been a lot worse. It was a mild episode, as far as my pain goes and the lack of damage has me encouraged and with meds, proper diet and exercise, there is a good chance they can help in keeping this from happening again. I felt so good the next day that they sent me home that evening and let me tell you, home never looked so good. It’s corny to say but going through something like this makes you appreciate everything so much better and little things are not nearly so annoying.

To Do List

Speaking to Dr. Weiland, he suggested that I tell you some things you can do to head off potential cardiac risk, especially for those of you who are in your 30s or older or have a family history.
    1. Check your blood pressure a couple of times a year and make sure you go to the doctor for a physical.

    2. Check your cholesterol, always good to know, and two of my neighbors have had theirs checked as a result of what has happened to me.

    3. If you’re 50 or older, you might start taking an aspirin a day.

    4. Exercise at least two or three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes.

    5. Keep your diet low in fatty foods and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
I am doing well, I’m keeping positive about everything and I am already walking a couple of miles a day and hitting golf balls, so all is good with me as I hope it is for all of you.

I wrote this so that if you’re like me and you don’t like going to the doctor, maybe now you make that call and get yourself checked out. You owe it to yourself and your family and those you love and who love you.

Stephen Curry has all the looks of a promising young player for the Warriors. (photo: Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty)
Mailbag
Question
Tim,
Don Nelson described Tyrone Hill as a "good” rookie, Mitch Richmond as a "great" rookie and said Tim Hardaway "was never a rookie." What category do you think he'd project Stephen Curry to fall into?

Jeffrey


Answer
Jeff,
I think that Curry will be somewhere between Hardaway and Richmond, as I believe he combined the ability to score with a very good basketball IQ. It is his basketball knowledge and instinct that will make it hard to keep him off the floor. In a game where fundamentals are not being taught at the lower levels, Curry comes with those tools and a feel for the game that cannot be taught.
Thanks for the question,
Tim

Question
Tim,
Are the Warriors going to make any moves at all? Eddy Curry is available, right?
John


Answer
John,
The Warriors have made three moves that will help for the future. First, they drafted Stephen Curry, who I think will turn out to be a fine NBA player for years to come. They made two trades that have put them in good financial shape for this year and next year, when there will be money to be spent and a great free agent crop. They have also balanced out the roster since they were top heavy in guards. Plus, it's early August and the team does not go to camp for another two months, so there is plenty of time to make another move if they so desire. Eddy Curry is available and there is a reason for that, but he would be a horrible fit here with the Warriors. He is a player with weight problems and that would be a bad fit with a team that wants to run.
Thanks for the interest,
Tim

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2009 Draft Blog

Throughout the next few weeks, Tim Roye will be contributing his entries to the 2009 Draft Blog. Click the link below for full coverage of the team's preparation for this year's draft, including full coverage of the multi-team workout the team hosted in June, behind-the-scenes stories, interviews, video, audio, photos and more.

2009 DRAFT BLOG


Thursday, May 14 (5:03 p.m.)

Say Hello To The New GM

Larry Riley's familiarity with both the roster and coach will greater allow him to target players who can thrive in the Warriors' system. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
The announcement of Larry Riley as the Warriors’ new General Manager happened earlier this week and the club now focuses on the 2009 NBA Draft, via the results of Tuesdays’ Draft Lottery to be held back in New Jersey.

Larry Riley will be the teams’ representative at the proceedings and following that draw, the team will have a clear idea of what players to bring in for workouts, which is an integral part of the player evaluation process.

Riley brings a wealth of basketball experience and a Blackberry full of contacts league-wide. I also think this is a great move because now, the synergy in the front office will help put the Warriors in a position to start a nice run in the Western Conference. Those of you in the Bay Area have heard me say this before, but it warrants another mention: This team is close to being a very good team. The roster is talented and once it is balanced a little bit, it could be good for a long time.

Find out what Riley had to say in Tuesday's press conference by clicking here or watching the video below.

PLAYOFF MUSINGS
I absolutely loved the first round series between Chicago and Boston, and I know I’m not alone there … Just how tough are those Houston Rockets? … Who would have thought that J.J. Redick and Stephon Marbury would play key roles in a playoff series? … Denver is playing their best basketball of the season … Ron Artest is playing some of the best basketball of his career … The Lakers have been inconsistent, but they have the most talent by far of the teams that are left, including this guy named Kobe.

Cleveland is very good, in part because of their great chemistry, which I believe is a direct result of LeBron James, his personality and the way he goes about the job. There is a certain joy in their effort. The Cavs are a perfect 8-0 this post-season and I think this is their year for a title.

MAILBAG

Question
Tim,
Help me out here – why should I be excited about Larry Riley taking over as GM?
Doug, Fremont

Answer
Doug,
I think you should be excited because Larry brings basketball knowledge to the table. League familiarity is a great strength of his, he likes the roster, he likes the Bay Area and he knows the head coach very well. Riley’s relationship with Don Nelson is crucial for me because Larry knows what Nellie likes, the types of players that he loves to coach and this will allow the Warriors to improve because of this teamwork. I think if you give Larry a chance, he will surprise you.
Thanks for the question,
Tim

Question
Tim,
What are the players doing in the off-season?
Ben, Oakland

Answer
Ben,
Most of the players are easing back into their summer workout schedules right now. It’s important to get away from basketball for a couple of weeks so that you can recover both physically and mentally. Now, the job begins of trying to make yourself physically better while adding to and improving your game. I am also sure they have been great fans of this year’s playoffs as well.
Thanks,
Tim

Question
Tim,
Is the Warriors’ first round draft selection (traded for Marcus Williams) a lottery protected choice?
Stan

Answer
Stan,
When the Warriors acquired Marcus Williams from the Nets last summer, they gave up a conditional first round pick. In this case, that pick is lottery protected in 2011 – as of right now the Warriors will have their own first round draft picks both this year and next. The pick is top-11 protected in 2012 and top-10 protected in 2013. If the Nets have not received the pick at that point, then New Jersey will get Golden State’s 2013 and 2015 second-round picks.
Thanks for your question,
Tim

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