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Warriors Open Practice - 10/6/10
October 6, 2010
The Warriors hosted an Open Practice at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, October 6.
Fans lined up outside of Oracle Arena to attend the admission-free event.
Some of the most die-hard Warriors fans attended the event, and many captured it on their digital cameras and smart phones.
More than 5,000 fans attended the practice, filling up an entire side of the arena's lower level.
Those who attended got to see a practice run by first-year Warriors Head Coach Keith Smart.
Not only did the fans see the Warriors practice, but they also got to see how close-knit a group the players are.
The open practice provided many their first look at the 2010-11 Warriors.
A new season with many new faces, the fans were quick to greet first-year Warriors like David Lee.
Many fans, however, still showed their love for the returning Warriors.
Mic'd up for most of the practice, Coach Smart welcomed everyone to a new season of Warriors basketball and told the crowd that they can expect an all-out effort from the team throughout the 2010-11 campaign.
Other than a few glaring differences, the open practice was fairly typical of a Warriors workout.
The team ran through several drills and also took part in a competitive scrimmage.
But unlike the usual practice, this one opened with player, coach and training staff introductions.
One of the loudest ovations of the evening was reserved for Stephen Curry's introduction.
Soon after the introductions, the team got down to business.
With the first preseason game two days away, the Warriors took part in an intense scrimmage.
The scrimmage featured the black team taking on the white team.
Made up of the team's starting five and a few reserves, the black team included Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee, Andris Biedrins, Aaron Miles and Jeff Adrien.
That group was opposed by the white team made up of Charlie Bell, Reggie Williams, Vladimir Radmanovic, Brandan Wright, Jeremy Lin, Vernon Goodridge and Cheyne Gadson.
Lou Amundson, along with Rodney Carney and Ekpe Udoh, sat out the practice due to injury.
While this was just another practice for some, others such as training camp invites Jeff Adrien (No. 4) and Vernon Goodridge (No. 2) were possibly playing for their NBA careers.
Made up of four eight-minute quarters, the scrimmage was played as if it were a regular season game.
Coach Smart and General Manager Larry Riley kept a close eye on what was happening on the court.
And what they and 5,000 fans saw was Stephen Curry scoring 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting in a 68-47 win for the black team.
Although the actual practice ended with the scrimmage, the fun was just getting started.
Monta Ellis had a volunteer from the crowd take the court to teach some of the players how to "Dougie."
Though his wrist injury kept him from participating in practice, it didn't stop Ekpe Udoh from being the best dancer of the Warriors rookies.
The rookies were then presented with gag gifts to officially welcome them to the team.
Having a little bit of fun with the rookies brought great joy to the veterans ...
... and judging by their reaction, the fans got a kick out of it as well.
Monta Ellis then closed out the event by thanking the crowd for their support and promising them a fun and exciting 2010-11 season.