Off-Season Central

Austin Croshere signed his contract with the
Warriors on Aug. 3.

Just because the Warriors memorable playoff run came to an end in May does not mean that the team has been sitting on its collective thumbs for the last couple months. All aspects of the organization, from the front office employees to the Warrior Girls to the players and coaches themselves, have kept quite busy in preparing for the 2007-08 season.

With the NBA Draft, Warrior Girl Auditions, player signings and Warriors guest appearances among other things, there has hardly been a dull moment in Warriors Land this off-season.

Check out below to find out about all the Warriors happenings during the 2007 off-season.

Matt Barnes: Driven For Success
Matt Barnes, who played for four teams in three years prior to joining the Warriors as a training camp invitee in 2006, is now a team captain. Find out how he earned the respect of his teammates, fans and coaching staff and became a team leader after just one year with the club by clicking here.

Stephane Lasme: A Westward Journey
A native of the West African country of Gabon, Stephane Lasme came to the United States with hopes of playing college basketball. Now, the 6-foot-8 forward is preparing for his first NBA training camp. For more on his one-of-a-kind journey to professional basketball, click here.

Training Camp Central
The Warriors will hold their 2007-08 Training Camp in Hawaii beginning on Tuesday October 2, with Media Day being held the day prior at the team's Practice Facility in Oakland. For full behind-the-scenes stories, news, multimedia and more throughout training camp, click here.

Bob Fitzgerald Shares His Thoughts And Interviews David Stern
Warriors broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald recently checked in with another edition of Fitz Files in order to give his thoughts on the Warriors as they head into Training Camp, as well to share his exclusive interview with David Stern. To read Fitz's latest blog entry and to listen to the interview with Stern, click here.

Warriors Sign Head Coach Don Nelson To New Contract
On September 16, the Warriors and Head Coach Don Nelson came to terms on a new contract. The 67-year old Nelson will return to the sidelines after guiding the team to the second round of the NBA Playoffs in 2006-07. To read the full press release, click here.

Baron Davis: Checking In From China
Baron Davis arrived in China on September 11 to participate in the Yao-Nash Charity Tour. As part of the festivities, Baron joined several other NBA players in an exhibition game against the Chinese national team. Baron shared his thoughts on his venture to China in a blog for For a first-hand account of his trip, click here.

Kosta Perovic Feature Story
Facing a very difficult decision, rookie Kosta Perovic chose to come to the Bay Area ahead of schedule in order to begin preparing for the upcoming season. Read about his move to America and his reasons for missing EuroBasket 2007, plus listen to an interview with Tim Roye, by clicking here.

Biedrins, Belinelli, Jasikevicius Competing In EuroBasket 2007
With training camp less than a month away, Andris Biedrins (Latvia), Marco Belinelli (Italy) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (Lithuania) are each playing with their national team as part of EuroBasket 2007. Find out more about the tournament and track the players' performances by clicking here.

Brandan Wright Feature Story
Warriors rookie Brandan Wright came to Oakland ahead of schedule in order to start working out and preparing for the upcoming season. For more on his experience thus far, and to listen to Wright's interview with Tim Roye, click here.

Player Signings
The Warriors fitted several pieces of their 2007-08 puzzle by signing several players to contracts this off-season. Click on one of the following links for more information, including the official press release, interviews, photo galleries and more, on a particular signing.

Brandan Wright Signs | Marco Belinelli Signs
Kelenna Azubuike Re-Signs | Kosta Perovic And
Austin Croshere Sign
| Matt Barnes Re-Signs
Stephane Lasme Signs | Troy Hudson Signs

Mickael Pietrus Re-Signs

Warriors Basketball Camp Visits
Warriors Basketball Camp has enjoyed several guest appearances from Warriors players, coaches and front-office staff. Among those visiting the camp’s summer session have been Kelenna Azubuike, Austin Croshere, Kosta Perovic, Keith Smart and Chris Mullin. For a photo gallery of the camp visits, click here.

Warriors Promote Pete D’Alessandro To Assistant GM
On August 7, the Warriors have promoted Pete D’Alessandro to the position of Assistant General Manager. D’Alessandro, who had served the last three seasons as the Warriors Director of Basketball Operations, will report directly to Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, Chris Mullin, and will assist in all player-related basketball operations matters. To view the full release, click here.

Baron Davis Co-Hosts LA Stars Charity Event
Los Angeles natives Baron Davis and Paul Pierce hosted their annual LA Stars Celebrity All-Star Charity Weekend from August 3-5. The celebrity-infused sports and fashion weekend benefited LA Stars, a charitable event group dedicated to the at-risk youth of Los Angeles. For a full release of the event, including a photo gallery and two-part interview with Davis, click here.

Warriors Release 2007-08 Regular Season And Preseason Schedules
The Warriors announced both their 2007-08 regular season schedule and their preseason docket in August. Highlighting the upcoming season will be 11 nationally televised games. For more on the 2007-08 schedule, including an interview with Warriors President Robert Rowell, click here.

2007-08 Warrior Girls Announced
Following three intense rounds of auditions and a weeklong online vote, 16 dancers have been selected as the newest members of the 2007-08 Warrior Girls dance team. This year, for the first time ever, the final two spots on the team were chosen by the fans on For more on the Warrior Girls, including a photo gallery of this year's auditions, click here.

Baron Davis Throws Out The First Pitch At A’s Game
On July 20, Baron Davis and Oakand A’s pitcher Dan Haren teamed up to host a group from Grandparents As Second Parents at the Oakland A’s – Baltimore Orioles contest at McAfee Coliseum. As part of the festivities, the Warriors point guard threw out the first pitch. For more on the event, click here.

Athletic Trainer Tom Abdenour Inducted Into NATA Hall of Fame
Longtime Golden State Warriors Head Athletic Trainer Tom Abdenour has been inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Hall of Fame. Abdenour recently completed his 20th season as athletic trainer for the Golden State Warriors, having begun his NBA career with the team in 1987. To view the full release, click here.

Warriors Finish 3-2 In 2007 Summer League
Warriors first-round draft pick Marco Belinelli emerged as one of the top performers at the 2007 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The guard from Italy helped lead the Warriors to a 3-2 record in the summer season, averaging 22.8 points per game. For more on the Warriors 2007 Summer League, including a blog, interviews, highlights, photos and more, click here.

Warriors Win ESPY Award For Best Upset
The Golden State Warriors’ historic series victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the First Round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs was named Best Upset at The15th Annual ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 11. Warriors point guard Baron Davis was on-hand at the Kodak Theater to accept the award on behalf of the organization. For more on the award, click here.

Warriors Acquire Wright, Select Belinelli, Lasme On Draft Night
The Warriors acquired Brandan Wright and selected Marco Belinelli and Stephane Lasme in the 2007 NBA Draft. Catch all of’s 2007 NBA Draft coverage, including interviews, analysis and much more, by clicking here.

Baron Davis Off-Season Interview
Soon after the conclusion of the NBA Finals, Warriors Radio Broadcaster Tim Roye caught up with Baron Davis while the team's point guard was at the Warriors practice facility. Among other things, the two discussed Baron's off-season schedule of training, traveling and his involvement with L.A. Stars. To watch the interview, click here.

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