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Reasons I’m optimistic about the Warriors

This isn’t a full-blown season preview; that won’t come until much closer to the start of the season. But, I do feel optimistic about the Warriors’ odds of improving this season, so I thought I’d share some of the reasoning. Optimistic about improvement doesn’t mean I think the Warriors will win 40+ games this season and challenge for the playoffs. This team still has a lot of question marks that need to be answered before we start thinking along those… Read More »

Warriors in pursuit of Amundson

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Warriors are one of four teams trying to sign free agent Louis Amundson. The high-energy power forward, who averaged 4.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 14.8 minutes per game last season with the Suns, is closing in on a decision between the Warriors, Pacers and Hornets. Another unidentified team, according to Stein, may also be in the mix. Hopefully this means Amundson’s price tag, once expected to be about $3 million per… Read More »

Breaking down the Warriors’ schedule

The NBA released the regular-season schedules for every team in the NBA on Tuesday. The Warriors open at home against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Then they go on the road and never come home. Or at least it seems that way with how many road games dot the first couple months of the season. The Warriors actually play four of their first five games at home. After that, Golden State has a brutal stretch in which it will… Read More »

ESPN: Warriors 14th in West

ESPN’s Summer Forecast series continued Tuesday with its rankings for Western Conference teams for the 2010-11 season. ESPN’s panel of 93 experts has low expectations for the Warriors, ranking them 14th out of 15 teams, with a projected record of 29 wins, 53 losses. Here’s what ESPN wrote about the Warriors: Warriors fans got their wish when Chris Cohan agreed to sell the team after 15 long years. Now comes the hard part for Golden State: Taking the raw materials… Read More »

Illuminating interview with Biedrins

Wow. Andris Biedrins gave a lengthy interview in which he speaks candidly about last season and his career thus far in the NBA. Suffice it to say, it’s not very flattering to the Warriors organization, Don Nelson or his teammates. The great team at warriorsworld.net translated the interview and provided the highlights. Read it here. Here’s one juicy excerpt: I can tell you right now, about our team, most of my teammates are egoists. But what can you do?  It’s… Read More »

Tolliver leaves Warriors, but you can’t be mad at him

Anthony Tolliver, the forward who went from the NBDL to an effective starter for the Warriors late last season, has decided to leave Golden State and sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves. You might feel tempted to curse him with any number of frustrated rants. Here’s a few you could use: A. He can’t leave the Warriors! They gave him his chance! B. Good luck, jerk! The T’wolves are the laughing stock of the NBA! C. Whatever! We didn’t want you anyway!… Read More »

Of race and basketball

Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area has an article worth checking out. The other day, I linked to a Steinmetz article about the Warriors’ front office. Steinmetz posted a response on that blog entry to clarify something he had written. On the same thread, one of our readers directed a question at Steinmetz. Steinmetz responded to the question by writing an article about the topic in question, which is an interesting one. Here’s the original comment: Wow, Steinmetz chimes in. While… Read More »

Curry’s sophomore trajectory: What history teaches us

I was reading something on a message board a couple weeks ago about Stephen Curry and what kind of statistical jump Warriors fans expect from him in his second season in the NBA. Many of the predictions were astonishing, somewhere in the neighborhood of 20+ points, 5+ rebounds and 10+ assists. Some were predicting 12 or 13 assists per game. Considering Curry’s rookie statistics — 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists — a jump as fantastic as 20-5-10 would be… Read More »

Warriors make list of marquee games

The Warriors made the list of 21 marquee games from the upcoming 2010-11 regular-season schedule revealed by the NBA Tuesday night on NBA TV. The Warriors will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 25 as one of the NBA’s five televised games on Christmas Day. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 tipoff and will air on ESPN. The teams, in order of appearances, to make the list include: Four appearances L.A. Lakers Chicago Bulls Oklahoma City Thunder Orlando… Read More »

Warriors get bump in ESPN’s future power rankings

ESPN’s future power rankings (it’s an Insider article, but here’s the link just in case) rank how NBA teams will fare in upcoming seasons, decided by a formula made up of the following factors: players on the current roster, quality of ownership and management, the financial philosophy of the team, and future draft picks and draft positioning. In the latest rankings, which are updated a few times each year, the Warriors made a fairly sizeable jump, moving from No. 28 to No. 21.… Read More »