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Golden State Of Mind 7 hours ago

2016 NBA Draft: Leprechauns, surprise trades, and drunken bros yelling at Fran Fraschilla

The draft is strange. The Barclays Center, built on the elephant graveyard of a formerly vibrant neighborhood in northern Park Slope, is a huge edifice to modern ingenuity and change. The exterior of the arena is made of distressed iron. There’s a functional green roof. All around — on each adjoining side street — fledgling skyscrapers crawl upwards, orange construction wrap billowing. It's not that the neighborhood isn't vibrant now. It's just that the whole area is undergoing a forced rebirth. Or, at the very least, a corporate rebranding. I remember playing a show in the area,...
Golden State Of Mind 12 hours ago

Kevin Durant’s Prisoner’s Dilemma and the Warriors

Kevin Durant is almost in a classical Prisoner's Dilemma (google it) with Russell Westbrook, a very tricky situation where in order to re-sign with OKC, he has to trust that RWB will not betray him. The Warriors beckon to him as a way out. The Kevin Durant Magic Unicorn Fairytale In case you haven’t heard, Kevin Durant is a free agent this year. Now up until very recently, I had assumed that KD would stay with OKC, because that’s where his history, legacy and comfort zone are. He also can get more money from OKC. The Thunder were right there with the Warriors (albeit with a limited...
Golden State Of Mind Jun 24, 2016

Will the Serge Ibaka trade convince Kevin Durant to stay, or push him out of OKC?

Interesting tidbits from the land of ESPN... ESPN's Royce Young wrote an article last night, and in it, he shares a lot of insider information that may come as a shock to the Golden State faithful. During the draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to a blockbuster deal, trading Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Illyasova, and the draft rights to the 12th pick, Domantas Sabonis. Opinions on the Thunder's return for Serge Ibaka ranged from laudable to laughable. But Young's article sheds a great deal of light on the subject for outsiders like Dubs Nation, who can...
Peachtree Hoops Jun 24, 2016

Golden State Warriors evaluating Al Horford as potential free agent addition, per report

The Warriors reportedly have an eye on Al Horford. Al Horford is a wanted man. The four-time All-Star center will hit unrestricted free agency (along with Kent Bazemore) at the beginning of July, and while the Atlanta Hawks have the ability to offer Horford a longer, more lucrative contract than any other team, suitors have already begun to line up around the NBA. The latest in that line could be the Golden State Warriors, as reported by Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. According to sources familiar with free agent talks, the Warriors are looking at Al Horford, Joakim Noah and...

NBA Draft 2016: Top undrafted players who the Warriors should consider

The NBA Draft is over, but there's still talent to be had among undrafted free agents. The Golden State Warriors have a pretty good track record of finding talent among the ranks of the undrafted. Just on this year's roster, they had James Michael McAdoo and Ian Clark, who helped the Warriors win a Las Vegas Summer League title as 2013 Tournament MVP before beginning his career with the Utah Jazz. Prior to that, they had Kent Bazemore, who became a cult classic among Warriors fans before becoming a starter with the Atlanta Hawks. And, of course, they were the first ones to give Jeremy Lin a...
Golden State Of Mind Jun 24, 2016

2016 NBA Draft results: Warriors select Patrick McCaw out of UNLV, ho-hum second round

Surprise! Bonus pick! It's UNLV's slender wing, Patrick McCaw. Give the Warriors brass this much: they want to win, and they're willing to put their money where their mouth is. The Warriors sent $2.4 million in cash considerations to the Milwaukee Bucks to select shooting guard Patrick McCaw with the 38th pick of the NBA Draft. McCaw is a multi-threat scoring wing with loads of athleticism, and he's got a lot in common with the Warriors all-star shooting guard. They've got nearly identical height and wingspan, and they even share an agent in Bill Duffy. But while Klay was a refined product...
Golden State Of Mind Jun 23, 2016

Warriors buy 2nd round pick, draft SG Pat McCaw

Bob Myers and the Warriors worked their way (with money) into the 38th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, buying the Milwaukee Bucks’ pick. And that pick: Pat McCaw, a wing out of UNLV. Welcome, Pat! Golden State paid $2.4M to Milwaukee for the No. 38, source tells @TheVertical— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 24, 2016 Golden State will draft UNLV's Pat McCaw at No. 38, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2016 Here’s McCaw’s DraftExpress profile. A quick read indicates that he should be a potential 3 and D guy early in his...
Golden State Of Mind Jun 23, 2016

First round draft recap: Warriors take C Damian Jones, Thunder make big trade

And with the 30th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors select... Kudos to Draftexpress for nailing the pick on their latest mock (he was the 21st best prospect on the big board). With the 30th pick in the NBA draft, the Golden State Warriors went back to Vanderbilt and came away with another big center: Damian Jones. Warriors draft Damian Jones Jones measured 6'11.5" in shoes, and a solid 244 pounds at this year's Nike skills camp -- a far cry from the svelte 210-pounders who made up the lottery. The All-SEC performer averaged 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds this season, while...

2016 NBA Draft results: Golden State Warriors select Damian Jones of Vanderbilt with 30th pick

With the 30th pick in the draft, the Warriors selected Vanderbilt big man Damian Jones. There was a ton of uncertainty about who the Golden State Warriors would select with the 30th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but we now have the answer: they have officially selected Vanderbilt's Damian Jones, filling a need that basically everyone knew they had. ESPN's Chad Ford, SI's Derek Bodner and DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony all had the Warriors selecting Jones in their mock drafts leading up to the draft ESPN's Jay Bilas offered an in-depth description of Jones — among the players he identified...

2016 NBA Draft: Golden State Warriors search for contributor with 30th pick

In what could be the most exciting draft in years, the Warriors will likely have a number of interesting prospects to choose from and a number that could fill a glaring need. Yesterday, I described the reasoning behind Golden State of Mind selecting Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon for the Golden State Warriors in SB Nation's NBA blogger mock draft But we actually conducted two blogger drafts: one wild fantasy draft with trades and another without trades. Obviously, with the trades in the NBA today, neither is going to approximate reality. But just to further discuss prospects as we all cram for...

2016 NBA free agency rumor: How will the Thunder's Serge Ibaka trade affect the Warriors' pursuit of Kevin Durant?

The Thunder have traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic during the NBA Draft. So what does that mean for Kevin Durant's free agency? Among the bombshell news items in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft was the Oklahoma City Thunder's trade of Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic. There's going to be ongoing debate about whether that was a good trade for either team, but we're not interested in that — we're a Golden State Warriors site. Obviously, the one thing that comes to the minds of Warriors fans when seeing that trade: what does it mean for the pursuit of free-agent-to-be Kevin...

NBA Draft 2016 preview: Thon Maker epitomizes the unpredictability of this draft

The 2016 NBA Draft is tonight. It promises to be fun. While debating whether I should try to make an open gym tonight or hole up and geek out over the draft, a co-worker offered the following advice. Well, you already know who's gonna be drafted, right? You already know who the good college players are. Although I appreciate the appeal to my ego, I don't think anyone knows who's going to go where tonight. In fact, I don't even think the teams themselves know who's going to go where. Take Thon Maker, for example. Earlier today, I caught this tweet from Jake Fischer of SI. Several teams...
Golden State Of Mind Jun 23, 2016

Warriors will go hard after Kevin Durant, can he be wooed to sign?

The Warriors are going all out this summer in an effort to reclaim their throne. The Warriors, who fell juuuuuust short of their dream of winning back to back finals and capping off the greatest regular season of all time, are not spending their summer sitting around idly. Nope, now it seems they will indeed to pursue the market's biggest free agent star, as they'll look to push hard to sign Kevin Durant. Durant, a former MVP who at 27 is still in his prime, could turn the Warriors into the NBA's most lethal team. As if they needed the help. Via Frank Isola, of the NY Daily News: The one...

NBA trade rumor: Warriors trying to move up in the 2016 NBA Draft

The Warriors are apparently trying to move up in the draft, but who are they trying to get? As described earlier today, the Golden State Warriors only have one pick in the 2016 NBA Draft -- the last pick of the first round. There's a chance that there will be talent there, but certainly no guarantees and by virtue of falling to the 30th pick all of those players have major flaws. However, Jake Fischer of SI tweeted this morning that the Warriors are apparently looking to move up in the draft to snag a better prospect. The Golden State Warriors have made calls trying to move up from No. 30...

NBA Draft 2016: How to watch, TV schedule, live stream, what the Golden State Warriors need

After falling short of a second straight title, the Warriors will need to find talent with their lone pick in the NBA Draft, which begins at 5 p.m. PST tonight on ESPN. With little time to prepare after a heartbreaking 2016 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors will enter the 2016 NBA Draft with less time to prepare than they might need. The Warriors' lone pick in the draft is the 30th pick in the first round, where there might be talent available but the challenge is finding a talent that can contribute. Warriors general manager Bob Myers has his work cut out for him in trying to help the...

Warriors NBA mock draft 2016: Diamond Stone a popular pick for Golden State

In advance of the NBA Draft, we look at who mock drafts around the web have the Warriors drafting. Yesterday, I described the reasoning behind Golden State of Mind selecting Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon for the Golden State Warriors in SB Nation's NBA blogger mock draft But we actually conducted two blogger drafts: one wild fantasy draft with trades and another without trades. Obviously, with the trades in the NBA today, neither is going to approximate reality. But just to further discuss prospects as we all cram for the draft while continuing to deal with the trauma of the 2016 NBA Finals,...
Golden State Of Mind Jun 22, 2016

Warriors Offseason: Las Vegas NBA Summer League schedule released

Let's get ready to party. Nate and I are going to be in Vegas to dry our tears and witness the rebirth of the Golden State Warriors. Losing in Game 7 in the NBA finals is tough. Only thing that can fix that? Yup. Vegas. Here are the first two days. For the full schedule, click here. Literally cannot wait to wash this bad taste out of my mouth from the finals. The Warriors' summer league squad (including whoever they select in the draft) will have a chance to go up against some of the most exciting young players who are just coming into the league.

NBA Draft 2016: Why Malcolm Brogdon is a strong fit for the Golden State Warriors

Looking at mock drafts and other analysis, the Warriors are widely expected to take a big with the 30th pick in the draft. But in SBN's Blogger Mock draft, Golden State of Mind went with a perimeter player who is arguably more NBA-ready than any other player available late in the first round. The Golden State Warriors are sitting on the sill of their championship window with an experienced, albeit young, core that they'll have locked up for years once they re-sign Stephen Curry in 2017. Coming off of consecutive NBA Finals appearances and a 73-win regular season, you'd be forgiven for...
Golden State Of Mind Jun 22, 2016

The NBA Finals brought out the worst in some people

Some of y'all need to chill. Basketball is beautiful in its openness. You can see every player's face. With the advent of high definition TVs, you can read their eyes. It's almost as if you can reach a point -- after hours and hours spent watching games and interviews -- where you feel you know the players on the court. Know what they are thinking, know who they are as human beings. But, that same openness and access to player's emotions and actions can turn dark, given the circumstances. In these past finals, I overheard or was involved in a hundred different conversations that followed...
Silver Screen and Roll Jun 21, 2016

Lakers' Las Vegas Summer League schedule to feature Pelicans, Sixers, and Warriors

Los Angeles announces their Las Vegas Summer League schedule. Whichever of Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram the Los Angeles Lakers "miss out" on in the 2016 NBA Draft, they won't have to wait long to see how the player they took second overall matches up with him on the court. The Lakers will face the Philadelphia 76ers in their second game of the 2016 Las Vegas Summer League, the NBA announced Tuesday. Los Angeles will kick things off against the New Orleans Pelicans on July 8th before playing the Sixers on the 9th, and end their Vegas slate against the Golden State Warriors on July 11th...

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