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Golden State Of Mind 14 hours ago

2016-17 NBA Preview: I will answer all y’alls Warriors questions on Facebook tonight

Hopefully, this will become a regular thing, enhanced by Bad Seed Cider. Last year, I had a few chances to jump on Facebook Live and answer a few of your questions. There was this original attempt, which will be more in line with the show’s (lol, or whatever you want to call this) format moving forward. And then that was followed by this (well-meaning, but ultimately foolish) attempt at answering questions with an obnoxious Cavs fan during NBA Summer League. We were pool-side in the house SBNation had rented for the event. We were drinking Hennessy. At one point, we found a huge,...
Golden State Of Mind 18 hours ago

Why I admire and challenge Stephen Curry

How an interview on a radio show about poetry became a discussion of GSoM, the Golden State Warriors’ star player, and some of the most pressing issues of our time. I’m a Stephen Curry fan. But I won’t claim to be his #1 fan or even a diehard fan because to do so would be a slap in the face to the diehard Dubys who view this guy and the team in holy-figure light. The things I like about Steph Curry on the court are the same things everyone likes and are amazed by: underdog-turned-basketball behemoth, otherworldly shooting abilities (as in, instead of shooting from the hallway during...
Golden State Of Mind 19 hours ago

2016-17 NBA Season Preview: Warriors aim to regain title with the help of Kevin Durant

Nothing less than a championship is acceptable for the Warriors this year. This is the new normal. Team Name: Golden State Warriors Last Year's Record: 73-9 Key Losses: Andrew Bogut, Marreese Speights, Festus Ezeli, Harrison Barnes, Leandro Barbosa Key Additions: Kevin Durant, Zaza Pachulia, David West, Patrick McCaw 1. What Significant Moves were made during the off-season? Obviously, Kevin Durant was the big acquisition for the Warriors and, honestly, the NBA. But two additional moves that may prove significant were acquiring second round pick Patrick McCaw in the 2016 NBA Draft and...
Golden State Of Mind 21 hours ago

The Warriors’ Biggest Threats, Part 1: Renewing the rivalry with the Clippers

The Warriors were literally one shot away from becoming back to back champions last season (damn you Kyrie Irving!). Since then they've added Kevin Durant, a top three player in the league. Now that they have formed one of the most talented rosters ever they should have no problem walking their way back to the top seed in the West and securing home court advantage for another playoff run, right? If the 2016 season taught Warriors fans anything it's that you can't take anything for granted. With that in mind, in this three part series we will be looking at the teams who might have a good...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 27, 2016

NBA Preview 2016: The Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green, and sacrifice

In the final installment of our collection of thoughts leading up to the 2016-17 season, we discuss Draymond Green and which players might have to make a sacrifice to accommodate the addition of Kevin Durant. How do you even begin to describe Draymond Green right now? During the offseason, Bram Kincheloe described Green’s season as “strange, confusing, exhilarating” and, honestly, there’s no other words following that little italicized summary at the top of the article that nobody really reads better captured the emotion of his season. As this is a new season, we all want to start...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 27, 2016

Recap: Golden State Warriors 2016-2017 Media Day

Warriors basketball is almost back, everyone. And it still can’t get here soon enough. Here are some highlights from this year’s Media Day to tide you over. Monday was the 2016-2017 Warriors Media Day and there was a lot to take in. Of course, what we were all waiting for was seeing one of the newest Warriors in uniform for the first time. @pmccaw0 #GSWMediaDay pic.twitter.com/DmwUqLhh4e— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) September 26, 2016 No, not Patrick McCaw. Though that is an excellent picture. No, we were all there for the man of the hour, the man of the summer: Kevin...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 26, 2016

NBA Preview 2016: What are the Golden State Warriors’ strengths and weaknesses?

We continue sharing our thoughts on the Warriors as the season approaches, this time looking at their strengths and weaknesses. As described yesterday, each blog in the SB Nation - NBA network will be releasing season previews over the next few weeks and we’re just releasing the rough draft of ours, in pieces, to gather community opinions on the questions we’ve been asked to answer. Today, we’re going to look at strengths and weaknesses. So read our thoughts below, drop your thoughts in the comments, rec the comments that you think are best and we’ll add some of the top comments...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 25, 2016

NBA preview 2016: What are the big questions for the Warriors’ season?

With the NBA preseason rapidly approaching, we take stock of our biggest questions for the Warriors’ 2016-17 season and some (obvious) goals. Over the next couple of weeks, each blog in the SB Nation - NBA network will be releasing season previews using a mix of standard questions in addition to some custom questions of our own. As usual, the Golden State of Mind staff collaborated to answer these questions and ended up with a few thousand words of thoughts -- a tad bit too much to publish for what SBN was looking for. But before paring down our thoughts into a single coherent message, I...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 24, 2016

GSoM offseason roundtable, Part II: Pre-game rituals and movie slogans

The second part of Duby Dub Dubs’ GSoM pre-preseason roundtable. When Duby Dub Dubs put together this offseason roundtable project, we didn’t exactly know how it would go or how many responses we’d get. Yet we ended up getting so many responses that I chose to divide it into two parts so it’s actually readable. If you missed the first part, you can find that here. And without further ado, here’s the second part. Would you rather be the Harrison Barnes and start games, or the Andre Iguodala and finish them? Ivan Bettger: Good lord. This question is a loaded grenade launcher....
Golden State Of Mind Sep 23, 2016

Klay Thompson & the Warriors: How does he fit in the super team?

A look at the Warriors new super team and how Klay Thompson will fit. "Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody." - Kareem Abdul Jabbar. When I decided to write this article I wanted to find a way to taper people's expectations of this year's Golden State Warriors. It's highly unlikely the Warriors will have the same success in the regular season as they did last year despite the upgrade in talent. An adjustment period will be required and logic dictates that somebody will see a decrease in their box score...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 22, 2016

Warriors’ Stephen Curry: A slip in Houston, a fall to Cleveland

What impact did Stephen Curry’s knee injury have on him during last year’s playoffs? Dr. Elliot Yoo and I discuss this question and more! We all know what happened. With less than four seconds left in the first half of Game 4 of the 2015-2016 playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, James Harden, in what may be his most impactful playoff moment, trips up his own teammate, Donatas Motiejūnas. Motiejūnas, in turn, begins falling at halfcourt and ends up at the top of the key, a whopping 23+ feet from where he started. Meanwhile, Stephen Curry, fresh off...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 22, 2016

Stephen Curry makes stronger statement about HB2

After last week’s NCAA announcement to move all championship events from North Carolina, the best shooter on the planet issued a stronger statement about the effects of HB2 on his home state. Last week, the hatchet came down. The NCAA announced it would be moving “all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year.” This was yet another blow to the Tar Heel state, which already had been sent reeling when the NBA snatched the All-Star Game (ASG) from Charlotte in protest over North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law. In an interview...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 22, 2016

Kevin Durant pulls no punches in HBO appearance

Durant appeared on Bill Simmons’ show “Any Given Wednesday” and held nothing back about his decision to join the Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant appeared on Bill Simmons’ HBO sports talk show “Any Given Wednesday” this week with iconic rapper Nas. Simmons wasted no time and immediately addressed the elephant in the room, Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors. More to the point, the criticism he’s faced because of it. Durant was asked about how he felt during the whole process, where he faced numerous insinuations about...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 21, 2016

GSoM roundtable: Discussing the hot hand and the ultimate Warriors player

With the off-season malaise in full effect, it’s time to sit down with some of the GSoM moderators and have a quick little round table. Just like NBA players putting in work in the off-season, we hope that in addition to being entertaining, threads like this will allow us, moderators, to practice working as a team before it really starts to count! I floated the idea of a moderators’ weekend retreat in Napa a la Steve Kerr, but Nate P. mumbled something about “budget” and “crazy.” I’m still holding on to some hope regardless. Since news at this point in the season is...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 20, 2016

Warriors promote GM Bob Myers to president of basketball operations

The Warriors promoted a number of key front office personnel as a reward for their successes. Most notably, Bob Myers is now president of basketball operations. As reported by Marc Spears, the Golden State Warriors announced a number of internal promotions today. Headlining the announcement: Bob Myers will become president of basketball operations/general manager. Seeing as Myers previously held the title of GM, this move appears to provide him with greater oversight of the broader operations, in addition to his pre-existing GM duties, continuing a process started almost as soon as Myers...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 20, 2016

Warriors news: Golden State’s depth, MLK50 jerseys

A compilation of this week’s popular news related to the Golden State Warriors. Game results No games last week. Box scores - n/a Game flow - n/a ...but I’ve started playing NBA 2K17! Look at Klay Thompson’s TS% after a few games in the season: Analysis Blog Talk Radio Nate Duncan welcomes Ethan Sherwood-Strauss of ESPN for a fantastic podcast previewing the Warriors’ upcoming season. As we’ve come to expect, ESS makes some incredibly insightful points. Good discussion of the Warriors’ roster changes, including: missing Mo Speights and his quotes, some concern...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 19, 2016

We should be proud that the Dubs are self-financing the SF arena

Warriors ownership is self-financing its new arena, which turns out to be good for taxpayers. A recent study shows that taxpayers essentially paid billions of dollars since 2000 to subsidize other sports facilities around the country. Sociopolitical issues are increasingly tied to sports and even individual players these days, be they concerns for player safety, civil rights infringements, or even national tax policy. It’s not as easy for fans to remain unaware of these issues today as it was in the past as social media creates greater access to players’ lives and insights. And teams...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 17, 2016

Ranking the Warriors' assets: Elliot Williams will try to make his mark in Golden State training camp

Elliot Williams looks to rise up and make his mark on the league. The GSoM staff is doing this thing where we rank the players, but we're doing it "Survivor" style, eliminating one player per poll, until we've decided who is the most valuable to the Warriors in 2017 and beyond. Once a player is eliminated, they shouldn't be counted as a reason to choose the next player. For example, whether or not Anderson Varejao's presence lessens the value of JaVale McGee in real life shouldn't be taken into account once Varejao has been voted out in this little game. We're referring to the players as...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 17, 2016

Warriors’ Kevin Durant throws first pitch, leads San Francisco Giants to dominant win

Kevin Durant is already inspiring greatness in the Bay. It’s no secret that the Giants have been struggling in the second half . Like many Giants fans have been jokingly speculating since July, maybe they just needed to get Kevin Durant. It just so happened that Durant was on hand to throw out the first pitch in Friday night’s game against the Giants’ Wild Card rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. As one would expect when Durant is around, magic soon followed. The Giants were aggressive in the third and fourth innings, ultimately winning the game 8-2. Firstly, Durant met with the Bay...
Golden State Of Mind Sep 16, 2016

Warriors reveal training camp roster

The Warriors formally announce new free agent signings and training camp schedule. The Warriors released their training camp roster today. Aside from previously announced free agent signings and draftees, notable additions include newly signed free agents JaVale McGee (C), Elgin Cook (F), Cameron Jones (G), Phil Pressey (G) and Elliot Williams (G). Following a four day training camp that will begin on September 27th, preseason play will begin in Vancouver on October 1st against the Toronto Raptors. For more analysis and evaluation of the 2016-2017 Warriors’ roster, make...

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