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Rio 2016 Olympic Games: Grading the Golden State Warriors

Now that Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green have won gold medals with Team USA at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, it’s time to take a look at how they did and what it means for them going forward. With Rio 2016 now concluded, we take a look at how Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green fared and what they need to work on before the NBA season begins. Kevin Durant: A- Overall play: Durant was clearly the main feature of Team USA’s offense and carried a relatively heavy minutes load. Overall, he shot very efficiently, scoring double digits in every game, including...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 22, 2016

Jimmy Butler claims he could be best receiver in NFL; Durant says, “You’re an idiot!”

This is high grade roasting by Kevin Durant. Jimmy Butler apparently has a very high opinion of his own football skills. Or, a very low opinion of elite NFL receivers. "I’m fast and I have great hands," he said recently. "I can really catch." Kevin Durant, when told about Butler’s comments, had one thing to say. "He’s an idiot. Jimmy’s an idiot." He paused, looked around. "Where is Jimmy?" After forcing Butler to come over to him, Durant proceeded to calmly explain why he thinks he’s an idiot. "I wouldn’t pick you on my fantasy team if you were in the league right now." "You...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 22, 2016

Kevin Durant’s time with Team USA proved to be like “therapy” after a rocky summer

The Warriors’ newest superstar found refuge from his haters while leading Team USA to gold in Rio. When Kevin Durant decided to leave Oklahoma City, decided to leave Russell Westbrook, and decided to come west and try his hand alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, he knew he’d face a barrage of criticism and negativity from the media and from fans. But, perhaps, he didn’t expect it to get quite so intense. Now, fresh off leading Team USA to a third consecutive gold medal—scoring 30 points in the final, definitive romp over Serbia—Durant is finding a new sense of joy,...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 22, 2016

Kevin Durant’s Olympic experience offers a preview of how he fits in with the Warriors

Starting a new job can be fraught with dangers. Once, my company had a new hire who just happened to start on the day we went to our annual end-of-summer A’s game. By the end of the day, he had gotten drunk, insulted a co-worker to the point that she cried, and nearly broke his ankle trying to slide down the railing coming out of the Coliseum. Not a great start. The Golden State Warriors have a “new guy” starting work soon, but his performance this summer makes it pretty unlikely that his first day on the job will be anything like my poor coworker from my story above. Kevin Durant...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 21, 2016

2016 Rio Olympics: Kevin Durant steals the show as Team USA routs Serbia 96-66 for gold

Newest Warrior Kevin Durant took over the game and shined on the brightest stage as Team USA stomped all over Serbia to win the gold medal. At one point in the third quarter, as Team USA was already commanding an insurmountable lead, Kevin Durant got the ball in transition. He looked briefly towards the rim, perhaps envisioning yet another smooth, vicious jumper to further demoralize Serbia. However—instead of taking his own shot—he deftly flipped it to newest teammate Klay Thompson, who had parked himself in the corner of the court. Pass. Shot. Swish. Just like that, we got yet...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 21, 2016

Team USA vs. Serbia: Klay Thompson says gold medal game in Rio is like 'Game 7'

Team USA will have a rematch against Serbia for a shot at the gold medal at 11:30 a.m. PST. Klay Thompson caught some flak from the social media hot take artists the other day after saying that today's gold medal game against Serbia would be like Game 7 (h/t BornInDaEB for the FanShot). He didn't really specify which Game 7 -- the one against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference Finals went quite well for the Golden State Warriors -- but it would cause quite a stir if Team USA's performance today resembles what happened to the favorite in the NBA Finals. Regardless of...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 20, 2016

How will you remember the Warriors' historically bittersweet 2015-16 season?

GSOM's new writers introduce themselves by sharing their memories from the 2015-16 season. Not too long ago, someone brought up the question of whether I'd rather the Warriors have Durant or back-to-back titles...and I realized that I don't think I'll ever quite get over that moment when Stephen Curry through a behind-the-back pass out of bounds in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of the NBA Finals. @KGTrashTalk pic.twitter.com/3rlCBusLzM — Cephas ben Uthai (@EnigmatikBGDB) June 25, 2016 There were lots of high points during #ArrogantSZN, but winter came swiftly in the form of a blizzard...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 19, 2016

Roster Moves: Warriors bring back Cameron Jones for Camp

The Warriors have invited old friend of the franchise Cameron Jones to camp for the coming season. Can he stick around this time? According to Chris Reichert of Upside & Motor (a D-League news site), Cameron Jones has been added to the roster for Summer Camp for the coming season with Golden State. Jones joins a collection of players that the Warriors have agreed to make-good contracts with, including JaVale McGee and Phil Pressey (and don’t forget Elliot Williams who has a partially guarantee). The Warriors continue to have a great history of developing young talent through their Santa...

Team USA vs. Spain: U.S. needs a win to advance to gold medal game

Team USA will face Spain at 11:30 a.m. in an Olympic matinee for the chance to advance to the gold medal game. While most of us are at work today, Team USA will be facing Spain in the semifinals of the 2016 Olympics at 11:30 a.m. PST. Pretty clear who has the best job there, tbh. I could sit here and talk to you about the matchups today, but I'm still just trying to accept the fact that Kevin Durant will be joining the Golden State Warriors this coming season — it still just hasn't set in. And then he does stuff like what he did to Argentina the other day (h/t BBornInDaEB for the FanShot)...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 18, 2016

Warriors’ Season Review: Luke Walton’s Place in Warriors History

Luke Walton wrapped up his tenure with the Warriors by helping the team set the record for consecutive wins to start a season in Kerr’s absence. What will his legacy with the team be? July 2nd, 2014 - The Warriors hire Luke Walton as Assistant Coach Warriors fans knew Luke Walton as that annoying bench guy who got all the rings while riding Kobe’s coat tails. Walton, a Southern California guy, seemed like an odd fit for the Bay Area until you realized his ties to Steve Kerr back in Arizona. Were the Warriors serious about this, or did they need an extra body to play five-on-five?...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 17, 2016

Preview: Team USA heads to Quarterfinals to face Argentina

Coach K's underachieving squad faces Argentina on Wednesday afternoon. Can this team of superstars ditch the "underachieving" label and start playing to their potential? Matchup USA Basketball vs Argentina How To Watch August 17, 2016 Carioca Arena 1 — Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 2:45 p.m. PST NBCSN ★★★ Team USA Preview Can this USA squad get out of their own way? After a miserable defensive performance against France in the last game of pool play, the national media has had a field day calling out the lazy all-stars wearing the stars and stripes. The...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 16, 2016

Warriors Invite Phil Pressey to Camp

The Warriors Invite Phil Pressey to their offseason camp with an non-guaranteed deal The Warriors continue to fill out their offseason roster, this time adding Phil Pressey to the crew with a non-guaranteed deal. Pressey signs as an unrestricted free agent, with the deal looking like a make-good offer (much like JaVale McGee’s deal. Elliot Williams, the other low-key offseason acquisition, actually signed a guaranteed deal). Who is Phil Pressey you ask? Pressed (nicknamed “Flip”) last played for the Sixers and Suns, averaging 3.4 ppg, 1.4 rebounds and a surprising 3.3 assists in 12.3...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 16, 2016

2016-2017 Western Conference Standings Predictions

We take a look at how teams in the Western Conference look after this crazy offseason, and how they will fare in the upcoming season. The crazy 2016 NBA offseason’s unexpected signings and expensive deals drastically changed the landscape of the league. Looking ahead to the 2016-2017 season, let’s look at how the Western Conference might shake out, and which teams could pose a threat in the playoffs next year. Lottery Fiends 15. Phoenix Suns Key Players: Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Devin Booker, Jared Dudley, Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender. Former Warriors: Leandro Barbosa. After a...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 15, 2016

2015-2016 Warriors Season in Review: Stephen Curry shattered our conception of what is possible

How can Curry’s record shattering (but ultimately disappointing) 2015-2016 season shed a light on our own travails? First, the facts. 1.) In 2015-2016, Stephen Curry had the best offensive season in NBA history. 2.) In 2015-2016, Stephen Curry had, arguably, the greatest single season overall in NBA history. 3.) In 2015-2016, Stephen Curry hit 402 three point shots. This obliterated the previous record (also his) by 116 three pointers. One hundred. And sixteen. 4.) In 2015-2016, Stephen Curry became the first ever unanimous MVP in league history. Jordan never did it. LeBron never did it....
Golden State Of Mind Aug 13, 2016

Klay Thompson’s Olympic shooting percentage has been unbelievably bad so far

What’s behind this epic slump? Klay Thompson—NBA Champion, All Star, member of the famed “Splash Brothers”—has so far had an amazingly horrible time shooting the ball from the field in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. His best game, believe it or not, came against Australia, where he scored six points on 2-9 shooting (2-6 from behind the shortened Olympic arc). What is it that ails him? Is it the different FIBA ball, which perhaps has a slightly different grip? Is it the shorter 3 point line? Is it a lack of cohesion with his teammates? Or is it just that he doesn’t have to dominate...

Rio 2016: Team USA faces former Warrior Nemanja Nedovic and Serbia

Team USA faces Serbia at 3 p.m. in their fourth game of the Olympics. There has been a lot of talk over the last couple of years about the Golden State Warriors’ success in the NBA draft in recent years focused on guys like Stephen Curry, Festus Ezeli. Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson as well as guys like Damian Jones, Kevon Looney and Patrick McCaw who have yet to prove themselves one way or the other but were almost immediately recognized as value picks. But the Warriors’ draft record hasn’t been perfect — there was also that one time when they drafted Nemanja Nedovic in the...

Tips for creating FanPosts and FanShots at Golden State of Mind

Last year, we had an extended conversation about how we could improve the FanPost/Shot experience. Having experienced one of the biggest improvements in the network, now it's time to talk about how we can collectively build upon the progress we've made over the past year. A:link { } Among my top priorities as manager of this site for the past year was to revitalize our FanPost/FanShot sections (henceforth, "the fan sections" or "fan content"), which were actually the most popular areas of this site at one point in time before a major site re-design. After extended conversations with the...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 11, 2016

2016-2017 Warriors schedule released

What gifts did the basketball gods deliver unto thy Dubs? It's unboxing day in the NBA, which means the 2016-2017 full season schedule just dropped. Over the past week, key tidbits of the schedule were leaked to the public, including news of the Warriors' Christmas day tilt with the Cavaliers, in Cleveland, and the dates of their meetings with the Oklahoma City Thunder. But now, we officially get to sink our teeth into the whole beast. NBA.com kicked off by disclosing the NBA Christmas day lineup, which features Celtics at Knicks, Warriors at Cavaliers (11:30am PST on ABC), Bulls at Spurs,...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 11, 2016

2015-2016 Season Review: Andre Iguodala, a key cog in Golden State's machine

The Warriors' Swiss Army knife and consistent "sixth starter" had an injury marred season, but still stayed consistent. How will Iguodala adjust to the new roster additions heading into 2016/2017? Nobody can question Andre Iguodala's commitment to the Golden State franchise. Since coming to the team in 2013, he has played any role the team has asked him to, from primary ball handler to defensive stopper. He has come off the bench for Steve Kerr with little to no complaint as the team tried to adjust Harrison Barnes into a primary contributor. He has been a vocal leader on and off the court,...

Team USA vs. Australia preview: Andrew Bogut prepares to face his former Warriors teammates

Team USA faces Australia at 3 p.m. PST, which will reunite Andrew Bogut with former Warriors teammates Harrison Barnes, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green. Last we saw Andrew Bogut, he was leaving the court during the 2016 NBA Finals after suffering yet another freak injury. Those of us who were lightyears ahead of everything and knew Kevin Durant was coming to the Golden State Warriors might have known that it would end up being his last game in the blue and gold, but for the rest of us mere mortals it was simply an unfortunate ending for a pretty good season overall. The good news for...

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