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Oct 13, 2018

Damian Jones puts on a show in Warriors’ preseason loss to Lakers

DeMarcus Cousins has taken to calling Damian Jones “Hundred Million.” Though Jones will only make $1.5 million this season, Cousins reckons that the third-year big man’s skill set suggests he’ll sign a $100 million contract someday. “He’s super athletic, strong, can rebound the ball well and move,” forward Alfonzo McKinnie said after the Warriors’ 119-105 preseason loss Friday night to the LeBron James-less Lakers at the SAP Center in San Jose. “He’s kind of the ideal big man.” No player did a better job hushing his critics this preseason than the 7-foot, 245-pound...
Oct 6, 2018

Warriors’ Kevin Durant dazzles in return to Seattle

SEATTLE — With the Warriors well on their way Friday night to a 122-94 preseason rout of the Kings, a capacity KeyArena crowd roared as Kevin Durant sauntered toward the bench. There were still almost four minutes left in the third quarter, but Durant had done his job, dazzling fans who hadn’t seen him in Seattle since the Sonics left for Oklahoma in 2008. In 26 minutes, he scored 26 points on 10-for-19 shooting with seven assists and six rebounds. The hope for Seattle is that Durant’s display Friday was the start of something bigger. In coming weeks, KeyArena will shut down for...
Oct 3, 2018

Draymond Green to miss preseason game in Seattle with sore knee

After missing his second straight practice Wednesday with a sore knee, Warriors forward Draymond Green is expected to sit out Friday night’s preseason game against the Kings in Seattle. "Just being careful," Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said after practice. "He still had a little inflammation this morning. The MRI was good, it was clean. So, not any major long-term concern, but we’re just trying to be smart." Green will still accompany the team to Seattle. After taking Saturday off, the Warriors will return to practice Sunday. The good news for Golden State: It has sidestepped any...
Oct 3, 2018

NBA GMs tab Warriors as overwhelming favorites to three-peat

After winning their second straight NBA title in June, the Warriors added a four-time NBA All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins. So it’s no surprise that, in NBA.com’s 2018-19 GM Survey published Wednesday, Golden State was heavily represented. Most notable: Eighty-seven percent of the league’s general managers picked the Warriors to win the NBA title, beating out Boston (7 percent) and Houston (7 percent). It was a slight drop from last year, when 93 percent of GMs picked Golden State to repeat. Here are some other highlights from the survey: >> With 27 percent of the vote, Kevin Durant was...
Sep 29, 2018

Jordan Bell makes case for starting job in Warriors’ preseason opener

Late in the first quarter Saturday night, Jordan Bell caught a pass from Quinn Cook at the top of the key, turned and drained a 20-foot jumper over the outstretched arm of Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng. It was a relatively nondescript play in the Warriors’ 114-110 loss to the Timberwolves at Oracle Arena. But for a team in need of a capable replacement for the injured DeMarcus Cousins, that jumper from Bell was the type of feel-good development that makes the preseason valuable. As a rookie last season, Bell kept things simple, taking 81.7 percent of his shots within 10 feet of the rim. By...
Sep 25, 2018

Warriors Off Court, Ep. 28: Breaking down Warriors media day

In Episode 28 of the Warriors Off Court podcast, sports columnist Bruce Jenkins joins Golden State beat writer Connor Letourneau to break down Warriors media day. They look at how DeMarcusCousins handled his final required media availability until he returns from a torn Achilles. Also, Letourneau and Jenkins discuss why Patrick McCaw is still holding out, and examine the biggest questions entering training camp. Warriors Off Court is available on Apple Podcasts and other podcast apps.
Sep 24, 2018

Bob Myers still hopeful Warriors will re-sign Patrick McCaw

Late Monday morning, when Warriors staffers handed out the team’s interview schedule for media day, one notable name was missing: Patrick McCaw. Nearly three months after Golden State extended him a qualifying offer of $1.7 million, McCaw is still holding out for a better contract. Now, as the Warriors prepare for the start of training camp Tuesday, general manager Bob Myers is optimistic that the team will soon have McCaw in uniform. "We’re going to talk to his representatives," Myers said. "Conversations have been cordial. We’re continuing to talk and have been talking most of the...
Sep 24, 2018

Warriors promote Bruce Fraser, Chris DeMarco to assistant coach

Less than 90 minutes before the start of media day Monday morning, the Warriors announced a number of promotions and additions to the team’s basketball operations department. Most notably, Bruce Fraser and Chris DeMarco have been promoted from player-development coach to assistant coach. DeMarco has also added the title of "Director of Player Development." Fraser built a reputation as Stephen Curry’s personal shooting guru in his four years as a player-development coach. DeMarco, who led Golden State’s summer-league team in 2017, is highly regarded for his ability to relate to players....
Sep 23, 2018

5 questions facing Warriors entering training camp

The tropical vacations, free-agency pressers and hometown visits with the Larry O’Brien championship trophy are over. With media day set for Monday, and the start of training camp only 24 hours later, the Warriors are set for another much-hyped season. The questions hanging over Golden State are relatively small compared with those facing most NBA teams. While the rest of the league is wrestling with how to contend with a Warriors team boasting five All-Stars, Golden State knows that, if it does what it needs to do, it should hoist its fourth golden trophy in five years. Still, the stakes...
Sep 19, 2018

Warriors play waiting game with Patrick McCaw

Less than a week before the start of training camp, the Warriors face at least one major personnel question: Will Patrick McCaw sign? Over the past three months, Golden State has waited for McCaw to ink its $1.7 million qualifying offer. Now, with media day four days away, McCaw is still holding out for a better offer. It is a risky approach that could take a toll on the good will McCaw and the Warriors have fostered over the past two seasons. Though Golden State remains hopeful that its third-year swingman will be in uniform for training camp, it will have to consider other options should...

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