Video: Stephen Curry celebrates 3-pointer with bench … before his shot goes in

Stephen Curry was doing what Stephen Curry does in the Warriors’ preseason opener Monday night.

Curry is already in postseason form, as evidenced by this incredible play during the world champions’ 95-87 victory over Toronto. (The “world champions” part is fun to get used to, eh?)

Curry’s dazzling play begin with his behind-the-back pass to Klay Thompson, who dished inside to Draymond Green, who re-directed the ball to Curry in the corner. The reigning MVP cooly launches a 3-pointer and, while the ball is still in the air, Curry does a Larry Bird-esque celebration and reaches out to high-five teammate Andre Iguodala on the bench. A split second later, the ball lands where everyone figured it would — in the bottom of the net.

Man, did we miss Curry and the Warriors, or what?


Stephen Curry “responds” to Ty Lawson’s claim that he dogged it on defense last season

Stephen Curry definitely got wind of comments made by Ty Lawson, the former Denver Nuggets point guard now with the Houston Rockets, about why the NBA MVP was so successful in the playoffs last year.

Lawson told Yahoo Sports earlier this week, “Steph Curry needed someone to go back at him. I thought Steph was just chillin’ on defense – and then going crazy on offense. He looked like he was just putting shots up and not working so much on the defensive end … he wasn’t really working at the other end.”

Curry just shook his head and smiled when asked about it Saturday.

“It’s funny,” he said. “That’s all I’ve got to say. It’s funny.”


Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams expects Steve Kerr to return ‘in the next few days’

Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams expects to see head coach Steve Kerr back with the team sooner than later.
“Quite frankly, he’s doing pretty well, but he’s having some headaches and some things like that that are dissipating slowly,” Adams told Sirius XM on Friday. “But I anticipate him back in the next few days, so I don’t think this is going to be a very long time period.”
Asked if Kerr would coach the season opener, Adams said, “I think without question…I think he’s going to be fine.”
The Warriors announced Thursday on the third day of training camp that Kerr was taking a leave of absence to recover from two offseason back surgeries and did not provide a timetable.
“The first couple of days of practice I thought he did well establishing our message,” Adams said. “He wasn’t quite himself.”
Lead assistant coach Luke Walton is serving as the interim head coach, and Adams said down the road he would be a potential NBA head coaching candidate.
“Luke is a basketball nut, but someone who does not rub people the wrong way yet, has the skills, and can speak the game well to players, so I think he has a really good combination of skills,” Adams said.


Warriors’ Shaun Livingston ‘looked good’ working on 3-point shot all summer

Shaun Livingston is a Warriors guard who is not a threat from 3-point range and missed both of his attempts from long distance last season.
But that could change at a time when the Warriors are looking for a shooter off the bench.
“We’ve got Shaun Livingston shooting threes too now,” Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton told Sirius XM on Thursday. “He worked on his three all summer long, and I’m telling you, it looked good. Don’t be surprised when you see ‘em falling this year.”
Livingston in his 10-year career has made a grand total of 10 3-pointers, but has shown a willingness to work on that missing part of his game.
“I was on Shaun all last year in a joking manner because he’d make corner threes all the time in practice, and I just kept saying, ‘2015!’” coach Steve Kerr said. “He’d hear me out of the corner of the gym, and he’d look over and smile.
“I think both Shaun and Mo (Speights) are capable of making corner threes. It’s not something I’m going to insist on, I’m going to encourage them to try. But we have good balance. We have a lots of 3-point shooting. If we could get those guys to make corner threes, it’d be a huge bonus, but it’s not necessary.”


Warriors’ Jerry West doesn’t see ‘analytically-based’ NBA teams having a lot of success

Jerry West

Jerry West

Warriors executive board member Jerry West describes himself as old-fashioned as the NBA continues to change with analytics.

After helping the Warriors front office put together the team that won the title last season, the Hall of Famer is digging his heels in after adding yet another championship ring to his collection.

“All of the analytical guys that have started to play a big role in it, and frankly, I’m not a big analytical person,” West told Sirius XM on Friday. “Give me the best players, and give me a great coach, and we’ll beat these analytically-based organizations all the time.

“And I know they have their role. I know they have their place in basketball. But I see a lot of teams that follow that line, and I don’t see a lot of success there.

“I’m not knocking analytical people at all. But just give me the best players, and give me the best competitors, and I will show you a team that has a great chance to win every year.”

The Warriors can be considered an analytically-friendly organization. Coach Steve Kerr is open-minded to using the numbers to mold the team’s style of play. Assistant general manager Kirk Lacob is a major proponent. At the same time, general manager Bob Myers is among those who would agree with West that the Warriors are not analytically-based.

“What I like about our organization is we’ve got a guy like Jerry West in the room,” Myers told 95.7 The Game in February. “He’s leaning more towards the old school eye test, which is great. And somebody that’s well-qualified to take that position because he’s seen everything, has played, has played, has coached, has been a GM. So you listen to that point of view. Then we’ve got other younger guys that are the analytical component of our organization.

“When we make decisions, analytics are never more than 50 percent of the decisions. So that would lead you to think that the eye test is important. But it doesn’t mean we dismiss analytics out of hand. We don’t do that. We insert them in the equation of every decision we make. But I think sometimes if you use them to be greater than 50 percent of your decisions in the sense that they’re the majority of the decision, I think then that for us personally, we would stray from that type of thing.

“They do have value,” Myers added of analytics. “I definitely think they have value. You don’t have to feel threatened with them.”


Bob Myers impassionedly explains Warriors’ culture and philosophy

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) celebrates with the NBA championship trophy with teammates and owners Peter Gruber and Joe Lacob after the Golden State Warriors 105-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) celebrates with the NBA championship trophy with teammates and owners Peter Gruber and Joe Lacob after the Golden State Warriors 105-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO – Bob Myers, the NBA’s reigning Executive of the Year, explained the Warriors’ way by pointing to the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

“I want people to help us get that,” Myers said Tuesday at Dreamforce. “And we’ll pay them what they’re worth. We’ll support them. And that’s really who we are, and that’s what our ownership is about.

“Players know. Coaches know. People that work for our company know it. That’s the ultimate goal. It’s not the bottom line, making money. It’s winning. Winning first. Players can feel that. If you play for a company or an organization where it’s money first, winning second, they know it.”

Myers was asked about the team rewarding players with salaries and said those who love being a part of the Warriors beyond the money will get paid.

“We’re behind you,” Myers said. “We believe you’ve earned it. We’re happy to pay you. We don’t do it begrudgingly. You’re part of our success.”

Myers pointed at the trophy.

“That’s what we do. That thing right there. That’s why we do what we do. It’s a very definable goal in our industry.

“Watch our owner. Watch Joe Lacob. Watch him watch one of our games. It’s not about the money. It’s about winning.”

Myers said he preferred players who had competitive spirit.

“We want people in our organization…that hate to lose, that want to compete every single day so losing hurts,” Myers said.

“Staying elite in my mind is never changing that.”


Why the Warriors restructured athletic training, strength and conditioning staff after championship season

SAN FRANCISCO – The Warriors after winning the NBA championship with the fourth-fewest regular season games missed due to injury overhauled and restructured their training and strength and conditioning staff.

The person now overseeing that department is Lachlan Penfold, whose hiring as head of physical performance and sports medicine was announced in July. He previously worked in a variety of sports in the sports science-rich country of Australia.

The Warriors did not renew the contract of head athletic trainer JoHan Wang while director of athletic performance Keke Lyles and strength and conditioning coach Michael Roncariti went to the Atlanta Hawks.

The changes occurred despite the Warriors combining to have players miss only 80 games due to injury and beating the injury-plagued Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

“They did a great job,” Warriors assistant general manager Kirk Lacob said Thursday at the Sports Analytics Innovation Summit of last season’s staff. “Obviously we did a lot of things really, really well. For various reasons, most people aren’t back this year. All of their contracts were up anyways, so it’s not like anyone was fired.

“But we kind of had a vision and Steve (Kerr) had a vision too of the way we wanted to structure that whole department. It was going to be with or without those guys regardless. We were perfectly happy to have them as part of that or not.

“Yeah we did great last year. We’ve got to do better this year.”

The new structure of the staff focuses on improving communication, as according to Lacob, Penfold will collect direct reports from specialists and enable Warriors’ operation to become streamlined.

“He’ll be the one voice who’s going to go to Steve and to Bob (Myers) and say, ‘This is what I recommend,’” Lacob said.

“I think it just allows for a more direct, clear delineated line of communication.”

Lacob said it would be entirely possible the Warriors will have more games missed this coming season than when they won the championship, but that wouldn’t necessarily mean they did a worse job with the staff.

“It’s always process over result,” Lacob said.