The Warriors are 15-0 and looking for a win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday that would give them the best start in NBA history. Beforehand, numerous articles came out that take a deeper look into the reasons why.
- Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News talks to Warriors general manager Bob Myers, who spent years in Southern California before his rise to the NBA’s executive of the year. “Cultivating a championship team was not anything I dreamed of doing,” Myers said in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. “I can only look back and see how it all occurred.”The commemorative cover of Sports Illustrated focused on Tyus Edney, the UCLA point guard hanging in the air after nailing a game-winner against Missouri in the 1995 NCAA tournament. The man who hoisted Edney was Myers, whose head was visible in the SI photograph to anyone who bothered looking.
Nearly 20 years later, Myers called the cover a “perfect picture” for how it epitomized his life story.
“I’m always behind the scenes and always trying to help something or someone succeed,” Myers said. “But I’m not the focal point.”
- Sean Deveney of the Sporting News spoke with former Warriors Rick Barry, Jo Jo White and John Starks about the Warriors. Barry said that before the season tipped off, he spoke to some of the Warriors and warned them against the one thing that often unravels championship teams — personal agendas that cause players to try to force more opportunities for themselves. There has not been a trace of that problem with this group.“They’re playing like champions,” Barry said. “I was happy because what I tried to tell the guys was—I was out there for the first game—the one thing you have to watch out for is do not try to do more than you did last year. Just do the things that made you successful. Don’t try to be something you are not. If someone tries to change their role on the team, it can screw up the chemistry, and what they’ve got is working really well right now.”
- Scott Cacciola of the New York Times talked to those in the ballet world about Stephen Curry, including Taras Domitro of the San Francisco Ballet. Domitro, who was born in Havana, happened to arrive in the Bay Area one year before the Golden State Warriors drafted Stephen Curry. That fortunate turn of events goes a long way toward explaining how Domitro grew to enjoy watching the game.
“What I see the most when I watch Steph is the incredible coordination he has with his arms, his legs and the way he handles the ball,” Domitro, 29, said before drawing a comparison between their respective disciplines and referring to the way male dancers support women as they execute a lift or a jump. “We don’t use a ball, you know. We use a woman. But the way he dribbles the ball is the way we handle a woman on stage.”
- Ken Berger of CBSSports.com caught up with Warriors scout and former GM Larry Riley. “You win the title, lose your head coach, and you figure you’re going to have some down time,” Larry Riley, the Warriors’ former GM, told CBS Sports on Monday. “I’ve had 27 years in the league at various levels — assistant coach, player personnel, GM, scout, all those things — and common sense says to you, ‘This can’t happen.'”Well, it’s happening. Coming off their first NBA championship in 40 years, the Warriors haven’t lost a game that counted since June 9 — Game 3 of the Finals against the Cavaliers. They can shatter the NBA record for best start simply by beating the Lakers on Tuesday night. You look at the longest winning streaks in NBA history, look at the Warriors’ schedule, and ask yourself, when will it end?
“We know we’re gonna get beat,” Riley said on the phone from Chandler, Ariz., where he golfs, consults with the Warriors and enjoys the sunshine and outdoors that were virtually non-existent in a three-decade life in NBA arenas.
- Zach Lowe of ESPN.com takes a look at the small-ball revolution the Warriors have helped get going. The Warriors even surprised Mike D’Antoni, who was ahead of everyone but Don Nelson in the small-ball revolution. “Shoot,” he said, laughing, “maybe we didn’t even go small enough in Phoenix.”
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) gestures during a timeout after the Warriors took the lead in the fourth quarter of their basketball game against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
Follow along Tuesday night as the Golden State Warriors continue chasing history as they try for an NBA-record 16th consecutive victory to start the season.
If the Warriors can beat the 2-11 Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30 p.m. at Oracle Arena, they will stand alone. See what Warriors beat writer Diamond Leung, columnists Tim Kawakami and Marcus Thompson and others have to say during the nationally televised game.
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Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) flexes his muscles against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Fans looking to purchase tickets to see the Warriors try to set the record for the best start in NBA history with a win Tuesday at Oracle Arena against the Los Angeles Lakers will face steep prices.
VIP seats were being listed for as much as $5,264 each as of Monday morning on Warriors.com, where the team directs fans looking to purchase resale tickets through Ticketmaster. An upper level seat could be had for as little as $263.
StubHub, which saw its antitrust lawsuit against the Warriors and Ticketmaster dismissed earlier this month, had sellers offering courtside seats for $4,558 each and a standing-room only ticket for as little as $249.
SeatGeek, a ticket search engine, categorized the listings it had available for the game as “awful deals.” A single ticket could be had for as little as $405, with a front-row seat going for as much as $1,733 each.
The first 10,000 fans to enter the gates do get the added benefit of receiving Draymond Green championship edition bobbleheads.
The Warriors are on the cusp of tying a remarkable team record and possibly breaking it — best-ever start to an NBA season. The mark is 15-0, and Golden State can tie it Sunday in Denver then potentially break it Tuesday at home against the lowly 2-10 Los Angeles Lakers if they can get by the 6-7 Nuggets.
The record has stood for 67 years, and it was equaled by the 1993-94 Houston Rockets. We know a little bit about those Rockets, who not only went 15-0 to start, they won seven more in a row after their first loss and were 22-1 at one point. They only wound up winning 58 games, but nonetheless captured the NBA title behind Hakeem Olajuwon with role players like Kenny Smith, Otis Thorpe, Vernon Maxwell, Robert Horry, and even a former Warrior, Mario Elie.
But what of the 1948-49 Washington Capitols, who established this venerable record? What do we know about them? Not much. For starters, it wasn’t even the NBA then — it was the Basketball Association of America, and it wouldn’t become the NBA until a year later when the BAA merged with the National Basketball League.
LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin went through the box score and noted the Warriors’ late-game greatness. Eight of their last nine 3-point attempts were good in the fourth quarter. They were 11 for 15 from the field to finish the game overall and nine for 10 from the free throw line.
“Those numbers are insane,” Griffin said Thursday after the Warriors’ 124-117 win.
After the Warriors came back from 23 points down on the road as the Clippers coughed up the lead, Griffin was asked about the rivalry.
But to have a rivalry, it’s got to be more evenly matched. The Warriors have a championship and have now beaten the Clippers in five of their past six meetings. As Klay Thompson said last month, the Warriors have smacked the Clippers.
“I wouldn’t really call this a rivalry,” Griffin said. “They have the upper hand. They’re the better team. They have been the last two games, last year. We’re trying to get to where they’re at.”
Golden State Warriors new head coach Steve Kerr smiles during a press conference at the Warriors’ practice facility in downtown Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Kerr is currently a TNT commentator, was the general manager of the Phoenix Suns, and was a guard with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. He is one of two players to win two championships with two different teams. in consecutive seasons. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
LOS ANGELES – Steve Kerr made a regular season road trip for the first time and appeared at the Warriors’ shootaround, but his presence doesn’t mean he’s necessarily close to a return to the bench.
“I think the better question or more pertinent is once he starts being more engaged in practice or feeling up to it or starts asking me something like, ‘Hey, when do you think I should go back?’” Warriors general manager Bob Myers told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday.
“Hopefully it’s at some point. I mean, we don’t pressure him at all, but just want him to feel better and get better. But it’s hard to put a timeline on it.”
Kerr, who has a home in San Diego, previously traveled with the team on its preseason trip to Southern California while on his leave of absence following two offseason back surgeries.
Interim head coach Luke Walton said before the Warriors’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers that Kerr’s presence was welcomed.
“It’s great,” Walton said. “He delivered a phenomenal message to the guys today. It’s nice having him here and around instead of at home all the time.”
The Golden State Warriors’ Shaun Livingston (34) plays touch defense against the Houston Rockets’ Corey Brewer (33) in the second quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
MINNEAPOLIS – Warriors guard Shaun Livingston will never forget how coach Flip Saunders helped revive his career.
Livingston had gotten waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder before the Washington Wizards signed him in 2010. Saunders gave him more than just a shot to play in Washington. Livingston became a regular starter with the Wizards and for the first time since suffering his major knee injury.
“After playing the season with him, I just felt like I understood the NBA game, and that was the first time I really understood it,” Livingston said of Saunders. “I always had a high IQ, but just as far as time and score and just as a pro, he was a guard’s coach.
“He gave me the opportunity to implant me back into the NBA. Just to be somewhat relevant again…he gave me an opportunity. He blessed me an opportunity and allowed me to a chance to make the most of it.”
Livingston called Saunders an offensive genius and said the coach put him in the post a lot and influenced him to start implementing that part of his game. These days, Warriors fans can see that using his 6-foot-7 frame to back down defenders is among Livingston’s go-to moves.
Five years after Livingston started 18 of 26 games for the Wizards, he became an NBA champion in June. Two weeks ago, Saunders died at age 60 after a battle with cancer. In his last year of coaching, Saunders returned to the bench with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who the Warriors play Thursday.
“He is definitely special, a special part of my journey,” Livingston said.