The Warriors had three Olympians. Each played different roles for Team USA. Each had different Brazilian experiences en route to a gold medal.
USA Today’s Sam Amick was there to document it all, covering the team from Day 1 through the medal rounds. He joins the Warriors All-82 podcast to discuss the experience. Was it really therapy for Kevin Durant just weeks after his shocking free agency decision? Did Klay Thompson enjoy his time in Rio? How did Draymond Green handle his shaky summer and lack of playing time?
Amick discusses all that and more, including 100-pound Brazilian rodents, the dangers of Ubers in Rio and potential social activism from Durant and others during this upcoming, highly anticipated Warriors season.
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) glances down while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, June 13, 2016. Cleveland defeated Golden State 112-97. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
The Warriors will open their season Oct. 25, at home against the San Antonio Spurs, the NBA announced Thursday.
Other highlights of the 2016-17 schedule:
The Warriors play Christmas Day at Cleveland, then host the Cavs on MLK Day.
Kevin Durant won’t have to return to Oklahoma City until Feb. 11, the 54th game of the season. He goes again March 20.
Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut will make their first appearance at Oracle Arena as members of the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 9.
Luke Walton brings his Los Angeles Lakers to town Nov. 23, though his first game against Steve Kerr will come three weeks earlier in L.A.
The L.A. Clippers — with Marreese Speights having joined Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan — don’t come to Oracle until Jan 28.
The Warriors’ longest trip is five games (twice). It’s the first time since 2007-08 that the Warriors have not had a trip longer than five games.
There are two homestands of five games.
There are 17 instances of back-to-back games, down from a league-high 20 last season.
The Warriors will close the season with six of their last seven games at home.
The Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) makes contact with Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference in Oklahoma City (left), and during Game 2 in Oakland. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group; Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that while Draymond Green’s kick in the groin of Steven Adams in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals was reckless, the league determined it was unintentional.
“I acknowledge that that was a close decision on upgrading Draymond’s kick to a Flagrant 2, but not suspending him for (Game 4),” Silver told ESPN Radio on Sunday. “I will say that we do full investigations around those plays the next day. We interview the officials. We interview the players who are involved, and ultimately we made a decision that he did not intentionally try to kick him in the groin, but it was a reckless act, and it was upgraded to a Flagrant 2.”
Silver acknowledged he has heard the conspiracy theory that the league prefers Golden State reach the Finals instead of Oklahoma City.
“I hear it, and it’s the most sensitive issue for me, and it goes to the core integrity of the league and frankly to my integrity,” Silver said.
“Even from a business standpoint, it would be impossible to predict which Finals would have a greater following. It depends on how many games, how close the games are. I can only thus sort of swear to the world that we do the best we can and that we don’t prefer one market or one team over another.”
Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12) guard Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum (3) as he goes up for a basket in the first quarter of Game 5 of the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Warriors forward Draymond Green said Thursday the left ankle he tweaked in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals was improving.
“It feels a lot better, a lot better than it did last night,” Green told KNBR. “Just really been icing, getting a massage, and you’re really just normal things that it takes to get it back healthy and get ready to go for Monday.”
Green was hobbled after a drive to the basket in the third quarter of the Warrors’ 125-121 win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, going back to the locker room to get the ankle re-taped. He returned to the game in the fourth.
The Warriors open play in the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.
Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) disputes a call against him with official Bill Kennedy (55) during their game against the Portland Trail Blazers in the third quarter of Game 3 of the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, May 7, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
PORTLAND, Ore. — Draymond Green was relatively quiet on the eve of Game 3. His pregame interview lasted only about three minutes. He fielded questions about trash talking on the court, and they didn’t produce anything particularly noteworthy.
It was all by design, and it backfired as the Warriors lost the game and didn’t show a sense of urgency.
“I knew the (Trail Blazers) needed something to grab hold to (down 0-2 in the series), so I told our team, ‘Don’t give ’em any bulletin board material,'” Green said after the Warriors’ Game 4 win. “And everybody looked at me crazy like, ‘What? Who is this saying this? Like, what’s going on?’ I’m usually the guy to do that, and I’m telling everybody else not to do it? And I thought that worked against us the other night because I felt like we played soft, and I was the catalyst of us playing soft.”
Green changed his tone immediately after the Game 3 loss, essentially guaranteeing a win in Game 4 if the Warriors came to play and noting that the Trail Blazers had shown doubt. He had Damian Lillard wondering what mind games he was playing.
“I wanted to give them bulletin board material,” Green said.
“It wasn’t no disrespect to them. It was more so at my guys to make our guys respond to what I’m saying.”
Green said he also made comments to motivate himself, and that worked. He had a career-high seven blocks in Game 4.
Without Stephen Curry, the Warriors pulled off one of the most epic fourth quarter comeback wins of the 2015-16 season. In the playoffs, no less.
Bay Area News Group’s Courtney Cronin and Marcus Thompson break down what went wrong for the Warriors in three quarters of Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals and how Klay Thompson, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green were able to pick up the Warriors in the fourth quarter and lead GSW to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) celebrates his basket against the New Orleans Pelicans in the third quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, March 14, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
OAKLAND — Houston Rockets star James Harden laughed when asked about seeing some moving screens in Game 1 against the Warriors that the officials didn’t call.
“What do you think?” Harden said Sunday. “You saw it.”
Warriors forward Draymond Green, who often is the subject of ire from fans who believe he sets illegal screens, said Monday he hadn’t seen the video and didn’t care to.
“I don’t think I set illegal screens,” Green said. “We set screens just like anybody else. My guys get open shots because they got two of the quickest releases in the NBA. Everybody else in the NBA sets the same screens we set. They just don’t got the shooters we got. That ain’t my fault. I mean, like I can’t shoot like Klay (Thompson) and Steph (Curry) either. Am I supposed to cry about it? No, you do what you can do. It ain’t our fault they can’t get it up their shot off as quick as Klay and Steph can. So big deal. Go find somebody that can shoot that quick. I don’t care.
“I’d rather you have my last dollar than I have it. That’s how I’ve always been. I look at a screen like that. I’d rather me help you get a shot than I get a shot. So if I’m helping you get a shot, I feel good about that.”