Warriors amused by criticism from ex-players

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talks to the media at the team's practice facility in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talks to the media at the team’s practice facility in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Warriors confirmed Saturday that yes, they found recent comments from former NBA players who think the teams of old would have beaten Golden State to be amusing.

“They obviously want to get in the media and have their name heard again,” Warriors center Andrew Bogut said. “I just hope I’m not a bitter old man in my 50s and 60s. Every generation says the next generation is softer and slower and not as smart and not as physical. So I hope I’m not one of those guys that does that. It’s unfortunate. I respect all eras. Every era brought something different.

“When I’m on my couch with a beer open watching, I’ll respect everybody because I know what it takes to get to this league in whatever era you played in.”

It was Bogut who made it clear the Warriors were noticing comments coming from everyone from Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson to Cedric Ceballos and Wally Szczerbiak.

“It’s just funny to me. It’s just funny that you can ask anybody,” Bogut said. “You can ask 12th man on a championship team from 1965, and some journalist is going to print the article.

“To us, we don’t really care about it that much. It’s more just starting to get funny now because they’re just asking random people from random teams that didn’t even win championships. It’s like, ‘Alright, cool. Great opinion.’”

Even Stephen Jackson told ESPN  the “We Believe” Warriors would have beaten the current team. Steve Kerr, Jackson’s former teammate, smiled and said to take anything he said with a grain of salt.

“Every era is so different,” Kerr said. “The rules are different. The style of play is different. Would Wilt (Chamberlain) have been able to average 50 and 25 today with the rule changes? Probably not. But you can make an argument for every era. The 90s had dominant big men – Shaq (O’Neal) and (Hakeem) Olajuwon, (Patrick) Ewing and Rik Smits.

“But the rules have changed. It’s tougher to isolate. It’s tougher to post up. So you try to compare all this stuff, it’s pretty much impossible. So all that stuff, it’s meaningless, and it’s sort of amusing.”


Warriors’ Draymond Green sneaks up on Stephen Curry again with water, ice

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) enjoy the view from the bench along with coach Bruce Faiser as their team plays the Sacramento Kings late in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. The Warriors beat the Kings 122-103. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) enjoy the view from the bench along with coach Bruce Faiser as their team plays the Sacramento Kings late in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. The Warriors beat the Kings 122-103. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

MIAMI – Stephen Curry was the target of some ice Draymond Green tossed  at him right after he finished an interview with reporters on Wednesday.

“Unbelievable,” Curry said, smiling.

Green has poured water on the heads of his teammates throughout the season during television interviews after wins. He got Curry good on Monday in Atlanta during his interview with Warriors analyst Jim Barnett, prompting Curry to smile and exclaim, “Mother sucker!”

The video of Curry avoiding curse words was noticed by Curry’s family members.

“A hundred percent,” Curry said. “It started with my wife all the way down through the family. I didn’t see it coming. He always picks the coldest water in the arena. I don’t know how he does it. He’s getting really good at sneaking around, finding different angles even though I was looking out for him.

Curry smiled.

“I think JB just asked such a great question, I was in deep thought. I kind of blanked out.”

Curry took a piece of ice that Green had gotten him with and threw it no-look back toward the tunnel hoping to catch Green.

But Green had vanished by then, having gotten the best of his target again.


Warriors sign Anderson Varejao, who ‘wanted to play’ and is expected to get time

ATLANTA – The Warriors signed center Anderson Varejao on Monday, and the Brazilian is expected to receive immediate playing time.

“I wanted to go to a team with a chance to fight for the title,” Varejao said in a statement in Portuguese. “But also I wanted to play.”

The 33-year-old Varejao only played in 31 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, averaging 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10 minutes before he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers and waived.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Varejao could make his debut for the team as soon as Wednesday when the Warriors play at Miami.

“I plan on playing him to get him some rhythm,” Kerr said. “He hasn’t played much at all this year, and he says he’s healthy, and he’s been practicing all year and feels good. So the one thing he’ll need is some rhythm, so we want to get him some minutes as soon as we can.”

Varejao reached agreement on a contract with the Warriors after also receiving interest from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs, according to his public relations agency.

“He’s hard not to like,” Kerr said. “He’s the guy who gives effort multiple times in one possession and competes every second he’s out there. And the enthusiasm that he plays with and from what I gather his personality in the locker room,  yeah, he’s going to be a fan favorite in Golden State just like he was in Cleveland.”

Varejao said his friendships with former Cavaliers teammates Shaun Livingston, Marreese Speights and Luke Walton along with countryman Leandro Barbosa weighed heavily in choosing the Warriors.

Kerr said according to Walton, Varejao was one of the best teammates he ever had and was similar as a passing and screening big man to Andrew Bogut.

“We also think he’s a perfect fit with the way we play because he’s a playmaker – dribble handoff, backdoor pass guy,” Kerr said. “He’s a lot like Bogues in his feel for the game, and he’s also a wonderful teammate.”

Kerr said there was no hesitancy with making a roster change with the team having a 49-5 record.

“No because we’re not changing anything dramatically,” Kerr said. “We’re still going to be who we are, and we’re not taking out a rotation player to do anything. We have our core intact.  We have our group intact, but we’re adding a guy who’s going to give us depth and adds another playmaker.

“To have another one means we have the depth where we can withstand some injury and still do what we do.”

Little-used forward Jason Thompson was waived to clear room for Varejao on the roster.

“It’s obviously tough to see one of your brothers, J.T., move on, but I think it’s a good move for us to deepen our lineup, especially at the big man spot with Festus out,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said.

Kerr said the 6-foot-11 Varejao was a true center while at forward the team preferred to go small rather than use the 6-foot-11 Thompson.

“Jason Thompson is a fantastic human being and teammate, and it was really hard to make the move because he’s been so good in our locker room,” Kerr said. “But he handled it like the true professional that he is. It was a very difficult conversation to have, and we wish nothing but the best for Jason. He deserves it.”


Warriors used ‘caution’ in not displaying Year of the Monkey images on Chinese New Year uniforms

LOS ANGELES – The Warriors did not display monkey patches on their Chinese New Year uniforms, exercising caution with using the image of this year’s zodiac animal that appears on the Chinese calendar, according to the team.

The Warriors created the uniforms to honor their Chinese fan base and wore them in two games this season, omitting the monkey despite not having received complaints that the image was offensive. The Warriors did not display the monkey in Friday’s loss at Portland and in a Feb. 9 win at home against the Houston Rockets.

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins raised concern over his team giving away Year of the Monkey T shirts on the first day of Black History Month, and the shirts were removed.


Warriors just for fun put ’73-9′ message in a fortune cookie


The Warriors have consistently said they don’t talk much about the possibility of breaking the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record, but that doesn’t mean they don’t see it in their future.

Warriors president Rick Welts and guard Klay Thompson last week visited the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco to make their own custom cookies as they unveiled the team’s Chinese New Year jerseys. They slipped a piece of paper inside referring to a new record, Welts told CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday.

“I actually wrote out one and handed it to him, and he put it in a fortune cookie, and it did say ’73-9,’” Welts said of Thompson.

The Warriors are 44-4 headed into Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards, and the best start in NBA history has higher-ups on the team at least having the Bulls’ record on their minds.

“I think the record of 72 wins is the unspoken thing out there,” Welts said.

“I think not speaking it is more in tune with the way our team does it.”

Said Warriors CEO Joe Lacob of his players on KNBR:  “The most important thing is winning the title and staying hungry, but they are chasing history to some extent now, and if we can do that at the same time and get that done, it would be a great thing.”


5 things we learned from Warriors’ 108-105 win against the Philadelphia 76ers

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 108-105 win against the Philadelphia 76ers:

1. Messing around with the game isn’t a good idea. That’s what Steve Kerr said and what Draymond Green fessed up to. He wanted another triple-double and started trying to make unnecessary passes with the Warriors up big to get it. Bad idea, as the 76ers were able to get some momentum and make the game close.

2. Klay Thompson remains on fire. He was 14-for-26 from the field in his 32-point performance and continues his tear before he heads to the All-Star game.

3. Harrison Barnes’ game-winner was a confidence-booster. He’s been up and down since missing weeks due to a sprained ankle. The shot might not have been talked about much after the Warriors blew a 24-point lead to make it necessary. But Barnes will take it — and make it.

4. Green’s near triple-double was not awesome. He fell one assist shy, but it was obvious he was trying a bit too hard to get it. Turnovers were committed along the way. Yes, he leads the league with eight of them. Ironically, he made the assist for the game-winner — leaving him one assist shy of his desired goal. “It was all my fault,” Green said. “I was selfishly unselfish.”

5. The Warriors’ ball movement continues to impress overall. The Warriors’ 26 assists in the first half was two shy of the franchise record. And with the game on the line, Stephen Curry and Green were willing passers, finding the open man and making the right play.


5 things we learned from Warriors’ 120-90 win against the San Antonio Spurs

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills (8) as he slips on the floor in the first quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills (8) as he slips on the floor in the first quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 120-90 win against the San Antonio Spurs:

1. Stephen Curry is unstoppable, and that goes for the NBA’s top-ranked defense. He was 6-for-9 from 3-point range after having had his struggles against his Spurs in the past. Draymond Green said he noticed the day before the game Curry would be ready. “He came out and showed that when he came out and hit that three from like 37 feet out, he confirmed it,” Green said.

2. The Spurs were left humbled by the Warriors — for the most part. Gregg Popovich said three times in his two-minute postgame interview that it was like men against boys during the game. “I don’t think that there was one area in which it was close,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. LaMarcus Aldridge after struggling against Green wasn’t backing down, though, explaining he was simply too eager. “I felt like I had a matchup,” Aldridge said after his 2-for-9 shooting performance.

3. The Warriors’ bench played well again. Steve Kerr went out of his way to especially point out the contributions of Brandon Rush, who after giving up his spot in the starting lineup to Harrison Barnes came on and was 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Shaun Livingston was dominating with a 6-for-6 shooting performance. Andre Iguodala and Festus Ezeli helped the bench regain some of that scoring consistency it had lost earlier in the season.

4. Green set the tone again with his defense. “Just his heart,” Curry noted. “He’s a little undersized. He loves taking on those challenges.” Kawhi Leonard got plenty of attention before the game, but it was Green who stood out. Aldridge probably noticed even if he actually thought he held the advantage.

5. Kerr was happy with the win to say the least. He smiled and joked when asked about Popovich, saying of his mentor, “That’s my guy, but I don’t feel that bad right now.” He spoke of how his team manages to rise to the occasion. “They’re a pretty cocky group,” Kerr said. “They are. In a good way, though. They corral that arrogance and they believe.”