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Warriors informed Nemanja Nedovic suffered stress fracture in right foot while training with Serbia

The Warriors were informed guard Nemanja Nedovic suffered a stress fracture in his right foot while training with the Serbian national team for the FIBA World Cup, a Warriors spokesman said Tuesday.

The Warriors are waiting to review X rays to confirm the fracture after Nedovic reportedly suffered the injury while scoring five points in eight minutes in Sunday’s 82-69 exhibition win against Bosnia in Italy.

A team doctor told Mondo.rs that Nedovic would return to Belgrade for an MRI exam on what’s believed to be a fracture of the fifth metatarsal, adding that he would need to have it immobilized for three to four weeks if the fracture is confirmed.

Nedovic could be the second Warriors player on the Serbian team to miss the World Cup, as center Ognjen Kuzmic has already been ruled out due to a stress reaction in his left leg.

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Warriors’ Marreese Speights arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Tampa

Warriors center Marreese Speights was arrested on a second-degree misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence early Tuesday in Tampa on the morning after his 27th birthday, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Speights was arrested at 3:31 a.m. ET and later submitted to two tests showing breath alcohol content levels of .103 and .106 percent, according to the incident log. Florida’s unlawful breath alcohol level is .08 or above.

Speights became involved in a traffic stop due to a failure to yield right of way while pulling out of a driveway in a black 2012 Bentley, according to the incident log. An officer detected indicators of impairment, and after Speights agreed to roadside field sobriety exercises, the player was arrested and transported to a breath testing facility.

The 6-foot-10 Speights, who according to the incident report was cooperative, was booked and later released from Hillsborough County Orient Road Jail on $500 bond, according to Tampa police.

“We are aware of Marreese Speights’ arrest this morning on DUI charges in Florida and are in the process of obtaining additional information,” a statement issued by the Warriors read, citing an ongoing legal matter in declining further comment.

Neither Speights nor his representatives returned messages seeking comment.

Speights, who won a national championship playing for the University of Florida, averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in his first year of a three-year, $11 million contract with the Warriors last season.

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Ex-Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine returns to broadcast booth, parodies LeBron James

Former Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine announced Monday he will return to his old job and serve as a television analyst for Comcast SportsNet New England, covering the Boston Celtics.

In doing so, Scalabrine parodied LeBron James with his own version of the “I’m Coming Home” essay and joked about being demoted to the Santa Cruz Warriors last season.

“So I took my talents to Golden State searching for their championship and I really believed we could do something magical if we came together,” wrote Scalabrine, who had won popularity and an NBA championship playing for Boston. “But then I was sent down to the D-League where we flew to Hidalgo, TX on commercial flights with no first class sitting next to a 7’2” center named Ognjen Kuzmic. There was nothing magical happening down there, no matter how much we came together. And that’s when I knew it was time to come home.

“I’m doing this essay because I want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted…and gather some great press based on another recent NBA signing…in almost the exact same way. I don’t want anyone thinking: He and Mark Jackson didn’t get along.”

Jackson has said Scalabrine showed “disrespect” during his first season as an NBA assistant coach, leading to a reassignment to Santa Cruz in March. The demotion led to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski to report that Golden State had “an increasingly dysfunctional atmosphere,” a characterization that hung over the team as it made the playoffs.

After the Warriors were eliminated, Jackson was fired. Scalabrine, who finished the year with Santa Cruz as a player development coach, was also let go. Now, both of them will be in the broadcast booth next season.

 

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Warriors assistant Luke Walton enjoys summer of beach volleyball with Richard Jefferson, Matt Leinart

New Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton has a good reason for still wearing a Lakers shirt these days.

Walton, who won two NBA championships with the Lakers, is playing this summer on a six-man Southern California beach volleyball squad called Team Fletch, which annually honors the Chevy Chase comedy with players dressed in Lakers jerseys and Afro wigs.

The costumes might be wacky, but the competition is serious The 6-foot-8 Walton after joining Steve Kerr on the bench in NBA Summer League was captured on video at a Manhattan Beach tournament this week spiking the ball and assisting on a block at the net, as Team Fletch went on to take second place.

Walton, 34, plays alongside former Warriors forward Richard Jefferson, who was his teammate at the University of Arizona. Others on Team Fletch include former Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart and professional volleyball player Casey Jennings.

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Warriors’ Ognjen Kuzmic sidelined with stress reaction in left leg

Warriors center Ognjen Kuzmic has a stress reaction in his left leg and will be sidelined for about four weeks, making him unable to participate in training for Serbia’s FIBA World Cup team.

The 7-foot Kuzmic, who averaged 3.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in four NBA Summer League games last month, is expected to be ready for training camp, according to the Warriors.

After having been named a candidate in June to make the Serbian team, Kuzmic joined Warriors teammates Andrew Bogut, Andre Iguodala and David Lee in skipping World Cup training for to health-related reasons.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are vying for spots on Team USA while Nemanja Nedovic is expected to play for Serbia.

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Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett energized at age 70: ‘I don’t want to retire, OK?’

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – After an hour of preaching fundamentals, telling old stories about playing in the NBA, running through pick-and-roll drills and taking questions, Warriors television analyst Jim Barnett saw that the children wanted more.

As Barnett walked off the court, several Warriors basketball campers approached with even more questions. He bent down, put his hands on their shoulders and listened.

One boy who wanted a picture with Barnett saw his cell phone malfunction multiple times before there was a successful snapshot. Barnett looked him in the eye and praised him for not giving up.

Asked afterward about how he’s able to resonate with generations old and young, the 70-year-old Barnett smiled.

“I think kids can read you, and they can read sincerity, and they can read whether someone really cares about them,” Barnett said. “And I do care.

“I’m pretty transparent as a person. I wear my emotions on my sleeve…I’m a human being, and I think they recognize human beings no matter what age they are and no matter what age I am. I think there’s a way of connecting with them and talking with them and not talking to them and not talking down to them. I wish I could impart so much more information.”

Barnett at the Warriors Basketball Camp at El Camino High relished in his role as a team ambassador – a job he would have performed for Golden State without a major role on the broadcasting side had a “mutual agreement” to step aside from the booth gone forward.

Last season was supposed to be Barnett’s final season as a full-time broadcaster, but it didn’t work out that way. Fans voiced their desire for Barnett to return, and a replacement never materialized. In the end, there was a mutual decision to have him come back to broadcast all the games.

“Right now in my brain, I’m thinking I’m just going to keep doing it as long I can, as long as I’m able to do it and do a good, credible job, and as long as people want me,” Barnett said. “I’m not thinking of retiring right now.

“The way I feel right now, if you said, ‘Can you do it for three or four more years,’ I’d say ‘absolutely…’ I don’t want to retire, OK? I can’t think about retiring and sitting in the house in Orinda. And what the hell am I going to do? I can’t play tennis anymore. I’m not very good at golf.”

Entering his 30th season calling Warriors games, Barnett turned 70 earlier this month. He recently walked up the spiral staircase of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris without a problem with his knees and believes that it’s the game and interacting with younger generations passionate about the game that keeps him feeling young.

Barnett said he had “mixed” emotions about last season but that he was energized for what’s to come.

“What’s happened is that whole affair has made me rethink everything and not take anything for granted, so it’s kind of made me younger in a way because I’m going to work harder,” Barnett said. “I worked harder last year.

“I’m going to bring everything that I have, and I still have a lot of energy…I have enthusiasm and passion, and that never dies.”