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NBA Unveils “Big Logo” Sleeved Jerseys for Christmas Day Games

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The NBA unveiled the special jerseys to be worn by the ten teams playing on Christmas Day.  They are short-sleeved and feature an enlarged team logo on the front.

Yes, the Warriors’ are yellow.

Despite the bad reviews from last year, which no doubt promoted the switch to the white sleeved jerseys this year, adidas put the Warriors back in yellow. But they won’t be alone.

“They’re cool,” point guard Stephen Curry said. “It’s nice to be playing on Christmas Day to showcase them off. Like I’ve said, as long as we shoot well and get the win, they look good.”

The Clippers, Lakers, Bulls, Heat, Thunder, Knicks, Nets, Rockets and Spurs will also join the sleeved-jersey gang.

Here are looks at the rest of them, plus the commercial featuring Stephen Curry (I like Brooklyn’s the most, hands down.)

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Warriors’ Harrison Barnes Out for Saturday’s Games vs. Sacramento Kings

Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will not play Saturday’s game against visiting Sacramento, a team source confirmed.

Clearly, his left toe inflammation still isn’t healed enough for action. Barnes hasn’t played since an Oct. 7 preseason game against the Kings. He hasn’t practiced with the team since either.

No timetable has been set for Barnes return. He’s listed as day-to-day. Coach Mark Jackson announced on Tuesday he would miss the first two games and be re-evaluated. Jackson said the goal is for the injury to completely heal so the issue doesn’t linger.

The team hasn’t revealed the details of Barnes’ injury — such as what’s causing the inflammation, how it happened, how its being treated or how long Barnes could be out — which is usually up to the player.

The Warriors’ bench could certainly use Barnes, who Jackson said will be the sixth man when he’s healthy. Golden State’s second unit has struggled to score the first two games.

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David Lee, Stephen Curry Shine as Warriors Beat Los Angeles Lakers in China

No, I’m not in China. But I did watch the Warriors’ 100-95 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Beijing on Tuesday. As far as the Warriors are concerned, it’s already fair to call the trip to China can be considered a success if only for reason: it got David Lee going.

For the first time this preseason, Lee looked like the All-Star he is. Part of it was the matador defense of Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol. But most of it was the liveliness of Lee. He was simply quicker and more explosive than his Lakers front-court counterparts, and he had various elements of his game was clicking.

That’s a vital step for the Warriors to round into form as the regular season news. They have hardly looked like the team expected to be a force in the Western Conference. But you could see some signs that’s starting to happen.

Lee had 31 points on 12 of 16 shooting in the first of two games against the Lakers in China. Lee made his first seven shots – four layups, two jumpers and a turn-around out of the post – en route to 22 first-half points.

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Harrison Barnes Gets First Crack as Mark Jackson Experiments with Starting Lineups

ONTARIO, Calif. — Mark Jackson said he’s not into playing mind games. If he knew who his starters were for the season, he would just say it. He doesn’t, he assured. He’s still trying to figure out which lineup gives his Warriors the best chance to win.

It is with that context he revealed guard Klay Thompson, who has started 122 consecutive games with Golden State (including playoffs), will come off the bench for tonight’s preseason opener.

Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala will start in the backcourt, with Harrison Barnes, David Lee and center Andrew Bogut will start against the Los Angeles Lakers at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Is this insight into Jackson’s first choice, or is this his I’m-not-going-to-show-my-cards-early lineup? Is he anointing Barnes or motivating Thompson? Has Iguodala an automatic starter?

“Truthfully,” Jackson said, “there is zero to read into it.”

The Warriors, who have all five starters from last season, found themselves with a good problem to have by acquiring Iguodala — giving them six players capable of starting.

Curry, Lee and Bogut are etched in stone as long as they’re healthy, per Jackson. That leaves three wing players and two starting spots available. Jackson said he will use the preseason to experiment, figure out which five is the best fit. The odd man out will serve as the sixth man.

He said Thompson will get a chance to start this preseason. He also suggested you may see Iguodala come off the bench at some point in the exhibition.

“Don’t read anything into it,” Jackson reiterated. “It’s just the way we’re starting tonight. You could go either way. Klay and Iguodala (starting) or Klay and Barnes. … All those guys are going to play a lot. This is just the way I’m starting tonight.”

Here is a break down of each scenario:

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Draymond Green Keeping the Warriors on Their Toes

David Lee broke it down simply. Lee told second-year forward Draymond Green he wasn’t doing his job if Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala, Marreese Speights and even Lee himself wasn’t mad at him every few days.

Green’s response? Duh.

“That was already my plan anyway,” Green said, flashing his bright, devious smile. “So I didn’t need him to tell me.”

If Green has something to say about it, the Warriors won’t have a problem with complacency. Whatever success they have won’t soften them, nor will accolades cause them to

Because as soon as they get to practice, they will have to deal with Green. He’s loud. He’s tough. He’s versatile in his skill. Most important, he relishes the role of providing the checks and balances on the court.

“I don’t care who you are or what you do, I’m going to go at you,” he said after Friday’s practice. “I may not be the one guarding you but I’m going to say something. You can always do more. I feel like the sky is the limit for this team so there is always more that can be done. You may have had 30 yesterday. But you come into practice today and I’m getting after you. If it’s D-Lee or whoever it is, I’mma get at you.”

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Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes Invited to 27-player Team USA Minicamp

USA Basketball officially announced the 27 players its inviting to the minicamp in Las Vegas in July, and two Warriors made the list (as previously reported). Oakland native Damian Lillard was also selected.

The invited players will assemble in Las Vegas on July 21, and will conduct daily training sessions July 22-24 (12:00-2:30 p.m. PDT) and close out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game on Thursday, July 25, 6 p.m. PDT at the Thomas & Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV.

All USA practices will take place at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center and are closed to the general public. Here is the full roster. Some of these potential match-ups look intriguing.

NAME                                   POS        HGT       WGT        DOB      NBA TEAM / COLLEGE

Ryan Anderson                        F            6-10        240        05/06/88   New Orleans Pelicans / California

Harrison Barnes                     F            6-8          210        05/30/92   Golden State Warriors / North Carolina

Bradley Beal                            G           6-5          207        06/28/93   Washington Wizards / Florida

Mike Conley                            G           6-1          185        10/11/87   Memphis Grizzlies / Ohio State

DeMarcus Cousins                   C            6-11        270        08/13/90   Sacramento Kings / Kentucky

Anthony Davis                        F/C          6-10        220        03/11/93   New Orleans Pelicans / Kentucky

DeMar DeRozan                      G           6-7          216        08/07/89   Toronto Raptors / USC

Andre Drummond                   C            6-10        270        09/10/93   Detroit Pistons / Connecticut

Kenneth Faried                        F            6-8          228        11/19/89   Denver Nuggets / Morehead State

Derrick Favors                         F/C          6-10        248        07/15/91   Utah Jazz / Georgia Tech

Paul George                             F/G         6-8          221        05/02/90   Indiana Pacers / Fresno State

Taj Gibson                               F            6-9          225        06/24/85   Chicago Bulls / USC

Gordon Hayward                     F            6-8          210        03/23/90   Utah Jazz / Butler

Jrue Holiday                            G           6-4          205        06/12/90   Philadelphia 76ers / UCLA

Kyrie Irving                             G           6-3          191        03/23/92   Cleveland Cavaliers / Duke

DeAndre Jordan                      C            6-11        265        07/21/88   Los Angeles Clippers / Texas A&M

Ty Lawson                               G           5-11        195        11/03/87   Denver Nuggets / North Carolina

Kawhi Leonard                        F/G         6-7          225        06/29/91   San Antonio Spurs / San Diego State

Damian Lillard                         G           6-3          195        07/15/90   Portland Trail Blazers / Weber State

Greg Monroe                           C            6-11        250        06/04/90   Detroit Pistons / Georgetown

Chandler Parsons                     F            6-9          227        10/25/88   Houston Rockets / Florida

Larry Sanders                          C            6-11        235        11/21/88   Milwaukee Bucks / VCU

Klay Thompson                      G           6-7          205        02/08/90   Golden State Warriors / Washington State

Dion Waiters                            G           6-4          215        12/10/91   Cleveland Cavaliers / Syracuse

Kemba Walker                          G           6-1          184        05/08/90   Charlotte Bobcats / Connecticut

John Wall                                G           6-4          195        09/06/90   Washington Wizards / Kentucky

Tyler Zeller                              F/C          7-0          250        01/17/90   Cleveland Cavaliers / North Carolina

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Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes Invited to Team USA Minicamp

Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes will participate in Team USA’s minicamp in Las Vegas in July, according to sources. And point guard Stephen Curry is back in the national team mix, too.

The camp this summer is for Team USA officials to get a good look at the promising young players in the NBA. Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George will reportedly participate as well.
Thompson was part of the select team that practiced against the national squad in advance of the 2012 games in London. Barnes, named first-team All-Rookie, shined under the bright lights of the NBA playoffs to emerge as one of the league’s bright young talents.
Curry will not participate in the camp next month but he will show up in Las Vegas to meet with Team USA coaches. He is back in the national team’s pool of players and will be invited next summer to try out for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly the World Championships) in Spain.
Curry was on the 2010 USA squad that won the gold medal at the World Championships in Turkey. However, he wasn’t selected for the pool of players invited to try out for the London Olympics.