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The 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors set the NBA record for best start to a season by improving to 16-0 with tonight’s 111-77 win vs. the Lakers, besting the previous mark of 15-0 set by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

Dating back to 2014-15, the Warriors have won 20 consecutive regular-season games, extending a franchise-record streak and becoming the sixth team in NBA history to win 20-straight regular-season contests. The Warriors also extended their franchise-record regular-season home win streak to 27 consecutive games, becoming the 12th team in NBA history to win 27-straight at home.

The Warriors, who posted a franchise-best record of 67-15 before capturing the 2015 NBA title, are now 83-15 (.847) in the regular season dating back to 2014-15 and 99-20 (.832) including the playoffs.

Warriors now 15-0, tying the best start in NBA history

The 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors tied the NBA record for best start to a season by improving to 15-0 with tonight’s 118-105 win at Denver, equaling the mark set by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

The Warriors are the first defending champion in NBA history to begin the season 15-0.

Dating back to 2014-15, the Warriors have won 19 consecutive regular-season games, extending a franchise-record streak and becoming the 10th team in NBA history to win 19-straight regular-season contests. The Warriors are the first team to post win streaks of at least 15 games in consecutive seasons since the Spurs did so in 1994-95 and 1995-96. Golden State also improved upon its best road start in club history at 7-0 away from home, tying the second-longest road win streak in team annals.

The Warriors, who posted a franchise-best record of 67-15 before capturing the 2015 NBA title, are now 82-15 (.845) in the regular season dating back to 2014-15 and 98-20 (.831) including the playoffs.

Warriors trying to make history

Here’s CSN Bay Area reporting on the 14-0 Golden State Warriors, who after winning the championship last season are on an amazing roll in 2015-16 and are the talk of basketball right now:

Warriors trying to make history

There was nothing from the Warriors after winning 10 in a row, nothing after 12 either. They held the company line: One game at a time. And: Next game is all that matters.

But Friday night, after winning their 14th consecutive game, the Warriors made no such attempts to avoid the subject on the tips of tongues throughout the NBA. They openly talked about The Streak, and about becoming the first team in NBA history to win 16 consecutive games. They embraced the subject.

“At this point, you do,” forward Draymond Green said. “Because all you’re doing now is thinking about one game, which you have to do anyway.”

The next game is Sunday at Denver. A win over the Nuggets would put the Warriors in a three-way tie with the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and the 1948-49 Washington Capitols for most wins to begin a season.

The Golden State Warriors are 14-0 and chasing history, and didn’t let the Chicago Bulls get in their way. Here’s the blog:

There is a method to that madness that has become Jimmy Butler’s life, the multiple workouts per day, starting basically every morning at 5 and pounding away.

“I want to give us the best chance of winning,” Butler was saying in Oakland late Friday night. “That’s why I train as many times as I train per day, as early as I wake up; to make my body tired and still be able to perform at the highest level.”

Butler did all he could with a decimated backcourt with Derrick Rose out with a sprained ankle and Aaron Brooks with a hamstring strain. Butler in a game high 39 minutes outscored Stephen Curry with 28 points. His nine rebounds matched the Golden State Warriors’ leader. His seven assists were a game high for both teams. But in the end, even with the Bulls trailing 94-91 with under two minutes left after Butler made the Bulls last field goal, it wasn’t enough to subdue the league’s best team as the Warriors finally put the Bulls in their rear view mirror and pulled away to a 106-94 victory.

“First of all, I thought we really competed,” said Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. “We battled, battled them the whole game. They made a couple of big plays down the stretch. We couldn’t get it back on the other end. But if we battle like that we’re going to win a lot of basketball games this year. We wanted to hold them to 10 threes or under. We did it. (Harrison) Barnes (with 20 points) hitting the two big ones there at the end (turning a four-point Warriors lead with 1:15 left into doubles figures in seconds). We took care of the ball. We didn’t give them a lot of run outs off of turnovers and that was a big goal of ours as well. We didn’t attack well enough down the stretch. But again, you play with that kind of effort we’re going to be fine.”

And here’s CSN Chicago with more on last night’s game:

Through 42 minutes it was hard to tell which was the better team, at least until Golden State’s deadly lineup finished the night by not allowing the Bulls to get anything going offensively in the last half of the fourth.

But the Warriors’ offensive rebounding was an Achilles’ heel, giving up 15 as Draymond Green came up with more than his share of loose balls, producing an effect that went beyond his nine-point, nine-rebound night.

“Yeah, loose balls,” Hoiberg said. “Draymond Green, he’s a horse in there. He does a great job watching his body, getting in there for extra ones. Those loose balls, you’ve got to find a way to come up with those.”

The 13-0 Golden State Warriors are the talk of basketball. Last night, they looked to be on their way towards their first loss of the regular season. But since they’re the Warriors, and Stephen Curry is on their team, they kept winning. Here’s the San Jose Mercury News reporting:

The Warriors’ season-opening winning streak will not die.

Not after the defending champions trailed by 23 points to the rival Los Angeles Clippers.

Not with Stephen Curry and the Warriors willing their way to a comeback.

The Warriors claimed a 124-117 win Thursday night that did more than improve their record to 13-0, two short of matching the best start in NBA history.

The Warriors’ comeback came against their bitter rivals at Staples Center and provided yet another chapter to remember as they became one of only five NBA teams to ever start 13-0.

Curry poured in 40 points to lead the charge and hit six 3-pointers. He got the best of Chris Paul, who scored 35 points but had to suffer the indignity of seeing the Warriors claim the largest comeback win in the league this season.

Andrew Bogut cleared to return after concussion

Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who was diagnosed with a concussion on October 28, has completed the NBA’s concussion protocol and has been cleared to play. He is expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons at Oracle Arena.

Bogut left Golden State’s Opening Night victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on October 27 with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter and did not return to the game.

Pistons visit Warriors tonight

Here’s the Detroit News reporting on the 5-1 Pistons, who visit the 7-0 Golden State Warriors tonight:

After the Pistons had their best quarter, a 41-11 advantage in taking a comeback win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night, their thoughts quickly turned to the next challenge.

In a difficult back-to-back situation, the Pistons get a shot at the defending-champion Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on Monday night. Following their 120-103 victory over the Blazers for a 5-1 start — their best since 2007-08, they’ll have a true measuring-stick game to gauge where they stand with their hot start.

Golden State is the NBA’s lone unbeaten team left at 7-0, coming off a 103-94 victory over Sacramento on Saturday night.

Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle reporting some key Warriors news:


Warriors general manager Bob Myers insisted he’s not disappointed the club did not reach contract agreements with Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, both of whom will become restricted free agents next summer.

Barnes chose to end talks last week, before the season started. Myers talked to Ezeli’s agent, Bill Duffy, through the weekend, but the two sides did not strike a deal before Monday’s deadline.

“This is not an indicator that we don’t value them or want them,” Myers said of the two players. “It’s just a question of reaching a deal, which we’ll pick up happily come July.”

The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Chris Babb, guard/forwards Jarell Eddie and Xavier Henry and forward Chris Udofia, the team announced today. The Warriors’ roster currently stands at 15 players.

Babb appeared in five preseason games for Golden State, averaging 2.6 points in 11.4 minutes. Eddie saw action in two preseason contests, tallying 4.5 points, 1.5 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 10.1 minutes. Both players were signed by the Warriors on September 25.

Henry and Udofia were signed by the Warriors on October 19 and did not appear in a preseason game.

Warriors sign Xavier Henry and Chris Udofia

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard/forward Xavier (zah-vee-ay) Henry and free agent forward Chris Udofia to contracts, the team announced today.

Henry, 24, averaged 2.2 points and 9.6 minutes in nine games with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014-15 before suffering a ruptured left Achilles tendon in practice on November 24, 2014. In five NBA seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies (2010-11), New Orleans Hornets (2011-13) and Lakers (2013-15), the 6’6” swingman holds career marks of 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 15.7 minutes over 185 games (23 starts). Henry was originally selected by the Grizzlies with the 12th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft following his freshman season at the University of Kansas.

Udofia, 23, appeared in 28 games with Elitzur Yavne in Israel last season, compiling averages of 10.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.68 blocks in 27.8 minutes. The 6’6” forward played four seasons at the University of Denver, averaging 12.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.06 blocks, 1.14 steals and 29.5 minutes in 124 games (98 starts). Udofia, who finished his career as Denver’s all-time leader in blocks (256) and games played, was named the Summit League Defensive Player of the Year in 2013-14 and the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-12.

Golden State’s training camp roster currently stands at 19 players.

Warriors waive Juwan Staten

Warriors waive Juwan Staten

The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Juwan Staten, the team announced yesterday. The Warriors’ training camp roster currently stands at 17 players.

Staten made his preseason debut in tonight’s win over Houston, tallying two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal in 10 minutes. He originally signed with the Warriors on September 25.

Warriors waive Ben Gordon

Warriors waive Ben Gordon

The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Ben Gordon, the team announced today. The Warriors’ training camp roster currently stands at 18 players.

Gordon appeared in two preseason games with the Warriors, averaging 1.0 points and 1.0 assists in 8.3 minutes. He was originally signed by Golden State on September 28.

Warriors waive Tony Mitchell

The Golden State Warriors have waived forward Tony Mitchell, the team announced today. The Warriors’ training camp roster currently stands at 19 players.

Mitchell was originally signed by the Warriors on September 25. He did not appear in a preseason contest with Golden State.

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will hold an Open Practice at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m., the team announced today. The first 5,000 fans can sign up for VIP tickets to Open Practice and receive a commemorative t-shirt with regular tickets to Open Practice also available while supplies last.

All fans must sign up for a VIP or regular ticket at to receive access to Open Practice and enjoy FREE parking and admission, with parking gates opening at 4:30 p.m. and doors opening at approximately 5:00 p.m. Full concessions will also be available.

For fans unable to attend, the Open Practice will also be streamed live on starting at 6:00 p.m.

Latest on Warriors quest for new arena in San Francisco

The Golden State Warriors want a new arena, located in San Francisco. Here’s CSN Bay Area with the latest news on that front, which bodes well for the team:

Latest on Warriors quest for new arena in San Francisco

Not long after the Warriors were honored Monday at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in San Francisco, the office of Mayor Ed Lee announced a partnership that it believes will clear a major hurdle to the team building a new arena in the city.

The mayor, the Warriors and the University of California, San Francisco, have reached agreement on several issues related to the billion-dollar sports and entertainment complex arena the Warriors propose in the Mission Bay district.

Insofar as Mayor Lee and the Warriors have been driving the deal from the start, the most notable aspect of this accord is an official endorsement from UCSF.

The Golden State Warriors announced today that Head Coach Steve Kerr, who underwent surgery on his back to repair a ruptured disc in late July and a follow-up surgery in early September, will take a leave of absence from the team as he continues with rehabilitation and the recovery process. The length of Kerr’s absence is unknown and will be based on his progress.

“At this point, the most important thing is to make sure Steve is healthy, completely recovered and ready for not only the rigors of a long NBA season, but day-to-day life in general,” said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers. “We don’t anticipate the recovery process will be long term, but as of today we don’t know the exact timeframe. We’ll evaluate his progress daily and provide updates as necessary.”

“After the first two days of training camp, I realized I need to take a step back and focus on my rehabilitation in order to be ready for the grind of another NBA season,” said Kerr. “As I noted last week, my summer was difficult and no fun due to the multiple back surgeries. At this point, I simply want to get healthy and back to my normal daily routine on and off the court.”

Luke Walton, the team’s lead assistant coach, will serve as interim head coach in Kerr’s absence.

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will receive their 2014-15 NBA Championship rings during a special pregame ceremony on Opening Night on Tuesday, October 27 when the team hosts the New Orleans Pelicans to tip-off the 2015-16 campaign, it was announced today.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, along with Warriors co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, will present last season’s players and coaches with unique diamond-clad rings crafted by Jason of Beverly Hills.

The Warriors, who won a franchise record 67 games last season and captured the team’s first NBA title in 40 years, will also unveil the 2014-15 NBA Championship banner at Oracle Arena during the pregame ceremony.

The Warriors, who became the fifth team in NBA history to win four or more NBA titles, will commemorate the team’s 2014-15 NBA Championship by wearing special NBA Championship uniforms.

Warriors sign Ben Gordon

Warriors sign Ben Gordon

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Ben Gordon to a contract.

After establishing himself as a terrific scorer — especially in 4th quarters — in the early part of his NBA career, Gordon has fallen off the basketball map in recent seasons.

Gordon, 32, spent the 2014-15 season with the Orlando Magic, averaging 6.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 14.1 minutes over 56 games. An 11-year NBA veteran, Gordon holds career averages of 14.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 27.4 minutes over 744 games (269 starts) with the Chicago Bulls (2004-09), Detroit Pistons (2009-12), Charlotte Bobcats (2012-14) and Magic. In 29 career postseason games (all with Chicago), the 6’3” guard has tallied averages of 20.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 37.8 minutes. Originally selected by the Bulls with the third overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, Gordon won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award as a rookie in 2004-05 and ranks 12th among active players in three-point percentage (.401).

Gordon will wear #7. The Warriors roster currently stands at 20 players.

Warriors championship core returns

Warriors championship core returns

Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle with a mention of the Spurs before reviewing Golden State Warriors roster changes this offseason, which were relatively minor:

The Spurs made a lot of offseason noise, adding Aldridge and David West while retaining Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, and the Warriors stood pretty much pat. They’ll report to the team’s downtown Oakland facility Monday for physicals and media day with 12 of the 15 players from last season’s championship-winning roster.

“Once the season starts, nobody cares about all of the hype and all of the talk,” Kerr said Friday. “You just go out and play. We’re the defending champs. That’s a feather in our cap, and it should give us confidence, but all of the talk means nothing.”

Gone are David Lee, Justin Holiday and Ognjen Kuzmic. Arriving are Jason Thompson, Kevon Looney and a 15th roster spot that could go to any one of five training-camp invitees.

Lee was traded to Boston for Gerald Wallace and Chris Babb, and Wallace later was swapped to Philadelphia for Thompson. He’s expected to take over Lee’s role, splitting backup minutes at center with Festus Ezeli and at forward with Marreese Speights.
Kuzmic, a developmental center, signed to play in Greece, and the Warriors have a new project in Looney.

Jason Richardson retires from NBA

Jason Richardson, aka J-Rich, was a dunk phenom and a mighty fine basketball player. Between 2001 and 2015 he averaged 17.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. A fantastic NBA career is in the books. Here’s the Philadelphia Inquirer blog reporting:

The thought was that Jason Richardson would extend his career as a member of the Atlanta Hawks.

But the shooting guard, who was with 76ers the past three seasons, announced his retirement Wednesday on his personal Instagram page.

“Today is a bitter sweet moment for me,” he wrote. “ I’m officially announcing my retirement from pro basketball. I like to thank the organizations and fans in Charlotte, Phoenix, Orlando, Philly and especially The Bay Area for their loyal support the past 14 years. Walking away was the hardest decision I had to make but choosing my health and spending time with my family is more important to me! God bless!”

This announcement comes after Richardson had signed a non-guaranteed, one-year deal with the Hawks for the league minimum back in August.

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