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Warriors re-sign Leandro Barbosa

Warriors re-sign Leandro Barbosa

The Golden State Warriors re-signing of unrestricted free agent guard Leandro Barbosa became official today.

Barbosa, 32, appeared in 66 regular-season games (one start) during his first season with Golden State in 2014-15, averaging 7.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 14.9 minutes per contest. He scored in double figures 20 times, including a season-high 19 points in 28 minutes versus Utah on March 21, 2015. The 6’3” guard appeared in all 21 postseason games during Golden State’s NBA Championship run, averaging 5.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 10.9 minutes.

A 12-year NBA veteran, Barbosa owns career averages of 11.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 715 regular-season games with Phoenix, Toronto, Indiana, Boston and Golden State. The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native has appeared in 96 postseason games, averaging 8.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

Warriors re-sign Draymond Green

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The hustle is back in Oakland.

The Golden State Warriors yesterday re-signed restricted free agent forward Draymond Green to a multi-year contract, the team announced today.

According to the Associated Press, it’s a $82 million, five-year contract. A massive increase for Green from his previous salaries.

“You cannot overstate how important Draymond Green was to helping our team win an NBA Championship last season,” said General Manager Bob Myers, “and we are thrilled that he has decided to re-sign with us. Our ownership group, led by Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, has once again demonstrated the commitment necessary to build and maintain a championship caliber team.”

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Green said: “This is home for me… I came here three years ago not knowing what to expect. … At no point did I feel I was ready to leave this organization. I know what the future can possibly hold. Everything’s run the right way, there are endless possibilities. I want to be a part of it… We have a young group of guys committed to each other. You should see our group chats. … The feeling that you get from that I’m not sure you can get with any other team in the NBA. It’s something I wanted to continue to be a part of.”

Green, 25, appeared in 79 regular-season games (all starts) last season, establishing career-high averages in nearly every major statistical category, including 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.56 steals, 1.25 blocks and 31.5 minutes per contest. The 6’7” forward led the team in rebounding, ranked second in assists, steals and blocks, and ranked third in scoring. Green became just the third player in Warriors history to earn NBA All-Defensive First Team honors (joining Nate Thurmond and Andre Iguodala), and also finished second in both the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player Award voting. Among NBA leaders, the Michigan State product ranked second in plus/minus (+10.6), third in net rating (16.5) and tied for fourth in defensive rating (96.0).

In 21 postseason games en route to the Warriors first NBA title in 40 years, Green averaged 13.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.81 steals, 1.19 blocks and 37.3 minutes per contest. He posted 12 double-doubles during the postseason, including a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the series-clinching victory in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Cleveland, marking the first Finals triple-double in franchise history.

“This is truly an unbelievable and blessed day for me and my family,” said Green. “I’d like to thank Joe Lacob, Peter Guber, Bob Myers, Rick Welts, all of my teammates and coaches, and everyone in DubNation for believing in me and helping me become the player and person that I am today. In three short years I have gone from a second round pick that many doubted could play in this league to an NBA Champion, and I look forward to getting better – both individually and as a team – as we face the challenges that lie ahead of us.”

Originally selected by the Warriors with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Green has appeared in 240 regular-season games (92 starts) during his three-year career, averaging 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.11 steals in 22.3 minutes per contest. Having made the playoffs in all three of his professional campaigns, the Saginaw, MI, native has already appeared in 40 postseason games (26 starts) with Golden State, averaging 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.40 steals and 1.18 blocks per contest. Among franchise postseason leaders, Green currently ranks third in steals (56), fourth in blocks (47), fourth in three-pointer field goals (41), eighth in assists (148) and ninth in rebounds (321).

warriors rookie kevon looney signs contract

The Golden State Warriors have signed forward Kevon Looney (keh-VON LOO-nee) to a contract, the team announced today.

All players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft are guaranteed to receive a contract, assuming they want to enter the league right away. Therefore, this was a standard signing, and was expected.

Looney, 19, was selected 30th overall by the Warriors in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. He tallied averages of 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds (second in the Pac-12), 1.4 assists and 1.28 steals in 30.9 minutes over 36 games as a freshman at UCLA during the 2014-15 campaign, earning Second Team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team accolades. Looney (6’9”, 220) led all freshmen in the nation with 15 double-doubles, setting career-highs with 27 points and 19 rebounds in a win over Stanford on Jan. 8 en route to Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Looney is scheduled to make his professional debut with the Golden State Warriors Summer League squad in Las Vegas on Friday, July 10 in an NBA Finals rematch against the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors, who will tip-off their 10th summer at the annual event in Las Vegas, will face the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, July 12 (5:30 p.m.) and the Sacramento Kings on Monday, July 13 (3:30 p.m.) before playing at least two more games in the Summer League Tournament.

Warriors arena project update

Warriors arena project update

The Golden State Warriors have named Stephen Collins Chief Operating Officer of GSW Arena LLC. Collins will oversee all operations as it relates to the Warriors state-of-the-art sports and entertainment center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood set to open in 2018, reporting to Warriors President & Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts.

“Steve brings over 20 years of experience in operations and event management with the top venues in the industry, having served most recently in a similar position with Madison Square Garden in New York,” said Welts. “The addition of Steve to our project team in such a key role is another demonstration of our commitment to build and operate a world-class sports and entertainment arena in San Francisco.”

Collins joins the Warriors most recently from Madison Square Garden, where he was Executive Vice President of Facilities, overseeing operations for all MSG properties including Madison Square Garden Arena, Radio City Music Hall, the Los Angeles Forum, the Beacon Theater and the Chicago Theater. Collins managed the $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden arena, as well as the $120 million renovation of the LA Forum. In addition, he was responsible for all facility operations including food and beverage, event production and operations, merchandising, guest services, security, finance, legal, human resources and construction.

“I am honored to be joining not only a NBA Championship Team, but also an all-around first class organization,” said Collins. “The opportunity to manage the Warriors’ new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment center in San Francisco is an exciting opportunity and I’m looking forward to bringing the vision Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have for this remarkable project to reality.”

Prior to Madison Square Garden, Collins led operations for Giants Stadium and Meadowlands Arena for the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority. During his role with Giants Stadium, Collins was responsible for overseeing event management, physical plant, capital projects, and the practice facility. While with Meadowlands Arena, Collins ran event management and operations for nearly a decade.

Collins graduated from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with a degree in Business.

The Golden State Warriors won 67 games last regular season and went on to win the 2015 NBA championship. Although guard Leandro Barbosa had a limited role on the team, he was part of a winning squad that clearly had nice chemistry beyond their stars, and it’s good news that he’ll be back for 2015-16. Here’s CSN Bay Area reporting:

Warriors, Leandro Barbosa will stick together

Barbosa was a semi-polarizing figure insofar as the team’s front office was divided on his value to the team. The divide was not strident, but it definitely was there. It was easy to see why. The veteran guard was by turns exasperating and electrifying.

Kerr defended Barbosa at every turn. So did Barbosa’s teammates. They loved “LB” as a role model for putting in the extra work, for injecting humor and for his featured role in generating esprit de corps.

That is largely why the Warriors and Barbosa, who is an unrestricted free agent, will reunite next season. General manager Bob Myers issued a statement affirming the team’s intention, which can’t become official before Thursday, at the conclusion of the league’s moratorium period.

Barbosa agreed Monday to play his 13th season on a one-year contract worth a reported $2.5 million.

2015 Warriors summer league roster

The Golden State Warriors have announced the team’s roster and TV schedule for the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Warriors Assistant Coach Luke Walton will coach the team in Golden State’s 10th summer in Vegas, which tips off on Friday, July 10.

In addition to the team’s first round draft pick, Kevon Looney (30th overall), Golden State’s roster features a pair of players who helped the Warriors to their first NBA championship in 40 years, Ognjen Kuzmic and James Michael McAdoo, as well as a pair of players who helped lead the Santa Cruz Warriors to the 2014-15 D-League title, Aaron Craft and Dominique Sutton.

The Golden State Warriors announced today changes within the team’s basketball operations staff, including the promotion of Larry Harris to director of player personnel, and the hiring of Lachlan Penfold as head of physical performance and sports medicine.

Harris, a longtime NBA executive with more than 25 years of front office experience, has served as a basketball consultant/scout for the Warriors for the last six seasons, working closely on college and pro scouting, draft preparation and free agency. Following a 19-year career with the Milwaukee Bucks that included stints as director of player personnel, director of scouting, assistant general manager and general manager, Harris joined the Warriors in 2008 as an assistant coach under Don Nelson before moving to the front office after one season on the bench.

Penfold joins the Warriors organization from his native Australia, where he most recently served as head of physical preparation for the Australian Men’s Sevens Rugby Union squad. With over 20 years of experience in the field of athletic performance, Penfold has held positions in a wide variety of sports, including personalized work with 80 Olympic athletes in five different Olympic Games. In this newly created role with Golden State, he will oversee the Warriors athletic training and strength & conditioning programs, working closely with the team’s coaching staff to promote optimal player performance.

Draymond Green presumably hopes to stay with Golden State. They certainly hope to keep him. With NBA free agent negotiations kicking off at midnight tonight, here’s the San Francisco Chronicle reporting:

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Draymond Green said he would like to remain in Oakland with the only team he has played for in the NBA, but other teams are still showing interest in the forward.

As NBA free agency was set to commence late Tuesday, the Warriors’ power forwards were their focal points.

Golden State’s top priority this summer is to re-sign restricted free agent Draymond Green, and the franchise would also like to offload David Lee and the nearly $15.5 million he’s owed for the 2015-16 season.

Lee has been one of the central figures in the Warriors’ culture change since his 2010 sign-and-trade acquisition — from seeing the team off with baked goods before his elbow surgery that November to picking up most of the tab for a team-wide Las Vegas getaway last weekend.

When he missed the beginning of the 2014-15 season with a strained hamstring and watched Green take a stranglehold on the starting power-forward spot during the team’s 21-2 run, Lee was a true professional in taking a backseat.

Warriors guard Brandon Rush exercises player option

Golden State Warriors guard Brandon Rush has exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season, the team announced today.

Rush, 29, appeared in 33 regular-season games for the Warriors in 2014-15, averaging 0.9 points and 1.2 rebounds in 8.2 minutes per contest. The 6-6 guard saw action in three playoff games during Golden State’s championship run, which saw the Warriors capture their first NBA title in 40 years.

Rush, who enters his fourth season with the Warriors, holds career averages of 7.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 23.4 minutes in 362 games (105 starts) over seven seasons with Indiana, Golden State and Utah. His career three-point percentage (.401) ranks 11th best among all active players.

A member of the NCAA Champion Kansas Jayhawks in 2007-08, Rush is one of seven active players with both an NCAA title and NBA championship (Corey Brewer, Mario Chalmers, Danny Green, Nazr Mohammed, Marreese Speights, Jason Terry).

Video: Stephen Curry step-back jumpers in NBA Finals

The Warriors beat the Cavaliers in six games to win the 2015 NBA championship. Watch these video highlights of Stephen Curry shooting step-back jumpshots in the Finals:

Draymond Green was big part of Warriors success this season

Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle reporting on the 2015 NBA champion Golden State Warriors:

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The third-year power forward sprang to stardom during this championship run, thrust into a starting role at the beginning of the season when incumbent starter David Lee went down with a hamstring injury.

By the time Lee got back to work, Green had established himself as the team’s emotional heart, providing hustle and spark when the team needed it. But his contract is up, which is bad news for Golden State. The good news is that he’s a restricted free agent, which in NBA parlance means the Warriors have the ability to match any offer for Green’s services.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers sat down with The Chronicle during the NBA Finals to discuss the team’s future, including Green’s. He wasn’t able to come right out and say the team wants to re-sign the young man from Saginaw, Mich. Because of legal concerns, the league has begun discouraging that sort of thing. But after Green put up a triple-double in the deciding Game 6 victory over Cleveland, the writing is on the wall, if not on the contract just yet.

“Our hope is to keep the core together,” said Myers. “That is within our control.”

Warriors aim to keep Draymond Green

Warriors aim to keep Draymond Green

Versatile Warriors forward Draymond Green was a big part of the team’s success this season, which ended in celebration as winners of the NBA championship. Here’s CSN Bay Area reporting on the future between Green, who reportedly made just $915,000 this season, and the squad:

Warriors aim to keep Draymond Green

No need to beg or plead, no need to lay down and block Draymond Green’s path to Detroit or any other city with an NBA team.

The Warriors have this covered. They’re not letting Draymond walk, no matter what it costs to retain the heartiest partier among the Warriors during the team’s championship parade and celebration Friday at Lake Merritt.

General manager Bob Myers rather vowed as much while addressing over 500,000 fans at the rally.

“We’ll bring him back,” Myers said from the podium. “If you’re worried, don’t worry.”

That comment is in line with Myers’ recent responses to all things Draymond. Management knows. Ownership knows. The men in the locker room know how much Green means to newly created fabric of this team.

Warriors celebrate championship at parade

Here’s CSN Bay Area reporting on the Golden State Warriors championship parade, which took place Friday afternoon in Oakland:

The streets of Oakland were awash in yellow and blue as hundreds of thousands of fans watched and cheered the Golden State Warriors victory parade, which has been 40 years in the making.

In a rare moment of glory, Oakland - a city that usually makes news for crime, corruption, protests and violence- shined in the national spotlight.

On Friday, blue-and-gold-clad fans flooded downtown to see the NBA championship players, MC Hammer, six floats and, of course, the championship trophy, won after the team bested LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.

People started lining up as early as 3 a.m., and city officials estimated at least 500,000 fans packed the streets when the parade started about 10 a.m.

Kamala Moore arrived at the parade route at 4:15 a.m. “It’s history in the making,” she said.

“Oh my gosh, I really want to see Riley (Curry),” she said, referring to the 2-year-old daughter of Stephen Curry, her favorite player.

Andre Iguodala wins 2015 NBA Finals MVP

The Warriors won the NBA championship last night. And although the award could easily have gone to guard Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala was named winner of the 2015 NBA Finals MVP award. Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle reporting:

All season long, Andre Iguodala had to answer the same questions over and over: How did he feel about not starting? How did he feel about coming off the bench? As an Olympic gold medalist and former All-Star, didn’t it bother him to sit?

Iguodala, true to his nature, never once bristled at the line of questioning. Never once did he give any indication of frustration. Instead, he patiently recited the company line: The team comes before any one individual. He was willing to do whatever the team needed to win.

In the NBA Finals, Iguodala’s patience and maturity paid huge dividends for the Warriors. Tasked with defending the best player in the world, Iguodala turned in the performance of a lifetime. Iguodala slowed down LeBron James just enough for the Warriors to win their first title in 40 years. And Iguodala found enough life in his legs to provide a real spark on offense, too.

After scoring a season-high 25 points in Tuesday night’s title-clinching win, Iguodala was named the NBA Finals MVP.

Draymond Green, Matthew Dellavedova tussle in NBA Finals Game 5

In case you haven’t heard, both Draymond Green and Matthew Dellavedova are aggressive on the court. And when aggressive meets aggressive, things are going to get interesting. Here’s CSN Bay Area reporting:

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Draymond Green hopped off the floor hoping to hear a whistle but really wanting a piece of Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova.

Yes, Delly once again found himself in the middle of a play that might easily be construed as “dirty.”

This one occurred with 5:55 left in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals Sunday night at Oracle Arena. As both players hustled toward the rim for a possible rebound, Dellavedova, while tumbling to the floor, subtly used his left arm to hook Green’s right arm, resulting in Green also going down, on top of Dellavedova.

It was a splendid wrestling move sneakily executed on the basketball court. Green wanted a foul on Dellavedova but officials instead ruled a double foul, one being assessed to each player.

Leandro Barbosa steps up in Finals Game 5

The Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers three games to two in the 2015 NBA Finals. Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle reporting on Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa, who did nice things off the bench Sunday:

Leandro Barbosa steps up in Finals Game 5

Before the fourth-quarter outburst, before Stephen Curry’s money threes clinched Game 5, before nearly 20,000 fans gave the Warriors a resounding have-a-ball-in-Cleveland sendoff, there was Leandro Barbosa.

On a second team that saved the Warriors throughout the season, Barbosa emerged as Sunday’s mightiest sub, scoring 13 of the bench’s 17 points — hitting four of five field-goal attempts, including his only three-point shot, and all four of his free throws…

Barbosa is the oldest Warrior (32), the most postseason-tested (95 games) and the only one to reach a conference finals before this year (twice with Phoenix). He and backup point guard Shaun Livingston came aboard in the offseason, providing a deeper roster for coach Steve Kerr, who can use either in long stretches without getting headaches.

Barbosa had a nine-point second quarter, and his 13 points (matching his total in the first four games) in 17 minutes — all in the first three quarters — kept Curry and Klay Thompson, who got in foul trouble late in the third period, fresh for the fourth.

Fatigue playing role in NBA Finals

Fatigue playing role in NBA Finals

Here’s the News Herald reporting on the 2015 NBA Finals, where the Warriors and Cavaliers bringa 2-2 tied series to Oakland Sunday night:

It’s just human nature.

The Cavaliers have a shortened rotation, are playing heavy minutes and have experienced some bumps and bruises. Fatigue — mental and physical — is obviously a factor in the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers scored the first seven points of Game 4. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was forced to call time out with 9:43 remaining in the first quarter.

As the players came toward the bench, Kerr told them, “Don’t worry. They are playing seven players in their rotation for 48 minutes. That will wear them down.”

The Warriors ended up blowing out the Cavaliers, 103-82, to knot the series at 2-2. The series shifts to Oakland, Calif., for Game 5 on June 14 at Oracle Arena.

On Thursday, June 11, the Warriors beat the Cavs 103-82 to tie the 2015 NBA Finals 2-2. Here are video highlights of the best plays, key players, with mini-movie and more:

Warriors beat Cavs 103-82, tie NBA Finals 2-2

Thursday night in Cleveland, the Warriors benched center Andrew Bogut, added Andre Iguodala to the starting lineup, and beat the Cavs 103-82. The NBA Finals are now tied 2-2, with Game 5 Sunday at Golden State. Here are some quotes from around the web:

The AP reports: Stephen Curry shook off Iman Shumpert with a dribble, stepped back behind the line and splashed a 3-pointer that seemed to submerge a mute button on rocking and rolling Quicken Loans Arena. Curry clenched both fists, slapped his chest and yelled, ”C’mon!”

At last, this was the MVP and these were the Golden State Warriors - so deep, so deadly.

Curry and Andre Iguodala scored 22 points apiece and the Warriors, showing why they were the league’s best team all season, squared the NBA Finals at 2-2 on Thursday night with a 103-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The AP reports: LeBron James scored 20 points - 21 under his average in the series - with 12 rebounds and eight assists, but Cleveland’s megastar, who needed stitches to close a cut on his head sustained when banged it into a camera in the first half, didn’t score in the fourth quarter and couldn’t do enough for the undermanned Cavaliers.

The AP reports: Timofey Mozgov led Cleveland with 28 points and guard Matthew Dellavedova, again battling leg cramps after a hospital stay for dehydration, had 10. The Cavs shot just 2 of 18 from the field and were outscored 27-12 in the fourth quarter. They also got nothing from their bench as J.R. Smith missed all eight 3-point attempts and Cleveland’s reserves combined to score seven points.

AFP reports: Iguodala had nine points in the first quarter and hit 8-of-15 shots for the game, including 4-of-9 3-point tries.

That even had four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James impressed.

“He’s one of the X-factors and he came to play,” James said. “He shot the ball extremely well. He was in attack. He got a couple of dunks in transition early on which got him going and he was really good. To start him gave them that boost.”

AFP reports: James suffered two cuts to the right side of his head on a camera after falling into a photographer late in the second quarter, writhing in pain on the floor at the feet of fans while grabbing his head. He also battled leg cramps and fatigue in the second half.

Reuters reports: “I had a slight headache, which I think every one of you guy would probably have if you ran into a camera,” James told reporters when asked about the incident. “But I didn’t go through any protocol. I’m fine. Like I said, I got a few stitches and I got a slight headache right now but I’ll be fine with that.”

Reuters reports: Iguodala had averaged 12.3 points off the bench over the first three games of the series but dug deep when it mattered most, given that none of the 32 teams who have fallen behind 3-1 in the NBA Finals have come back to win the series. Known more for his defense, Iguodala coolly drained four three-pointers en route to a season-high 22 points in 39 minutes for the top-seeded Warriors.

Expect to see more David Lee in these NBA Finals

The Cavaliers lead the Warriors 2-1 in the 2015 NBA Finals. Here’s CSN Bay Area reporting that we should expect backup Warriors forward/center David Lee to get more playing time in Game 4 and beyond:

Expect to see more David Lee in these NBA Finals

David Lee did not play in the first two games of the NBA Finals.

In Game 3 on Tuesday night, he registered 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 13 minutes of action.

He went 4-for-4 from the field.

“David was terrific,” Steve Kerr said following the Warriors’ 96-91 loss. “David helped us big time get back into that game … You’ll see more of David Lee. He played really well.”

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