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Big Win Won’t Define Warriors, but Golden State Has Begun Banishing Demons

January 17th, 2017
OAKLAND, Calif. — A half-hour after entering the Bridge Club—Oracle Arena's swanky restaurant and bar typically reserved for VIPs—Golden State owner Joe Lacob made his way down the hall to the Warriors' quiet and calm locker room. First up was Kevin Durant in the back hallway. Then Stephen Curry by his ...

Warriors, Cavaliers Renew Rivalry with New Looks and New Faces

January 16th, 2017
OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James says it's not a rivalry. Everyone else—from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to Tyronn Lue, his own coach—might well disagree. Regardless of where you fall on this issue of semantics, it's an inarguable certainty that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are the league's most dynamic ...

Zaza Pachulia Is No All-Star, but His Value to Golden State Warriors Is Clear

January 5th, 2017
Twitter can be a deplorable place where fun suffers a slow death as you're bombarded with a never-ending cascade of news ranging from simply bad to positively soul-crushing. And then Zaza Pachulia comes along. More precisely, Pachulia and his hilariously high All-Star Game vote totals. Suddenly, the sun is shining a little ...

Golden State Warriors Moving Forward in Wake of Christmas Day Collapse

December 27th, 2016
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors' downtown Oakland practice facility was, by all outward appearances, imbued with the very sense of joyfulness and camaraderie that has become standard operating procedure in the Steve Kerr era.  Stephen Curry faux-karate kicking an assistant coach beyond the arc. Kerr whipping a pigskin around like ...

How the Golden State Warriors Rebuilt Their Elite Defense

December 22nd, 2016
When Golden State Warriors fans go to that dark place where they ponder the living nightmare that was Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, a few images invariably stand out: LeBron James' block on Andre Iguodala. Kyrie Irving's clutch three-point dagger. Kevin Love's improbable lockdown defense ...

Q&A: Warriors GM Bob Myers on Draymond Green, Steve Kerr, Kevin Durant and More

December 6th, 2016
OAKLAND, Calif. — Just a few minutes before the Golden State Warriors pounded the Indiana Pacers 142-106 on Monday night, spurred on by Klay Thompson's inexplicable 60 points through just 29 minutes, Warriors general manager Bob Myers sat in a suite deep inside Oracle Arena thinking about last season versus this ...

NBA Coaches Continue to Lead Conversations on Society’s Uncomfortable Issues

December 5th, 2016
Less than a week had gone by since the Golden State Warriors lost Game 7 of the Finals, and head coach Steve Kerr was going all-in on police shootings and the need for sensible gun control. After talking at length about the playoffs, Game 7 itself and everything that flowed forth ...

Criticize Warriors If You Want; Historically Great Offense Only Getting Better

November 22nd, 2016
The prevailing Golden State Warriors story—despite 12 wins in 14 games and a starting lineup filled to the brim with All-Stars—has been about defense. And for good reason, too. Head coach Steve Kerr's group is giving up 103.6 points per 100 possessions, a defensive rating roughly three points worse than last season's 100.9. The Warriors ...

After Lost Season, Kevon Looney Could Be Warriors’ Next Dual-Threat Star

November 9th, 2016
OAKLAND, Calif. — For a first-round pick hoping to make his mark in the NBA, Kevon Looney had to adjust to a new way of life. But not in the way he was expecting. The gifted 6'9" forward left UCLA after his freshman season, and the then-19-year-old Milwaukee native was rewarded when ...

Stephen Curry Serves Up NBA-Record 13 Three-Pointers as Warriors Drop Pelicans

November 8th, 2016
OAKLAND, Calif. — Just three days after Stephen Curry watched his NBA-record streak of 157 consecutive regular-season games with at least one three-pointer come to a miserable finish, he took his first step toward a new streak in ultimate style. "I was able to get some open looks early and often," Curry ...