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Benjamin Cruz

Basketball led me to my shoe addiction. My shoe addiction leads me to basketball. It's all a vicious cycle. Questions? E-mail me at ben@bayareaball.com.

Number of Entries : 38

WarriorsWorld Podcast – Episode 26

It was an eventful week for the Golden State Warriors which gives Sheed and myself (Jordan is on the East Coast attending the Sloan Conference) a ton to talk about on the latest edition of the WarriorsWorld podcast. We start the show talking about Stephen Curry's incredible 54-point performance under the brightest of lights in Madison Square Garden against the Knicks. Then we dive into the brawl/scuffle/gam ...

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WarriorsWorld Podcast – Episode 21

The band is back together as we all convene to talk about the hottest topic of the week: All-Star selections and snubs. The Bay Area News Group's Marcus Thompson II joins us to kickstart the conversation and gives his thoughts on the Warriors' January performance thus far. He also drops a Super Bowl prediction in for all you Niner fans. Don't forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes! Follow @cruzkontrol ...

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WarriorsWorld Podcast – Episode 17

The WarriorsWorld Podcast is back after a mini-break for the holidays. Jordan is on vacation this week so Sheed and myself hold it down in studio to talk about the 19-10 Golden State Warriors. In our first segment, we revisit the thrilling Warriors-Lakers game from Saturday as well as touch on the win against Utah on Wednesday night. In segment number two, we welcome on to the show CSN Bay Area Warriors/NBA ...

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The David Lee Watch: Game #4 – Lee Stays Hot While Team Stumbles

By: Jesse Taylor Reader’s Note: Beginning December 8, WarriorsWorld is spending nearly two weeks examining the play of David Lee, easily the most polarizing player on the Warriors. We are providing an unbiased look by watching David Lee, and only David Lee, on both ends of the floor for a stretch of games ending with the Lakers at Oracle Arena on December 22. Our fourth installment of “The David Lee Watch” ...

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Black Falcon Takes Flight

I remember exactly where I was when Baron Davis threw it down all over Andrei Kirilenko during the 2007 playoffs. I was watching it on one of the smallest TV's imaginable and I remember thinking, "Is he wearing a back brace?" I knew immediately that I was watching something that would go down as one of the most memorable plays in Warriors history. It's been a while since a single play has been able to remai ...

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Time to Be Thankful…At Least a Little Bit

At 7-5, the Golden State Warriors aren't exactly lighting the NBA on fire but they are showing minor improvements with every game that comes and goes. Those improvements are constantly overshadowed by questions about Andrew Bogut's ankle, the offensive struggles, and if Stephen Curry is really the right choice to lead this team into the future. However, sometimes you just need to be thankful for what you ha ...

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Dinner with Bob Myers

When eating a meal with another person or group of people, it puts everyone in a very vulnerable state. Your mouth is open for a lot of the time as you jam different food and drinks in there, you're wondering if you're talking too much or too little and you're hoping that you don't knock over something on the table causing some sort of mass spillage. So when the Warriors invited me to a sit-down dinner with ...

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Dream Chaser: Japeth Aguilar

A few weeks ago, I made the trip over to the Warriors practice facility in downtown Oakland to sit in on the open tryouts that the Santa Cruz Warriors were holding. The gym was packed with 40 or so hopefuls wanting to take the first step towards achieving the ultimate dream of playing in the NBA. But before playing alongside the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant, they would have to do enoug ...

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