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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.

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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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Jackson, Jack React to Rush’s Injury

It was supposed to be a special night at Oracle Arena. The brand-spanking new lineup that management spent the offseason assembling was making their debut in front of an excited and hopeful home crowd in Oakland. After the extravagant player introductions and the glow sticks had been cracked, basketball got underway and the crowd was buzzing. Then with 4:10 left in the first quarter, the energy was sucked o ...

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The Good and Bad from the Warriors’ Win Over Phoenix

David Lee shot 2-16. Stephen Curry hit two of his 14 attempts. The Warriors ran a small ball lineup on the court for extensive periods including the critical moments of the 4th quarter. Oh, and they blew a 17-point lead. You know what that equals… A Warriors win. They never said it had to be pretty. The Warriors somehow escaped Phoenix with an 87-85 opening night win over the Suns in a game that showed both ...

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Warriors Ranked 13th in Western Conference in ESPN the Magazine Preview

ESPN the Magazine's NBA Preview edition hit newsstands today with a very cartoonish-looking Carmelo Anthony gracing the cover. I managed to skip past the picture of four sumo wrestlers and Geico pigs (not an easy thing to do) and dove right into the Eastern Conference and Western Conference rankings. I'm rarely shocked by anything these days, but the predictions printed in the magazine left me in the same s ...

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WarriorsWorld Podcast – Episode 7

We're back after a little one week hiatus. On this week's episode of the WarriorsWorld Podcast, Jordan and I start off by talking about the beginning of the Warriors preseason, our first impressions and touch again on the vacant starting small forward job. In our second segment, we welcome on to the show the Golden State Warriors assistant general manager and Santa Cruz Warriors general manager, Kirk Lacob ...

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Kirk Lacob Statement on Lil’ B’s Tryout

On October 7th, I was able to attend the first open tryout for the Santa Cruz Warriors at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility in Oakland. I was very impressed with what I saw there in terms of the talent and dedication the participants displayed despite having a slim chance of getting added to the D-League team's training camp roster. However, there was one small disappointment that came with going ...

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A Festus for the Rest of Us

The main attraction on Monday night at Oracle Arena wasn't the preseason game taking place between the Warriors and the Jazz but instead the return of Stephen Curry to the NBA hardwood. The  crowd welcomed him back with a rousing ovation during player introductions and again when he hit his first jumpshot with three minutes left in the second quarter. Curry would eventually pull himself out of the game to i ...

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Dream Chasers – Santa Cruz Warriors Open Tryouts

When I was five years old, my dream was to make it to the NBA and becoming the next transcendent superstar. I had great handles, a sweet jumper, and my dunks were on par with Vince Carter circa 2000. Sure I was shooting on a hoop in my living room that was five feet tall and using one of those cheap plastic bouncy balls you buy at a supermarket, but dreams always have to start somewhere, right? For those wi ...

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