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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.

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WarriorsWorld Podcast – Episode 5

On this week's episode of the WarriorsWorld Podcast, Jordan is out but Sheed joins me in studio as my co-host for the day. We start of the show chatting with Warriors beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) about the Warriors' offseason and expectations for this upcoming season. In our second segment, we catch up with former Warrior and one of the newest Philadelphia 76er ...

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Catching Up with Dell Curry

Long before he became known as "Steph's dad," Dell Curry enjoyed a 16-year career in the NBA while being known as one of the deadliest 3-point shooters to ever touch a basketball. He is now a color commentator for the Charlotte Bobcats on their TV broadcasts. I was able to chat with Dell for a few minutes yesterday in between drills at the Stephen/Dell Curry Father/Son ProCamp at St. Ignatius College Prep i ...

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Video: Stephen Curry Playing “Baller Beats”

I stopped by the Stephen/Dell Curry ProCamp this morning in San Francisco to see how Steph was looking after recently being cleared to resume all basketball activity. Steph and Dell made the camp a very special experience for the many father/son pairings (as well some fathers/daughters) helping them get better at various aspects of their game. While some of the campers were running drills, Steph took some t ...

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WarriorsWorld Podcast – Episode 4

In this week's edition of the WarriorsWorld Podcast, we start off by discussing two of the Warriors who were brought in via free agency in Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry. We also touch a little bit on a report that the new San Francisco stadium won't cost the $500-$600 million that was initially set but instead, a whopping $1 billion. Sheed joins us in our last segment to help us kick off a new feature to the ...

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Andris Biedrins Tax Evasion Update

Everyone's favorite overpaid, non-producing center Andris Biedrins is back in the news. As we all know, the man formerly known as "Goose" was facing tax evasion charges in his home country of Latvia back in July. Well, Biedrins could only run for so long because judgement has finally been served and he has been fined a whopping 2,000 LVL ($3,730.60 USD) for buying a powerboat in the U.S., bringing it to Lat ...

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Dell & Stephen Curry Father & Son Basketball ProCamp

It feels just like yesterday that the NBA season ended. Well, with the lockout extending the season a bit, then free agency kicking into gear, followed by the NBA-riddled lineup Team USA trotted out at the Olympics, it quite literally did almost end yesterday. And now here we are - three weeks away from training camp and the start of what should be another exciting NBA year. For Warriors fans, there is plen ...

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WarriorsWorld Podcast – Episode 2

We're back for episode 2 of the WarriorsWorld podcast. This week, Jordan and myself start off by talking about Curry's possible extension. In our second segment, we welcome Kent Bazemore's agent, Austin Walton who breaks down what Bazemore brings to the Warriors and his thoughts on Dwight Howard and Bob Myers. In our third and final segment, we discuss coach Mark Jackson's bold statement regarding his forme ...

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#NBArank – Warriors Edition

For the past couple of weeks, ESPN has been running a pretty cool countdown where they rank all 500 players in the NBA and count them down via Twitter (and also post it on ESPN.com). I'm sure you're wondering how it's possible to rank every single NBA player. To quote ESPN directly: "We asked 104 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of "the current quality of each player." You're probabl ...

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