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A Quick History Lesson About the NBA’s Best Team I am never surprised by the people I meet or the things I see while using Bay Area Rapid Transit. On my way to Oracle for a recent game, I hopped on BART and had this cross-generational exchange with a 17-year-old Warriors fan holding the handrail next to me. Kid: “Nice jersey.” Me: “I’m sorry – what’s that?” Kid: “That’s a dope Draymond Green retro.” Me: “Oh ...

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Harrison Barnes Should Stop Giving A Shit

  Steph Curry don’t give a shit. Draymond Green really don’t give a shit. Klay Thompson don’t give two shits. Harrison Barnes? He gives too many shits. Basketball players have to not give a shit to reach their potential. This is a scientific fact. I know because it happened to me. And anything that happens to me is a universal truth for all. Or so I believe. See, growing up I was a really good basketba ...

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The Time Kevin Grigg Stole the Show from Donyell and Thunder

With the big gap in games before the NBA Finals, I got bored and tweeted out an old story from my days working in the NBA. Here it is in full form, still broken into 140 characters. Helping offset low pay and long hours of entry-level NBA life was the full access to basketball courts and random games with players. One such occurrence took place in 1999 when myself, Kevin Grigg and Warriors mascot Thunder pl ...

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A Last Look at the Jackson Era Before Moving On

Things were supposed to be changin’, but instead something strange done happened in the Bay Area over the last three years. Before we move on to the Steve Kerr era, it seems necessary to take one last quick look at Mark Jackson’s tenure with the Warriors. Like just about every Warriors fan, I was initially excited by Jackson’s hire in 2011, even without a second of coaching experience on his resume. Through ...

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What’s Warriors Best Starting Squad?

All this David Lee/Jordan Ramirez #FullSquad talk has me reigniting the “What’s the best Warriors starting five?” discussion from a few weeks back. [Need to get up to speed on #FullSquad? Click here. Or Google “#FullSquad” and “Stapler.”] After losing five of eight, the Warriors have won four in a row. David Lee is nearing his All-Star levels from December 2012 and Steph Curry just had a game that brought b ...

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NBA Stories: The First Time I Encountered Michael Jordan

  As a Kings PR intern, my main game-night task was the extremely complex job of grabbing box scores off the printer and handing them to the media. While warming up the printer I heard that Dennis, the middle-aged 24-second shot clock operator, blew out his knee and couldn't make it to the game. Being that I owned the most dispensable job amongst the PR staff, I was told to fill in on the shot clock fo ...

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Andre’s Calling: Iguodala and The Clash Can Do It All

          Andre Iguodala may return from a 12-game injury absence tonight. Similar to the music of The Clash, it’s hard to find anything Iguodala can’t do (please don’t mention free throws or the “Cut the Crap” album). These are two of the most versatile entities at their respective art forms. Put Iguodala anywhere and he can succeed. • Guard the other team’s best perimeter player? ...

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Warriors Starting Lineups

By @JesseTaylor74 The Warriors are winning, which of course means I’m going to write about the times when they were awful. Mainly because I’m jealous. Jealous that these new PR guys working for the Warriors have it easy. You see, part of the job is going into each team’s locker room before the game to retrieve starting lineups from the head coach. Today, it’s the same starting five of quality NBA players. M ...

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