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Sep 22

Will Warriors boycott White House? Stephen Curry says “I don’t want to go.”

Will they or won’t they?

That’s been a question ever since the Golden State Warriors hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy back in June

Will one of the most politically aware and outspoken sports teams in recent history bow to tradition and make a post-championship visit to the White House? Or will the Warriors – many of whom have been publicly critical of President Trump – shun such a camera opp? And will they even get invited?

The stick-to-sports crowd won’t like it, but the Warriors have never been a stick-to-sports team, speaking out on issues and reaching out into the community.

Friday’s media day was the first time the team had gathered since the championship parade.

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Sep 22

Warriors media day: A circus of champions

Steve Kerr said it best on Friday: “Media day has changed a little bit.”

Indeed, the annual return to training camp has changed for the Golden State Warriors in recent years. What used to be a small gathering of local journalists, Warriors media day has evolved into a full-blown circus, with dozens of writers, photographers, videographers, tweeters and instagrammers jostling for position.

That’s what happens when you go to three straight NBA Finals, winning two out of three. This year, the defending champions return to start training camp with virtually the same roster that steamrolled through the regular season and playoffs last year.

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Sep 22

Steve Kerr ‘on a good path’ health-wise

Growing up in Los Angeles, Steve Kerr came to appreciate one of the great Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully’s go-to axioms: “We’re all day-to-day.”

It is a phrase the Warriors’ head coach figures sums up his current health status. After an offseason spent trying to find a solution to the chronic pain that has plagued him for more than two years, Kerr still experiences blinding headaches, dizziness and nausea — the nagging aftermath from a back surgery that resulted in a spinal-fluid leak.

“I feel better,” Kerr said at the team’s Media Day. “I’m not 100 percent, but I’m on a good path. I’m confident I’ll be 100 percent at some point. I’d rather it be sooner than later.

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Sep 22

Report: Warriors to discuss possible White House visit as team

The Warriors will meet as a team this fall to decide whether they would accept a possible invitation to the White House to celebrate their NBA championship, ESPN reported Thursday night.

Whether Golden State would accept an invitation from President Trump was a much-discussed topic on social media in the wake of the team winning its second NBA title in three years. After two reporters published unsubstantiated tweets that said the team “unanimously” had decided to boycott a visit to the White House, Golden State released a statement saying that no such decision had been made.

The White House has yet to invite the Warriors.

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Sep 21

5 questions facing Warriors entering training camp

The tropical vacations, free-agency signings and hometown visits with the Larry O’Brien championship trophy are over. With media day set for Friday, and the start of training camp only 24 hours later, the Warriors face another championship-or-bust season.

The questions hanging over Golden State are relatively small compared with those plaguing most NBA teams. While the rest of the league is wrestling with how to contend with the Warriors’ stacked roster, Golden State knows that, if it does what it needs to do, it should hoist its third golden trophy in four years.

Still, the stakes are high for a team that is expected to repeat as champions.

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Sep 21

Warriors announce 4 signings ahead of training camp

The Warriors have officially signed free agents Antonius Cleveland, Michael Gbinije, Alex Hamilton and Georges Niang, the team announced Thursday morning.

NBA teams can carry 20-man rosters until trimming them down to 15 the day before the start of the regular season. With the addition of Cleveland, Gbinije, Hamilton and Niang, the Warriors enter training camp on Saturday with the maximum 20 players.

Fifteen of those are on fully guaranteed NBA contracts for the 2017-18 season. Because there is no room on Golden State’s regular-season roster, Cleveland, Gbinije, Hamilton and Niang will likely be waived in the preseason so the Warriors can designate them to their Gatorade League affiliate in Santa Cruz.

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Sep 21

Kevin Durant details ‘rock-bottom’ moment after signing with Warriors

In 10 days, when the Warriors fly to China for two preseason games against the Timberwolves, Kevin Durant will return to the site of an emotional low point.

In a profile for San Francisco Magazine, Durant opened up about the personal toll the criticism he received in the wake of signing with Golden State in July 2016 took on him. Shortly after announcing his decision to leave the Thunder, while on a week-long trip through China for a Nike-sponsored tour, Durant became overwhelmed by the flak he was getting from Oklahoma City fans.

“To have so many people just say, ‘F— you,’ that really does it to you,” Durant told San Francisco Magazine’s Jon Steinberg.

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Sep 20

Kings reportedly tried to woo Iguodala with custom iPad in an engraved Louis Vuitton case

When you’re a sought-after free agent, teams come bearing gifts. Really over-the-top gifts.

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Sep 19

Warriors finish 2016-17 with NBA’s 2nd highest net income

The Warriors finished last season with the second-highest net income in the NBA, according to an ESPN report published Tuesday.

Golden State reportedly brought in roughly $92 million, which accounts for the $42 million it shed in revenue sharing. That ranks behind only a Lakers franchise that, despite winning just 26 games, recorded a net income of more than $115 million.

Per ESPN, the Warriors netted $44.3 million from nine playoff games last season, more than double that of the second-place Cavaliers, who netted $20 million. It is just the latest marker of Golden State’s evolution into a business juggernaut.

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Sep 19

Kevin Durant falls shy of admitting to using fake accounts, apologizes for ‘childish’ tweets

A day after Kevin Durant lit up the internet with Twitter drama, he took the stage at San Francisco’s TechCrunch Disrupt for a talk about being “in control of your own brand.”

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Sep 19

Magic Johnson subpoenaed as witness in Draymond Green lawsuit

Count Magic Johnson among those subpoenaed to testify in an ex-Michigan State football player’s lawsuit against Draymond Green.

According to a Bay Area News Group report published Tuesday, attorneys for Jermaine Edmondson want to speak with Johnson about a tweet he posted shortly after an incident in 2016 in which Green allegedly assaulted Edmondson. Johnson, a Hall of Famer who is the Lakers’ new president of basketball operations, tweeted on July 12, 2016: “Talked with my friend Draymond Green and he was very apologetic to the Warriors organization, fans and everyone involved.”

The subpoena reportedly requires Johnson to give a deposition Oct. 4 at a Lakers practice facility in Los Angeles.

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Sep 18

The internet thinks Kevin Durant has been defending himself via fake social media accounts

Two odd tweets from Kevin Durant’s Twitter account posted on Sunday night have led to a full-blown internet conspiracy theory that KD is using fake accounts to defend himself on social media.

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Sep 15

Golden State Warriors championship trophy clocks serious summer mileage

As Larry’s personal bodyguard, Katie Smith watches for potential threats. The highest-risk situations are when the 14½-pound Larry, so shiny he acts as a mirror of sorts, is around toddlers.

During a photo opportunity last month in Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia, a young boy — no older than 4 — gave Larry a shove. Smith hopped onto the stage. Someone had already caught the tipping Larry, but it was a scary enough run-in to still resonate with Smith four weeks later.

“I feel like he’s a member of my family,” said Smith, a Warriors event coordinator. “I protect him.”

“Him” is the Larry O’Brien championship trophy.

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Sep 15

Warriors to unveil new Oakland-themed jersey

The Warriors are set to unveil a new Oakland-themed jersey, a sourced confirmed Friday afternoon with The Chronicle. News of the alternate jersey, which the team will use for Saturday games, was first reported by The Athletic Bay Area’s Marcus Thompson. The jersey is a new take on Golden State’s classic “The City” design, with “The Town” now being displayed over a circle with the City of Oakland tree logo. The Warriors are expected to officially unveil the new jersey Friday evening. The Oakland-themed jerseys won’t necessarily spell the end of “The City” jerseys, a source said. But the team has long wanted a jersey that honors Oakland, its home city since leaving San Francisco in 1971.

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Sep 14

5 Warriors among NBA’s top 50 players, per Sports Illustrated

The Warriors are heavy favorites to repeat as NBA champs for a simple reason: No team in the league can rival their stockpile of superstars.

It was no surprise Thursday, when Sports Illustrated published the final part of its annual ranking of the Top 100 NBA players, that Golden State was well represented. Five Warriors players cracked the top 50, including four in the top 20, three in the top 10 and two in the top three.

Even after his Cavaliers fell to the Warriors in five games in the NBA Finals, LeBron James maintained his spot atop SI’s rankings — just ahead of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.

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Sep 14

Does this leaked image show the new ‘The Town’ alternate Warriors jersey?

At long last, the Warriors may be unveiling an Oakland tribute jersey.

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Sep 12

Draymond Green respects Kyrie Irving’s decision to leave Cleveland

In late July, when news surfaced that Kyrie Irving had requested a trade from Cleveland, many questioned the four-time All Star’s character: Why would someone want to leave LeBron James just to be “The Guy?” Warriors forward Draymond Green viewed Irving’s trade demand differently than most. While others vilified Irving, Green began to appreciate him even more. “I’d say more than anything, (it upped) the respect level I have for him,” Green said Tuesday. “That’s tough to do. I don’t think people take into account that he put so much pressure on himself by doing that. But the willingness to do that knowing the pressure that comes with that, saying, ‘I’m ready to do it.

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Sep 12

Kevin Durant’s new sneakers hide a message for his critics

Kevin Durant isn’t done using his sneaker line to make a statement.

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Sep 12

Warriors announce $20M/yr jersey-patch advertising deal with Rakuten

The Warriors’ emergence as a global brand has created a slew of major sponsorship opportunities. On Tuesday morning, the team announced a new kind of deal: It has sold space on its jersey to Japanese tech company Rakuten for the next three years.

The contract is worth $20 million a year, nearly twice the second-highest NBA advertising patch deal signed by the Cavaliers, a source confirmed with The Chronicle. Beginning this season, Golden State’s white jerseys will feature a patch of Rakuten’s red-and-black logo. Its blue jerseys will have a white version of the logo, and its slate jerseys will have a yellow version.

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Sep 12

Q&A: Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia discusses hectic offseason

Zaza Pachulia is a master at maximizing his offseason. In recent years, the 6-foot-11 center has used the lull in the league calendar to take summer classes at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and Harvard Business School.

But in the wake of winning his first career NBA title, Pachulia had little time for studies. His past three months have been a blur of Republic of Georgia national-team duties, contract negotiations and preparations for the birth of his second daughter (Nutsa, born last Wednesday).

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