Monta, Warriors hold court in Las Vegas


Monta, Warriors hold court in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Warriors owner Joe Lacob, co-owner Peter Guber, executive board member Jerry West and head coach Mark Jackson put on an impressive show for approximately 3,000 season-ticket holders on Wednesday night at Oracle.They talked boldly of future success, and how the Warriors are on the verge of a breakthrough. Lacob once again talked about a "world-class organization" and Jackson reiterated the same playoff promise he delivered on the day he was hired.But with all due respect to the four important men who held court at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, something far more impressive -- and dare we say more important -- was happening about 600 miles away in Vegas. That's where 10 Warriors players were starting to assemble for informal workouts and a get-to-know-you weekend.
The NBA lockout has taken away the team's downtown Oakland practice facility as any kind of basketball venue. So, instead, Stephen Curry, David Lee, Monta Ellis and Dorell Wright have gotten most of the team together to play some pickup basketball and to work out.Give the Warriors' players some credit: No other NBA team has had as many players show up here than Golden State."You can get closer as a unit, get that communication down a little bit," forward Louis Amundson said. "Any basketball player will tell you the more you play with somebody, the more you learn their habits, the kind of passes they're going to throw, how they play the game. The more we can be out on the floor together the better."The Warriors got together on Friday morning at 9 a.m., at the Impact basketball facility, and they played pickup basketball for approximately 90 minutes. Then, as more NBA players showed up -- like Corey Maggette, Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, T.J. Ford, Roger Mason Jr., Jared Dudley to name a few -- the Warriors gradually gave up the court.Ellis wound up playing almost 10 pickup games and stayed on the court longer than any of his teammates. He continued to play while they lifted weights."We're building a bond," forward Ekpe Udoh said. "We've got three rookies out here (Klay Thompson, Jeremy Tyler and Charles Jenkins) so everybody's got to get that chemistry going."For Thompson, Jenkins and Tyler it was their first real taste of pro basketball. They didn't get a chance to play in the Las Vegas Summer League, which was canceled by the lockout."This is a lot of fun," Thompson said. "Especially being out here for the whole weekend and getting to know each other. Unfortunately we missed summer league, but this makes up for it a little bit with getting to know everyone. I'm trying to make the most of each day I'm out here."And good for the Warriors, Thompson isn't the only one.

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

The Warriors recalled center Damian Jones from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced on Thursday.                             

During his most recent assignment, which began Nov. 30, Jones averaged 2.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 19.3 minutes over three games with the Warriors’ D-League affiliate.

The Vanderbilt product, who was selected 30th overall by Golden State in the 2016 NBA Draft, grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in 17 minutes on Dec. 3 at Maine.

The 7’0”, 245-pound center has appeared in five games (two starts) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 2.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.20 blocks in 19.0 minutes.

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Warriors guard Ian Clark will have his high school jersey retired

Warriors guard Ian Clark will have his high school jersey retired

Warriors guard Ian Clark will have his jersey retired by his alma mater, Germantown High School, in a ceremony this Friday evening on campus, the team announced on Thursday.

Clark, who will attend the ceremony, is the first player from Germantown High to appear in the NBA and the first player to have his number retired by the school. The Warriors will be in Memphis ahead of their game on Saturday night against the Grizzlies.

Clark wore #21 as a four-year varsity player and three-year starter for Germantown High, finishing his high school basketball career among the top three all-time in total points scored (1,846). Clark, who was born in Memphis, averaged 16.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists over his four high school seasons from 2005-09 with the Red Devils.

“Ian has had a great impact not only on the school, but on the entire area because of the kind of person he is,” said Jason James, the boys’ basketball coach at Germantown High. “Ian is a great basketball player, but he’s an even better person. For us to have this relationship is special to me. It’s an honor to be part of the ceremony to have his number retired.”

The ceremony will take place on Friday, December 9, at Germantown High School at roughly 7:15 p.m. in between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games.

The 25-year old played his college ball at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. in  As a senior in 2012-13 he averaged 18.2 points per game while shooting just under 46 percent from deep.

Belmont made the NCAA Tournament three times during Clark's career.

Over 19 appearances for the Warriors this season, Clark is averaging 6.8 points per game. He scored a career-high 22 points against the Blazers on Nov. 1 and racked up 21 points against the Lakers on Nov. 23.

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