Warriors take Klay Thompson with No. 11 pick


Warriors take Klay Thompson with No. 11 pick


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SECOND-ROUND UPDATE: The Warriors acquired the rights to Jeremy Tyler who was picked No. 39 by Charlotte. With the 44th pick, the Warriors selected guard Charles Jenkins of Hofstra.
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OAKLAND -- Through all the NBA draft chatter, deception, subterfuge and outright fabrications, the Warriors on Thursday ended up taking the player they were linked to from the very beginning: Washington State shooting guard Klay Thompson.Thompson is considered one of the best pure shooters in the draft, and at 6-foot-7 will give the Warriors some size in their backcourt. Of course, that's important for a team with a starting backcourt of Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, a pair of undersized backcourt players.But with Thompson, the Warriors did not address their defensive deficiencies or lack of size on the interior. They still think they're better than they were before the draft began."This player has a bright future," Warriors executive vice president of basketball operations Larry Riley said. "He's got good pedigree, he can score, comes from a basketball family. He'll have success in the NBA and he has a very good upside. He should be able to play as a rookie and contribute to this basketball team."
Jerry West, whom the Warriors hired about a month ago as a member of their executive board, spoke glowingly of Thompson in the days after he was hired. West had a relationship with Thompson's father, Mychal Thompson, who played for the Lakers while West was the GM there.Thompson is a player with NBA shooting range and was able to make a play off the dribble in college. Where he'll be challenged early in his career is at the defensive end. Then again, he's not any different from most rookies in that regard.RATTO: Thompson not what Warriors need
"I've got to keep working on my strength and lateral quickness," Thompson said. "Strength is my biggest issue. I have to keep getting stronger and I've got some polishing to do. But if I keep working on that I think I can be a great defensive player in this league one day."When Riley was asked what Thompson is going to have to do to succeed early in his career, he replied: "Concentration."Riley said one of Thompson's best attributes is his know-how and headiness and if he can maintain his focus he'll likely have a chance to play in his first season. Thompson's strength is certainly not at the defensive end, but at the same time the Warriors believe he's smart enough to get by at that end.Still, the buzzwords from the Warriors front office and new coach Mark Jackson have been defense and size. The Warriors obviously didn't address those areas with the No. 11 pick.Florida State swingman Chris Singleton was considered the draft's best perimeter defender, and Riley said at the beginning of the week he believed Singleton could defend small forwards and even some power forwards. At the offensive end, however, Singleton is extremely limited and doesn't possess much of an outside shot.Some of the big men the Warriors figured they might have a shot at before the draft all were gobbled up by the time their pick came around. Bismack Biyombo from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Texas' Tristan Thompson and Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas all were gone when the Warriors picked.So, in reality the Warriors were looking at Thompson along with Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris, two power forwards out of Kansas. If you're wondering if Kenneth Faried and Kawhi Leonard were in the mix they weren't.Riley said earlier in the week that the Warriors were not really considering Faried. And after selecting Thompson, Riley was asked whether Leonard was on the team's board at all."No," said Riley.
At the end of the day, the Warriors addressed one of their issues within an issue: Size in the backcourt. But as for the two most problematic aspects of the team -- interior size and defense -- well, those will have to wait, apparently.

Warriors players, coaches pledge $75,000 to Oakland fire relief efforts

Warriors players, coaches pledge $75,000 to Oakland fire relief efforts

The players and coaches of the Golden State Warriors have pledged to donate $75,000 to the ongoing relief efforts surrounding the Oakland Fire, the team announced on Wednesday. 

The warehouse fire that began on the night of December 2 claimed a total of 36 lives.

The $75,000 from the players and coaches is in addition to the $50,000 that was previously pledged by the Golden State Warriors organization to the Oakland Fire Relief fund.

“As a team that calls the Bay Area our home, we are all devastated by this tragedy that took place right in our community,” said Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have lost their lives, and our sincere condolences go out to their loved ones.

"We invite anyone that would like to help those who have been affected by this tragedy to join us in supporting our neighbors that have lost so much.”

An Oakland Fire Relief PSA featuring the Warriors players can be found at warriors.com/OaklandFire.

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NBA Gameday: Warriors test offense against Clippers' top defense

NBA Gameday: Warriors test offense against Clippers' top defense

LOS ANGELES – In opening a five-game road trip Wednesday night, the Warriors are going right into an NBA war zone they know all too well.

They’re invading Staples Center to face the Los Angeles Clippers.

The teams, along with the San Antonio Spurs, are expected to battle for Western Conference supremacy. The Warriors (18-3) are 12 days removed from overtaking the Clippers (16-6) for sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division. Though LA started fast, winning 14 of 16, it has since lost four of six.

The game is Kevin Durant’s introduction to the agitation that tends to accompany Warriors-Clippers, and he’ll see plenty of LA defensive ace Luc Mbah a Moute.

The Warriors are reuniting with popular former teammate Marreese Speights, who after three seasons in the Bay Area signed with LA in July.

Warriors by 4

Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul. Several matchups deserve attention, but it begins with the two fabulous point guards. Paul’s task is to slow Curry, and he occasionally does. Curry simply wants to make sure Paul doesn’t impose his enough to supervise the action. The winner of this matchup tends to dictate the winner of these games.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 9-1. Clippers: 6-4.

Warriors: No injuries listed.

Clippers: F Brice Johnson (lower back herniated disc) is listed as out.

Warriors C Damian Jones is on assignment with D-League Santa Cruz.

The Warriors have won six in a row and seven of the last eight, and are 24-12 over the last nine seasons against the Clippers.

Tests for the best. The Warriors lead the NBA in scoring and overall offensive rating, while the Clippers are tops in overall defensive rating. Conventional wisdom is that good offense beats good defense. It’s certain that each team’s “1” is under the gun.

LA loves charity: No team in the NBA shoots more free throws than the Clippers. The Warriors won’t mind sending DeAndre Jordan to the charity stripe, maybe even intentionally, but they want to avoid fouls that give Jordan’s teammates easy money.

From the jump. While the Warriors are downplaying the significance of the game, the Clippers are not. So LA definitely will make an effort to make a statement in the opening minutes. Will they? And what happens if they don’t? The Warriors will be on alert.