He was introduced at the Warriors' practice facility with all the fanfare of the neighborhood garbage man. Not to say in his 10 year NBA career Kwame Brown IS garbage, but some would suggest a former No. 1 pick (2001) of the NBA should be a household name for championships or All-Star appearances, not playing on 5 teams in 6 years.However, my impressions of the NBA journeyman is this: Hes the right man for the right job, and for the Warriors at the right price!Browns one-year deal with the Dubs dangles a NBA carrot in front of a guy who is close to 7 feet tall, has not only guarded, but semi-contained the likes of Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum and other guys who are considered the pre-eminent big men in the game.Furthermore, if Kwames size doesnt impress you, how about this: hes 29 years old and has matured into a guy who sees his pro hoops mortality. He knows any day now NBA teams might say enoughs enough. Kwame is ready to fill Mark Jacksons role on the Warriors as the defensive post player theyve lacked and needed to actually call themselves a defensive team.Dont worry about his offense; Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, David Lee and Dorell Wright will handle that, and Kwame can pick up where they leave off. As the saying goes, you cant teach size, and Kwames got plenty of it.So what can Brown do for you? If youre a Warriors fan, he just may prove defense wins games, and make the Warriors more than just a stop over on a West Coast road trip to Los Angeles.
The Chase Center -- the Warriors' new arena in San Francisco -- is scheduled to open in time for the start of the 2019-20 season.
Don't expect Jerry West to attend a game there.
"I will never go into that arena. I shouldn’t go into it," West told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on Monday. "But I think it’s going to be ... I’ve seen the plans, and it’s spectacular. A lot of creative thinking has gone on with that organization.
"I think for the people who want the best, they’re going to get it. It’ll be filled with a hopefully a great team for a few years."
West, who spent the past six seasons as an executive board member with the Warriors, is now an advisor for the Clippers.
He attended Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals and believes Oracle Arena is a special venue.
"There’s an aura, there’s an excitement about that place," West explained. "To think that they’re going to leave that environment, I’m hopeful they can capture that same environment.
"The fans, in my time up there, saw some real special things happen. The fans saw some things that I never dreamed possible that they could do. I remember we were playing Sacramento, real close game at halftime. One of those games that was like, hopefully we can win this game. And Klay Thompson comes out and scores 37 points in the third quarter. That may not happen again in the NBA. That was special."
Although West says he did not want to leave Golden State and never thought he'd work anywhere else again, he doesn't sound like a man who has hard feelings.
"Trust me, I’ll be rooting for them. It’s hard not to root for something real special, OK?"
His job is to help assemble a team that can beat the Warriors, but according to The Logo, everybody else is playing for second place in 2017-18.
"I just don’t see anyone being able to beat them, period ... I hope I don’t put a jinx on them. I’d like to see Kevin (Durant) in particular win more championships."
The 2017 rookie class isn't too fond of Steph Curry.
The results of NBA.com's annual Rookie Survey were released on Tuesday morning.
In the "Who is your favorite player in the league" category, Curry did not receive a single vote.
1) LeBron James -- 31.5 percent
2) Russell Westbrook -- 19.4 percent
3) Kawhi Leonard -- 8.3 percent
4) James Harden -- 6.5 percent
5) Kevin Durant -- 5.6 percent
5) Draymond Green -- 5.6 percent
7) Anthony Davis -- 4.2 percent
8) Kyrie Irving -- 3.7 percent
Others receiving votes -- Carmelo Anthony, Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard
Last year, Curry did receive some votes and in 2015 he tied for fourth at 9.1 percent.
Even more noteworthy perhaps is that Durant's three-year run as the favorite player came to an end:
- 2016: 29.7 percent
- 2015: 21.2 percent
- 2014: 25 percent
Apparently, winning the championship and NBA Finals MVP isn't enough to impress 18-year olds...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller