My all-time Warriors team

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My all-time Warriors team

Hard to believe I've been covering -- and some might suggest, hanging around -- the Golden State Warriors for almost 20 years now.

First season was back in 1994-95, the year Chris Webber was traded to the then-Washington Bullets for Tom Gugliotta and three draft picks.

Over that period, close to 200 players have worn the Warriors' uniform. Some had distinguished careers with the Warriors, and others didn't. Using my own criteria, here's a list of my starting five when it comes to the most favorite guys I've covered:

Guard: Mookie Blaylock. Few players were as misunderstood as Blaylock. By the time he got to the Warriors, he had 10 NBA seasons under his belt and already had experienced playoff success with the Atlanta Hawks. When he got to the Warriors in 1999, he saw the writing on the wall. He was a veteran on a young team, his winning days were over and he knew it. Still, I've never seen any Golden State point guard as effective defensively as Blaylock. And, oh, by the way, that time Blaylock blew off practice to go golfing in San Antonio the head coach at the time, Dave Cowens, had given players permission to bring their clubs on that trip.

Guard: B.J. Armstrong. Very few Warriors brought the kind of professionalism that Armstrong brought to the Warriors in 1995. I've never seen a player with a more rigid and comprehensive pregame routing. He arrived at the arena at the same time before every game, had a cup of coffee at the same time before every game and headed out for early shooting at the same time before every game. Off the court, he took care of his body, ate the right kinds of foods and got his rest.

Forward: Chris Mullin. Few players offered the kind of basketball insight that Mullin did, whether it was before games or after games. Mullin always had a way of pointing out something that most people -- particularly the media -- never saw or realized about a game or situation. Mullin also was the hardest-working player I've ever seen.

Forward: Clifford Robinson. He played only a season-and-a-half for the Warriors, but game after game he outplayed his opposite number over that time. Without a doubt, Robinson was the best defensive power forward the Warriors have had on their team in the past 20 years. My lingering memory of Robinson was him routinely shutting down a young Pao Gasol, who was playing for Memphis.

Center: Felton Spencer. He certainly wasn't the best center in Warriors history, but he might have been the most friendly and most classy. I cannot remember Spencer without a smile on his face, and no player ever supported his teammates anymore than Spencer.

Sixth man: Nick Van Exel. I have a soft spot for truth-tellers, and that's what Van Exel was. By the time he got to the Warriors, his best days were behind him -- and he never hid from that. He certainly wasn't a calming influence in the locker room -- or for coach Eric Musselman -- but he always had his reasons for what he did. And he'd share them if you asked him.

Curry blames weatherman for career-worst 0-for-11 from 3-point range

Curry blames weatherman for career-worst 0-for-11 from 3-point range

In the wake of a 119-108 Warriors win over the 76ers Monday night in Philadelphia, Stephen Curry had a ready explanation for his 0-of-11 shooting 3-point distance.

He didn’t properly account for the change in weather.

“The weatherman said it’s like a low-pressure system that was coming in (and) I forgot to adjust to the thickness of the air,” he told reporters at Wells Fargo Center.

Curry’s comment may open to interpretation, but it was clear his sense of humor remained intact even after a career-worst shooting night beyond the arc.

He wasn’t the only Warrior finding it difficult to score from deep. Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green combined to go 5-of-20. The Warriors were 6-of-29 from deep, their second-lowest total of the season.

“It’s weird,” he said. “Not to discredit anything they did. The first half we had a lot of open looks that didn’t go in. Klay made a couple down the stretch. KD made one. Draymond made one from the corner.

“Other than that we still took really good shots that didn’t go in. But for us to still have moxie to withstand that and still pretty much have the lead the whole game and allow our defense to get us a win tonight was kind of our M.O.”

Given that Curry owns the single-game record for triples (13) as well as the single-season record (402), it was most alarming that he couldn’t find at least one. And he had opportunities.

“It happens but you have to try and find other ways to impact the game,” he said. “I was trying to get to the paint a little bit more and just try to make plays. One thing is I don’t get down on myself. Obviously, that’s why I got 11 of them up. I still have confidence the next one is going in and that will stay the same tomorrow.”

The Warriors face the Wizards Tuesday in Washington. In Curry’s last appearance at the Verizon Center, last Feb. 3, he went for 51 points. He was 11-of-15 from deep.

“What I love about Steph is he went 0-11 tonight from three but you wouldn’t know it if you looked at his face,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He never loses confidence; he never hangs his head. It is a sign of a guy with ultimate confidence in his ability and the awareness that it is one of those nights.

“He is likely to come out tomorrow and make about seven in a row at some point. So that’s what I love about Steph. He keeps playing.”

Draymond hits personal reset button, sets tone in win over 76ers

Draymond hits personal reset button, sets tone in win over 76ers

In the hours before tipoff Monday night, Warriors coach Steve Kerr fielded questions about Draymond Green, who not only played well beneath his standard in the previous game but also exhibited a couple flashes of temper, including one directed at Kerr.

“He had one of those nights; it just wasn’t his night,” Kerr told reporters in Philadelphia. “Things didn’t go his way. He was frustrated. I’m very confident that tonight he’ll bounce back.”

Yes, he did. One game after allowing his emotions to undermine the best of his game, Green pushed his personal reset button and drove the Warriors to 119-108 victory over the 76ers.

It was a rather predictable performance insofar as Green generally responds to poor games by making a statement of his strength.Or, should we say, strengths.

Though the numbers -- 14 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, five steals, a plus-22 over 37 minutes -- tell a significant story, Green’s impact, as usual, extended beyond statistics. He set a strong positive tone, and when he does that it can offset subpar performances by his teammates.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who can play,” Kerr said afterward. “So on a night like tonight, where Steph (Curry) doesn’t have it going, we’ve got plenty of other guys who can score and make plays and a lot of them came through.

“I thought Draymond was really the player of the game. He just brought incredible energy and set a good tone right from the beginning of the game.”

On a night when Stephen Curry’s shot abandoned him (0-of-11 from deep, 7-of-23 overall), Green scrambled to provide whatever was needed, when it was needed. He was particularly adept at setting his teammates, as evidenced by his game-high assists total.

“One guy can’t do it every night,” Green told reporters. “Two guys can’t do it every night. Sometimes, it’s got to be a complete team effort. Tonight, it was that.”

The Warriors shot 41.7 percent through the first three quarters and 44.9 for the game. The Sixers battled them to a virtual standoff on the glass. The Warriors got by mostly with free throws (33-of-39) and Green’s effort and smarts.

That Green is a difference-maker in unconventional ways, often beyond the box score, is what makes him unique.

And it’s what makes it easier to cope with those nights when he’s as much of a headache to his team as the opponent, as was the case Saturday, when was 1-of-10 from the field, had more turnovers (three) than assists (two) unleashed some frustrations.

“Draymond’s value to us is his defense and rebounding and basketball IQ and intensity,” Kerr said before the game. “His shot is going to come and go. He’s going to have games where he makes some threes. He’s going to have games where he doesn’t. But it really doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me is everything else that he does for us. That’s where his real value comes in.”

Kerr clearly was confident that Green would revert to being his customary self. Green can create waves, which result in turbulence along the journey, but on the vast majority of occasions, he’s there for his teammates and his coaches.