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NBA misses chance to whip the golden calf with Warriors' 2017-18 schedule

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NBA misses chance to whip the golden calf with Warriors' 2017-18 schedule

In a major upset and disappointment to marketers across the nation, the National Basketball Association schedule did not feature the Golden State Warriors playing every single day.

Rather, the league allotted them only the traditional 82 games, just like all the other schmoes, and in the usual formats – 41 at home, 52 against teams in the Western Conference, 16 against their fellow travelers in the Pacific Division, and the average number of back-to-backs.

Indeed, it was an announcement about nothing much at all, except for season ticket holder groups who need to split up the inventory.

But given the new reality – that Golden State is the center of the universe and everybody else has been relegated, Pluto-style, to dwarf planet status, it is a wonder the NBA didn’t make the Warriors play every night. One-hundred-seventy-seven consecutive nights, one hellish back-to-back on a tape loop, including through the All-Star Break. After all, inventory is inventory.

(We will now take a moment to let it it sink in to you all that this is all sarcasm, because we live in a world where all the jokes must be explained before the punch line arrives).

The league also didn’t make them play on Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, Easter or Super Bowl Sunday, meaning that they missed our four most religious holidays (and yes, Thanksgiving is religious as hell in a culture where gluttony is three of the 10 commandments). This is devotion to the fairness of the competition gone mad.

You have to know there are people in the league office who wondered aloud why the Warriors only get to play the same number of games as Phoenix or Brooklyn or Orland or the New York Knicks. You have to know advertisers wanted more Stephen Curry/Kevin Durant/Draymond Green/Klay Thompson sales opportunities.

But no, all they get is the standard schedule, with the trip to New Orleans in the first week, the Christmas special against the smoldering innards of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 30-some-odd national games. In short, imagination has failed the league here.

(Remember, sarcasm).

And while playing every day forever would likely break the carousel for good, that is hardly the league’s concern. Adam Silver saw the disaster that came in the postseason, when the Warriors played only one game more than the minimum, and how the television networks shrieked in outrage. This should have been a lesson to them.

But they’ll learn, maybe next year. The new economy is all about whipping the golden calf until a new golden calf comes along. And while players are disposable, marketing departments aren’t. Ask anyone on the business side.

And that's not sarcasm.

Steph Curry likes tweet that calls out TV personality

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Steph Curry likes tweet that calls out TV personality

It was a rough couple of days for Kevin Durant.

As the 2017 Finals MVP said himself: "All the jokes – bring ‘em. I deserve it."

One such joke came from Fox Sports 1's Nick Wright:

A couple hours later, an NBA writer chimed in:

At some point thereafter, Steph Curry "liked" this tweet.

This could be Curry simply coming to Durant's defense.

It also could be Curry simply enjoying the fact that Wright is getting called out for wrong claims/predictions.

It could be both.

In case you missed some of Wright's past declarations:

From Jan. 8 through April 8 (39 games), Iguodala averaged 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting over 58 percent from the field and over 41 percent from deep.

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, he scored 20 points in what was his best performance of the playoffs.

At least he admitted it:

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors announce roster, schedule for 2017 training camp

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Warriors announce roster, schedule for 2017 training camp

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will hold their 2017 Training Camp, fueled by Gatorade, at the Rakuten Performance Center—the team’s newly named Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland—beginning Saturday, September 23, the team announced on Thursday. 

The team also announced the signing of free agent guards Antonius Cleveland, Michael Gbinije (ben-ih-jhay) and Alex Hamilton and free agent forward Georges Niang (George KNEE-yang). 

Cleveland, 22, went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft after a four-year career at Southeast Missouri State, where he averaged 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.31 steals and 28.8 minutes in 121 career games. As a senior in 2016-17, he averaged a career-high 16.6 points while hitting career bests of 54.3 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three-point range.

Gbinije, 25, appeared in nine games with the Detroit Pistons last season, scoring four points in 32 minutes. Originally selected by the Pistons with the 49th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft, Gbinije averaged 12.0 points, and 4.3 rebounds in 35.0 minutes over 16 games with the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League. Gbinije, who spent his freshman season at Duke before playing three seasons at Syracuse University, helped the Orange to a Final Four appearance as a senior in 2015-16 after averaging career marks of 17.5 points and 4.3 assists in 37.9 minutes over 37 games. 

Hamilton, 23, spent the 2016-17 season with Golden State’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, where he averaged 11.4 points, 4.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 23.4 minutes over 43 games. Prior to joining Santa Cruz, Hamilton played collegiately for four seasons at Louisiana Tech, where he averaged 19.9 points, 6.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.97 steals in 33 games as a senior in 2015-16, earning Conference USA Player of the Year honors.

Niang, 24, appeared in 23 games for the Indiana Pacers in 2016-17, totaling 21 points and 17 rebounds in 93 minutes of action. Originally selected by the Pacers with the 50th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, Niang averaged 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 33.0 minutes over six games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA G League last season. Niang played collegiately for four seasons at Iowa State University, where he earned the 2016 Karl Malone Award, given to the nation’s best power forward, after averaging 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior in 2015-16.

Following seven days of practice, the Warriors will open their preseason schedule at Oracle Arena on Saturday, September 30, against the Denver Nuggets before traveling to China for a pair of preseason games against the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the NBA Global Games.

The roster:

Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Klay Thompson
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
Zaza Pachulia
JaVale McGee
David West
Nick Young
Omri Casspi
Patrick McCaw
Damian Jones
Kevon Looney
Jordan Bell
Chris Boucher (two-way contract)
Georges Niang
Antonius Cleveland
Alex Hamilton
Michael Gbinije

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