Warriors select Harrison Barnes seventh overall in 2012 NBA Draft

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Warriors select Harrison Barnes seventh overall in 2012 NBA Draft

OAKLAND -- The Warriors said all along that if North Carolina small forward Harrison Barnes was there at No. 7, they would be comfortable selecting him.Well, Barnes was there at No. 7, and now Barnes is a Warrior.Were thrilled, we love this player, Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a brief post-pick statement on Thursday. The owner (Joe Lacob) and I saw him in New York earlier this week. Hes one of the best people in this draft and we think one of the best players.Connecticut center Andre Drummond was on the board when the Warriors selected. Myers and Lacob had flown back to New York on Sunday night to view separate workouts of Barnes and Drummond.But clearly after passing on Drummond it was clear he hadnt done enough in that workout to convince the Warriors to take a chance. Drummond went No. 9 to Detroit.The Warriors no doubt will expect Barnes to contribute right away. He may not be the teams starting small forward on opening night, but conventional wisdom is that hell likely be the starter and sooner rather than later.The Warriors have Richard Jefferson and Dorell Wright under contract, but Jefferson is winding down his career and Wright is on the final year of his deal.The Warriors also had interest in Syracuse combo guard Dion Waiters, and weeks ago it seemed as if Waiters would be there at No. 7. But Waiters started climbing in mock drafts a week or so ago, and he didnt stop climbing until the Cleveland Cavaliers picked him at No. 4.The Warriors dream scenario vanished early on Thursday, when the Charlotte Bobcats selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the No. 2 pick. Kidd-Gilchrist was a player the Warriors coveted, although they knew getting him would be a longshot.There was talk that Kidd-Gilchrist could possibly slip as far as Sacramento at No. 5. Had that happened, the Warriors likely would have tried to make something happen with the Kings to trade picks.But when Kidd-Gilchrists name was called at No. 2, it became apparent that the Bobcats were selecting Kidd-Gilchrist to keep him.

Feeling more comfortable, West cleaning up Warriors' messes down stretch

Feeling more comfortable, West cleaning up Warriors' messes down stretch

OAKLAND -- David West is as much a cleanup man as he is a basketball player.

The veteran power forward, masquerading as a center for the Warriors, cleans up behind teammates, cleans the clocks of opponents and probably cleans his plate after every meal. And he’d hit fourth in any baseball manager’s batting order.

The Warriors during their renaissance haven’t had such a personality. They’ve been a fun bunch, enjoying life, each other and their pillaging of the NBA.

West, 36, brings a more laconic dynamic, and it’s on full display as the Warriors lean into the final weeks of this regular season. He’s a leader who is producing and, more and more, winning over a fan base that was somewhat skeptical early this season.

“David West has been playing brilliantly,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday night, after West came off the bench for a highly efficient 14-minute stint in a 114-100 win over the Kings.

Showcasing sharp passing, splendid shooting, solid rim protection and his usual old-jerky toughness, West totaled 8 points, four assists, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal. The Warriors were plus-8 when he was on the floor.

Such production, it seems, is a bit of a bonus.

“He’s been very good for us as a veteran leader,” Draymond Green said. “He’s been playing well, but just his presence also has meant a lot to this team.

“D-West is just kind of a no-bull---- type of a guy. He doesn’t say much. But when he does, you know it means a lot. And everybody hears him.”

Said West: “It’s just about adjusting and learning personalities. Obviously, this group has been very successful. I just try to add my 2 cents where I feel like it fits. Try not to over-talk people. I speak to guys directly and just make sure that we’re all on the same page.”

West is in his 14th season. Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in 2003, he also has played for the Pacers and, last season, the Spurs, before joining the Warriors in July.

The question at the time was whether he still had a lot to give. West is a two-time All-Star and one of the most widely respected players in the league. But did he still have the legs to compete at a high level?

The answer is visible, particularly over the past month, since he returned from fractured left thumb on Feb. 23. West is shooting 53.0 percent from the field, he’s rebounding consistently and he has proven to be a spectacularly good passer -- easily one of the best in the league among big men.

Earlier this week, to quell any lingering concerns about how much athleticism he still has, West rose up and dunked over a crowd of three Dallas Mavericks. It was clock-cleaning at its finest.

“I’m just getting more comfortable,” West said, referring to his game and his locker-room influence. “We’ve developed good chemistry, communicating, harping on our defense more than anything else at this moment, because we feel that’s going to give us a chance if shots aren’t falling.”

West is on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, $1.55 million. He sacrificed bigger dollars for a chance at his first championship. He’s doing his part. And he neither takes nor leaves any mess.

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers

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For the 44th time in the 2016-17 season, the Warriors dished out 30-plus assists in one game. Not only does that set a franchise record, Golden State is also the first to do so since one of the greatest teams in NBA history. 

On a Steph Curry heave down the court that resulted in an Andre Iguodala running reverse dunk with 38 seconds left in the third quarter, the Warriors made history with their 31st assist of the game. The nifty assist made the Warriors the first team since the 1985-86 Showtime Lakers to hand out more than 30 assists 44 times in one season.

Last season, when the Warriors set an NBA record record with 73 wins, the team finished 43 games with the feat.

The '85-86 Lakers were looking to repeat as NBA champions 31 years ago but came up short in five games to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. 

Golden State finsihed Friday night with 37 assists in a 114-100 win over the Kings. Curry led the way with 12 dimes.