Warriors would open season at home vs. Lakers


Warriors would open season at home vs. Lakers

July 19, 2011


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Matt Steinmetz

In order to cancel a season -- or at least part of one -- you must first try to make it apparent you're having a season. That's what the NBA did on Tuesday, announcing the regular-season schedule for all 30 teams for the 2011-12 season.The league, of course, is in Week 3 of what many believe will be a lengthy lockout -- and some believe it could wipe out the entire upcoming season. So who knows how much of this schedule -- if any of it -- means anything at all?If there is a season -- and it starts on time -- the Warriors will play their season-opener against the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena on Nov. 2. That game will feature two new coaches -- Mark Jackson for the Warriors and Mike Brown for the Lakers.The defending champion Dallas Mavericks make two visits to Oracle, but not till later in the season. Dallas is scheduled to play the Warriors in Oakland on March 10 and April 12. The defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat comes to Oracle on Jan 10, for their only Bay Area visit.The Lakers make their second visit to Oakland on Feb. 15.The Warriors have two six-game road trips, the first in mid-December that will take them to Utah, New Orleans, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando and Atlanta. The other one comes in late February and early March with games at Phoenix, Indiana, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington.The last time the league had a lockout -- in 1998-99 -- the owners and players did not reach an agreement until Jan. 20, 1999, and the season didn't get started until Feb. 5. That year the NBA played just 50 games, and teams sometimes played three consecutive days.The Warriors' longest homestead of the season starts the evening after Thanksgiving -- Friday, Nov. 25. All Warriors' home games are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., and for the first time in many seasons Golden State will not play any home games on Sunday.

Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'


Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

There are some people out there who are still extremely bitter about Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

An eighth grade Spanish teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma issued a handout on the first day of school.

Part of it read:

DON'T BE A ... Kevin Durant
KD left the OKC Thunder last summer after falling to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Following the end of the season, he decided it was in his best interest to join the very same team that had just knocked him out of the playoffs. Don't be like KD. Don't take the easy way out. Things like cheating, plagiarizing, and copying your friends homework may not seem like a big deal now but they are building habits that can significantly hinder you later in life. Additionally, always strive to finish what you've started. Half-finished homework is unfinished homework. Don't try to turn in an assignment if you have not done what is necessary and expected.

DO BE A ... Michael Jordan
MJ! The GOAT! 6 championships, 4 MVPs. Yadda yadda. The greatest thing this man ever did? Saving the Looney Tunes from a lifetime of servitude to an alien race. Did MJ take the easy way out? Did he ever back down from a challenge? NO! Be like Mike. Learning a new language is a challenging thing and parts of this year are going to be...

And then the words get cut off.

Well, Kevin Durant got wind of this and responded on Twitter:

If anything happens to this teacher, we will let you know...

Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award


Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

According to NBA players, Andre Iguodala is not the best sixth man in the league.

On Friday morning, Lou Williams was recognized as the "Best off the Bench" player.

At the inaugural NBA Awards Show in late June, Iguodala finished runner-up in the Sixth Man of the Year race to Rockets guard Eric Gordon.

Iguodala received 43 first-place votes, 34 second-place votes and nine third-place votes.

Gordon registered 46 first-place votes, 40 second-place votes and eight third-place votes.

Williams was a very distant third with five third-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 15 third-place votes.

He averaged 18.6 points and 3.2 assists over 58 games with the Lakers last season, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep.

In 23 regular season games with the Rockets, Williams averaged 14.9 points and 2.4 assists on 38.6 percent shooting overall and just below 32 percent from 3-point territory.

Against the Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals, Williams struggled to the tune of 7.3 points per game. He shot 35 percent from the floor and below 18 percent from distance.

Iguodala played arguably his best game of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- 20 points (9 for 14 FG), four rebounds and three assists.

For the series, his +60 mark led the Warriors by a comfortable margin (Draymond Green +30, Kevin Durant +33, Steph Curry +30, Klay Thompson +22).

Iguodala was rewarded with a 3-year, $48 million contract this summer.

I doubt he cares whatsoever about falling short for this award...

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