Steinmetz: The Keith Smart Era Begins


Steinmetz: The Keith Smart Era Begins


The Warriors had their first practice under head coach Keith Smart on Tuesday, and nothing seemed to go out of the ordinary.Smart put his team through a two-hour morning workout, one thatincluded plenty of conditioning-type drills, according to Smart and theplayers. Most of the practice was closed to the media.The Warriors are looking at a week's worth of two-a-days, so Tuesday's evening session will include more actual basketball.If teams hold two practices in one day, one of those practices must benon-contact, according to the collective bargaining agreement.--A large contingent of media was in town just for Jeremy Lin, whom theWarriors signed this summer after he went undrafted out of Harvard.Lin, who is Taiwanese, enjoys wide support among the Asian community.When Smart was asked about the interest in Lin, Smart indicated whathe'd like is to see as much interest in the team, itself, the Warriors.--Rookie Ekpe Udoh, who recently had the cast removed from his leftwrist, was out on the court, although on an adjacent court. Udoh seemedto be trying to simulate what his teammates were doing in terms offull-court one-on-one drills, etc.--Stephen Curry was asked what he thought the biggest thing was that he learned playing in the FIBA World Championships. Curry's answer: "on-the-ball defense."

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Kerr dreams of world with quiet Trump and LaVar Ball: 'Wouldn't that be great?'


Kerr dreams of world with quiet Trump and LaVar Ball: 'Wouldn't that be great?'

In the real world, the President of the United States Donald Trump started a Twitter feud with LaVar Ball on Sunday. 

Trump believes he should have left three college athletes, including Ball's son LiAngelo, in a Chinese jail for shoplifting. In return, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wants the two to simply stop talking.

"It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet," Kerr said to reporters at the Barclays Center. "Wouldn't that be great?"

Coach Kerr on LaVar/Trump beef: “It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet.”

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"Modern life. Two people seeking attention and are both getting it, so I'm sure both guys are really happy," Kerr initially said when first asked about the two. 

Unprompted, Kerr then asked reporters for a request to help us all. 

"You know what would help, if all of you stopped covering both of them," Kerr pleaded. "Is that possible? You can probably stop covering LaVar. I don't think you can stop covering the President. I don't think that'll work." 

Ex-Warriors All-Star David Lee announces his retirement from the NBA


Ex-Warriors All-Star David Lee announces his retirement from the NBA

In the span of about 16 days, David Lee has made a lot of changes to his life.

On Nov. 3, he announced that he got engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

On Sunday, the former Warriors All-Star forward announced his retirement from the NBA with a post on Instagram.

"An epic night celebrating my retirement with my friends and family! Thank you to my amazing fiancée @carowozniacki for planning the surprise!" Lee wrote as the caption for a photo of him with all his friends.

Former teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were among those that "Liked" the posted. Curry even left a comment.

"They'll still always have trouble with the pitch and follow man Man! Congrats," Curry wrote.

Acquired in July of 2009 from the Knicks, Lee played five seasons with the Warriors. During his time in Oakland, he averaged 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds.

Lee was named to the Western Conference All-Star team during the 2012-13 season. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game that season.

The 34-year-old capped off his tenure with the Warriors by winning an NBA championship in 2015. After the playoff run, the Warriors traded Lee to Boston. He spent last season with the Spurs and appeared in 79 games.