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Swaggy 3s: Warriors send 'shoot it, shoot it, shoot it' message to Nick Young

Swaggy 3s: Warriors send 'shoot it, shoot it, shoot it' message to Nick Young

OAKLAND -- Meanwhile, the Warriors are preparing to defend their NBA championship.

With most inquiries and discussion over the past three days related to the growing conflict between President Donald Trump and professional athletes, with the Warriors being central to the topic, their first preseason game looms on Saturday.

If one thing rang clear after practice Sunday, it’s that coaches and players want Nick Young to be the shooter they wanted when they signed him in July.

Through the first two practices, Young has been such a reluctant shooter that Andre Iguodala and some of the incumbent Warriors have been urging him to shoot.

“I’ve been saying the same thing to Nick -- shoot it, shoot it, shoot it,” coach Steve Kerr said Sunday after practice. “The whole thing for any of our new guys to understand is we want the first good shot we can find. If we don’t have a good shot, try to get a great shot.

“Let’s keep the ball moving, but be aggressive and find that balance. I don’t want Nick out there thinking. He’s one of the best shooters in the league and he should let it fly every time he’s open.”

Through the first two practices, it seems Young is more concerned with adapting to a new culture.

“I found myself passing a little bit more than normal today,” he said, chuckling. “It felt good, as long as I was getting some assists.”

That’s not why the Warriors hired the reserve guard after four seasons with the Lakers. Bench scoring was a visible weakness last season, and Young has averaged double figures in scoring in six of the last seven seasons.

He is particularly fond of the 3-point shot, having taken more triples than 2-point shots in each of the past two seasons. Young shot 40.4 percent from deep last season in Los Angeles.

Given the talent around Young now, and the fact that the 10-year veteran will be facing fellow reserves, he can expect to have even greater scoring opportunities.

“I’ve been getting a lot of open 3s,” Young said. “I’ve got to get used to not having somebody guarding me that much, get used to being in that corner for a while.”

In all likelihood, the Warriors won’t have to cajole Young much longer. He has developed during his 10-year career a reputation for chucking ‘em up. So, in all likelihood, the Warriors won’t have to do much more cajoling.

“Everybody’s going full speed,” Young said. “The more I get used to the plays, the more the shots will be open. I’m just in everybody’s way right now.”

On the heels of arguably his best game as a Warrior, Casspi is fine, right on time

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On the heels of arguably his best game as a Warrior, Casspi is fine, right on time

OAKLAND -- Omri Casspi’s timing was impeccable, and not just for the Warriors.

While he played a strong game Thursday night, totaling 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 112-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks, this was one of those cases in which the “when” felt as wonderful as the “what.”

There was a particular significance for Casspi insofar as he had performed so well not only for Warriors fans at Oracle Arena but also for friends and family and brothers and sisters of his faith.

For it was the third night of Hanukkah and also Jewish Heritage Night at Oracle Arena, and Casspi is of the Jewish faith, born in 1988 in Holon, Israel. He is the only current NBA player born Jewish.

“It was fun,” Casspi said of the evening. “My family is in town, always for Hanukkah. So it’s always fun to have family around.”

Casspi signed with the Warriors in July in the wake of a forgettable season in which he fought injuries and was on the roster of three different teams: the Kings, the Pelicans and the Timberwolves. He was looking for a place to land.

It appears he has found one. The Warriors signed him because he is a low-maintenance reserve that fits their style and is capable of shooting 3-pointers.

Casspi was making his sixth start on Thursday, his second straight for the injured Draymond Green. He produced 11 points and nine rebounds in a win over Portland on Monday and took it up a notch Thursday.

“The minutes I’m playing now are not what it’s always going to be,” he said. “I want to stay sharp. I want to stay ready whenever I’m called upon and earn the trust of my teammates and my coaches.”

Casspi’s 17 points came on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, including 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. He also added two assists and blocked two shots. To be sure, this was yet another exhibition of why he has earned the trust of his teammates.

He’s shooting 60.2 percent from the field and an even 60 percent (9-of-15) from deep.

“I didn’t know Omri was this good, to be honest,” Kevin Durant said.

“He could just play. He can make passes, he’s good off the ball, he’s got the funky push shot that’ll touch the ceiling, but it looks like it’s going in every time. He works on his game. He loves to play. He cares for his teammates. He definitely surprised me when he came aboard. I’m excited he’s on our team.”

Upon concluding his postgame interview session, Casspi walked into the embrace of family and friends. He went back out to the court to participate in the ceremony, lighting Hanukkah candles and singing.

The Warriors won. He played well. He felt the love of many. He was in his element.

'The Town' jersey reaches Warriors franchise record in sales

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'The Town' jersey reaches Warriors franchise record in sales

Since the first line of 'The Town' merchandise went on sale in early November, the apparel has accounted for 34 percent of all sales at Warriors.com and 31 percent at team store locations around the Bay Area, the team announced on Thursday.

Golden State debuted the new jersey for their game against the Pelicans on Saturday, Nov. 25.

On that day (two days after Thanksgiving), 'The Town' gear represented 67 percent of all online sales.

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The Warriors saw a 179 percent year-over-year increase in merchandise sales over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend.

Back in September, the Warriors unveiled their new alternate uniform -- which honors the city of Oakland.

“There is something special about Oakland,” Warriors CMO Chip Bowers told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. “The grit, I love it. I love the people. I love the pride that people have. I love the soul of Oakland...

"We felt like the fandom and what people wear on their chest is really important and represents who they are and what they believe in. And we want people in the East Bay and Oakland to feel proud, and Warriors fans in general, about our time and our heritage in Oakland.”

It appears the next time the Warriors will wear 'The Town' jersey is Saturday, Dec. 23 against the Nuggets.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller