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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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Warriors will make concerted effort to get off to strong start in Game 5

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Warriors will make concerted effort to get off to strong start in Game 5

OAKLAND -- After losing a first-round game for only the second time in four postseasons, the Warriors expect to recover and close out the Spurs when they meet Tuesday night in Game 5 at Oracle Arena.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins with Warriors Outsiders at 4:30pm, with tipoff at Oracle Arena scheduled for 7:40.

Reverting to their worst regular-season habits in Game 4, committing seven turnovers in the first five minutes in a tip-to-horn road loss, the Warriors are sure to be more focused at home. They are 7-1 in Game 5s under coach Steve Kerr.

For the third consecutive game, San Antonio will be without head coach Gregg Popovich, who remains away after the death of his wife last Wednesday.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 10.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

JaVale McGee & Co. vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: Though Aldridge had 22 and 10 in Game 4, the Warriors made him go out of his comfort zone. He was 3-of-3 beyond the arc, and the Warriors will give him those shots. As long as he isn’t pouring in points, the Spurs will have to get offense from other sources and that’s not a given.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (L MCL sprain) and G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) are listed as out.

Spurs: F Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is listed as out.

SERIES TO DATE

Game 1: Warriors 113, Spurs 92 Game 2: Warriors 116, Spurs 101 Game 3: Warriors 110, Spurs 97 Game 4: Spurs 103, Warriors 90

GAME OFFICIALS

Mike Callahan (crew chief), Tony Brown, Jason Phillips, (Bennie Adams) alternate

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won three of four in the regular season after sweeping the Spurs in the 2017 Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are 14-7 (including postseason) against San Antonio in the Steve Kerr era.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

EARLY ENGAGEMENT: The crowd will sense victory from the start and the Warriors, with no desire to make a return trip to San Antonio, will be in a mood to handle business at home. Considering their dreadful start in Game 4, they’ll make a concerted effort to be sharp and generate some early momentum.

KLAY’S COMEBACK: After punishing the Spurs with spectacular shooting in the first three games, Klay Thompson had neither luck not accuracy in Game 4, missing 12 of his 16 shots. His scoring often is the pivotal offensive factor for a Warriors team without Stephen Curry. When he’s on, the Warriors almost always win.

SPURS RESOLVE: Shooting 53. 6 percent from deep, playing aggressive defense and knowing it might be Manu Ginobili’s last game in San Antonio, the Spurs may have found their peak in Game 4. That will be tough to repeat knowing they need to win four in a row to take the series.

Nick Young details his big summer plans: 'After I win a championship...'

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Nick Young details his big summer plans: 'After I win a championship...'

Nick Young has said it multiple times this season:

He's champing at the bit for the Warriors to win the title because he really wants to party.

On top of that, Young has some big plans for the summer.

In a Q&A with Grailed, the following exchange took place:

Grailed: "Are you finally ready to tell the world what the 'P' in 'Swaggy P' means?"

Young: "I mean, I got a book coming out. After I win a championship, it's going to drop the same day as my album. I’ve been going to the studio."

Grailed: "You’re going to capitalize on the moment."

Young: "Yeah and my lifestyle shoes too. It's all in one."

Additionally, Young has a brand -- Most Hated -- that will debut this summer.

It's been an arduous process.

"It's actually harder than I thought," Young told Grailed. "I thought it was going to be easier. The entire process, it takes longer. Like, to get clothes done, it takes months and months to get it done right and, by then, something else is already coming out.

"You just really got to be ahead of the curve. Really planning stuff out and finding the right people to work with."

Yesterday, we learned that 'China Klay' will return this summer and now this news about Nick Young.

What a time to be alive...

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