The days of searching for Warriors broadcasts during baseball season are coming to an end.
After 32 consecutive seasons on KNBR, where they often get bumped down the dial for San Francisco Giants games, the Warriors are taking their broadcasts to FM 95.7 The Game.
“We’re excited about our new partnership with 95.7 The Game and the opportunity to provide our fans with increased coverage of the Warriors in a centralized location,” Warriors President & COO Rick Welts said in a statement. “Under the terms of this partnership, virtually every Warriors game – including the playoffs – will be broadcast on 95.7. Additionally, our fans will benefit from increased programming overall throughout the year, including extended pre and post-game shows, more in-season programming, a dedicated off-season presence and numerous call-in shows featuring front office staff, players and broadcasters. We look forward to working in conjunction with an extremely talented group of individuals at 95.7 The Game and its parent company, Entercom, as we continue our journey through one of the most exciting times in the history of our franchise.”
The move will take place immediately, as games will be broadcast by The Game beginning with the 2016-17 season and last through at least 2018-19.
It’s apparent the Warriors, the most popular team in the NBA even before the July acquisition of four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, are sacrificing KNBR’s stronger signal to become the No. 1 priority at the new station.
Play-by-play announcer Tim Roye will return for his 22nd season with the Warriors.
The status of part-time analyst Tom Tolbert – who hosts a sports-talk show on KNBR – is uncertain. He has been a regular at home games over the past three seasons, but the new arrangement leaves him in a tricky situation.
Because of the reduced broadcast signal, the Warriors are expected to utilize additional Northern California affiliates to supplement their partnership with The Game.
For his latest trick, Steve Kerr brought out a deck of cards Friday night in Oakland.
With Kevin Durant and Draymond Green out against the Bulls, Kerr was ready to announce who would replace them. Get your phones ready reporters.
"You guys ready to tweet?" Kerr asked reporters. "We're gonna start Omri and Jordan Bell."
Kerr then began to shuffle his deck of cards and said, "As soon as you're down tweeting, we'll resume human contact. But in the meantime, stare at your phones, ignore me, I'm just practicing my shuffling."
Casspi, in his first year with the Warriors, is averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game through 15 games. The rookie Bell has played in 12 games and is averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Friday night is Bell's first career start.
Kerr's pregame prop list now includes a nail clipper, a Rubbik's cube, a slinky, and playing cards.
OAKLAND -- The massive task of replacing All-Star forwards Kevin Durant and Draymond Green in the Warriors lineup Friday night against the Bulls falls to veteran Omri Casspi and rookie Jordan Bell.
It’s the first career start for Bell, who was a healthy scratch in each of the last three games. He will be facing the team that drafted him last June specifically to sell his rights to the Warriors for $3.5 million.
“I’ve been wanting to get him active and play him anyway,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said prior to tipoff. “But with Draymond out, to me, it’s a pretty easy choice.”
Bell indicated he would not be particularly motivated against the team that drafted him, adding that he won’t be seeking any sort of vindication.
“They made it clear that they didn’t want me, so I don’t take it to heart,” Bell said after shootaround Friday morning. “They didn’t draft me and sell me. They just drafted me for the Warriors.”
Though Durant is out to rest his left ankle, sprained last Saturday in Philadelphia, Green simply has been given the night off. Kerr indicated there will be other occasions for which he will rest Green.
Durant missed only one game last week but returned Wednesday at Oklahoma City. His ankle did not respond well in the wake of that game, so he gets another day off.
Casspi replaced Durant in the starting lineup last Sunday at Brooklyn, producing 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks over 23 minutes.
This is the first absence of the season for Green. It won’t be the last, as Kerr plans to rest all starters at various points of the season.