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Forbes: Warriors leapfrog three teams, become third most valuable in NBA

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Forbes: Warriors leapfrog three teams, become third most valuable in NBA

The Golden State Warriors are valued $2.6 billion, according to Forbes Magazine, good for 20th in the world. 

The Warriors were ranked 29th last year at $1.9 billion. And they were tied for 37th in 2015 at $1.3 billion.

The Joe Lacob-Peter Gruber group purchased the Warriors in 2010 for $450 million.

This year, the Warriors leapfrogged the Bulls, Celtics and Clippers and are now the third most valuable NBA franchise behind only the Knicks and Lakers.

Only two clubs in the Top 51 most valuable sports franchises lost money over the past year, and both call Los Angeles home. The Dodgers lost $20.5 million and the Clippers are estimated to have lost $11.8 million.

The World's Most Valuable Sports Teams 2017

1. Dallas Cowboys -- $4.2B
2. New York Yankees -- $3.7B
3. Manchester United -- $3.69B
4. Barcelona -- $3.64B
5. Real Madrid -- $3.58B
6. New England Patriots -- $3.4B
7. New York Knicks -- $3.3B
8. New York Giants -- $3.1B
9. San Francisco 49ers -- $3B
9. Los Angeles Lakers -- $3B
11. Washington -- $2.95B
12. Los Angeles Rams -- $2.9B
13. New York Jets -- $2.75B
14. Los Angeles Dodgers -- $2.75B
15. Bayern Munich -- $2.71B
16. Chicago Bears -- $2.7B
17. Boston Red Sox -- $237B
18. Chicago Cubs -- $2.68B
19. San Francisco Giants -- $2.65B
20. Houston Texans -- $2.6B
20. Golden State Warriors -- $2.6B
22. Philadelphia Eagles -- $2.5B
23. Chicago Bulls -- $2.5B
24. Denver Broncos -- $2.4B
25. Miami Dolphins -- $2.38B
26. Green Bay Packers -- $2.35B
27. Baltimore Ravens -- $2.3B
28. Pittsburgh Steelers -- $2.25B
29. Seattle Seahawks -- $2.23B
30. Minnesota Vikings -- $2.2B
30. Boston Celtics -- $2.2B
32. Indianapolis Colts -- $2.18B
33. Atlanta Falcons -- $2.13B
34. Oakland Raiders -- $2.1B
35. Manchester City -- $2.083B
36. Los Angeles Chargers -- $2.08B
37. Carolina Panthers -- $2.075B
38. Arizona Cardinals -- $2.03B
39. Tennessee Titans -- $2B
39. Los Angeles Clippers -- $2B
39. New York Mets -- $2B
42. Jacksonville Jaguars -- $1.95B
43. Arsenal -- $1.93B
44. Kansas City Chiefs -- $1.88B
45. Cleveland Browns -- $1.85B
46. Chelsea -- $1.845B
47. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- $1.8B
48. Brooklyn Nets -- $1.8B
49. St. Louis Cardinals -- $1.8B
50. New Orleans Saints -- $1.75B
50. LA Angels of Anaheim -- $1.75B

LeBron James says young Lakers are 'hungry for knowledge'

LeBron James says young Lakers are 'hungry for knowledge'

LeBron James is no longer surrounded by veterans that have been around the block a few times.

Now on the Lakers, the four-time NBA MVP is running with a bunch of young pups with a sprinkle of veteran role players. The goal is still to get to the NBA Finals, but this might be LeBron's toughest task yet. He may spend quite a bit of time mentoring all the wide-eyed potential stars on the Lakers roster.

But that's not something LeBron is worried about. In fact, his early observation is that the youngster want to learn.

“I think more importantly than what I need to share with the younger guys," LeBron told China's CCTV5 recently. "I think what a lot of people are missing is how hungry for knowledge that the young guys have."

“[Kyle Kuzma] and [Lonzo Ball] and Josh Hart, and Brandon Ingram, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, [Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk] and Moe Wagner, we have young guys that are extremely excited not only about playing the game, but also learning the game. That’s going to help out even more because those guys are just hungry for knowledge, so I’m looking forward to that," LeBron said.

As for getting to a ninth straight NBA Finals, LeBron knows who he has to beat to achieve the goal.

"That's the goal with the new team, young team. We're very new to each other," LeBron said. "That's the goal, but we know the road goes through Golden State. We understand that. The whole NBA understands that. But that is always the goal. Each year, you train and prepare to try to get to another NBA Finals, so that is my preparation."

The Warriors will see LeBron four times now that he's in the Pacific Division, rather than the two times when he was in the East. The two teams will meet on Christmas Day in Oakland, Jan. 21 in Los Angeles, Feb. 2 in Oakland and April 4 in Los Angeles.

Jacob Evans III: Warriors training camp profile

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Jacob Evans III: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

EIGHTH IN A SERIES

Player: Jacob Evans III
Position: Guard/wing
Height/weight: 6-6, 200
College: Cincinnati
Age: 21
Salary: $1.64M (first year of a two-year rookie deal worth $3.57M per Spotrac.)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 72

2017-18 in review: As a junior last season, Evans started every game for the second consecutive season and led Cincinnati in scoring and assists, while adding 4.7 rebounds. Bearcats coach Mick Cronin described Evans as an “elite” defender, while opposing coaches marveled over his versatility, composure and basketball IQ. The Warriors were impressed enough to select him in the first round of the draft, 28th overall.

Key stats: 36 games (36 starts), averaging 13.0 points (42.7 percent FG, 32.7 3p, 75.4 percent FT), 4.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.

Season highs: Points (24), rebounds (eight, twice), assists (seven), steals (five), blocks (four).

2018-19 outlook: Despite displaying a strong feel for the game and court awareness, Evans did not dazzle during Summer League. His jump shot was errant often enough to leave some within the organization wondering if a mechanical adjustment might be needed. Evans told NBC Sports Bay Area in August that he’s not concerned and that his confidence remains high. There will be growing pains, and the Warriors will be pleased as long as there is actual growth within the pain. They can afford to be patient because an immediate impact is not needed.