Former Warriors guard makes bold statement


Former Warriors guard makes bold statement

Last season, the Nets finished with the worst record in the NBA at 20-62.

They "won" the NBA Draft Lottery and with the No. 1 overall pick selected ... oh nevermind. Brooklyn had to swap picks with Boston (who ultimately traded the top pick to Philly) because of the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade.

Despite the rough 2016-17 campaign, Jeremy Lin is feeling very optimistic about the 2017-18 season.

"We're making the playoffs," Lin declared during a Q&A over the weekend. "I don't care what anybody else tells you."

The Nets did close the season by winning seven of their final 13 games.

Lin -- who played in just 36 games because of a hamstring injury -- averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists, and shot over 37 percent from 3-point territory.

Brooklyn acquired DeMarre Carroll from Toronto and D'Angelo Russell from the Lakers (but had to give up Brook Lopez).

How will Lin and Russell co-exist?

"I'm going to be at the 1, and then he'll be at the ... I'm not really sure to be honest," Lin answered. "I'm pretty sure he will start at the 2 but it'll be pretty interchangeable.

"And then when one of us is out the game, the other person will most likely have the ball in their hands. It will probably be a little bit combo guard-esque."

During the 2010-11 season with the Warriors, Lin averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 assists over 29 appearances with the Warriors.


Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors vs. Nuggets: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

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Warriors vs. Nuggets: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

The Warriors carry their four-game winning streak into a road matchup with the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night, with first place in the West on the line.

Golden State (29-14) has been playing some of their best basketball of the season as of late, as a victory against the Nuggets would give the Warriors their second-longest winning streak of the year, and first of at least five games since the beginning of November.

Denver (29-13) has been arguably the biggest surprise in the NBA this season, as they've withstood numerous significant injuries while maintaining the top record in the Western Conference. They defeated the Warriors in their only prior matchup this season, a 100-98 Nuggets victory in the third game of the 2018-19 campaign.

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Nuggetss, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame and postgame coverage, live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app. 

When: 6:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 13 (pregame coverage starts at 5:00 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game by clicking this link.

Warriors 10-Year Challenge: Remembering Golden State's 2008-09 season

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Warriors 10-Year Challenge: Remembering Golden State's 2008-09 season

A lot can change in a decade. Just ask the Warriors.

The 10-Year Challenge has been making the rounds on social media as of late, so it's a fitting time to look back on just how far the Dubs have come in the last decade. After all, prior to the current six-year streak of making the playoffs, the Warriors were known far more for their chronic dysfunction than they were for their dominance of the league.

The 2008-09 season marked the last one in which Steph Curry was starring at Davidson, and obviously, Curry's arrival drastically altered the trajectory of the franchise -- in due time.

Before his arrival, well, things were pretty bleak.

The 2008-09 Warriors went 29-53. For comparison, the 2018-19 Warriors are currently 29-14 and have a chance to re-take the No. 1 seed in the West Tuesday vs. Denver.

The 2008-09 Warriors got started off on the wrong foot -- or ankle -- before the season even began.

Monta Ellis seriously injured his ankle in an offseason moped accident. Then he lied about it to the team. Then the Warriors suspended him for 30 games without pay.

Ellis didn't make his first appearance of the season until Jan. 23, a game the Warriors would ultimately lose to the Cavaliers on a LeBron James buzzer-beater to drop to 13-31 on the season.

Stephen Jackson was the unquestioned alpha on the team, and led Golden State with an average of 20.1 points per contest in 59 games played. Current Phoenix Suns guard Jamal Crawford ranked second in scoring on that Warriors team, with an average of 19.7 points per game.

Center Andris Biedrins had arguably the best season of his career, averaging 11.9 points and 11.2 rebounds, shooting 57.8 percent from the field and 55.1 percent from the free throw line. He never shot better than 32.3 percent from the charity stripe in any future season.

Brandan Wright appeared in 39 games in his sophomore season, before missing the entire next year with a shoulder injury. Two Anthony's -- Randolph and Morrow -- offered the latest reasons for optimism.

The Warriors ultimately lost four of their final five games -- including the last two -- to finish the 2008-09 season with the seventh-worst record in the league at 29-53. The Knicks, who ended up with the eighth-worst record, finished 32-50.

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That meant Golden State would be slotted seventh going into the lottery, a spot they maintained into the draft itself.

On June 25, 2009, the Warriors selected a skinny, sweet-shooting guard out of Davidson College with the seventh overall pick of the NBA draft.

With the eighth overall pick, the Knicks selected power forward Jordan Hill.

10 years later, a whole lot has changed.