How ex-Warriors guard Patrick McCaw did in his Cavaliers debut vs. Heat


How ex-Warriors guard Patrick McCaw did in his Cavaliers debut vs. Heat

Patrick McCaw's Cleveland Cavaliers career is off to an inauspicious start. 

The ex-Warriors guard scored two points (on 1-of-2 shooting), adding a steal and an assist in just over 18 minutes of action Wednesday night in a 25-point loss to the Miami Heat. Still, those minutes were McCaw's first since he played three minutes in Game 4 of the NBA Finals in June.

That game was only McCaw's sixth after he suffered a scary back injury in April, and he was largely limited to mop-up duty once he returned. Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said he noticed some understandable rust in McCaw's first game back. 

"For his first game, I thought he did well," Drew told reporters in Cleveland. "I can see him out there running around [and] doing more thinking than allowing his natural basketball instincts to take over. But, for it being his first game and him having just [one full day] of practice where a lot was thrown at him, I thought he responded well. ... But it's going to take a little time before he gets really acclimated to where he's playing consistent minutes and he really gets his legs under him."

McCaw signed an offer sheet with the Cavaliers on Dec. 28, and the Warriors opted not to match. He practiced with his new teammates for the first time on Monday, and told reporters he "wanted a new opportunity to move on" from the Warriors.

Going from the title favorite to the team with the NBA's worst record (as of this writing) perplexed plenty of people, but McCaw reiterated Wednesday he thinks Cleveland is the right spot for him.

"This is a new opportunity, and I'm excited to be a part of this and the rebuilding stage," McCaw said. 

On his feet, McCaw opted for the signature shoe of a former Cavalier: Kyrie Irving. 

Wearing ex-teammate Kevin Durant's kicks would have been just a bit more awkward. 

Steve Kerr jokes about wanting to trade spots with Andre Iguodala

Steve Kerr jokes about wanting to trade spots with Andre Iguodala

Steve Kerr has accomplished a lot during his playing and coaching career.

He played four seasons for Lute Olson at Arizona. He spent 15 years playing in the NBA, and won five NBA titles during that time.

As a coach, Kerr has made the NBA Finals in each of his first four seasons with the Warriors, and has won three championships.

If you're Steve Kerr, there aren't many people you'd want to trade places with.

Except, there is one Warriors player Kerr would like to be.

"I definitely would trade spots with Andre [Iguodala]," Kerr said on Friday on 95.7 The Game. "I can only imagine what it has felt like to be Andre iguodala over the last 20 years playing basketball. That kind of athleticism, intelligence and feel, I could only dream about being the player he is."

Iguodala, a first-round pick in 2004, has won three titles with Kerr, was named NBA Finals MVP in 2015, was selected to the 2012 NBA All-Star Game and will have earned nearly $170 million through contracts by the time his deal with the Warriors is up.

So, we can understand why Kerr might want to trade places with Iguodala.

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Kerr was asked a really tough question by host Damon Bruce: Who had the better playing career as an Arizona Wildcat, himself or Iguodala?

"How do I answer that?" Kerr joked. "I guess I did because I was there five years and he was there two years."

Dirk Nowitzki remembers one thing most about 2007 Game 6 loss to Warriors

Dirk Nowitzki remembers one thing most about 2007 Game 6 loss to Warriors

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4 P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

May 3, 2017 is a special day in Golden State Warriors history.

The No. 8 seed Warriors knocked off the No. 1 seed Mavericks in Game 6 at Oracle Arena to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

Dirk Nowitzki -- who was named MVP about two weeks later -- had one of the worst games of his career. He scored just eight points and went 2-for-13 from the field.

But it was something that took place off the court that stands out more than anything for Dirk when he thinks about that difficult day.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic has the details:

“Crazy atmosphere,” Dirk remembered. “Crazy. One of the loudest buildings I’ve been in. The fans were so in it, any run they had.”

What does Dirk remember most? The pregame tailgates.

“It doesn’t happen much in basketball,” Dirk said. “Happens more in football, when the fans cookout before. But that was the case when we drove up to the arena two-and-a-half hours, three hours before tip.

“Fans were out there flipping us off, mooning us on our way in. It was crazy. As a competitor, fun to play, but it kind of pushed them to another level. The fans were a big part of that.”

On Saturday night, Dirk will play at Oracle for the last time in his career.

The crowds might not be as consistently loud as they were during the "We Believe" run in 2007, but the man who has scored the sixth most points in NBA history has a lot of respect for the people who have filled up Oracle over the years.

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“Oracle was always a fun place to play,” Nowitzki told The Athletic. “Even in the years early in my career, when the team wasn’t good, I thought the fans were always amazing there. Always great crowds. Always loud when they made runs. A great stop.

“They say the fans have changed a little bit. Because, yeah, obviously the ticket prices are a little higher than they used to be 20 years ago. But I didn’t really notice. It’s still super loud. Honestly, when Steph gets on one of his runs and starts shooting 3s from 35 feet, the place goes absolutely bonkers.”

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