How Warriors are affected by NBA's push for earlier national TV games

How Warriors are affected by NBA's push for earlier national TV games

The NBA released schedules for all 30 teams Monday at 12 p.m. PT and there was one big change for the Warriors: A bunch of national TV games have earlier tip-off times than before.

In order to get more fans on the East Coast watching Western Conference teams, the number of nationally televised games for the upcoming season with start times of 7:30 p.m. PT has decreased from 56 to 33. The Warriors are one of the main factors for the change. 

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has expressed his hope for earlier West Coast games for months now. Silver believes the league wasn't properly serving their fans with stars like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, LeBron James and more starting so many games at 10:30 p.m. ET.

"If your West Coast games start at 10:30 at night in the East, you’re invariably going to lose a lot of viewers around 11, 11:30. I mean, you can just chart it," Silver said in May while appearing on NBC's TODAY.

"You see how many television households turn off around 11:15, 11:30 at night, just because people have to get up for work in the morning."

The Warriors played 18 nationally televised games at 7:30 p.m. PT last season. That number will be reduced to 11 for the 2019-20 season. While this could be more convenient for those on the East Coast, there are bound to be some issues for Warriors fans in the Bay Area. 

"I mean, it would obviously be less convenient to those fans on the West Coast if we played even earlier. I mean, just think about people getting to those arenas after work if you start a game at 6 p.m. local time in the West," Silver said in his May interview.

"It’s not the most convenient thing. It’s not as convenient for a television watcher on the West Coast, either." 

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It appears this will affect games on the road more than at home. The Warriors have two home games in January on national TV that will start at 7 p.m., instead of a half hour later. There will also be a handful of nationally televised weekend home games at 5:30 p.m. PT. 

While this could be a win for the NBA, make sure you set your DVRs and do what you can to beat the San Francisco traffic on these dates.

Warriors' Bob Myers recalls NBA draft dinner with 'shy' Klay Thompson

Warriors' Bob Myers recalls NBA draft dinner with 'shy' Klay Thompson

There's nothing Warriors fans love more than a good Klay Thompson story.

So you should thank president of basketball operations/general manager Bob Myers for providing the latest tale.

Either just before or after the Warriors drafted Klay Thompson in 2011, Myers (who was assistant GM at the time), GM Larry Riley and the No. 11 overall pick went out to dinner together.

Let's just say that Klay wasn't very talkative.

"He barely said a word. He barely said anything," Myers told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on the most recent episode of "The TK Show" podcast. "He's looking down at his plate. Couldn't tell if he was shy, insecure, scared. 

"Didn't have any idea if he could play this kind of defense. Thought he was probably competitive. Put up big numbers at Washington State. The truth was, if you were at that dinner -- and you would have not been wrong -- got up and been like, 'This guy is not ready for the NBA.'

"So you have to factor all that in. And you say, 'Well, does it matter that he's been around it and his dad was in it? How do we make sense of all this?'"

Spoiler alert -- it turned out that Klay was ready for the NBA.

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After Golden State traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks and inserted him into the starting lineup, Klay averaged 18.6 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals over the final 28 games of his rookie season.

The three-time NBA champion is a five-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA selection and earned Second-Team All-Defense honors last season.

Solid draft pick.

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Glenn Robinson III explains most disappointing part of 76ers trade

Glenn Robinson III explains most disappointing part of 76ers trade

Glenn Robinson III did not want the Warriors to trade him.

He loved playing for Steve Kerr and the organization, and was having a career year.

But the night before the Feb. 6 deadline, Golden State sent him and Alec Burks to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for three second-round draft picks.

Through six games in Philly, the small forward is averaging 6.0 points and 1.8 rebounds over 14.6 minutes per night, and is 0-for-9 from 3-point range.

In 48 games with the Dubs, Robinson III averaged 12.9 points and 4.7 rebounds over 31.6 minutes per night, while shooting 40 percent from deep.

“Even when (Golden State) played Philly, I showed them what I could do,” Robinson told Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders. "So to play those consistent minutes a night and perform well ...

"That’s the most disappointing part about coming here is that -- both of us (he and Burks) are coming off career years where we’re looking at hopefully big numbers after the season. I know I’ve got a family to feed. So you think about all those things.

"All those things play a role, and then when you come here and your role’s not really explained or you don’t know what’s going on with the trade -- it’s not like it was a trade where you come in and immediately have an impact. It’s a little different, so ...

"This team is full of wings, full of guys who can play. So really, I don’t really understand it. But it’s a business, you’ve got to make it happen and go out and try to do your best every night.”

Wow. Robinson III could not have been more open and transparent.

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Last summer, he signed a one-year minimum contract worth just under $1.9 million with the Warriors. The 26-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent in July, and he's hoping for a big payday.

Does he feel like he did enough with the Dubs to justify a hefty contract?

"I believe in my mind I did," Robinson III told Davies. "For me and my career and just my confidence -- to have that year with Golden State, I always knew that I could do that in the league, so hopefully that stands up no matter what happens the rest of the season or whatever happens here.”

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