Warriors

Warriors honor Kobe Bryant with tribute video before game vs. Lakers

Warriors honor Kobe Bryant with tribute video before game vs. Lakers

The Warriors had just left the Bay Area for a five-city East Coast road trip when Kobe Bryant tragically died in a helicopter accident Jan. 26.

So, before their first home game in two weeks, the Warriors honored Bryant's legacy with a tribute video at Chase Center.

Saturday's festivities before the game against the Lakers were all about Kobe, who died along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in the hills of Southern California.

Warriors star Steph Curry, who is recovering from a broken left hand, wore Kobe's No. 24 jersey under his sports coat.

The Warriors also had images of Kobe on the video board outside Chase Center, and all fans in attendance received shirts that honored the Lakers icon, his daughter and those lost in the crash.

There also were 24 seconds of silence before the game.

It was a fitting tribute for someone who had such a huge impact on the NBA and the game of basketball.

Why Joe Lacob mentioned Harrison Barnes when praising Andrew Wiggins

Why Joe Lacob mentioned Harrison Barnes when praising Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins was impressive in his first 12 games in a Warriors uniform.

The 25-year-old averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.4 blocks, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and just under 34 percent from 3-point range.

"Our coaching staff is very excited about Andrew and how he may fit here going forward," Warriors owner Joe Lacob told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on Thursday. "Very hard -- it's so hard -- to find wings right now in the NBA with good positional size and athleticism.

"He's a walking 20 points. He's gonna go out there and he's gonna get you 20 points in any game. He's capable of doing a lot more than that. But that's pretty good."

And then Lacob mentioned a former Warriors player that had to sign elsewhere once Kevin Durant decided to come to Golden State.

"When Harrison Barnes was with us -- and I loved Harrison, different kind of player a little bit -- but we would sit there and say, 'If we can just get him to get 20 points in a game it would really help,'" he said. "You know (you've got a) good chance to win a game if you got three guys scoring 20 in a game.

"And we needed that."

Listen and subscribe to the Runnin' Plays podcast

Barnes averaged 10.1 points per game during Steve Kerr's first year at the helm in 2014-15, and then 11.7 points per game the following season.

Over the 2015 and 2016 NBA Playoffs combined, he scored 20 or more points only one time (Game 5 of the 2015 Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets).

[RELATED: Lacob acknowledges Warriors could trade down in NBA draft]

Assuming the Warriors fully are healthy next season, it might be difficult for Wiggins to average 20 per game. It's probably more realistic to expect him to register 15 to 18 points per night, but on the best shooting percentages of his career.

Combine that with consistent defense and engagement and Golden State would be thrilled with those results.

Follow @DrewShiller on Twitter and Instagram

Warriors' Steve Kerr reveals craziest shot he's seen Steph Curry attempt

Warriors' Steve Kerr reveals craziest shot he's seen Steph Curry attempt

Few NBA players in history have shown the vast array of shot-making abilities that Steph Curry has demonstrated in his 11 seasons in the league.

From any spot on the floor, the Warriors star can rise up and bury a 3-pointer, no matter the angle or presence of defenders around him.

Coach Steve Kerr has watched just about every one of Steph’s practices and games since taking over the team in 2014, some of which simply force the coach to throw up his hands and marvel.

But one shot, in particular, stands out to Kerr as the most outlandish attempt from Curry.

“Probably the one in warmups a few years ago,” Kerr said on 95.7 The Game. “Where he launched it all the way up into the rafters, and it came down.

“That’s almost impossible, to do that. If anybody is gonna make that, it’s Steph.”

Given that Curry attempts these shots on a nightly basis, it’s hard to know exactly which one from Curry’s archive his head coach is referring to, but we might have a few ideas, including this make from 2017.

[RELATED: Why Jay Williams claims Steph not top-two NBA ball-handler]

He also could have been talking about when Steph incorporated a bounce into these trick shots, as seen below.

Curry really is in a class of his own when it comes to these shots with a high degree of difficulty.