For the fifth time this month, the Warriors are losing a treasured member of their organization.
This time, it’s Sammy Gelfand, the analytics guru who played a valuable role in supporting the team’s scouting reports.
After six seasons in various roles with the organization, the last two as manager of basketball analytics, Gelfand will take his pocket protector and institutional knowledge to the Detroit Pistons.
“Sammy is going to be missed, and not only for his work,” coach Steve Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area on Thursday. “It’s also his presence. Sammy is a beloved member of our staff.”
Gelfand’s departure follows those of scout/consultant Larry Riley, physical performance/sports medicine chief Chelsea Lane, strength and conditioning coach Mike Irr and team security manager Ralph Walker.
Gelfand was responsible for poring over game video, tracking trends and tendencies and passing them along to the coaching staff. Most of his duties are expected to go to Pabail Sidhu, who joined the Warriors last summer as director of analytics.
Steph Curry lived up to his Splash Brother moniker on Sunday, and jumped into Lake Tahoe after losing a bet with his father, Dell Curry, at the American Century Championship.
The Splash Father bet the Splash Son he would trail by fewer than 20 points at the end of the tournament. The elder Curry had room to spare on Sunday, too, and was just 18 back of his son.
The two-time MVP was a man of his word.
Last year, the Currys made the same bet, and it was Dell Curry who had to purify himself in the waters of Lake Tahoe. He tied for 30th at the event this year, while Curry tied for 11th.
Move over, China Klay. Tahoe Steph is making a "triumphant" return of his own.
Last summer, Warriors guard Steph Curry unsuccessfully tried dunking on a hoop on the course at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe.
On Friday, the hoop made it 2-0.
Would Golden State remain resounding favorites to three-peat as NBA champions if the team had to play every game in golf attire? Maybe that's how commissioner Adam Silver can achieve "parity of opportunity."