Warriors out for revenge against Bucks, Walton 'all for it'


Warriors out for revenge against Bucks, Walton 'all for it'

The Bucks dealt the Warriors their first loss of the 2014-15 regular season on Saturday in Milwaukee -- Golden State's final stop on a seven-game road trip.

Less than a week later, the Bucks will face a rested Warriors team at Oracle Arena. Warriors players, recalling a late-game dunk by Michael Carter-Williams and the subsequent celebration, are plenty motivated. And interim head coach Luke Walton is all for it.

Draymond Green to KNBR on Tuesday: 

"They had a little celebration. It is what it is. They won a regular season game. The 24-1 shirts in the NBA store and the streak-buster shirts, I'm not sure if ... that's what I want to promote for my team. But hey, to each his own. I don't really get caught up in it.

"I think Michael Carter-Williams getting a dunk at the end of the game and looking at our bench like, 'Dude, you lost your spot.' It's not quite common that you should be looking toward someone's bench and yelling when you've got some ground to make up. But I love the intensity. It is what it is.

"And they've got to come in here on Friday night."

Klay Thompson on Wednesday: 

"We're looking forward to it, man. They're obviously the team that gave us our one in that loss column. We thought, at the time, they could have won with a little more class -- some of those guys. I'd have been fired up too, so we definitely remember that.

"There's nothing wrong with the dunk, but the stare-down, trying to talk nasty in a game like that. It's like, 'All right, you realize you see us again next Friday, in our building too.' So that's going to be fun."

Stephen Curry on Wednesday: 

"Big opportunity for us to redeem ourselves. Throughout the course of the regular season, storylines happen and you want to get up for big games. They're our next challenge and we remember what happened up there less than a week ago so it's going to be a fun atmosphere. Want to come out and play our game and play with the same energy they did -- even more than they did when we were up there.

"It was a nice celebration. We do remember that stuff. Hopefully come out strong.

"We were kind of just laughing at some of the stuff that was going on. It was a big game for them. Friday will be a big game for us."

Harrison Barnes to 95.7 The Game on Thursday:

"Yeah, it will probably be a long night. We definitely take a lot of pride in the way we play and we didn't play our best game when we went there and played in Milwaukee. The guys are going to be fired up to right their wrong.

"(Carter-Williams) had some things to say. But kinda just chalked it up to that's what he was feeling in the moment. He was excited.

"We'll see tomorrow night."

Interim coach Luke Walton to KNBR on Thursday:

"I wasn't surprised. Our guys, they take everything personally. It's kind of one of the reasons that they're great. The competitiveness that they have. When we tell Draymond, tell the team there's a good chance we don't win 72 games this year, but we don't care about that because all we're trying to do is get to the level where we can win another championship. And Draymond will jump up and be like, 'No, we are going to win 72 games.' Ok, we're just talking here. But they take it personally.

"As a staff, we like it. Because that means when our guys are ticked off, they have their edge. And when they have their edge, they're hard to beat. So if something like that is going to set them off for a regular season game, then I'm all for it."


What Warriors' Steve Kerr learned about Andrew Wiggins from Tom Thibodeau

What Warriors' Steve Kerr learned about Andrew Wiggins from Tom Thibodeau

The Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins from the Minnesota Timberwolves just before the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline.

Shortly thereafter, Tom Thibodeau -- who coached Wiggins for multiple seasons in Minnesota -- visited Golden State's facility in San Francisco.

Naturally, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was able to pick Thibs' brain.

“We had just traded for Andrew Wiggins and he was really helpful,’’ Kerr told Marc Berman of The New York Post over the weekend. “I had a long conversation with [Thibodeau] about Andrew.

"He gave me some good advice on ways to connect with Andrew, how much he enjoyed coaching him and why."

The chat certainly helped.

Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals over 12 games with the Dubs, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

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“He showed some X’s and O’s and went over some actions they ran for [Wiggins],” Kerr said. “Some of the things they were trying to do."

The Warriors' coaching staff was very pleased with what they saw from the 25-year-old in a short amount of time, and are confident he will thrive playing alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

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Wiggins fills a need on the wing, and the goal is for him to become a lock-down defender.

"I was particularly pleased with his defense, especially on the ball," assistant coach Ron Adams told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami in early June. "I just thought he did a really good job. And against the best players in the league, he really enjoys playing against them and actually picks his game up when he did play against those guys.

“The sky’s the limit for this guy."

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NBA rumors: G League team for elite prospects coming to Walnut Creek

NBA rumors: G League team for elite prospects coming to Walnut Creek

A new professional basketball team is coming to the Bay Area.

Yes, you read that right.

The Ultimate Fieldhouse sports complex -- where Warriors superstar Steph Curry has hosted his Under Armour Select Camp -- is expected to be the team's home.

Back in mid-April, Jalen Green -- the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft -- announced he was signing with the professional pathway program.

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Since then, several additional elite prospects have signed contracts with the squad. And in June, Oakland native Brian Shaw -- who served as an analyst for Warriors coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area last season -- was named head coach.

The team originally was going to be based in Southern California, but plans changed. And it's unclear at this point how the coronavirus pandemic will impact how it competes against the rest of the NBA G League franchises.

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The Warriors currently possess the Minnesota Timberwolves' top-three protected first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Assuming they don't trade the selection, and assuming NBA executives will be allowed to scout the prospects in person, Golden State general manager Bob Myers and the rest of the front office just might be spending a decent amount of time in Walnut Creek during the winter.

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