May 20, 2013 7:28 PM EDT
The Golden State Warriors have never paid the luxury tax, but their strong showing in the 2013 NBA Playoffs further confirms the new ownership's willingness to consider it.
"When you start from a place of winning, you may venture into the tax if it does help you win and it’s worth it," said Bob Myers. "But you have to be smart about it, you have to be prudent about it.
"But we’ve shown last year–I can tell you, it was a decision we made with Carl Landry, with his signing, and re-acquiring Brandon Rush. Do we want to go into the tax? And the dialogue our front office had with our ownership was, 'Are you comfortable going into the tax? And we cannot promise that we’ll be able to get out of the tax.'
"And ownership answered in the affirmative. “Go, if you think Cal Landry and Brandon Rush are going to be important to this team, go get ‘em.”
"I imagine it’ll be the same directive this summer."
The Warriors also have appeared to move beyond the desire to make a major franchise altering move. Golden State pursued a trade for Chris Paul in December of 2011.
"I think a sense desperation has passed," said Myers.
"I think that–whereas when you’re trying to do anything to get over the hump you do sometimes chase things that may be difficult to acquire. Whereas now, doesn’t mean we’re satisfied, it doesn’t mean we think our work is through, but we can be prudent and patient with opportunities as they come along."
May 17, 2013 7:56 PM EDT
Due to the injury to David Lee, the Golden State Warriors were forced to be inventive and play Harrison Barnes minutes at power forward.
Many in the media had proposed that Barnes play as the Warriors' small ball power forward previously in the season in order to space the floor due to their lack of playmakers able to get to the basket off the dribble.
"It was fun to kind of play that style," said Barnes. "We’d never really done that before this season. Really, I’d never really played that at Carolina. I’ve always been so accustomed to having two bigs, especially fixtures on the block.
"So just to be able to play that spread out basketball, kind of drive and kick… it was fun to have four people who could handle the ball, just get out on the break, we all had different mis-matches. It was exciting."
May 17, 2013 12:06 PM EDT
The Golden State Warriors believe they can purchase a first or second round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, according to a source.
The Warriors' first round pick belongs to the Utah Jazz.
The Warriors acquired an extra first round pick last season from the San Antonio Spurs by taking on the salary of Richard Jefferson. Golden State selected Festus Ezeli with the pick.
May 14, 2013 2:39 PM EDT
Damian Lillard headlines the 2013 NBA All-Rookie Team as a unanimous selection.
Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, Dion Waiters and Harrison Barnes joined Lillard on the All-Rookie First Team.
On the All-Rookie Second Team is Andre Drummond, Jonas Valanciunas, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kyle Singler and Tyler Zeller.
May 12, 2013 8:02 PM EDT
Stephen Curry received an anti-inflammatory injection in his ankle before Game 4.
Curry played 39 minutes in the Golden State Warriors' 97-87 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs.
Curry re-injured his ankle in Game 3.
May 11, 2013 9:31 PM EDT
Stephen Curry is a game-time decision for Sunday’s Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals, due to a sprained left ankle.
Curry is receiving around-the-clock on treatment on his sprained ankle, which he tweaked with less than five minutes remaining in Game 3.
"He'll play," Klay Thompson said. "No question about it. He will play through anything. He's got heart."
May 11, 2013 11:30 AM EDT
Danny Green has held Stephen Curry to 1-of-15 shooting in Games 2 and 3 of the San Antonio Spurs’ second-round series against Golden State.
"It's a great (challenge) man," Green said. "We treat him like a mini Kevin Durant. Obviously he's not as tall or as lethal attacking the rim, but he can finish, has floaters, has all types of stuff, a quick trigger. He's a scorer – a true scorer.
"He's one of the best scorers we have in the league now. And for me to be able to guard him that tough – they have me guarding him and telling me to step up to this challenge – is big for me. I'm defending the way they tell me to defend him. You know, long story short, just stay connected to him. Stay in his airspace and try to make him uncomfortable."
Curry is a combined 12-of-37 over his last two games.
May 09, 2013 6:20 PM EDT
Mark Jackson was asked on Thursday how the Golden State Warriors' trade of Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut, which created more opportunities for Klay Thompson.
“It helped change the culture," said Jackson. :Obviously it was easier to pull the trigger because we knew what we had in Klay and it was time for him to be a starting two-guard. And he does everything right.”
Jackson was asked for anything specific in how the trade helped change the culture.
"You know," said Jackson.
Jackson called Ellis the third best shooting guard in the NBA when he was hired.
May 09, 2013 5:48 PM EDT
Klay Thompson had 34 points and 14 rebounds in the Golden State Warriors' 100-91 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 on Wednesday.
Thompson had 29 points while shooting 7-for-8 on three-pointers in the first half.
"I felt like Steph Curry out there," said Thompson on Thursday.
"We're in the driver's seat right now. We control our own destiny. I feel like this is our time."
May 07, 2013 1:28 PM EDT
The Golden State Warriors had 16-point lead with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 1, but the San Antonio Spurs went on an 18-2 run to force the game into overtime.
The Spurs eventually won the game in double-overtime on a Manu Ginobili three-pointer.
Teams up by 16 points at the four-minute mark had won 392 consecutive games.
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