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From Basketball Camp To Taipei, Whirlwind Tour Continues For Jeremy Lin
It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a week since Jeremy Lin signed a contract to play for the Golden State. It has certainly been a whirlwind for the Bay Area native who grew up rooting for the Warriors.
Whereas last week he was trying to figure out where the next step of his basketball career would lead him, Lin, an Asian-American Harvard graduate, is now in the international spotlight. Since signing with the Warriors, he has appeared on countless radio and television networks, he’s been the subject of a Sports Illustrated.com feature story and over the weekend he appeared on a nationally televised interview on CNN.
Now, he is en route to Taipei, Taiwan, where he was personally invited by Yao Ming to take part in the All-Star center’s charity basketball game. Set for Wednesday night at the Taipei Arena, the game will benefit the “Yao Ming Foundation,” which helps re-build schools in the earthquake devastated provinces in China. Lin will play on a roster that includes several NBA players including Chase Budinger, Brandon Jennings, Amir Johnson, Aaron Brooks, Luke Babbitt, DaJuan Summers and Hasheem Thabeet. Their opponents will be the Shanghai Sharks Chinese National Team.
In between CNN interviews, traveling abroad and fielding calls from Yao, Lin still managed to find the time to visit a session of Warriors Basketball Camp on Monday. Pictures from the camp visit can be found by clicking here or on the image below.
Lin’s camp visit was just the latest in a series of Warriors appearances at basketball camps this summer. Not only do campers receive top-flight instruction from an experienced and dedicated camp staff, but they also get to meet Warriors players, coaches and other staff members. Already this summer, Warriors Basketball Camp has been visited by Stephen Curry, Anthony Tolliver, Charlie Bell, Stephen Silas, Calbert Cheaney and now Lin. Available for boys and girls from ages 7 to 15, Warriors Basketball Camp still has several openings for summer sessions. Sign up today and get two free tickets to a Warriors home game in November.
An undrafted free agent who turned a successful Summer League with the Mavericks into a contract with the Warriors, Lin, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, has become a bit of an overnight celebrity. However, the 22-year-old guard remains humble and determined to make it in the NBA – not for his heritage or his vast support network – but for his pure love of the game.
Sunday, July 25 (9:39 a.m.)
Curry Awaiting Team USA Invite To New York City
Stephen Curry completed his participation in the Team USA training camp with Saturday’s USA Basketball Showcase in Las Vegas. Now, he must wait to find out if he’s a national team finalist that will be invited to continue to work out with the team in New York on August 9th. ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan, who has covered the national team extensively over the last week-plus, says that Curry is a near-lock to make the final squad.
An announcement on whether or not Curry is invited to join the team in New York is expected to come this week, so stay tuned for word of that. In the meantime, check out a photo gallery of Curry and the national team by clicking on the image below:
Stephen Curry certainly helped his chances to make the national team with Saturday's performance. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)
Last week, we discussed how Stephen Curry can earn a spot on the national team with his strong perimeter shooting. The Warriors’ guard seems to be acutely aware of that, and he wasted no time in putting his smooth shooting stroke on display during Saturday’s USA Basketball Showcase in Las Vegas.
Starting for the White Team in the intra-squad scrimmage, Curry knocked down a three-pointer from the corner on his team’s first possession. He knocked down a trio of triples in the contest, finishing the game with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting in 21 minutes of action. Curry also grabbed six rebounds, which was the second highest total on the team.
Curry’s strong shooting helped lift the White squad to a 114-96 victory over the Blue Team, and you can watch highlights of the game below and get a full recap of the action by clicking here:
Saturday’s nationally televised Showcase closed out a week-long training camp for the national team. Now, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo, Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski and staff will preside over the roster and cut it down to about 15 finalists who will take part in further training in New York City from August 9th through the 16th. The American national team will eventually have just 12 players who will compete in the FIBA World Championship, which begins on August 28th.
Whether or not Curry makes the final team remains to be seen, but his effort in Las Vegas on Saturday night should only help his chances. Stay tuned throughout the summer as we provide more updates on Curry’s status within the national team as they become available.
Friday, July 23 (5:51 p.m.)
Rosters Announced For Team USA Showcase
The rosters have been announced for the USA Basketball Showcase, an intra-squad game in Las Vegas that will feature players competing for a spot on the national team for next month’s FIBA World Championship in Turkey.
Get a look at the rosters below, and be sure to watch the game tomorrow (Saturday) at 7 p.m. (PDT) on ESPN 2.
USA BASKETBALL SHOWCASE
Tyson Chandler Stephen Curry Kevin Durant Eric Gordon Danny Granger Andre Iguodala Lamar Odom Derrick Rose Gerald Wallace
BLUE TEAM Chauncey Billups Tyreke Evans Rudy Gay Jeff Green Brook Lopez Kevin Love O.J. Mayo JaVale McGee Rajon Rondo Russell Westbrook
Stephen Curry will complete his USA Basketball training camp with Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)
It’s the same game, but it’s really not. The rules of international basketball are slightly different than in the NBA, although FIBA will adopt several nuances of the NBA game beginning in October. We could go on for days of the subtle differences between FIBA and NBA rules, but will any of this make a difference for Stephen Curry as he tries to make the national team?
The answer is likely to be yes, and it favors the Warriors guard.
Zone defenses are much more prevalent in international basketball than the NBA game, and there is no better way than to beat a zone than with strong outside shooting. The U.S. team that is currently training in Las Vegas has no shortage of talent, but the team does lack strong perimeter shooting. Other than Curry, who ranked seventh in the NBA in three-point shooting at 43.7 percent, no other guard on the American roster was in the top 30. In fact, the only other guards in the top 50 last year were Chauncey Billups (No. 35, 38.6 percent) and O.J. Mayo (No. 40, 38.6 percent).
FIBA’s three-point line is currently three feet closer than that of the NBA (it will be moved back effective October 1), so other players can be strong perimeter shooters in international play and not so much in the NBA. Still, Curry is one of the top shooters in the NBA, and his ability to stretch opposing defenses can open the lane up for other slashing guards such as Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook or Tyreke Evans.
WATCH CURRY IN ACTION
USA Basketball Showcase
Sat., July 24, 7 p.m. On ESPN2
Curry’s last practice with Team USA is today, and then he will compete in the USA Basketball Showcase, an intra squad scrimmage on Saturday that will be televised on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. (PDT). Team USA’s final 12-man roster for the FIBA World Championship does not have to be announced until late next month, but the current field could be cut down to 15 by the end of the weekend.
Stephen Curry Mic'd Up, Plus Larry Riley Interview
Stephen Curry continues to work out for Team USA in Las Vegas (get a recap of Wednesday's practice by clicking here), and he certainly appears to be in the mix of players that will make the club and compete in next month’s FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Should Curry make the final roster, he would be the first Warrior on the American national team since Chris Mullin, who won a gold medal as a member of the Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Check out the video below and have a look at some practice footage of Curry from earlier this week:
In other news, the Warriors completed a trade with the Bulls earlier today that sent C.J. Watson to Chicago in exchange for a 2011 second round pick and a traded player exception. Warriors General Manager Larry Riley discussed that move, as well as Wednesday’s signing of Jeremy Lin and other Warriors topics with Tim Roye earlier this morning. Listen to that interview below.
Larry Riley Interviewed By Tim Roye - 7/22/10
Speaking of Lin, the newest Warrior will be interviewed by Gary Radnich tonight at about 6:40 p.m. on KRON 4.
Wednesday, July 21 (4:45 p.m.)
Warriors GM Talks Curry, Lin and Lee On KNBR
Stephen Curry took part in his second practice of the Team USA training camp today, and he seems to be a prime candidate to make the final squad that will compete in next month’s FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Warriors General Manager Larry Riley, who has been in Las Vegas watching the Team USA workouts, said as much during an appearance on KNBR earlier today (listen below):
Larry Riley On KNBR - 7/21/10
If you listened to that Riley interview above, you heard him talk about the newest addition to the Warriors. Earlier today, the team signed free agent Jeremy Lin, a 6-foot-3 guard and Palo Alto native who played collegiately at Harvard and with the Mavericks during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Access interviews and photos of Lin by clicking here, and be sure to watch his appearance on Chronicle Live today at 5:30 p.m. on CSN Bay Area.
Warriors’ forward David Lee, who suffered an injury to the middle (long) finger on his right hand during practice with USA Basketball yesterday in Las Vegas, was examined today by Dr. Bill Green in San Francisco. The exam indicated that Lee suffered a “mallet finger” injury. He is expected to wear a splint for six (6) weeks and is expected to make a complete recovery well before the start of training camp in late September.
As a result of the injury, Lee will not participate in USA Basketball’s 2010 World Championships this summer.
Wednesday, July 21 (10:11 a.m.)
Tim Roye Interviews Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry will be back in action today as Team USA continues its mini-camp in Las Vegas. Before today’s practice session, Curry chatted with Warriors broadcaster Tim Roye. Listen to that interview below:
Stephen Curry Interviewed By Tim Roye - 7/21/10
If you haven’t already, be sure to visit our prior blog entries for a recap of the first day of Team USA training camp, complete with photos and videos of Curry and David Lee.
Tuesday, July 20 (4:29 p.m.)
Curry, Lee Complete First Day Of Team USA Practice
In Las Vegas for the Team USA Mini-Camp, Stephen Curry and David Lee completed their first day of practice with the national team earlier today. Unfortunately for Lee, he suffered an injury to the middle finger on his right hand. He will fly back to San Francisco tonight and will be examined by Dr. Bill Green tomorrow. He is expected to return to Las Vegas and re-join the team later tomorrow.
Read Tim Roye's Journal for more on the process involved with the Team USA Mini-Camp and the 2010 FIBA World Championship, and view photos of the first day of practice below.
And if you missed NBA TV's interviews with both Curry and Lee from earlier in the day, you can watch them in our previous entry.
Tuesday, July 20 (1:08 p.m.)
Curry, Lee Interviewed At Team USA Mini-Camp
As we mentioned yesterday, Stephen Curry and David Lee are getting a chance to know each other this week, as both are participating in the Team USA Mini-Camp in Las Vegas. 22 players are vying for 12 spots on the team that will be sent to Turkey for the 2010 FIBA World Championships, and both Curry and Lee are hopeful that they will have a chance to represent their country.
As part of their 'Real Training Camp Special' live from Vegas, the NBA TV crew sat down with the two Warriors to talk about the national team, the season ahead and much more. Watch both interviews below:
For a complete breakdown of the roster, click here. We'll be back with much more coverage soon.
Monday, July 19 (2:48 p.m.)
Curry Plays At Celebrity Golf Tourney, Joins Lee At Team USA Mini-Camp
Since the NBA season ended, Warriors guard Stephen Curry has spent a lot of his time back home in Charlotte, North Carolina, while also working out and preparing for next season in the Bay Area. During the month of July, however, Curry has been spending the majority of his time in the state of Nevada.
Although he did not play in any games, Curry joined the Warriors Summer League team in Las Vegas in early July. Curry went through two-a-day workouts with the team and supported the squad from the bench during its first few games in the desert. Watch his interview with NBA TV below and get a full recap of the Warriors' performance in Vegas at Summer League Central.
Following this stint in Vegas, Curry headed to Northern Nevada to take part in the 21st Annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe. Probably the most notable celebrity golf tournament in the world, this year's event featured Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, John Elway and of course, Charles Barkley. It's not often that athletes coming off of their rookie campaign are invited, but Curry's notable season and his experience on the range helped him secure a spot.
So how did he do? Using the Stableford Scoring Format, Curry finished tied for 28th in a field of 82 golfers, coming in just behind Jordan and Rice. And he can walk away with bragging rights, as he had the best score of any current NBA player, besting Allen, Kidd, Wally Szczerbiak and Shane Battier. View the full leaderboard here. While he was in Tahoe, Curry sat down for an interview with CSN Bay Area, which you can watch by clicking here.
With the weekend in Tahoe now behind him, it's back to the grind, and back to the desert, as Curry will be participating in the Team USA Mini-Camp in Las Vegas from today through Friday, with the 2010 USA Basketball Showcase taking place on Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center. In May, Curry was named as one of four new members to USA Basketball's 2010-12 National Team. He will be joined by 20 other players looking to be selected for the team that will participate in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, which takes place in Turkey from August 28 through September 12.
The Warriors will be well represented at the mini-camp, as one of those 20 other players is Curry's new teammate, David Lee. The recently-aquired Lee is one of several big men looking to secure a spot on the World Championship team, and while he's in Vegas he will also get a chance to team up with Curry for the first time. Warriors fans are excited about the pairing of the soon-to-be second-year guard and the 2010 All-Star forward, and their first official game together could very well end up being in Turkey.
For a full breakdown of the roster, click here. Fans can also get a look at the team by tuning in to NBA TV tomorrow and watching the 'Real Training Camp Special' from Las Vegas from 12-3 Pacific. We'll be back with more coverage of Curry and Lee's time at the mini-camp soon.
On Thursday, Galatioto Sports Partners announced the signing of a Purchase Agreement for the sale of the Warriors to an investor group led by Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. View full details, including bios, videos, news articles and more, by clicking here.
The Warriors finished the Vegas Summer League with a 3-2 record, and Reggie Williams earned All-Tournament Team honors. View a photo gallery and video recap of the team's stint in Vegas by clicking here.
The Warriors Girls will be holding auditions for the 2010-11 season in San Ramon this Saturday, July 24. Click here for more information on auditions and prep classes.
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2010 Summer Blog
Throughout the 2010 NBA Summer League, the warriors.com Blog Squad staff will be contributing entries to the 2010 Summer League Blog. Click the link below for full coverage of the team's activities in Las Vegas, including interviews, exclusive videos, analysis and much more.
Earlier today, the NBA announced the official D-League affiliation system for the 2010-11 season, and the Warriors are one of several teams that will have a new affilate. After being associated with the Bakersfield Jam since the 2006-07 season, the Warriors will now be afilliated with the Reno Bighorns.
Entering their third year in the D-League, the Bighorns are also affiliated with the Sacramento Kings.
The re-assigning of affiliates is not uncommon, and there are a number of reasons for the Warriors' switch from Bakersfield to Reno.
First, Reno is closer in proximity to Oakland (62 miles closer than Bakersfield, to be exact), which is a key factor to the affiliation system. NBA teams are permitted to send first-or-second-year players to the D-League during the course of the season, so it makes sense for teams to be closer to their affiliates, just as many Triple-A baseball teams are located near their parent Major League team.
Additionally, the Lakers needed a new D-League affiliate, as their previous team, the L.A. Defenders, is taking a one-year hiatus from the league. Being that Bakersfield is the closest D-League team to L.A., it made sense for the Lakers to be re-assigned there, while the Warriors made the switch to Reno.
For more on the new affiliation, click the links below:
After averaging 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game over his first two NBA seasons, Brandan Wright appeared to be on the verge of a breakout year. Head Coach Don Nelson said that Brandan Wright was the Warriors’ best player in the team’s 2009 training camp, but soon after he made that statement the forward suffered a shoulder injury that would cause him to miss the entire 2009-10 season.
Still just 22 years old, Wright is certainly on his way to a full recovery. He sat down with Tim Roye recently to discuss his shoulder rehab and much more, and you can see that interview in the video below:
Fans will get to see Wright and several others in action this week when the Warriors head to Las Vegas to participate in the NBA Summer League. The team will play five games in Sin City, beginning with Friday’s opener against the Hornets. To watch this game and all of your Warriors Summer League action, get Summer League Broadband. For more on the Warriors’ Summer League, click here.
Wednesday, June 30 (4:08 p.m.)
Catching Up With Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry has been busy working on his game at Warriors HQ in recent days. (warriors.com photo)
Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been anything but inactive since the team's season ended in April. After opening eyes across the league with one of the top rookie performances in the NBA this past season, Curry has been busy catching up with friends and family, participating in several charitable efforts, appearing at the Warriors 2010 Draft Party, and of course, working on improving his game.
Curry has been a welcome sight at the Warriors Practice Facility in recent days, going through workouts and getting up plenty of shots. Tim Roye recently sat down with Curry to talk about his off-season thus far, his plans for the summer and his excitement for next season. Watch the entire interview below:
For more on all of Curry's off-season activities, both past and future, click the links below.
As the team gets set for the 2010 NBA Draft, the warriors.com Blog Squad staff will be contributing entries to the 2010 Draft Blog. Click the link below for full coverage of the team's preparation for this year's draft, including interviews with NBA prospects and draft experts, plus full behind-the-scenes coverage of the team's draft preparations.
The Warriors are nearly a month into their off-season, and even though the entire organization would prefer to be making preparations for the Western Conference Finals, the team is hard at work preparing for what figures to be a successful 2010-11 campaign.
Opening Night 2010 is still more than five months away, but we figured we’d a highlight a few dates during the off-season to help bridge the gap to the arrival of the 2010-11 season.
May 18, 2010 – NBA Draft Lottery
June 24, 2010 – NBA Draft
July 2010 – Summer League
July 19-24, 2010 – Team USA Training Camp
August 28-September 12, 2010 – FIBA World Championships
October 2010 – Warriors Training Camp
Where the Warriors pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft will be determined by the four-digit combinations produced by the Lottery hopper pictured above. (photo: Ned Dishman/NBAE/Getty)
The NBA Draft Lottery is set for this Tuesday, and you can full coverage of the event right here on warriors.com. The Lottery will determine the draft order for the first 13 picks in next month’s draft. The Warriors are currently slotted for the fourth selection, but the chances are that they won’t remain there. Since the NBA Lottery moved to its current weighted system in 1994, only twice has the fourth pre-lottery slotted team retained its position. The Warriors have the highest chance (37.25 percent) of securing the fifth pick, but the team also has a 33.68 percent shot at moving into the top three. For much more coverage of the Warriors in the NBA Draft Lottery, click here.
How the Warriors fare in the Lottery will certainly affect the team’s plans for the summer. It will impact which prospects the team brings in for pre-draft workouts and could possibly even figure into potential trade discussions. Assuming the Warriors keep their Lottery Selection, that player is expected to be a part of the team’s Summer League entry. No official announcement has been made regarding the Warriors’ Summer League plans, but one will be coming soon. As usual, warriors.com will provide full behind-the-scenes coverage of the team’s Draft and Summer League preparations as those events draw nearer.
Another thing to look forward to is the Team USA Training Camp in Las Vegas from July 19-24. It was announced last week that Stephen Curry had been added to the national team’s roster, a major accomplishment for the first-year player. Curry, however, is one of 31 players on the roster, so he will have his work cut out for him should he make the final squad that will compete in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey later this summer. Check out our prior blog entry for more info on the Team USA Training Camp.
With the events listed above and a few other surprises on the horizon, this summer should be an eventful one for Warriors enthusiasts, and the excitement will begin with the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 4 (11:13 a.m.)
Curry To Participate In USA Basketball Training Camp
Stephen Curry's peformance in July's USA Basketball training camp will determine whether or not he participates in the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Stephen Curry played in a team-high 80 games during the 2009-10 season, and he’s not going to get much time off in the summer either. Earlier today, USA Basketball announced that Curry has been selected to the national team and will participate in a training camp in Las Vegas, Nev., from July 19-24.
"Making the USA National Team roster is a dream come true for me," Curry said. "I'm looking forward to the experience of playing against the best in the NBA and, hopefully, against the best in the World."
Curry was one of four players added to the national team’s roster, which now stands at 31 players. All of the team’s available players will be expected to take part in this summer’s training camp, which will culminate with the 2010 USA Basketball Showcase, a Blue-White intrasquad game that will be held on Saturday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV. Tickets to the 2010 USA Basketball Showcase can be purchased by calling 866-388-FANS or online at www.UNLVtickets.com. (Daily practice sessions at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion will be closed to the general public.)
Team USA’s training camp in Las Vegas will be important for Curry and his national team teammates, as it will be used to determine the finalists for the 2010 USA World Championship Team that will participate in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, which is being held August 28 to September 12 in Turkey.
“It will again be very exciting when we converge on Las Vegas and open the first training camp for the 2010-12 USA Basketball Men’s National Team. This will also be an important first step in the selection and training preparation of the 2010 USA World Championship Team,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a press release. “We have again asked for serious commitments from each player and coach involved in the national team program, and as was the case in 2006-08, this will again be a program that emphasizes character and pride, respect for our opponents and respect for the game.”
Added USA Basketball National Team head coach Mike Krzyewski: “The July 19-24 training camp in Las Vegas not only launches the USA National Team on another three year quest but it will be an important part of the USA team selection process and its preparations for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Our training in Las Vegas is our first opportunity to bring all of the available national team players together for four practices and we’ll end the camp with the USA Basketball Showcase on July 24. With all the talent we will have on the court, the 2010 USA Basketball Showcase should be a great night of basketball. I’m excited to get back on the court with my staff and the USA National Team players and begin our preparations for what I know will be an extremely competitive World Championship.”
For a full schedule of USA Basketball Men’s National team this summer, look below:
2010 USA Basketball Men’s National Team Schedule
July 19-24: Training Camp, Las Vegas, Nevada
USA Team Meeting
July 20-23 (12-3 p.m.)
USA Team Training
Cox Pavilion, UNLV
July 24 (7 p.m.)
USA Basketball Showcase USA Blue vs. USA White
Thomas & Mack Center, UNLV
August 28-Sept. 12: FIBA World Championship
USA vs. Croatia
USA vs. Slovenia
USA vs. Brazil
USA vs. Iran
USA vs. Tunisia
Monday, May 3 (8:19 p.m.)
Turiaf Visits Warriors Basketball Camp
If you think Ronny Turiaf plays basketball with a passion, you should see him teaching the game to youngsters. Turiaf’s fervor for teaching was on full display over the weekend when he helped lead a session of Warriors Basketball Camp. About 50 kids ages 7 to 15 had the opportunity to learn from Turiaf and an experienced and knowledgeable camp staff at a Shooting Clinic held at Justin-Siena High School in Napa on Sunday. Click on the photo below for some images from this weekend’s camp and see how much fun both Turiaf and the kids had at the camp.
Don’t just take our word for it, see what Napa Valley Register executive sports editor Marty James had to say about the session in this article.
Player appearances are common occurrences at Warriors Basketball Camp. With a full summer slate of sessions quickly approaching, there is no better time than the present to sign up and ensure that the budding superstar in your household is there for the next appearance from a Warriors player. Not only do campers receive expert instruction, but they also receive free tickets to future Warriors home games. In addition, those who sign up today could be eligible for a wide array of camp discounts. For a full calendar of Warriors Basketball Camp sessions, click here.
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