Posts Tagged ‘golden state warriors’

Meet the Warriors ‘Gold Suit Man’

By Jeff Case

Some NBA teams have entire sections of their stadium dedicated to loyal fans: the Area 55 crew at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the Pacers, the Red Rowdies at Toyota Center for the Rockets, the Kia 6th Man section at Philips Arena for the Hawks and many others that we’re probably missing.

Oracle Arena is best known for its raucous cast of Warriors supporters, but one fan in particular stands out at home games, a gentleman known as “Gold Suit Man”. A college student by day, Oliver Wald has, in recent years, become one of the best known Warriors fans around.


VIDEO: Warriors Gold Suit Man

Warriors fans give Monty Williams some help

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The fans at Golden State Warriors games have long been known for creating one of the loudest in-game environments in the NBA. Opposing players and coaches are well acquainted with this, as nobody seems to relish having to play in Oracle Arena, a.k.a. Roar-acle Arena.

But it was still stunning to hear Pelicans coach Monty Williams admit this yesterday before Game 2 of the Pelicans/Warriors series. As Williams said

“I’m not so sure that the decibel level is legal there, and I’m serious. They’ve done studies on that. Being on the competition committee, there’s got to be something to that because it does get a little out of hand. I’ve talked about it for years, they’ve got some of the best fans in the league here, and they show up early. The music before the game, they’re playing old school music, and it’s right above your locker room. And you’re like, ‘These people are crazy, man. This is pretty cool.’ So I’m sure it has an effect, but after a few minutes, it’s just basketball.”

If Williams was looking for a way to further motivate Golden State’s already rabid fans, he found a proper avenue: Last night the fans were louder than ever, cheering on Golden State in their Game 2 victory.

But Warriors fans didn’t forget about Williams. To make sure he was properly protected, some helpful Warriors fan left a little gift on the scorer’s table right next to the Warriors’ bench…

(via B/R)

Stephen Curry made 77 consecutive 3-pointers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One thing about the NBA that gets overlooked is that almost every NBA player is a really good shooter. Even guys who don’t score a lot of points in games are generally great shooters when wide open and left alone. Go early to an NBA game and watch the players shoot around in warm ups, and you’ll see guys sink more shots than they miss.

That said, the best shooter in the NBA is probably Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who basically went crazy in practice yesterday. During a shooting drill when he took ten jumpers from ten spots around the three-point line, Curry sank 77 consecutive threes, and finished by making 94 out of 100. The Warriors also posted a short video of Curry doing work. Stand back…

Warriors fan revises, relaunches familiar ‘We Believe’ slogan


VIDEO: The Warriors stun the Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 playoffs

By Jeff Case

(Disclaimer: This post is not intended for Mavs fans)

Remember back in the 2006-07 season, when the Golden State Warriors squeaked into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed and took on the No. 1-seeded (and 67-win) Dallas Mavericks? It was perhaps the greatest first-round upset in NBA playoff history as the Warriors ousted the defending Western Confernce champion Mavs in six games.

In that series, Golden State built a 3-1 series edge thanks to a raucous home crowd at Oracle Arena. Back then, the team rallied behind a “We Believe” slogan that was started by a season-ticket holder and loyal fan, Paul Wong. Although that wasn’t the official slogan of those Warriors, that crew led by Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and Jason Richardson came to be known as the “We Believe” Warriors to many.

As Golden State embarks on what it hopes will be a run to The Finals, Wong has updated that familiar slogan: “We Believe Championship”. Wong unveiled that phrase on placards — about 250 of them — during last night’s Blazers-Warriors game and is hoping it will catch on like the ’07 slogan did.

Jeff Faraudo of the Bay Area News Group has more on Wong’s new campaign. And, here’s an image of the new signs, too …

webelievesign

 

Steph Curry and Chris Paul get claymation treatment

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week we saw Steph Curry put Chris Paul on skates. We’ve seen the move, and seen it in slow motion, but what would it look like if the play was remade using clay figurines? An enterprising fan decided to find out, and posted the results on Instagram…

STEPH FARM Like a good neighbor tag someone!

A video posted by @azxd on

(via FTW)

Stephen Curry’s pregame routine is pretty awesome

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night I went to the Clippers/Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. While standing on the court during pregame warmups, I noticed Clippers point guard Chris Paul going through a series of pretty cool warm-up drills, so I pulled out my phone and took to social media…

.@cp3 doing work

A video posted by Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) on

Every NBA player has his own warm-up routines and rituals. The Warriors posted this video of Stephen Curry going through his pregame routine, and it’s pretty cool to see all the different things he can do, and how effortlessly he’s able to make all of them look…


VIDEO: Curry Warmup

Fans get another close look at Blazers blimp

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Portland Trail Blazers have a car-shaped blimp that flies around inside the arena and presumably drops gifts (t-shirts, coupons, etc.) to the crowd. Which is fun and a blast, except when it isn’t. Like a few months ago, when the car crashed into the stands, giving fans a very, very close look at the blimp.

And if there were any fans who didn’t get a great look at the blimp then, hopefully they were at the Moda Center last night when the Blazers hosted the Warriors, because the blimp once again decided to take a seat and watch some basketball…

Oh no, not again! #PORvsGSW #blazers #blimpcrash

A photo posted by Alex Oyola (@catcaves) on

(via SB Nation)

Andrew Bogut will not share a towel with you

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the heat of battle, basketball players are sometimes forced to share things that under normal circumstances perhaps wouldn’t be shared — water bottles, for instance. During last night’s Warriors/Jazz game, Golden State big man Andrew Bogut got tossed a towel that he used to wipe himself down. But when Utah’s Rudy Gobert tried to share Bogut’s towel, Bogut refused and took a stand, both for himself and for hygiene…

Don’t bump Draymond Green


VIDEO: Green bump

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Clippers and the Warriors have been feuding for a while, and now we’re at the point where I think the players are actively looking for something to get fired up about.

Take Draymond Green. At the end of yesterday’s Warriors win over the Clippers, Green was being interviewed by ABC’s Lisa Salters when Clippers forward Dahntay Jones strolled past and delivered a bump to Green. It wasn’t much of a collision, but it was enough to get under Green’s skin.

Following the game, Green said, “I think he wanted a reaction from me, but he don’t play, so, you know, me getting suspended and him getting suspended, it’s different. You know, when you don’t play, that’s probably his role on that team.”

Check the moment when Green gets bumped. He’s like, wait, is this happening?

Steph Curry, J.R. Smith, Lance Stephenson compete in new Crossover Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season we had the occasional Crossover Contest post. This season, I was planning on saving up some of this season’s best crossovers for one big season-ending post. But after the weekend we had, I think we need to break out another Crossover Contest, because dudes were putting people on skates all across the NBA.

Let’s start in Cleveland, where J.R. Smith sent Brandon Knight flying with a killer crossover…


VIDEO: J.R. on Knight

Now to Los Angeles, where Chandler Parsons had Lakers forward Ryan Kelly all mixed up…


VIDEO: Parsons on Kelly

In Detroit, down the stretch in a close game, Lance Stephenson went at Anthony Tolliver and left him stumbling in his tracks…


VIDEO: Lance on Tolliver

And let’s end with Stephen Curry yesterday out in the Bay, where he crossed over half the Clippers and drained the three…

VIDEO: Curry cross

Now it’s your turn: Who had the trickiest dribble? Cast your vote for the winner in the latest Crossover Contest…