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Golden State Warriors
The GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California . The Warriors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division . The Warriors play their home games at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The Warriors have reached nine NBA Finals , winning five NBA championships in 1947 , 1956 , 1975 , 2015 and 2017 . Golden State's five NBA championships are tied for fourth-most in NBA history with the San Antonio Spurs , and behind only the Boston Celtics (17), Los Angeles Lakers (16) and Chicago Bulls (6). As of 2017, the Warriors are the third most valuable NBA franchise according to _ Forbes _, with an estimated value of $2.6 billion. The team was established in 1946 as the PHILADELPHIA WARRIORS based in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, a founding member of the Basketball Association of America (BAA). In 1962, the franchise relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and was renamed the SAN FRANCISCO WARRIORS. In 1971, the team changed its geographic moniker to GOLDEN STATE, California's state nickname. The team is nicknamed the _Dubs_ as a shortening of "W's". Wilt Chamberlain and Stephen Curry have both been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player while playing for the Warriors, for a total of three MVP awards
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2017–18 Golden State Warriors Season
The 2017–18 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS SEASON will be the 72nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 56th in the San Francisco Bay Area . The Warriors will enter the season as the defending NBA champions . CONTENTS * 1 Draft picks * 2 Preseason * 3 Roster * 4 Standings * 4.1 Division * 4.2 Conference * 5 Game log * 5.1 Preseason * 5.2 Regular season * 6 Transactions * 6.1 Trades * 6.1.1 Re-signed * 6.1.2 Additions * 6.1.3 Subtractions * 7 References * 8 External links DRAFT PICKS Main article: 2017 NBA draft
2017 NBA draft
The 2017 NBA draft
2017 NBA draft
was held on June 22, 2017, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn
Brooklyn
. The Warriors didn't have a pick, but acquired the Chicago Bulls 38th pick in the second round for cash. They chose power forward Jordan Bell out of Oregon . After the draft, the team signed Bell's former Oregon teammate, Chris Boucher , to a two-way contract. PRESEASONOn July 1, 2017, Stephen Curry agreed to re-sign with Golden State on a super-max five year/$201m deal. The Warriors also resigned Kevin Durant , and their veteran core of Shaun Livingston , David West , Andre Iguodala , Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
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Western Conference (NBA)
The WESTERN CONFERENCE of the National Basketball Association is made up of 15 teams, and organized into three divisions of five teams each. Since 2006, the three division winners and the non-division winner with the best record are seeded 1 through 4 for the playoffs in order of their record, with all remaining non-division winners seeded 5 through 8. This leaves open the possibility that a #2 or #3 seed could be a non-division winner. Home-court advantage in a playoff series is decided by record, not by seeding, so if a #4 and #5 team met in a playoff series in which the #5 team had the better record, the #5 team would have home-court advantage. The reasoning behind this seeding arrangement is that a non-division winner could have a better record than the winners of the two divisions other than the one that produced the non-division winner in question. If the three division winners were seeded 1 through 3 for the playoffs in order of their record, and all non-division winners seeded 4 through 8, it would be possible for the two leading teams of the conference to meet in the Conference Semifinals
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Pacific Division (NBA)
The PACIFIC DIVISION is one of the three divisions in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Golden State Warriors , the Los Angeles Clippers , the Los Angeles Lakers , the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
and the Sacramento Kings . All teams, except the Suns, are based in California . The division was created at the start of the 1970–71 season , when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves
Buffalo Braves
, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers . The league realigned itself into two conferences, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference , with two divisions each in each conference. The Pacific Division began with five inaugural members, the Lakers, the Blazers, the San Diego Rockets , the San Francisco Warriors and the Seattle SuperSonics . The Lakers, the Rockets, the Warriors and the SuperSonics all joined from the Western Division. The Lakers have won the most Pacific Division titles with 23. The Suns have won the second most titles with six. The Warriors have won the Pacific Division title five times, including three consecutive times with the first time being in 2015 . 15 NBA champions have come from the Pacific Division
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Oracle Arena
ORACLE ARENA is an indoor arena located in Oakland, California , United States, and is the home of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). The arena opened in 1966 and is the oldest arena in the NBA. From its opening until 1996 it was known as the OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM ARENA. After a major renovation completed in 1997, the arena was renamed THE ARENA IN OAKLAND until 2005 and OAKLAND ARENA from 2005 to 2006. It is often referred to as the OAKLAND COLISEUM ARENA as it is located adjacent to the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
. Oracle Arena
Oracle Arena
seats 19,596 fans for basketball and 17,200 for ice hockey. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Home franchises * 1.2 Renovation * 1.3 The Oracle * 1.4 Attendance records * 1.5 The Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead
* 2 Future * 3 Seating capacity * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORYHOME FRANCHISESThe arena has been the home of the Golden State Warriors since the 1971 , except the one-year hiatus while the arena was undergoing renovations. It had been used by the Warriors intermittently as early as 1966
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Oakland, California
OAKLAND /ˈoʊklənd/ is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County , California
California
, United States
United States
. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area , the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area , the eighth largest city in California, and the 45th largest city in the United States, with a population of 419,267 as of 2015 . It serves as a trade center for the San Francisco
San Francisco
Bay Area ; its Port of Oakland
Port of Oakland
is the busiest port in the San Francisco Bay , the entirety of Northern California
California
, and the fifth busiest in the United States
United States
of America. The city was incorporated in 1852. Oakland's territory covers what was once a mosaic of California coastal terrace prairie , oak woodland , and north coastal scrub . Its land served as a rich resource when its hillside oak and redwood timber were logged to build San Francisco, and Oakland's fertile flatland soils helped it become a prolific agricultural region. In the late 1860s, Oakland was selected as the western terminal of the Transcontinental Railroad
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Rick Welts
RICK WELTS (born c. 1953) is an American sports executive, serving as the President and Chief of Operations for the Golden State Warriors franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to that post, Welts had also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
from July 2002 until September 9, 2011. From 1996 to 1999, he was the third-highest-ranking official in the NBA as its Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. BIOGRAPHYBorn in Seattle
Seattle
, Washington , Welts attended the University of Washington where he joined the Delta Chi
Delta Chi
Fraternity. He worked for the Seattle
Seattle
SuperSonics from 1969 to 1979 in various capacities, from an initial stint as a ballboy to director of public relations when the SuperSonics won their (to date) only NBA Championship in 1979. Welts later worked at the NBA's league offices from 1982 to 1999, eventually rising to the positions of executive vice president, chief marketing officer and president of NBA Properties. During this time, he was credited with the creation of the NBA All-Star Weekend concept in 1984 and, as the agent for USA Basketball , the marketing campaign for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics "Dream Team ." He was named Brandweek 's 1998 Marketer of the Year for his work with WNBA President Val Ackerman in launching the WNBA
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Bob Myers
ROBERT MICHAEL MYERS (born March 31, 1975) is the general manager for the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a former sports agent with Wasserman Media Group after interning with prominent agent Arn Tellem . Myers played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins from 1993 to 1997. He was a member of their 1995 NCAA championship team . He served as a radio commentator for UCLA basketball for two seasons until 2002. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 College career * 3 Sports agent
Sports agent
career * 4 Golden State Warriors * 5 Personal life * 6 See also * 7 References EARLY LIFEMyers was born in the San Francisco Bay Area in Danville, California , where he attended high school at Monte Vista . He lettered in basketball, but he did not imagine playing college basketball for an established program. Only a junior college showed interest in recruiting him. He wanted to continue playing an organized sport, and intended to follow his brother into rowing . In his senior year, he visited the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and intended to talk to their crew team coach. However, he ran into UCLA assistant basketball coach Steve Lavin
Steve Lavin
, who suggested Myers try out for the basketball team
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Steve Kerr
STEPHEN DOUGLAS KERR (born September 27, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Golden State Warriors . Kerr is a seven-time NBA champion , winning three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs as a player, and two with the Warriors as a head coach. Kerr has the highest career three-point percentage (45.4%) for any player with at least 250 three pointers made in NBA history. On June 2, 2007, the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
named Kerr the team's President of Basketball
Basketball
Operations and General Manager. Kerr helped Managing Partner Robert Sarver buy the Suns in 2004 and became one of Sarver's trusted basketball advisors. Kerr announced his retirement from the Suns in June 2010. Afterwards, Kerr returned as a color commentator for NBA on TNT until 2014, when he pursued a career in coaching. On May 14, 2014, the Golden State Warriors named Kerr the team's head coach. On April 4, 2015, with a win over the Dallas Mavericks , Kerr broke the NBA record for the most regular season wins for a rookie coach. The Warriors went on to win the 2015 NBA Finals , making Kerr the first rookie coach to win a championship since Pat Riley
Pat Riley
in the 1982 NBA Finals
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Joe Lacob
JOSEPH STEVEN LACOB (born January 10, 1956) is an American business executive who is currently a partner at Kleiner Perkins
Kleiner Perkins
Caufield & Byers and the majority owner of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Professional career * 3 Personal life * 4 References EARLY LIFELacob grew up in a Jewish family in New Bedford, Massachusetts . His father worked at a paper products company, his mother at a local supermarket. His favorite team in boyhood was the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
of the NBA. When he was 14, the company that employed his father was sold. The only worker the new owners retained was his dad. The Lacob family relocated to Anaheim, California and Joe switched his allegiance to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim . Lacob earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), a master's in public health (epidemiology) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business . "I was a very poor kid," Lacob recalled. "Had nothing. I paid every dime of my education through college. Every single dime. I was the first person to graduate from college in the history of my family. Ever
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Peter Guber
HOWARD PETER GUBER (born March 1, 1942) is an executive , entrepreneur, educator, and author. He is Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment . Guber's most recent films from Mandalay Entertainment include _The Kids Are All Right _, _ Soul Surfer_, and _Bernie _. He has also produced _Batman _, _The Witches of Eastwick _, and _ Flashdance
Flashdance
._ Guber's films have earned over $3 billion worldwide and 50 Academy Award
Academy Award
nominations. Guber is also a co-owner of four professional sports teams: the Golden State Warriorsof the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA), the Los Angeles Dodgersof Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
, the Major League Soccer team Los Angeles FC
Los Angeles FC
, and the professional eSports organization Team Liquid
Team Liquid
. Guber is Chairman of Dick Clark Productions, which produces the American Music Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and other programs. He is Chairman of NASDAQ’s Mandalay Digital Media and Mandalay Sports Media. He is a professor at the UCLA
UCLA
School of Theater Film and Television and the UCLA
UCLA
Anderson School of Management and an Entertainment and Media Analyst for Fox Business News
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Santa Cruz Warriors
The SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS are an American professional basketball team in the NBA G League , based in Santa Cruz, California . The team's one-to-one NBA
NBA
affiliate is the Golden State Warriors , and they play their homes games at the Kaiser Permanente Arena . Prior to the move to Santa Cruz for the 2012–13 season, the team was known as the Dakota Wizards . In 2014–15, the Warriors won their first D-League championship since 2007. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Dakota Wizards * 1.2 Santa Cruz Warriors
Santa Cruz Warriors
* 2 Season by season * 3 Current roster * 4 Affiliates * 5 Head coaches * 6 References * 7 External links HISTORYDAKOTA WIZARDS Main article: Dakota Wizards § History The Wizards began play in 1995 in the International Basketball Association (IBA), and in 2001, with Dave Joerger at the helm, they won the IBA championship in the league's final year of operation. Following the 2000–01 season, the IBA merged with several teams from the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), and in their first year in the new CBA, Joerger and the Wizards won the league title, defeating the Rockford Lightning
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1947 BAA Finals
The 1947 BAA FINALS was the championship round of playoffs following the inaugural Basketball Association of America 1946–47 season . The Philadelphia Warriors of the Eastern Division faced the Chicago Stags of the Western Division for the inaugural championship, with Philadelphia having home court advantage. Hall of Fame inductee Joe Fulks played for the Warriors in the series. Following the 1948–49 season (the BAA's third season of play), the BAA and the National Basketball League merged to create the National Basketball Association . CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Series summary * 2.1 Game 1 * 2.2 Game 2 * 2.3 Game 5 * 3 Team rosters * 4 References * 5 External links BACKGROUNDPhiladelphia was not the Eastern Division champion but advanced to the championship round by winning a four-team playoff among the Eastern and Western Division runners-up. Meanwhile, the Eastern and Western Division champions, Washington Capitols and Chicago Stags, played one long series to determine the other finalist, a best-of-seven series that Chicago won 4–2. In the runners-up bracket, Philadelphia and New York from the East had first eliminated St. Louis and Chicago from the West, then faced each other, all in best-of-three series. The format was repeated in 1948, and generated another champion from the runners-up bracket
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1956 NBA Finals
The 1956 NBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES was the championship series played at the conclusion of the 1955–56 National Basketball Association (NBA) season. The Philadelphia Warriors defeated the Fort Wayne Pistons four games to one. The series is notable for being one of only two Finals in which the two teams alternated home games, the other being in 1971
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1975 NBA Finals
THE 1975 NBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES was the championship round of the 1974–75 NBA season of the National Basketball Association . The Golden State Warriors (48-34) of the Western Conference played against the Washington Bullets (60-22) of the Eastern Conference . The series was played under a best-of-seven format . The Warriors' home games were played at the Cow Palace in Daly City (near San Francisco) due to scheduling conflicts at their normal home court of Oakland Arena during the week of May 19–26. In addition, an odd scheduling format had to be used because Golden State could not secure the Cow Palace for Memorial Day
Memorial Day
Weekend (May 24–26). A _ Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
_ article about the series reported that Washington, which held home court advantage , was given the option of a 1-2-2-1-1 scheduling format due to Golden State's problems or, if they wished, opening on the road and then having Games 2, 3, and 4 at home. Washington opted for the 1-2-2-1-1 format not out of a sense of fairness, but because they wanted to open the series at home
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2015 NBA Finals
The 2015 NBA FINALS was the championship series of the 2014–15 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the conclusion of the season\'s playoffs . The Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors defeated the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers in six games (4–2) for the Warriors' first title in 40 years and their fourth in franchise history, becoming the first team since the 1990–91 Chicago Bulls to win a championship without any prior Finals experience from any player on their roster. Golden State's Andre Iguodala was named the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP). The Warriors were led by 2014–15 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Stephen Curry , while the Cavaliers featured four-time league MVP LeBron James . Both teams entered the series with title droughts of four decades , with the Cavaliers having never won a title since their 1970–71 inception and the Warriors' last title having been in 1975 . This was also the first time that both participating teams had first-year head coaches since the inaugural league finals in 1947 , when the NBA was known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). It was the fifth consecutive finals appearance for James who played for the Miami Heat the previous four seasons, making him the first NBA player since the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1960s to achieve this accomplishment
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