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A D-League Primer: Introducing the Santa Cruz Warriors

The Santa Cruz Warriors don't have an arena, a website, or even a door on their conference room (until last week). Yet they do have over 600 season ticket holders and a solid foundation for success.

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Santa Cruz Warriors preview: Bazemore assigned

The Santa Cruz Warriors open their inaugural season in California tonight at 7 p.m. against the Reno Bighorns (which you can watch online on YouTube). The following is just an overview of the team: a look at their roster, what some of the top candidates to make a NBA roster might contribute to the Warriors if called up, and how Kent Bazemore and Jeremy Tyler can participate as assignment players. For more on the team, click here to visit our Santa Cruz Warriors section.

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The Warriors' unusual commitment to Rick Jackson

The Golden State Warriors brought former Syracuse big man Rick Jackson into training camp this year knowing that he wasn't ready to contribute at any level, NBA or D-League. Even though that chapter in Jackson's life is now complete, the story itself speaks to the value of the franchise owning the Santa Cruz Warriors.

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Santa Cruz Warriors re-acquire Mickell Gladness

The Santa Cruz Warriors have re-acquired Mickell Gladness, who played for the Dakota Wizards last season before joining Golden State for their tank-a-thon end of their season. To make room for Gladness, Santa Cruz has traded fellow post Rick Jackson to the Austin Toros.

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Gold-Onwude, Shiller on Santa Cruz Warriors radio

Stanford alums Ros Gold-Onwude and Drew Shiller will serve as analysts on the radio broadcast team for the Santa Cruz Warriors in their inaugural season. But still without a PA announcer, the Warriors will hold a contest open to the public.

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Santa Cruz Warriors media day & practice notes

With the Golden State Warriors away on a road trip, the Santa Cruz Warriors held their inaugural media day in California at the Warriors' downtown Oakland headquarters on Thursday followed by an open practice. The following are just a few notes on my initial impressions.

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Santa Cruz roster features Golden State invitees

Today is media day for the Santa Cruz Warriors, who approach their inaugural season in Northern California with a promising roster that includes three Golden State Warriors training camp invitees.

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Details on the Santa Cruz Warriors' arena deal

There were a number of comments about the details of the impact of the Kaiser Permanente arena deal in my first post about the Santa Cruz Warriors last week.

There were a number of great points brought up and enough to say that I decided to respond in a fresh post. Here are some of the major points of clarification.

  • In my initial post, I wrote that the Kaiser Permanente Arena would have 4,000 seats, citing the figure given in a Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal article by Lauren Hepler. However, as GsoM commenter BlazFraz noted, that figure isn't entirely accurate. A more recent report by Tom Jones of the Central Coast News reports a 3000-seat capacity, which is closer to the seating chart I obtained from the Warriors.
  • The agreement for the temporary arena is a seven-year deal, based on the approved Santa Cruz City Council agreement and is a somewhat unique public-private partnership between the City and the Warriors. Financially, the final agreement called for a $5.4 million total budget with the city putting up a $4.1 million loan and the Warriors putting up a capital contribution to cover the remaining balance.
  • The whole agreement has been structured such that the City's loan is repaid as soon as possible and with the combination of prepaid rent from the Warriors, the Kaiser Permanente sponsorship, and a combination of other smaller elements in the plan, nearly $3 million of that $4.1 million is guaranteed to be recovered by the City in the first few years of the agreement. When you add in additional revenue from usage fees and other city events, there should be little problem in recovering the entirety of the loan.
  • For those concerned, the city's contribution "does not obligate the General Fund in any way", according to the agreement. In other words, this arena deal is not taking money that would otherwise go to things like road, police, fire, building funds, etc.
  • In addition, UC Santa Cruz has expressed interest in using the facility for basketball and volleyball games, which would generate further revenue though the specifics of that are not included in the agreement.
  • There's also the added value of Santa Cruz having a facility with which to attract major events like conventions, which the existing Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium is insufficient to host. While concerts have also been something mentioned, there will initially be limits on that pending a noise study.

Ultimately, this deal is beneficial for all parties involved:

  • The temporary arena agreement allows the Warriors to put up an arena quickly with less expense to them than a permanent arena would incur.
  • The loan agreement is structured such that there is minimal long-term risk to the City, financially or physically: should the Warriors leave town for any reason, the space can be far more easily repurposed than a permanent arena would be.
  • UC Santa Cruz gets a facility to host games, conferences, or other events that it – nor the city – previously had.
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Kirk Lacob on how the Warriors approach analytics

In Part 2 of an interview with Santa Cruz Warriors GM and Golden State Warriors assistant GM Kirk Lacob, he discussed how analytics are used throughout the franchise, why they're excited about Sports VU, and how they approach the "communication problem", which is as difficult as the "data problem".

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D-League 101: Kirk Lacob on the D-League's Value

In Part 1 of an interview with Santa Cruz Warriors general manager Kirk Lacob, he discusses his role with the team, the value of the Affiliate Player Rule, Jeremy Tyler's experience in the D-League and why Jeremy Lin declared he would never go back to the D-League after playing in Reno.

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Santa Cruz Warriors Building A Basketball Fanbase

The Santa Cruz Warriors don't have an arena, a website, or even a door on their conference room (until last week). Yet they do have over 600 season ticket holders and a solid foundation for success.

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