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11 Total Updates since September 27, 2012
6 months ago Article 121 comments
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.
6 months ago Article 16 comments
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.
6 months ago Article 3 comments
The Santa Cruz Warriors have re-acquired Mickell Gladness, who played for the Dakota Wizards last season before joining Golden State for the
ir 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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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.
6 months ago Article 4 comments
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.
6 months ago Article 9 comments
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.
8 months ago Update 0 comments
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.
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8 months ago Update 2 comments
Both Joe Lacob and Jim Weyermann had experience in women's basketball - in the now-defunct American Basketball League (ABL) - before coming together with the Golden State Warriors.
Those experiences came up during the interview with Santa Cruz Warriors GM Kirk Lacob and so the discussion briefly turned to whether the Warriors organization would consider bringing a WNBA team to the Bay Area, as described yesterday over at SB Nation's women's basketball site Swish Appeal.
"I think the Bay Area could use a WNBA team - I think it's a terrific spot for one," said Kirk Lacob during the interview. "I think we have a history of doing it. We love basketball, in any shape or form. Right now the only summer basketball (in the Bay Area) is summer league and it's really, really fun, but it doesn't cover every demographic that we have in this community. The Bay Area is unique because while it has a fan base for all sports, it really loves basketball. It's the most knowledgeable [fan base] in the league in the Bay Area. So it would not be an awful thing if down the road something were to happen."
Northern California's last two experiences with women's professional basketball have ended on sour notes.
The WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs, a perennial playoff contender that made consecutive WNBA Finals and won the title in 2005, folded abruptly in November 2009 when the Maloof brothers hit financial trouble that foreshadowed some of the problems they've had more recently with keeping the NBA's Sacramento Kings around.
Prior to that, Joe Lacob owned the ABL's San Jose Lasers before that league folded abruptly in December 1998, having lost its competition with the WNBA. But with Lacob's experience with the Lasers and Weyermann's experience as general manager with the ABL's Seattle Reign - both among the league's more successful franchises in its two year existence - the Bay Area appears to be a prime candidate for a women's professional basketball team whether the league seeks to expand or relocate a team.
Given the people involved with the Warriors, the question might not be whether they're interested but when they'll be ready to give it a shot.
For more on the Warriors, Lacob, Weyermann and their relationship to women's basketball, check out the full story at Swish Appeal.
8 months ago Article 42 comments
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".
8 months ago Article 7 comments
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.
8 months ago Article 23 comments
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.