Unlike other high profile teams like the Lakers and Knicks, who both had high draft picks playing for the first time in their respective team colors and jerseys, the Warriors entered the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League with very little fanfare.
It was a welcome respite from those years when Anthony Randolph and Anthony Morrow dominated Warriors headlines and gave Dubs-faithful a reason to hope.
As the defending champions, the Warriors had very little to prove in Vegas. Everyone, from the coaching staff down, was exceedingly relaxed. Throught the week, people kept coming up to Warriors staffers and extending their warmest congratulations on the past season. It was an extended victory lap of sorts. A chance to revel in the glory of the championship parade one last time before the NBA winter effectively kicks in, next season starts, and last year become a happy, but ultimately inconsequential historical footnote.
That being said, here is everything that our staff wrote about the Summer League experience.
Game 1 - vs. Cavaliers
Warriors vs. Cavs summary: Notes on James McAdoo, Aaron Craft in Golden State's win in Vegas; Nate Parham recapped game 1.
Pieces Nate and I wrote in between Games 1 and 2
NBA Summer League: The promise of hope and the allure of success; I talked about how Vegas mirrors these players' hopes. The gleam of possibility and how most people fall short of their dreams.
How to properly appreciate the NBA Summer League; Nate Parham is a DAMN FINE WRITER. He doesn't get to publish pieces nearly as often as I (for one) wish, but when he does, you better drop everything and read it. This piece went viral within the Lakers fandom pages. Many people jumped up and said, "How did a Warriors writer have the best take so far on D'angelo Russell?!" How, you ask? Nate Parham is how.
Game 2 - vs. Hawks
Warriors buzzer beater falls short in loss to Atl; Nate's quick post-game notes.
Looney, McAdoo, STAINBROOK stand out in loss; my take on the game, including quotes from Luke Walton.
Game 3 - vs. Kings
Summer League: Warriors vs. Kings; Sam Sorkin, who was with us in #SBNationBlogHouse, offered up a preview of the Kings game
Warriors vs. Kings summary: Notes from a blowout; Nate's recap post game.
Also, I haven't written this story yet on GSoM, but during the Kings game, I was hanging out behind the baseline, right near the tunnel. I turned around and saw Vivek Ranadive wearing a full headset pair of virtual reality goggles. He was batting the air in front of him, arms outstretched, watching some alternate world. His handlers glanced about nervously. Boogie Cousins was seated 15 feet away, not paying attention. I surreptitiously snapped a photograph. Later that night, remembering the whole encounter, I told the other writers at the #BlogHouse and they made me tweet it out. The tweet went viral.
I still find the whole thing really funny.
This is Vivek wearing virtual reality goggles. Draw your own conclusions. pic.twitter.com/5JzfUU10VZ— Bram Kincheloe (@BramKincheloe) July 14, 2015
Also, before the Kings game, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jarron Collins.
Here is the first part of that interview: Jarron Collins discusses McAdoo, Kuzmic, Looney
Game 4 - vs. Kings
Warriors look to take rematch against Sacramento; Sam Sorkin's preview/gamethread.
Warriors defeat Kings 83-67, James Michael McAdoo scores 20; my recap from the scene.
Game 5 - vs. Knicks
Before game six, Andy Liu jumped in and talked about how this Summer League team closely resembles the actual Warriors squad. Length and versatility are the key words here. GSW's Brigade of Wings: Summer League Version
Game 6 - vs. Pelicans
Warriors vs. Pelicans recap: GSW falls in Vegas; Nate's final piece.
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Unfortunately, the Warriors dream of three-peating in the D-League, NBA, and Summer League fell short, but look how much fun we had!
Again, I'm going through all the interviews I did while in Vegas. There's some cool pieces coming down through the pipes over the next week. Keep ye olde eyes on the look out.