Monday, May 30, 2005

Number Nine

Representing the Golden State Warriors at the NBA Draft Lottery this past weekend was newly acquired fan favorite, Baron Davis. The Warriors finished at 38-44 the same as their division and interstate rivals, the Los Angles Lakers. Oddly enough both team’s picks followed each other. The Warriors received the ninth pick overall as the Lakers got the tenth over all pick.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Good Deal

Good timing and money well spent is all have to say about the acquisition of Murphy who ranked fifth in the NBA in rebounding this season, with 10.8 per game, and also averaged 15.4 points.

He was one of just 10 players in the NBA to average a point/rebound double-double for the season. This is the second appearance for Murphy in his four-year career on the NBA's Top-10 in rebounding list after he finished fifth as well in the 2003-04 season.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Up and Coming

Another promising hope for the Warriors, besides guard Baron Davis, going into next season is center Adonal Foyle. Foyle possesses the ability to rebound and shot-block and improves with every minute on the court. And that hope is for a Warrior playoff run in the 2006 season.
“I can’t wait for next year. And part of that is wanting to come back to the facility and work hard, and play with the guys and keep developing chemistry. There are expectations now and we have to be ready.” - Foyle

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Camp for Kids

from the official site of the Golden State Warriors
The 2005 edition of Warriors Basketball Camp, presented by 24-Hour Fitness, has been expanded to numerous locations throughout Northern California. The popular youth camp, which began in 2000, will make its summer debut in San Francisco, Alameda and Hayward, while also continuing to expand in Newark, San Ramon, Los Altos Hills, Pleasanton, Santa Rosa and Saratoga.

A total of 21 camp sessions will take place during the seven month camp tour. The schedule is highlighted by 12 general sessions which focus on individual skill development, the importance of fundamentals and the development of a healthy team attitude for boys and girls, ages 8-16, of all skill levels and abilities.

Warriors Basketball Camp will also host several popular “specialty” sessions including two High-Potential sessions (boys 11-17), Guard and Shooting Camp sessions, a Parent/Child Camp and a Future Stars Camp (ages 5-8).

Friday, May 06, 2005

Derek Fisher Wins NBA Community Assist Award For April

from the official site of the Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors’ Derek Fisher recognizes the importance of education and having the right resources to achieve goals and last month he made a $700,000 donation to his alma mater, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA-LR), to develop the Fisher Fellows mentoring program and building an auxiliary gymnasium. In recognition of his tremendous outreach efforts and generosity, Fisher will be honored with the Community Assist Award for April, the NBA announced today.

Since joining the Golden State Warriors, Fisher has continued his commitment to community service, not only helping to uplift the greater Bay Area, but remaining dedicated to his hometown in Arkansas and to young people everywhere.

Dedicated to giving back, Fisher’s recent $700,000 donation to his alma mater will give young people the resources to gain valuable knowledge by teaming up with UA-LR Trojan student athletes who will serve as mentors for neighborhood Little Rock students. It will also provide guidance to children from the surrounding community and better prepare them for their high school and future college experiences. Fisher knows that his donation will benefit everyone involved, fostering greater leadership skills and a sense of security and belonging for the students. Prior to the Warriors’ game versus the Lakers on April 18, Fisher presented the $700,000 check to UA-LR Athletic Director Chris Peterson.

“I am blessed to be in this position,” Fisher said. “My mom and dad taught me the importance of giving back to the community and I am thankful that I have the opportunity to be able to help others.”

In addition to his financial gifts, Fisher purchased 25 tickets to every Warriors’ home game and invited different community groups and young people, who had never attended a basketball game, to see, first hand, how they could learn valuable lessons from a game such as teamwork and dedication. On April 3, Fisher participated in the NBA Entertainment Celebrity Charity Game to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Oakland and the Center for Child Protection.

April was fan appreciation month and Fisher participated in various events for the Warriors’ fans. He addressed the crowd before every home game, thanking the audience for their continued support. At the last Warriors home game, Fisher gave away autographed items to show his appreciation for fans.

Derek Fisher joins Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs (March), Rasheed Wallace of the Detroit Pistons (February), Marcus Camby of the Denver Nuggets (January), Shaquille O’Neal of the Miami HEAT (December) and Steven Hunter of the Phoenix Suns (November) as recent winners of the NBA’s Community Assist Award. Other players nominated for the NBA Community Assist Award for the month of April include Atlanta’s Josh Smith, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, New Orleans’ J.R. Smith, Orlando’s Grant Hill and Sacramento’s Peja Stojakovic.

As the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award, Fisher will receive the David Robinson Plaque with the inscription, “Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece.” During the 2002-03 season, NBA Commissioner David Stern presented former San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson with an honorary plaque and announced that all future winners of the NBA Community Assist Award would receive the David Robinson Plaque. In addition to the plaque, a $5,000 gift will be given to the Fisher’s charity of choice in his honor.

The NBA Community Assist Award is given out monthly by the league to recognize players for their charitable efforts. The award honors the NBA player who reflects the passion that the league and its players have for their communities.