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March 14, 2015 Updates

Rusty Simmons: The Warriors recalled Ognjen Kuzmic, only to list him as "out" with a right shoulder contusion. Twitter @Rusty_SFChron

The Warriors celebrated Stephen Curry’s 27th birthday Saturday night with a specialty cake and specialty shoes. The cake was designed to look like the trophy Curry won as the three-point champion at last month’s All-Star weekend, and the shoes had a glow-in-the-dark element designed by Under Armour and were carefully protected by director of team services Eric Housen. San Francisco Chronicle

The Golden State Warriors have assigned forward James Michael McAdoo to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. McAdoo was recalled from Santa Cruz on Thursday, March 12, and registered a career-high 16 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 28 minutes during the Warriors loss last night at Denver. NBA.com

Monte Poole: The #Warriors really like James Michael McAdoo. He played well Friday at DEN, but he now goes back to his Santa Cruz assignment. Twitter @MontePooleCSN

David Lee, getting his first start of the season after not playing because of a coach's decision in three of the previous four games, added 13 points. "As a competitor, it's very frustrating," Lee said of not having played recently. "But of course you don't put those feelings in front of the fact that you're happy about the team and the team winning and want to be a part of something special." Contra Costa Times

Asked if in his mind there was a silent disagreement about playing time, Warriors forward David Lee swatted away that idea. “No, let’s not go there. Let’s not go there,” Lee said. “I got injured to start the year, and Coach (Steve Kerr) has found some great combinations. Contra Costa Times

March 13, 2015 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki left the court bathed in humiliation and rage in that unimaginable moment as thunderous noise ricocheted all around him, stepped across the baseline and through the tunnel leading under the Oracle Arena stands, made a sharp right turn on a path to the visitor's locker room with the rest of the Mavericks, and ran into history. A trash can. The blue, thick-plastic, 4-foot-tall receptacle weighed about 60 pounds, depending how full it was by the end of the fateful night of May 3, 2007. Nowitzki grabbed it and launched it against the wall about 10 feet to his left with such ferocity that the bin crashed through the white sheetrock 12 or 13 feet above the ground. The fury it must have required. Among the long list of accomplishments that MVP season -- 50.2 percent from the field, 41.6 percent on threes, 90.4 percent from the line, 24.6 points a game -- throwing an object that heavy that high and that far without time to prepare or, likely, get an ideal grip must be included. NBA.com

Literally a display. The gash, five inches tall and six inches wide at the extremes, smaller in some parts of the jagged opening, is covered by plexiglass 20 inches tall and 19 inches wide. A gold "We Believe" T-shirt, still familiar at home games, is just above the hole, held up by thumb tacks at the top of the collar, the corners of the short sleeves and the squared-off bottom on each side. Nowitzki's signature in black ink is immediately below the hole. Seriously. A member of the arena crew asked, one of the good guys of the league agreed without hesitation. "It's amazing how many people ask to see it," said Steve Martin, the production manager for Oracle and adjacent O.co Coliseum, home of the A's and Raiders. "It's right outside my door, so I hear it all the time. At first, I thought it was just kind of a goof. But as time went on, it's become a bigger deal." NBA.com

March 12, 2015 Updates

Kerr is making sure his Warriors get plenty of sleep, too, thanks to a recent session with a sleep expert from Stanford who visited practice. "I know how important recovery is," All-Star guard Klay Thompson said. "We play such a long season. And I love to sleep, so it was good hearing that if you want to be at optimal peak performance you've got to get your eight hours, or at least try to. You can't be hanging out long hours at night." NBA.com



Wilt Chamberlain never won a championship with the Warriors, but his monstrous stats make him the clear pick for No. 1 player in franchise history.


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