The Golden State Warriors got a nice last-second win and are now looking ahead to the game on Thursday as the news and rumors ramp up.
Check out the latest buzz below.
Green Will be Available Against Pelicans
Draymond Green, who was injured on Tuesday, will be available against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night.
Green sprained his right thumb.
The thumb is still sore and it hurts a little bit to catch and shoot the ball, but Green says he’ll play without protective wrapping.
“You’ve got to be precise with everything, so I can’t wear that wrap today,” Green told the Mercury News.
“It ain’t broke, so I can play.”
Center Andrew Bogut says Green has a big assignment–he’ll start off the game guarding Pelicans star Anthony Davis.
Kerr, Curry Lead ‘Fun’ Warriors Squad
The team is having fun all the while being one of the best in the league, in large part because of new coach Steve Kerr and star guard Stephen Curry.
The team has fun with each other, enjoying being around teammates and coaches, and is also fun to watch, being an offensive powerhouse that can play defense as well.
“It should be fun. Sports are supposed to be fun. We obviously are in a very serious business. We want to win. Our fans want us to win. But we’re the luckiest people on earth. We all get to come here and play basketball and coach basketball and try to win a game. Nobody’s digging ditches,” Kerr told ESPN.
Kerr says the team’s interpersonal dynamics are crucial to the fun this season.
“As a staff, we try to keep it light and loose while getting our work in, but it’s easy to have fun when you have great guys. Our guys are awesome. They’re coachable. They have senses of humor. They enjoy being around each other.”
Curry is known for playing a carefree style, with a relatively high number of turnovers but many more sweet shots, incredible moves, and good defensive efforts.
Bogut is another player who appears to be at ease having fun on the court, and said the team has really bonded this season.
“We’re enjoying ourselves. We have good guys in the locker room. We don’t have any prima donnas. We don’t have any guys who are about themselves, so that makes life a lot easier,” he said.
“First team I’ve been on in a while where we actually have guys, we land in cities, we get together, and go and eat. I’ve been on teams where, plane lands, people are like [imitates sound of a wind gust].”
Bogut Discusses Spending Habits
Bogut makes $14 million a year, and his spending habits have been revealed.
The Australian 7-footer, who was born to Croatian immigrants Miso and Ankica in a Melbourne suburb, now lives in a luxurious home in Walnut Creek, California.
Bogut has no children but does have a girlfriend and two Siberian Huskies.
The center, who does his own finances, says he doesn’t spend extravagantly but does enjoy nice things.
“I’m probably the complete opposite of what you think an NBA player is. I don’t like to do anything extravagant. I like everything to be of a nice quality, but I refuse to be stupid. I don’t spend on material things, really,” he told ESPN.
“I like to have a cash surplus at all times, and right now I’m saving for different investments.”
“I studied finance through an Australian university: financial planning, stocks, bonds, that kind of stuff. I did it online. I wasn’t studying it for a degree — I did two semesters of it. I just wanted to do enough schooling just so I can manage myself financially,” he added. He said that after taxes, at least 75 percent of his earnings go into an investment of some sort.
But he does have one costly habit–his car collection.
“I have about six in the States, about 10 in Australia. They’re older, muscle, antique-type cars. I don’t buy new Bentleys and that kind of crap,” he said.
And he bought the house in Walnut Creek after a rental didn’t work out as planned. He paid all cash.
Bogut also revealed that he enjoys having a beer or two–only European brews–before he goes to sleep. He also just put a $500 deposit on a hot tub.
“When it’s a little chilly outside, there’s nothing better than cracking open a beer in a hot tub,” he said. “It just clears my mind.”