Golden State Warriors

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 03:01

History of Golden State Warriors

Information about the NBA team Golden State Warriors.

The Golden State Warriors are an NBA team from Oakland, California. During their early years, the Golden State Warriors played in Philadelphia. Established in 1946, the Philadelphia Warriors were part of the Basketball Association of America. During the first season of the BAA, the Philadelphia Warriors managed to win the championship against the Chicago Stags. In 1949, the BAA became the NBA and the Philadelphia Warriors were one of the first teams in this league. The Philadelphia Warriors were able to win their first NBA Championship during the 1955-1956 season against the Fort Wayne Pistons.

The first superstar players for the Warriors included Paul Arizin and Neil Johnston. They would add another remarkable athlete in 1959 as they signed their draft pick Wilt Chamberlain. It was imminent that Chamberlain would become a major player in the NBA as he held various scoring records. He would also be remembered as the player who single-handedly scored 100 points in one game. He did this as a Warriors player against the New York Knicks. By 1962, the Warriors would move to the San Francisco Bay area. By the 1963-1964 season, the San Francisco Warriors would be playing in the NBA Championship but would lose to the Boston Celtics.

The arrival of Rick Barry

Wilt Chamberlain would be traded to the Philadelphia 76ers by the 1964-1965 season. They would eventually get a lottery pick which they would use to acquire Rick Barry, who would win that season’s Rookie of the Year honors. With Barry’s help, the Warriors would return to the NBA Finals in the 1966-1967 season. However, they would lose to their opponents, the Philadelphia 76ers, in 6 games. Barry would have issues with the management thus he would move to the ABA in 1968 but he would come back to play for the Warriors in 1972. He would then help the team achieve another NBA Championship when they defeated the Washington Bullets in the 1974-1975 season.

The team would then be called the Golden State Warriors as homage to the California nickname. Yet, the team would not have any significant runs from 1980 to 1986. The team got attention once again when they played the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1987 Western Conference Finals. Coached by George Karl, the Golden State Warriors would take the heavily favored Lakers to the brink before bowing out. During the early 1990s, the Golden State Warriors would replace Karl with another prolific coach, Don Nelson. They would also sign top rookies such as Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin.

Although Hardaway, Richmond, and Mullin provided offense and exciting basketball to the Golden State arena, Don Nelson would later trade Richmond to the Sacramento Kings to get Billy Owens. Before the start of the 1993-1994 season, the Golden State Warriors would get Chris Webber. The team also had Latrell Sprewell, another high-scoring guard. That year, the Golden State Warriors would reach the playoffs. The following season, Webber, Sprewell, and Nelson would have problems thus they would all move eventually to other teams. Coach Don Nelson would later be replaced by P.J. Carlesimo.

Bad choices

In 1999, Sprewell would be traded to the New York Knicks for Chris Mills, Terry Cummings, and John Starks. The team would pile up more poor talents since Mills, Cummings, and Starks were already far from their peak. The Golden State Warriors also had a series of bad draft picks. Notable among these are the selection of Todd Fuller in the 1996 draft and Adonal Foyle in the 1997 draft. The two have been considered wasted use of lottery picks since Kobe Bryant was still available when Fuller was selected and Tracy McGrady was still in the list after Foyle’s selection.

The Golden State Warriors would still be able to get good talents in Jason Richardson, Antawn Jamison, and Gilbert Arenas. Among these three, Arenas was the steal of the draft as he was selected 31st overall in 2001. The Golden State Warriors would rally behind these three players as they showed skill and explosiveness. However, earlier salary increases in bad players would make Arenas and Jamison sign with other teams. In the 2004-2005 season, the Golden State Warriors would be bannered by Jason Richardson, Mike Dunleavy Jr., and Troy Murphy. The team also had the services of veteran guard Derek Fisher.

Rebuilding the core group

Another important talent signed by the Golden State Warriors is Andris Biedrins from Latvia. During the 2004-2005 season, the Golden State Warriors would also trade for Baron Davis from the New Orleans Hornets. By the 2005-2006 season, the team already had a solid roster which would be able to take them to the playoffs. They kept fighting until the last few weeks of the season, where they would eventually be eliminated from a chance at a playoff spot. Before the start of the 2006 season, the Golden State Warriors selected Patrick O’Bryant in the NBA Draft. They also shook up their roster by trading Derek Fisher to the Utah Jazz to get Devin Brown, Andre Owens, and Keith McLeod.

The Golden State Warriors also had very good role players before the start of the 2006-2007 season. They had already signed Matt Barnes whom they discovered during training camp. In the middle of the season, the Golden State Warriors would make a major trade with the Indiana Pacers. The team sent Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Ike Diogu, and Keith McLeod to acquire Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius, and Josh Powell. Analysts believed the Golden State Warriors had the better part of the trade especially when Jackson and Harrington became integral players alongside Richardson and Davis. The team also had a rising star in Monta Ellis.

Making history

Although plagued with disappointing losses in the 2006-2007 season, the Golden State Warriors were able to clinch the 8th playoff spot in the Western Conference. This was their first trip to the playoffs in 13 years. However, they would face the number one team in the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks. Led by Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks were heavily favored to win the series. Yet, the Golden State Warriors made a stunning upset as they beat the Mavericks in 6 games. They would then become the first 8th-seeded team to beat the #1 team in a seven-game series. Their next opponent was the Utah Jazz. Although fans hoped to get another upset, the Jazz made sure that they do not allow the Golden State Warriors to move on to the next round.

In the 2007-2008 season, the Golden State Warriors made changes to their lineup as they traded Jason Richardson to the Charlotte Bobcats to get Brandan Wright. Although rejuvenated with their stellar performance the prior season, the Golden State Warriors would not be able to reach the playoffs for that year. The following season, the Golden State Warriors would lose Baron Davis to the Los Angeles Clippers. However, they would sign Corey Maggette to replace Davis in the starting lineup. They were also able to acquire Ronny Turiaf and Marcus Williams. During the 2008-2009 season, the Golden State Warriors would make another interesting lineup change by trading Al Harrington to the New York Knicks to get Jamal Crawford.