Santa Cruz Good Times

Friday
Aug 01st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Santa Cruz Warriors Primed For New Season

warriors1Guard Cameron Jones gets his game on at the Santa Cruz Warriors Media Day Wednesday.The Santa Cruz Warriors are back and the buzz is building for the 2013-2014 season, which officially kicks off later this month. Guard Cameron Jones is one of just four returning players on the Warriors’ squad.  Forward Taylor Griffin and guards Maurice Baker and Daniel Nwaelele are also back and looking to build on last season’s success—the Warriors finished second after sweeping their first two opponents during last year’s playoff run.

While plenty of fresh faces are on the roster this season, the expectations of the NBA D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors,  have not faded.  

Kirk Lacob, general manager for the Golden State Warriors and assistant general manager and Santa Cruz Warriors tells GT that,  “Knowing how we did last year and the way everybody embraced us, it heightens expectations and I think it’s a lot of fun to chase those expectations.”

The biggest splash of the Warrior’s off-season was the acquisition of Seth Curry, former Duke guard and brother of Golden State Warrior’s superstar point guard Stephen Curry.  After playing shooting guard in college, Seth is looking to transition into the point guard role and “work on his leadership.”

warriors2Santa Cruz Warriors center and former USC Trojan Dewayne Dedmon goes up for the easy dunk.  With his size and athletic ability, this should be a familiar sight during the upcoming season.“I need to focus on playing (point) full-time and being able to handle the ball and run a team,” Curry says.

Along with Curry, 7-foot-tall center Dewayne Dedmon earned a spot at the Golden State Warrior’s training camp and ended up in Santa Cruz after roster cuts.  Dedmon, who didn’t play basketball until his senior year of high school, made it clear what his goals are for the season: Rebound the basketball.

“I’m looking to come here and develop to the best of my abilities, just try to rebound,” he says. “That’s my biggest thing, stay on the boards and just rebound the ball.”   

w2Former Duke standout Seth Curry is all smiles while shooting hoops.Dedmon was optimistic about how his preseason experience with Golden State would help him moving forward.  “I improved a lot.  It’s more of a physical game than in college ... to take that and bring it here is definitely going to help me out.  Everybody’s good.  They’re professionals.”

The new team members are getting accustomed to the city as well.  It’s former Ohio State guard William Buford’s first time in California, and he hasn't been disappointed.  

“Santa Cruz seems like a real nice city,” he admits.  “The views are crazy, they’re beautiful. You can’t go wrong, it’s a nice city and you’re in California with nice weather.” 

Some other noteworthy tidbits: Santa Cruz traded for Buford in this year’s D-League draft, making him the Warriors de facto first round pick—the Warriors didn’t have a first-round pick this season).  Make no mistake, though, Buford isn’t in Santa Cruz to take in the views.

“It’s about winning games,” he says. “Just having fun and winning games.  Training camp starts tomorrow.  Work hard.”


Stay up to date on the Santa Cruz Warriors in GT’s official Warriors’ Blog. Learn more at http://www.nba.com/dleague/santacruz/idv_tickets_splash.html.  
Photos: Salvador Ingram

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Picture of Health

Santa Cruz just received a high ranking among California counties. But it may be hiding some of the biggest health dangers facing our area

 

In The Time of Leo: Our Creative Efforts

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Time Capsule

Actors age in real time in audacious, mesmerizing ‘Boyhood’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Foodie File: Maharaja

Chef Didar Singh on Royal Taj’s reincarnation as Maharaja

 

I remember Santa Cruz when…

Santa Cruz | Librarian

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Muns Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir

This vivacious cherry-pink Rosé is a simply beautiful summer wine.