Today’s Golden State Warriors Media Day (or “Tweedia Day,” as it was called for us non-affiliated folks), wasn’t just fun for the 10 of us who were graciously invited by the Warriors, who in one day proved they’re the most technologically tuned-in professional franchise in the Bay Area, bar none â€“ it was an experience that symbolized the rebirth of the franchise.
Sure, Keith Smart is a Don Nelson disciple. And even though it was presented as the headliner, the press conference that kicked off media day announcing Smart’s hire was just an official way of telling us stuff we already knew (the only thing I found interesting was that Smart said, “We’re going to play a more traditional style…won’t shoot as many threes.”). Still, the exit of Nelson, along with to a smaller extent stuff like the new owners, teammates and even uniforms, means something to the players. At least the guys who’ve been here the longest — like Monta Ellis, who seemed so happy he practically skipped from station to station this afternoon.
I have to give a huge thank you on behalf of all of us Tweedia members to Dan Martinez and the Warriors, as well as to guys like Matt Steinmetz and Marcus Thompson II, who made us feel welcome even though we were totally crowding their space. After all, none of the other beat writers throughout the NBA nation had to rub shoulders with bloggers and photographers who didn’t have laminated press passes at NBA media days this week.
I’m going to put together some video content and interviews I compiled today, as I talked to one-on-one with Monta, Andris Biedrins, Brandan Wright, Ekpe Udoh and Louis “Napoleon” Amundson and took pictures of damn near everyone and everything else (if you want to see all the pics now while waiting for me to upload everything else, check out my Twitter page).