Denver practice coverage: Return of SplashBrothers + more squad chemistry
DENVER, CO — I should do these written recaps of the videos I posted more often, but sometimes it gets really hard especially when you’re the last guy out of the arena and your stomach is growling. I’ll do a more detailed observation of one particular thing — Stephen Curry finally working out for a few minutes without any background music which allowed me to hear Bruce “Q” Fraser’s instructions and Curry’s reactions — in a separate post for paid subscribers. I also plan to do one on the growing friendship of Andre Iguodala and Jordan Poole.
Below are my observations from each video posted…
First, I went live on Instagram the moment we got onto the court at Ball Arena and immediately spotted Klay Thompson on the far court, so it was good to know he came on the short two-game roadie:
Steve Kerr stepped up to the mic quickly, so I barely got a chance to start filming Klay, unfortunately. But Kerr gave us an update on him and also said Moses Moody lit it up during the scrimmage and his team (the second team) won. Wow, they beat the SplashBrothers team! You can see what the final score was on our YouTube Stories.
Btw I didn’t even have time to put the $200 mic on the iPhone, but it seems the Kerr audio was okay. I was further relegated to simultaneously filming Klay on the other end of the court in selfie mode. This is very difficult to do, and then I had people in the comments complaining and making fun of the recording. I have blocked them from further commenting on the channel, but it doesn’t really make me enthused to go do the same thing again today at Denver University, where Golden State Warriors practice will be held in about thirty minutes of the start of this post. Alas, I’ll trust there are more “PVO” people out there who just don’t have the motivation to comment on social media because it’s already been overwhelmed by negativity. I guess I’ll try to go live four times again.
Quinndary Weatherspoon hit the game-winner in a shooting contest with Jeff Dowtin on his team against Gary Payton II and Otto Porter, but Porter returned the favor the next game. Payton is always super-vocal and a lot of fun during these competitions, and he and Otto laughed it up a bit afterwards, along with trainer Dani Langford.
Then there was Iguodala shooting with Kevon Looney and Poole, separately. As I mentioned, there will be a good subscribers-only post on Iguodala and Poole’s chemistry soon, too. The two even walked out of the arena by the locker room tunnel to the bus waiting (indoors).
Jonathan Kuminga decided to shoot free throws with Nemanja Bjelica, then Moody shot some by himself:
And then Steph finally started his workout which was an added bonus for viewers paying attention and ready to watch live:
JP started some banter with Andre:
Which then became bigger. I didn’t get a chance to look into the full exchange, but it revolved, as you can guess, around Poole’s young career as compared to Andre’s:
Chris Chiozza also did a workout towards the end, although Steph was the last one off the court, as he had Hilton Armstrong helping out with a variety of situational things:
Chiozza recently snapped back at his detractors on Twitter and we had a whole erudite discussion of that on the private Discord. Not sure if I’ll get around to posting that here. I think I want to address negativity after I’ve developed a rhythm on posting (which is why you haven’t seen an “Erudite Warrior” post on here in awhile).
As I mentioned I have extra footage of Steph, some of it to background music “Hats Off” by Lil Baby, and will post that behind the paywall, hopefully before I get to Salt Lake City tonight.