Iguodala is an interesting part of that transition in that he is still a premier, if no longer an elite defender, and he is still a slasher on the offensive end – two things the Warriors have in short supply. He is also used to not being the alpha dog, as he could not be that in Philadelphia with Allen Iverson and Denver didn’t have one in his one year with the Nuggets.
In other words, he is a very helpful part of a coherent whole – a whole that emanates from Curry, envelops Iguodala, David Lee, Andrew Bogut and Klay Thompson, and has satellites in Harrison Barnes, Toney Douglas, Marreese Speights, Jermaine O’Neal, Draymond Green and Kent Bazemore. They are a rationally built and relatively deep team.
- Ray Ratto, CSN Bay Area
That the Giants had Madison Bumgarner on the mound added to their urgency. They had not won a game started by anyone else since June 22. No starter besides Bumgarner has won since Matt Cain on June 13.
With a late burst against the Padres bullpen, the Giants got to enjoy Bumgarner Night with a 4-2 victory, their first at Petco Park this season. If they can win behind Chad Gaudin on Friday night, they will have consecutive victories for the first time in more than three weeks.
- Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
Unlike most NHL teams, the Sharks prefer to hold each summer’s prospect development camp with doors locked and curtains drawn. That, the team has explained, lets young players focus on learning the system and training techniques without the judgmental distractions of fans or outside media.
But Thursday night, those curtains parted. For the first time, the Sharks held a prospects scrimmage in public, giving about 700 hardcore followers who filled the north rink at Sharks Ice a glimpse of what the future may hold.
- David Pollak, San Jose Mercury News