Most of us know about the NBA. We know about the high-flying dunks and spectacular athletes, and can probably name a few if not several of the league’s stars. The NBA is a well-known brand in America, but where do they get their talent?
While a lot of players are drafted in the annual NBA Draft and are immediately activated to the roster, players that are not drafted or are drafted but not activated often go to play for developmental teams around the country. One such developmental squad is the Santa Cruz Warriors, who play their home games in the Kaiser Permanente Arena. The team was originally called the Dakota Wizards and played in a basketball league called the CBA, or Continental Basketball Association, where it was fairly successful. In 2011, the Golden State Warriors bought the Wizards and decided to relocate the team to California, making it the fourth developmental team in the NBA that is fully owned and operated by a single franchise. The 2012-13 season will also be the franchise’s first season in San Jose.
The Warriors kicked off this 2012-13 season with two games against the Idaho Stampede on December 14th and 15th. The Warriors lost Friday night 91-105, but on Saturday night, they defeated the Stampede 115-93 with help from a 28-point performance by Shefhon Hannah. The team’s home season begins on December 23rd, when the Warriors face the Bakersfield Jam at the Kaiser Permanente Arena, located at 140 Front Street in San Jose, California.