Somebody drank Jobu's rum, because there is an injury curse on the Warriors

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Thumbnail image for New Warriors Logo.jpgLast year the Warriors were not hit with an injury bug, it was more like an injury plague of locust. In the nearly quarter century since the NBA started tracking this stuff, only one NBA team has ever lost more man games to injury. Golden State lost 501 man games last season.

Then David Lee signs a contract with the Golden State, isn’t on the court 15 minutes of practice with Team USA, and he is out with an injury. First-round pick (No. 6 overall) Ekpe Udoh has already had to undergo wrist surgery.

Apparently somebody drank Jobu’s rum (we’re looking at you, Don Nelson), because there is a curse on the team. Don’t take my word for it, here is what Stephen Curry told Yahoo.

“It was the curse of the Warriors,” Curry said. “I don’t know what else it is. Every time someone joins our team, injuries seem to happen.”

The team is bound for a change of luck. New owners. That should mean a new coach and general manager. New logo this year. Time for a culture shift. The team has Curry and Lee now, plus Monta Ellis, which are a few pieces to build around for the future.

The goal for this year: Make the playoffs. Not easy in a stacked West, but not unreasonable for the Warriors. If they can stay healthy.

If the curse is lifted.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.