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Warriors put plans for new building on pause. Maybe for a long time.


From the start the new Golden State ownership was ambitious, wanting to build a new arena on the water in San Francisco, moving out of their current Oakland home. And from the start, critics questioned the timeline (the Warriors wanted to play there in 2017), the cost and whether the project could ever even get approved.

Now, the Warriors have hit the brakes for a year on the project, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

“It’s about getting it right, not about getting it done fast,” said Warriors President Rick Welts.

In the past 20 months, the team has produced three rough designs in an attempt to come up with one palatable to its prospective waterfront neighbors and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, which must approve the deal. In the meantime, cost estimates for preparing Piers 30-32, on which the arena would sit, have doubled to $180 million.

There is also an opposition group expected to have enough signatures on a petition to force eventual plans for the arena — and surrounding residential and retail development — to be put to the voters. Opponents complain about both the height of the arena and the plans for large luxury condominiums nearby.

Getting any kind of major development approved in California is not easy, there is always some opposition. Put that development on the coast and there are a series of extra local and state hoops to jump through, ones designed to not let the California coastline become a playground of only the rich.

I wouldn’t say the plan for the new arena is dead, but the Warriors are realizing they need to step back and reassess everything to make this an eventual reality. It can’t be railroaded through.

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.