The Warriors held two practices Thursday night, the first to continue their development as the regular season looms and the second as a gift to the their fans.
After the team's daily practice in the late afternoon, the Oracle Arena doors swung open and more than 8,000 strolled through the turnstiles to witness what is becoming an annual Warriors tradition, the preseason open practice.
Rookie coach Steve Kerr kept things light, as the players went through very light drills before Kerr and several players invited a few of the fans onto the floor to participate in a couple shooting contests.
"We had a good practice before the fans walked in," Kerr said afterward. "We saved the shooting stuff for the fans; we wanted to show the fans some of the things that we do, particularly like the rehearsal offensive stuff.
"This night is mostly about our interaction with our fans. To get some of the kids out on the floor to shoot with our guys, everybody in the arena was smiling."
One of the highlights of the night was having Nicholas Dillon serve as honorary captain. The teenager sustained pelvic fractures when a chimney collapsed on him during the Aug. 24 Napa earthquake and remains, for now, bound to a wheelchair but was in tremendous spirits.
Another highlight was the lowlight that came with listening to the rookies "sing" to the crowd. James Michael McAdoo merrily botched the words to the theme song of the old TV hit "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Aaron Craft took a more modern direction, staggering through Miley Cyrus' hit "Party in the USA."