Stephen Curry tried his best, but he couldn't do it.
Maybe it was sleep deprivation from having just flown to Istanbul. Maybe he was too wrapped up in what he and the U.S. team were trying to accomplish at the FIBA World Championship to concentrate on his home team.
Maybe it was that he was being asked a nearly impossible question to answer.
Just last month, Curry couldn't name all of his Warriors teammates. That might sound like a jolting lapse from the team's leader, except for the fact that few people on the planet would have been able to accomplish the feat.
Of the 20 men who played for the Warriors last season, only five remain. The team is about to have new ownership, a new head coach and three new assistants.
The overhauled roster starts training camp Tuesday, but the getting-to-know-you period started right after Labor Day. Many of the players have been in Oakland, participating in pickup games since then and, maybe more importantly, hanging out before and after workouts.
"When there are this many new guys, this is something that had to be done," said new head coach Keith Smart, who is replacing Don Nelson. "It's been great. You hear about these kinds of things happening in Miami and in New York, but I've never seen it happen here in my eight years."
It's unclear exactly who organized the pre-training-camp training camp, but Smart might have given it away in his reference to Miami and New York. As part of the Warriors' offseason of movement, they picked up free-agent forward Dorell Wright from Miami and traded Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike to New York for power forward David Lee.
General manager Larry Riley also traded Corey Maggette to Milwaukee for guard Charlie Bell and center Dan Gadzuric, signed forwards Louis Amundson and Rodney Carney and guard Jeremy Lin, and drafted center Ekpe Udoh. Each of the moves conveys the wishes of new co-owners Peter Guber and Joe Lacob, who want to bring some defense and rebounding to Oakland.
"There's a different personality to this team," Smart said. "For one, there are a bunch of tall guys, a bunch of guys with a history of rebounding, banging and playing at a different pace.
"You don't have to say 'Go rebound,' which used to be our theme song."
The Warriors have eight new players who are all but assured to be part of the opening-night roster next month. Here they are in alphabetical order:
-- Louis Amundson, 6-foot-9, 225 pounds, age 27
His job: Become a fan favorite for his rebounding grit and hustle plays and help limit Andris Biedrins' minutes.
Now you know: Graduated cum laude from Nevada-Las Vegas with degrees in English and philosophy.
-- Charlie Bell, 6-3, 200, 31
His job: Act as a steadying influence behind Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis and give the Warriors one defensively minded guard.
Now you know: Has a popular series of Webisodes in which he does others' jobs on charliebell.com.
-- Rodney Carney, 6-7, 205, 26
His job: Allow the Warriors to adjust when they face two big guards or two big wings.
Now you know: His mother, DeAndra Ware, held the world indoor record in the 55-meter dash and would have competed in the 1980 Olympics if not for the United States' boycott.
-- Dan Gadzuric, 6-11, 245, 32
His job: Provide an experienced third center who can be a No. 2 against certain matchups or if injuries hit.
Now you know: Was born in The Hague, Netherlands. His mother is from Serbia and his father is from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
-- David Lee, 6-9, 250, 27
His job: Become a pick-and-roll partner for Curry and be another player in the locker room who is more than sick of losing.
Now you know: Former Knick was in the rookie doghouse in '07 and in the All-Star Game by '10.
-- Jeremy Lin, 6-3, 200, 22
His job: Adjust to the NBA game in a limited role behind Curry and Ellis.
Now you know: Palo Alto High/Harvard grad has earned cult-hero status among the Asian American community and religious community in the Bay Area.
-- Ekpe Udoh, 6-10, 240, 23
His job: Return by midseason from a torn wrist tendon and become the team's best shot-blocker as a backup center.
Now you know: Warriors' top draft pick (No. 6 overall) is nicknamed "Nightmare" because of his defensive presence, his middle name is Friday and he wears No. 13.
-- Dorell Wright, 6-9, 210, 24
His job: Defend an opponent's best perimeter player and make corner three-pointers as a poor man's version of Bruce Bowen.
Now you know: Could pull a Michael Jordan and attempt a professional baseball career when his basketball days are over.
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