Tag:Golden State Warriors
Posted on: June 6, 2011 4:37 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 5:05 pm

Mark Jackson in front for Warriors job?

Posted by Royce Young

The Warriors seem to be closing in on a narrowed list of candidates for their head coaching position. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com tweeted Monday that Mavs assistant Dwane Casey would be meeting with owner Joe Lacob once The Finals are over.

Another candidate that's said to be leading, though, is ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, according to NBA.com.

"Jackson is in the lead, according to a league source, having interviewed twice, the second time with owner Joe Lacob," the report says. "Lacob has also conducted interviews with Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer and was believed to have conducted the Malone interview Sunday.

"Those two trail Jackson at the moment. But former Lakers assistant and Oakland native Brian Shaw and Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank aren't out of the mix. Shaw has yet to get a first interview set up by Golden State."

Right now, Detroit, Golden State and Toronto still have openings to be filled, and I think a lot will start to fall in place once The Finals wrap up. Casey seems to be in the mix for all three, and he's said previously that his attention is entirely on Dallas right now.

Jackson, though, has pushed hard for multiple coaching positions, but with no prior experience it's hard to say what kind of fit he'd be with the Warriors. He seems to favor defense because that's the sort of team he typically played on, so if that were so, it would be a bit of a culture change for the Warriors. Which is something Lacob has said in the past he favors, as he'd prefer that Golden State adopt more of a defensive-minded approach rather than run and gun.

Berger said that Jackson, Casey, Michael Malone and Mike Budenholzer are on a list that have or will meet with Lacob.

Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:57 pm

Budenholzer serious candidate for Warriors?

Posted by Royce Young

Slowly, the NBA's coaching carousel is winding down. The Lakers have their man. The Rockets, after interviewing everyone on the planet, appear to have theirs. What's currently left is Indiana's position and Golden State's opening.

And it looks like the Warriors might be closing in on a name. Via the Contra Costa Times:
Add another name to the list of finalists for the Warriors' head coaching vacancy: Mike Budenholzer.

It's not a new name, as the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach was mentioned almost immediately after Golden State parted ways with Keith Smart on April 27.

According to a team source, co-owner Joe Lacob is flying to San Antonio on Wednesday to interview Budenholzer. Lacob, who was present for the Warriors' predraft workout Tuesday at the team facility, didn't make himself available to the media and has declined to reveal the names of candidates. But if Lacob's trip to San Antonio suggests anything, it's that Budenholzer is being seriously considered.

Budenholzer is part of a short list that is said to include Mavs assistant Dwane Casey, Boston assistant Lawrence Frank, former Rockets coach Rick Adelman (though he says he's done coaching) and ESPN analyst Mark Jackson.

Laker assistants Brian Shaw and Chuch Person were also candidates but reportedly didn't make the first cut.

The report says that it's likely a new coach will be hired before the June 23 draft, but that's not set in stone. Budenholzer has always been considered one of the top assistants in the game and coming from a rich pedigree in San Antonio under Gregg Popovich, he's an attractive candidate.

How would his system fit the Golden State roster? To be determined, obviously. However owner Joe Lacob has said he prefers to move into more of a defensive structured philosophy, which of course is in the ballpark of a coach like Budenholzer.
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:06 pm

Bulls, Grizzlies rumored to want Monta Ellis

Posted by Matt Moore

Monta Ellis has entered into that rather uncomfortable zone where he's not traded, but everyone expects him to be. He's not gone, but it's kind of assumeed he will be. He's still with Golden State, only not really. He's been rumored to have been on the trade block for close to a year now, with Stephen Curry considered the guard of the future.

Now the Contra Costa Times reports that the Warriors are considering trading Ellis again, and more aggressively following the makeover planned by new owners with Joe Lacob leading the charge. The addition of Jerry West to the ownership and front office group only strengthens that idea, with Ellis being considered the bait to kickstart the reshaping of the Warriors in a more defensive-minded structure. The Contra Costa Times' Tim Kawakami lays out both sides of the argument for trading or not trading Ellis, and brings up the Bulls and Grizzlies as those in consideration for a trade:

Then there is the matter of getting the right deal for Ellis, who is due $11 million in each of the next three seasons.

After checking with a few NBA sources, two teams kept coming up — both with the combination of potential interest and the right roster pieces to intrigue West and the Warriors.

They were:

Chicago, which might have been a big-time perimeter scorer away from pushing Miami to the brink in the Eastern Conference finals. Would the Bulls think about Luol Deng for Ellis? Could the Warriors sweeten that offer?

And Memphis, West’s old team, which has Rudy Gay at a huge salary and which offered O.J. Mayo for Ellis in the recent past.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy for the Warriors to trade Ellis — emotionally or practically. It will take some guts. But again, that’s precisely why West was brought to the Warriors in the first place.
via Trade Monta Ellis? Jerry West just might be the guy to do it | Talking Points.

The Grizzlies from all indications have no intention of trading Rudy Gay, despite the team's success without him in the playoffs. Multiple reports have surfaced linking the Grizzlies to trade talks for Gay, but almost all come from media on the other side of the trade, not from Memphis. The Grizzlies would love to have Ellis, as Kawakami mentions the near Mayo-Ellis swap, but Mayo's value is no longer high enough to support such a trade, if it ever was to begin with. As a result, Memphis is an unlikely target.

The Bulls are an interesting fit. Coach Tom Thibodeau has taken players with questionable defensive ability (Keith Bogans, Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver) and made them a part of the best defensive unit in basketball. Could he manage to cover Ellis' defensive liabilities in the same manner while adding a pure scorer to work off-ball with Rose and give the MVP a break from hoisting the offense on his shoulders. This would make a lot of sense from a lot of angles, but giving up Deng is giving up the emotional backbone of the Bulls and a key locker room guy, not to mention their best wing defender. The Bulls would be in a jam were they to make the move.

Still, the odds seem to be increasing that Ellis will not be in the Bay when the NBA kicks back up again.... whenever it kicks back up again.  
Posted on: May 30, 2011 4:01 pm

Mark Jackson is a finalist for Warriors coach?

Mark Jackson is reportedly a finalist to be head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Posted by Ben Golliver. mark-jackson

The King of Corny Catchphrases could have a new title in the near future: Golden State Warriors caoch.

CSNBayArea.com reports that Mark Jackson, the NBA television commentator notorious for screeching "Hand Down, Man Down" and "Mama, there goes that man" is reportedly a finalist to replace Warriors coach Keith Smart, who was let go in April.
Dwane Casey, Lawrence Frank and Brian Shaw are now said to be on the Warriors' short list. Put Mark Jackson on that list, too. He appears to be a finalist.

Jackson -- the former New York Knick, Indiana Pacer and current analyst for ESPN and ABC -- is very much being considered for the Golden State job. In fact, Jackson has had two conversations with the Warriors, including one with owner Joe Lacob, according two NBA sources.

That is significant because Lacob was not in on the Warriors' first set of discussions with candidates.
New Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber seem intent on putting their own stamp on the franchise, and Jackson would certainly be a big-name and fairly splashy hire. The team is also said to be seeking a more defensive-oriented approach, and Jackson played for two physical, intimidating teams in the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks of the 1990s.

With no head coaching experience, it's difficult to gauge Jackson's style or coaching philosophy. However, he's just 46 years old, seven years removed from his playing days and boasts an All-Star game plus a Finals appearance on his resume. In other words, he should be able to command the respect of -- and connect with -- today's players with ease.

It's been more than a month since Smart was let go and the NBA Draft is less than a month away and the Warriors hold the No. 11 pick. Golden State was reportedly interested in Mike Brown, but he was snatched up by the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether it's Jackson or someone else, the clock is ticking.
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:36 am

Monta Ellis has a tree tattoo on his chest

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis has a tree tattoo on his chest. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Well, this tattoo is certainly better than getting some type of World of Warcraft shrine inked on your back like Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, but it still feels extreme.

Pictured below is the chest of Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis, which is now covered in a giant tree tattoo. Have a look.


Some of the design elements here are next level. His bellybutton is apparently serving as a hole in the tree's massive root system, there are angels sitting in the tree's branches over one half of his chest and a giant picture of his child on the other. At the top of the tree the words "Family First" are in huge letters, up among the branches and leaves, which in turn sort of blend into his two arm-sleeves.

I'm no dendrologist, but it's possible that this is a magnolia tree, the state tree of Mississippi. Ellis is a Jackson, MS native.

Also worth noting, on his left arm, Ellis has tattooed the words "Ellis Family" just in case the giant "Family First" reminder wasn't enough. If he should happen to want to enter his name into the field of 2012 Republican Presidential candidates, he's off to a good start.

This work appears on a MySpace.com page called Tattoos By Randy and Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford, Orlando Magic wing Quentin Richardson and Indiana Pacers center Solomon Jones are other NBA players with tattooes pictured on the page. 

Hat tip: The Basketball Jones
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 12:55 pm

Jerry West takes role with Warriors

Jerry West joins Warriors in advisement capacity.

Posted by Matt Moore

After Jerry West walked away from the Grizzlies after years as an adviser after a successful stint as GM, Jerry West has maintained that he's through with official roles in basketball.  That stance has apparently changed as West has agreed to join the Golden State Warriors in an advisory role. From the Mercury News
Jerry West, one of the most respected executives in NBA history, has agreed to join the Warriors front office in a non-decision-making, advisory role, multiple NBA sources confirmed tonight.

An announcement is expected within a few days.

West’s exact title has not yet been formalized, but he is expected to be reporting to co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and possibly act as a sounding board in many areas.
via Jerry West set to join Warriors front office, according to multiple NBA sources | Talking Points.

West has helped make two franchises into playoff teams at least, so adding him to the Warriors is an indication that Lacob is serious about doing what it takes to make the team legit. It's an interesting group of individuals being ammassed in the collective at the top of the ladder for Golden State as West joins General Manager Riley and former agent Bob Myers. But with roles clearly defined, it just means more brain power for a team that badly needs some coordination at the top as it works to reconfigure the roster to a more defensive squad. 

Update: From the Warriors' presser on the announcement: 

“I’m really pleased that we were able to add someone the caliber of Jerry West to our organization,” said Warriors’ Co-Owner Peter Guber. “He has earned great respect in all circles, including the entire entertainment field, and his business savvy will serve us well and prove invaluable. Overall, his career has been nothing short of remarkable and his name alone has become synonymous with winning and success. I could sense his love for the game and tremendous passion during our meetings in recent weeks and I think his attitude will be infectious. He will be a tremendous resource for us in this particular role and it is also a position that suits Jerry very well at this stage of his life.”

“I’m excited about this opportunity and, quite frankly, humbled that the new ownership group with the Warriors inquired about my interest in joining the organization in this capacity,” said West. “I’ve had the good fortune to work for two wonderful owners, Dr. Jerry Buss and Michael Heisley, as an executive and I know that you must have a commitment at the top to succeed. I sense that is certainly the case with the Warriors or I would not have made this decision. This role is appealing at this particular time because it will provide me an opportunity to remain close to the game and contribute to an organization in a meaningful, all-encompassing manner. It had to be the right situation with the right group of people and this opportunity certainly meets those criteria. I’ve been extremely impressed with Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and the members of the Basketball Operations staff during our conversations and I’m looking forward to working with them and other members of the Warriors’ organization as we move forward.” 
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: May 13, 2011 11:37 am

Shaw a candidate for Warriors job?

Posted by Royce Young

Lakers assistant Brian Shaw might be getting a head coaching position. Just not the one everyone expected.

Shaw has been granted permission to speak with the Warriors about their opening, according to the Los Angeles Times. Also given permission is another Laker assisatant Chuck Person.

The Warriors opening is a result of the team not extending coach Keith Smart after the season concluded.

Shaw has become a leading candidate to replace Phil Jackson as the Lakers new head coach, but that's no guarantee as the Lakers are interesting in exploring a number of options. Shaw has also been granted permission to interview with the Rockets as well.

Shaw, 45, interviewed for the Cavaliers job last season, but he turned it down and returned to the Lakers. Shaw is a former Laker, playing on championship teams in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He was also an assistant for the team during the 2009 and 2010 title campaigns.
Posted on: May 2, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 12:37 am

Warriors G Charlie Bell allegedly stabbed by wife

Golden State Warriors guard Charlie Bell was allegedly stabbed by his wife. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Back in February, we noted that seldom used Golden State Warriors guard Charlie Bell was arrested on DUI charges and had to be picked up from the drunk tank by a teammate. Bell reportedly has even bigger problems to deal with this week.

CSNBayArea.com reports that Bell was allegedly stabbed by his wife, former Miss Michigan USA Kenya Bell, with a box cutter. 
Warriors guard Charlie Bell was reportedly stabbed by his wife in a domestic dispute last weekend in Michigan. Genessee County prosecutor David Leyton charged Bell's wife Kenya Bell, the former Miss Michigan USA, with domestic violence and assault with a dangerous weapon on Monday.
According to NBC25 and police accounts of the Sunday morning incident in Grand Blanc Township, Kenya Bell is accused of stabbing her husband with a box cutter.
MLive.com reports that the incident occurred in the presence of their children.
The assault occurred inside Charile Bell's home in Grand Blanc Township in the presence of two children, Leyton said. Leyton declined to release any more details on the incident. "It's a tragic situation," he said. "They're entitled to some privacy."
The website also notes that she was released on $5,000 bond.

Late Monday night, Charlie Bell wrote on Twitter: "I'm fine. I didn't get stabbed. Lol."

On her website, Kenya Bell describes herself as "very loyal and loving."
I cherish my family and friends and I’m very loyal and loving.  I’m at a stage in my life where  because I’ve put all of my dreams aside for years and worked for my husband to help him achieve his goals, I’m now working to achieve some of mine.  Yep I’m dreaming big.  Ladies..Dream big with me. :)  
Yes I own a hybrid Lexus, a convertible BMW, a 6 carat diamond ring, and a 10,000 square foot house.  But from November to April, I’m a single mother, working as an cheerleader (supporting my husband at every game) and yes, I still have my own hopes and dreams.
Charlie Bell, a 32-year-old guard with seven years of NBA experience, averaged 1.7 points and 0.7 assists in 19 appearances this season. He has a player option for 2011-2012 that will pay him $4.1 million. Look for the Warriors to shop his expiring contract just as soon as ... oh, wait, they're already on the phones.

The news comes roughly two weeks after NFL player Brandon Marshall was allegedly stabbed by his wife.
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