Tag:Golden State Warriors
Posted on: February 5, 2011 4:03 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Warriors G Charlie Bell arrested on DUI

Golden State Warriors guard Charlie Bell was arrested on DUI early Friday morning. Posted by Ben Golliver. charlie-bell

Stop the presses: there was a basketball-related, drunk driving arrest in Northern California that didn't involve the Sacramento Kings. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Golden State Warriors guard Charlie Bell was taken into custody early Friday morning "on suspicion of drunken driving."
A CHP officer arrested Bell about 2:45 a.m. on Lakeshore Avenue, near Oakland's Lake Merritt, CHP Officer Sam Morgan said. Bell was booked at a downtown Oakland jail, where he remained for about four hours before being picked up by teammate Reggie Williams.
First of all: shout out to Reggie Williams. Picking up your drunk teammate from jail in the middle of the night is worth some serious brownie points. In a horrible situation, that's going above and beyond the call of duty.

Second of all: The plot thickens a little bit, as Bell was arrested the night after a game in which he actually played, because the Warriors are currently short-handed in the backcourt. The Contra Costa Times reports that the Warriors are now recalling Jeremy Lin from the D-League because reserve guard Acie Law is dealing with a wrist injury.
In need of bodies in the backcourt, the Warriors recalled Jeremy Lin from the NBA Development League. Lin has been dominating the D-League and Warriors’ management loves the progress he’s made. He’s gotten better going left, his outside shot has improved and he’s gotten experience playing consistently. Most importantly, I’m told, Lin plays with more confidence.
In 16 games, he is averaging 17.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists with 2.2 steals in 32 minutes. He’s shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.
The most prudent course of action here is probably to assign Lin an extra rookie duty: acting as the team's official on-call designated driver. Just get him a giant 8-passenger van and a walkie-talkie and/or pager. Seems like a reasonable investment if the Warriors would like to stay on the court rather than in the courtroom.
Posted on: February 4, 2011 1:57 am
Edited on: February 4, 2011 3:02 am
 

The Game Changer: Magic don't have enough magic

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements that help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the previous night's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what led to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.  

THE BIG ONE: MIAMI HANGS ON TIGHT

With six minutes left, Magic fans started filing out. The Heat led 90-70 and appeared to be on cruise control headed toward an easy but big divisional win over the Magic.

Orlando, being a good team, wasn't completely finished. Jason Richardson hit a shot. Ryan Anderson hit a 3. Gilbert Arenas hit a 3. Then Anderson another one. The Magic hit six long-balls in the last six minutes, finally cutting the Miami lead down to three.

And after the Heat failed to get the ball in with nine seconds left, the Magic somehow had an opportunity to tie the game. Anderson got another look from deep by was just long on it.

What's interesting about the set though was how open J.J. Redick was coming off a Dwight Howard screen. Have a look:



Hedo Turkoglu instead went out top to Anderson which wasn't a bad play, seeing how Anderson was open. The difference is that the ball had a long way to travel to get to Anderson, meaning the Heat defense had a chance to recover. If the ball goes to Redick, it's catch and shoot. Easy to pick nits now knowing it didn't work, but at the time, everyone saw Redick flash open.

It's easy to look at how the game almost blew up in Miami's face, but in the end, the Heat won a game against a good Magic squad. They did it with incredible defense for 42 minutes, crisp offensive execution and oh yeah, LeBron James is still freaking incredible.

He started the game 11-11 which tied a career best and finished the game with an NBA season-high 51 points on 17-25 shooting. Just for fun, he added in 11 rebounds and eight assists. He owned this game. Just completely dominated it in every way he could.

And he did it from the start. LeBron scored 29 in the first half and after Dwyane Wade left for a while following a hard fall, LeBron just continued to kill the Magic. It's nights like this where you truly fear the Heat. I mean, how do you stop that?

MCDYESS DICES LOS ANGLES AT THE BUZZER

It was obvious how important this game was to the Lakers from the tip. They've been answering a lot questions, their general manager is talking about making trades and Kobe Bryant is a little extra chippy. And they had the league's best team in town and played like they had something to prove.

Problem is, they had the San Antonio Spurs in town and they don't exactly go down easily.

The Lakers thought they had it won three different times. With Los Angeles up 88-87 with 22 seconds left, the Spurs ran a great set but Manu Ginobili missed an open 3. Rebound Spurs. Tony Parker had the ball at the top of the key, made a move left and rimmed out a tear drop runner. Again, the Lakers didn't secure the rebound and the ball went out, off yellow.

And the third time indeed was a charm for San Antonio. Tim Duncan caught the ball, didn't get the hand off to Parker and had to force up a falling jumper over the extended hand of Pau Gasol. The shot was long, catching back-iron except for a fourth time, the Lakers didn't get on the glass. Antonio McDyess beat Lamar Odom and tipped in the game-winner as time expired. 89-88, Spurs.

The game had every feel of a playoff classic with both teams fighting tooth and nail for 48 minutes. Every possession was a complete grind. Both teams shot under 43 percent. The Lakers were playing like the game meant something more. And of course the Spurs brought it.

Read the rest of how the Spurs topped the Lakers at the buzzer here.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES

LeBron James had an NBA season-high 51 points on 17-25 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds and had eight assists.

Dwight Howard had 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 15 points and 19 rebounds against Golden State.

Ersan Ilyasova
finished with 23 and 13.

Gary Neal'S BUZZER BEATER WAS COOL TOO

Antonio McDyess's big tip at the horn is getting all the love, but how about Gary Neal's buzzer-beater at the half? You know, without it, McDyess's play might not have meant as much. Think about that one.


PARTING THOUGHT

Don't overlook Golden State's 100-94 win over the Bucks. Two things this showed: 1) The Bucks truly are a horrible offensive team, only mustering 94 points against the Warriors and 2) Golden State is just good enough to stay interesting for the rest of this season.

With Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee, the Warriors have the players to be in every game, but obviously aren't totally ready to be a playoff contender. It feels like they aren't really that far off though.
Posted on: January 31, 2011 3:17 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Warriors looking for an extra wing?

Posted by Royce Young

New Warriors owner Joe Lacob hasn't been shy about trying to improve his new team. He even stretched it so far to offend one of his best players talking about it.

But that's the point. The Warriors are shopping and shopping hard. They want Carmelo Anthony, but Carmelo Anthony doesn't want them back. So they're looking at new options. What they really need is a good, reliable big man to play with David Lee, but that's looking difficult to track down.

Via the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors are planning on being aggressive heading to the deadline and that 76ers wing Andre Iguodala "has been on the Warriors' radar for a while, according to team sources."

Of course Iguodala is said to be off limits with the improved play of the Sixers though. The report also says that Danny Granger is a player "the Warriors wouldn't mind getting their hands on."

The Pacers have reportedly been open to potentially moving Granger, but the word on that is that Indiana's looking for substantial return -- a starting power forwars and starting shooting guard -- and I'm thinking the Warriors don't want to move Monta Ellis and David Lee.

The Warriors are armed with two large expiring contracts -- Dan Gadzuric's worth $7.2 million and Vladimir Radmanovic's worth $6.8 million -- so they have some cards to play. 

So what are the options right now then if those prices are too high for Golden State? Antwan Jamison is a stretch power forward/wing and the Cavs are certainly open to moving him for young assets. Tayshaun Prince has been on the block for a good while now. Anthony Randol-- nah, nevermind. Rashard Lewis has been brought up a couple times and the Wizards might be looking to deal.

Other than that, is anything else out there much of an upgrade over Dorell Wright who has had a really nice season? Probably not. But the Warriors are looking for a serious star to add to the roster. Problem is, who isn't? And the price is always high for that type of player.
Posted on: January 24, 2011 4:46 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Warriors G Stephen Curry shocked by trade talk

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry responds to owner Joe Lacob saying that he could be traded. Posted by Ben Golliver. stephen-curry

Joe Lacob is the newly-minted owner of the Golden State Warriors, so we should probably forgive him for being a bit too honest in his recent talk of shaking up his roster. In comments made to MercuryNews.com last week, Lacob said that no one on his team is untouchable and that he would consider breaking up the Stephen Curry / Monta Ellis backcourt if presented with a good trade offer.
"I really like those guys as individuals, and I like them as players," Lacob said. "But I have to be honest, it depends. If we got offered a great situation, would I break it up? Yes."
The owner called Ellis "our core, franchise player," and agreed that Curry has not played to the standards of last season.
"Does that mean that Curry would be traded, or more likely to be traded than Ellis? Not necessarily," Lacob said. "It really depends. "... This is all dependent on what you're going to get in return."
Well, that is certainly an unusual way to conduct business in the NBA. 

Curry has been hampered by ankle injuries throughout the season and, it cannot be forgotten, is still really freaking good. He's on a rookie deal, his scoring numbers are up, he's improved his assist/turnover ratio, he's one of the best shooters in the league, he brings no ego or baggage to the table, he wants to win and plays hard every night, he puts in the hours to make himself better and he's helped Ellis take a step forward in his career development this season. He has shortcomings defensively, but so does the rest of the team, as Golden State is ranked No. 26 in defensive efficiency

This is a guy that you want to keep happy and that you want to keep long-term. He's a franchise piece and executives from all the teams out there without a quality starting point guard are likely reading Lacob's statements and wondering whether he's lost his marbles or is in over his head.

To his credit, Curry responded in the best way possible: producing on the court and remaining as professional as possible. Here are his thoughts, via the Oakland Tribune.
"It's a bit of a shock, because you feel like you're doing everything else you were supposed to be doing," Curry said Sunday. "Especially since I've never been in a situation where me changing teams or being traded would be an option, it's kind of like a weird thing to think about. But they've been straightforward about what they see in us and it's all been positive for me, so I don't have any problem brushing that off."
If you call 66 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds over two games brushing it off, then Curry indeed dusted the rumors off his shoulder. He led a fourth-quarter comeback in Friday's win over Sacramento. He almost did again Saturday against the Clippers in Los Angeles with backcourt mate Monta Ellis limited by a sore ankle.

"If anything," Curry said, "it was the result of me reminding myself. I'm my biggest critic. I just play the game and don't worry about expectations except the ones I put on myself."
Calling out players in public is almost always a recipe for disaster, even when we're talking about a choirboy like Curry. Surely when Lacob has some time to reflect on his statements and the impact they would have on a young guy like Curry, he might realize that he could have found a better approach publicly. 

NBA stars have memories like elephants, and team and player have many negotiating sessions ahead of them. Goodwill in public is a highly underrated commodity in this league. 
Posted on: January 21, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Now the Warriors are going for Carmelo?

Posted by Royce Young

As soon as Mikhail Prokhorov let the words out of his mouth, Masai Ujiri's phone probably started ringing. And ringing. And ringing.

Once it became clear that the New Jersey Nets were pulling out of the Carmelo Anthony chase, the world opened up to 29 other teams that might be in search of a new piece to the puzzle. Not necessarily in terms of just Anthony, but maybe they could become a partner in a potential three-way deal.

But some out there are definitely interested in the services of Melo. He's a star with star power and scoring power. No matter what the statistical inclined people say, Melo is a very, very good basketball player. And people want it.

So on top of the Knicks, Rockets and Mavericks, add in a new team that might be interested in playing the Melo game. The Golden State Warriors.

"We've had discussions with Denver," owner Joe Lacob to the Mercury News. "And I think it's possible. But unfortunately, he clearly wants to be one place geographically."

Ah, so Lacob isn't actually completely serious about it, because unlike some, he realizes that the whole extension thing is the catch in this whole thing. But Lacob said he thinks the Warriors can offer a package that would top any other out there. He said the team wouldn't be shy about breaking up Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry if the right deal presented itself.

"We think we have better assets to go after someone like him, that caliber, than most of the teams out there that are being talked about," Lacob said.

The Warriors new ownership group clearly has visions of running this franchise in a different way than Chris Cohan. Lacob isn't shy about saying what he wants. He talked about the team needing post help, about not understanding some of Keith Smart's rotations and how they feel the need to be aggressive and active in trade discussions.

"We're willing to do anything to improve this team -- I told you," Lacob said.

We hear you, Joe. But talking is one thing. Warriors fans have heard a lot of that. Melo obviously isn't in the cards for Golden State but it sounds like the team is willing to take a chance to make a splash. That's progress, I think.

Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 12:55 pm
 

The Warriors' never-ending problem at center

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

It's quite obvious now that Keith Smart has little faith in Andris Biedrins, and why should he? The man looks lost. Career-wise, he's halfway back to Latvia. He played all 12 minutes of the first quarter, to the tune of one shot and one rebound. It's also clear that Smart isn't ready to play Ekpe Udoh against a team as talented as the Lakers, and Udoh himself admitted he needs more time to adjust to the NBA game. The most intriguing lack of trust last night involved Lou Amundson. Listen, the guy's no world-beater; he has limited skills. But he had some success against the Lakers during the Western Conference finals last year, particularly in Game 4, when he gave the Phoenix Suns seven points and seven rebounds off the bench in 17 minutes. The Lakers are no mystery to him. Seemed awfully strange that he didn't even get off the bench.
via The Warriors A Matter of Trust : Bruce Jenkins' Three Dot Blog.

Biedrins has started for the Warriors since 2006-2007. Before that? Adonal Foyle. Clifford Robinson. Before That? Erick Dampier. So we're talking a long and historic range of failure at the center position. 

What's sad about this is that the Warriors have run such a fast paced system, that had they simply had an above-average big to really fill in all the blanks while keeping their style, their success could have been so much greater. It's not true that a legit big man is an anathema to a system that runs and guns. That's likely why David Lee was brought in. Unfortunately, due to injury, adjustment, or just a smaller role in the offense, Lee hasn't been nearly the player he was in New York, with significant regression in points and rebounds. Meanwhile, Biedrins is also slumping, and despite being on the trade block for years, hasn't been moved by management yet. Ekpe Udoh theoretically shows that kind of promise, but it's hard to see him making that kind of jump immediately. 

Amundson was brought in as a free agent at the last moment. That Amundson was available was confusing as he showed such tenacity in the playoffs with the Suns. But perhaps the scouts were right about Amundson's lack of discernible skills being problematic outside the talent basin in Phoenix.

The Warriors don't have to slow it down, play traditional ball, or grind it out. They can play up-tempo, play fast and loose with focus. But to get to the next step, they have to have a big man to fill in that role, a true big who can get big buckets and rebounds coming off those breaks. Until they find that, the Warriors are just spinning their very fast wheels. 
Posted on: January 9, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Warriors look to improve, eye Prince, Randolph?

The Golden State Warriors are reportedly looking to "add to the talent pool" and are possibly eying multiple trade targets. Posted by Ben Golliver. we-believe

Things could be a lot worse for the Golden State Warriors, who lost Ekpe Udoh, their 2010 lottery pick, for the first few months of the season and have dealt with persistent ankle trouble for starting point guard Stephen Curry. Nevertheless, the Warriors are 15-21, hanging out on the fringes of the Western Conference playoff discussion. They're at the metaphorical crossroads: a strong push before the All-Star break could make for a fun stretch ride battling teams like Portland, Phoenix, Memphis and Houston for the final playoff spot. No push, however, and the Warriors are right back where they've been for the last three years: in the draft lottery. 

So it shouldn't come as a surprise that murmurs out of the Bay have the Warriors looking to improve their roster. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Warriors could be buyers during the run-up to this year's trade deadline.
The goal, whether at the trade deadline or in the offseason, is to acquire a "good player who adds to the talent pool," Riley said.
The Warriors are interested in Tayshaun Prince and have been intrigued by Zach Randolph, two guys who might fit that description and could be available. Some league sources still believe Andre Iguodala - one of Curry's favorites - could be made available, but many have soured on that scuttlebutt.
The Warriors are armed with two large expiring contracts -- Dan Gadzuric's worth $7.2 million and Vladimir Radmanovic's worth $6.8 million -- so they have some cards to play. 

Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince is an intriguing possibility in Golden State, as his versatile two-way game and championship pedigree would bring two elements the Warriors are sorely lacking. However, Prince is himself an expiring contract, so it's unclear what Golden State could offer Detroit to pry him loose. He's also said to be anxious to play for a winner, given that he's in the twilight of his career, and the Warriors might not yet fit that bill. Renting Prince for the balance of the season and letting him walk during the summer could be a possibility, however it doesn't seem ideal for the Warriors as they are in the middle of a promising rebuild. This would amount to a sideways move and would cost them trade chips.

As for Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, he's in mercenary mode, as his current contract runs up at the end of this season and he's looking for a final mega-payday. The Warriors must ask themselves: how well does Randolph fit with our core pieces? Randolph is an excellent scorer and rebounder, but he likes his shots and touches, and Curry, guard Monta Ellis and forward David Lee all need the rock already. Randolph is also strictly a power forward, so playing him alongside Lee would require the Warriors to continue to play smallball. The Warriors are accustomed to playing that way, but it is not necessarily ideal if they're looking to commit long-term dollars to acquire another big man. Put in simpler terms, Randolph and Lee together would be a bit redundant and would wind up being quite expensive. Renting Randolph for the balance of the season could also cause more problems that it would be worth, as he would require a total re-jiggering of the front court rotation, compromising the playing time of long-term core pieces and bringing an uncertain short-term return.

If the Warriors are simply looking to expand their talent pool, they might be better served playing this Moneyball-style, cashing in their expiring contracts and/or draft picks to improve their depth and the quality of their reserves.
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Report: Warriors could be interested in Yao Ming

Posted by Royce Young

Most teams are interested in Yao Ming because of his contract. That $17 million expiring deal with an $8 million insurance policy is definitely intriguing to rebuilding clubs.

But as Yahoo! Sports reports, the Golden State Warriors might be interested in Yao for more reasons than just the money.
Don’t be surprised if the Warriors make a run at injured Houston Rockets center Yao Ming after he becomes a free agent this summer. While Yao is expected to be out as long as 10 months after undergoing ankle surgery, the Warriors have long wanted to add him to help boost their profile in the area’s Asian community.

Seldom-used rookie guard Jeremy Lin is nearly as popular as Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis . The Warriors would jump at signing Yao for a reasonable price.
So don't misunderstand: The Warriors are interested in free agent Yao, not current $17 million Yao. More than likely, someone is going to make a play for Yao because of the money, but regardless, he's going to be on the open market this summer.

Yao has already said that he's not ready to call it quits. He wants to give basketball another shot, but it's pretty clear his next opportunity won't be with Houston.

But the fit in the Bay Area could be a good one. He'd have immediate support and a franchise that doesn't need him to be the focal point of the offense. I'm not sure how well he'd fit into the up and down style of the Warriors, but he'd certainly give Eliis and Curry a nice inside-out option to work off of.

Hopefully Yao has another opportunity waiting for him this summer. And if he can get healthy, he'll surely get a chance somewhere.
 
 
 
 
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