Tag:Golden State Warriors
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:50 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 9:51 pm

Rockets & Warriors GMs admit Jeremy Lin mistakes

Jeremy Lin is making his former GMs look bad. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

How crazy is this Jeremy Lin story? So crazy that two NBA general managers have publicly admitted that letting him go was a mistake.

Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey took to Twitter on Thursday morning to cop his plea.

"We should have kept Jeremy Lin," Morey wrote. "Did not know he was this good.Anyone who says they knew [is] misleading you... Really happy Jeremy Lin. Very hard working, nice, & humble. He has a great, great future." 

Then, in an interview with the New York Times, Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley did the same.
“We always felt there would be some chance he’d be a backup point guard,” said Larry Riley, the Warriors general manager. “I have egg on my face in telling you that I did not think he was going to become a starting point guard with a good team. He’s doing that right now.”
Lin, the Knicks' Taiwanese-American point guard sensation, has scored 23 or more points in three straight games to help lead New York to consecutive wins over the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.

Undrafted out of Harvard, Lin earned his first NBA contract with the Warriors after impressing at the 2010 NBA Summer League while playing for a team affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks. Lin wound up playing in just 29 games for Golden State, averaging 2.6 points and 1.4 assists in just 9.8 minutes per game.

When the Warriors released him prior to the 2011-2012 season, Lin signed briefly with the Rockets, but was released before he could appear in a single game. 

The Knicks wound up claiming Lin off of waivers on Dec. 27, and the rest is history.

And this really is history. Basketball operations executives admit mistakes at a rate of approximately one per lifetime. For the same player to produce two admissions of error in less than 24 hours is almost certainly a league record.
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:26 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 4:38 pm

Nate Robinson did some things against old team

Posted by Royce Young

The Thunder bought out guard Nate Robinson before the season mainly because they had two solid point guards already with a rookie waiting as a third guy. Robinson wanted playing time and he wasn't going to get it. So he found a home with the Warriors and has fit in well.

Saturday night against the Thunder, Robinson definitely made some noise against a former team. First, he hit a 50-foot halfcourt shot. Then, he basically completely destroyed the lower half of the rookie the Thunder wanted to play instead of him.

Robinson said he understood the Thunder's position and claimed there were no hard feelings about it, but his little staredown of the Thunder bench after the halfcourt shot might suggest differently. Or it was just Nate Robinson being Nate Robinson.

But then again, the Thunder won 120-109 and Robinson finished with nine points on nine shots, which included a wild airball in the fourth quarter. Robinson's a microwave that can warm up and pour in points in a hurry, but he's always been a player that possessed more style than actual subtance. Still, the style in these two cases were pretty stylish.

Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:24 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 4:27 pm

NBA admits refs blew crucial kick ball no-call

Posted by Ben Golliver 

Everyone saw it happen except the three guys in the striped shirts, and now the NBA has admitted that its referees blew a crucial kick ball no-call that helped decide a Friday night game between the Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors.

With less than 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of a tied game, Warriors guard Monta Ellis attempted a cross over move on Pacers guard George Hill outside the 3-point arc. Ellis' right-to-left dribble move resulted in the ball bouncing off Hill's right foot, which was raised off the ground. The ball ricocheted into Hill's arms and he took off the other direction, finishing a lay-up while being fouled by Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who tried in vain to foul him to prevent the lay-up. Hill made his free throw, Curry missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Pacers escaped with a 94-91 road victory at Oracle Arena.

The NBA announced on Saturday that the refereeing crew of Mike Callahan, Courtney Kirkland and Tony Brown should have whistled Hill for a kick ball violation, which would have returned possession to the Warriors with the score tied and roughly five seconds remaining on the clock. 

Here's the league's official explanation. 
With 5.4 seconds remaining in the Indiana-Golden State game on Jan. 20, Pacers guard George Hill intentionally kicked the ball away from Warriors guard Monta Ellis during his cross over dribble. According to rule no. 10, Section IV.b, kicking the ball or striking it with any part of the leg is a violation when it is an intentional act. The officials missed the kicked ball violation which should have resulted in a deadball situation and Golden State inbounding the ball on the sideline nearest the spot of the violation.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson and his team were furious, and he vigorously argued the call with officials after the ensuing play.

With the win, the Pacers improved to 10-4. The Warriors fell to 5-10.

The NBA also recently admitted that their referees blew a late no-call on a traveling violation by Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James.

Here's vide of the obvious blown call via YouTube user NBA.

Hat tip: IAmAGM.com
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:08 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 6:42 pm

Stephen Curry: Injured ankle not ready for return

Posted by Ben Golliver  stephen-curry

The Golden State Warriors will continue to wait for the return of their starting point guard. And it's not clear how long that waiting will last.

Third-year guard Stephen Curry hasn't played in a game since January 4th after suffering a series of sprains to his surgically-repaired ankle.

A Tuesday night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers had been circled as a target date, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, but Warriors coach Mark Jackson says that Curry's ankle did not stand up to pre-game testing.
He was able to play some 5-on-5 for the first time in 13 days, but he said his ankle felt fatigued near the end of practice. Curry couldn't tell whether his out-of-practice legs were moving slowly or his ankle wasn't strong enough.

Either way, Jackson said he doesn't think Curry will play today, and the competitive guard is more than frustrated about possibly missing a seventh consecutive game.

"You try to make a move and you just don't have that force behind it," said Curry, who initially said he wouldn't return until he was completely healthy. "I'm tired of missing games. I said I was going to wait, but I didn't say how long I was going to wait."
The paper further reports that a Wednesday night game against the New Jersey Nets "sounds unlikely."

The Warriors are 2-4 during the six games he has sat out during this most recent stretch. In his absence, Jackson has had to turn to rookie Charles Jenkins and new free agent addition Nate Robinson

Curry has dealt with chronic ankle issues during his pro career, so it makes zero sense to put him on the court until he's 100 percent. The risk of re-injury, and thus another extended absence, is simply too high.While Jackson, a first-year coach, is likely feeling the pressure to turn things around after a slow start, his hands are tied on this one.

On the season, Curry, 23, is averaging 15.2 points, 5.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. 
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:47 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 7:15 pm

Warriors release Ish Smith to sign Earl Barron

Posted by Ben Golliver ish-smith

The roster churn continues in the Bay Area.

The Golden State Warriors have released guard Ish Smith, according to the Contra Costa Times. Smith, 23, was signed to a non-guaranteed contract. He appeared in six games for the Warriors, averaging 5.3 points and 1.8 assists.

HoopsWorld.com reports that the Warriors will use Smith's roster spot to sign free agent big man Earl Barron to a "partially-guaranteed" contract. SI.com confirms the report.

Barron, 30, went to training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers but was released after the team signed free agent big men Kurt Thomas and Craig Smith. Barron has played five seasons in the NBA, including stops with the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks and the Blazers. Barron is a lithe 7-footer with a limited offensive game. His career averages: 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 110 appearances.

The moves come one day after starting center Kwame Brown was lost to a chest injury that is expected to sideline him for at least three months. The Warriors got hammered in the paint by Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard on Thursday night, as he erupted for 45 points and 23 rebounds while drawing an NBA-record 39 foul shots.

The Warriors were previously linked to free agent center Kyrylo Fesenko two weeks ago but instead decided to sign athletic guard Nate Robinson, who was bought out by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Warriors, under first-year coach Mark Jackson, are 3-7 on the season.
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:54 pm

Report: Howard has 'no interest' in Warriors

By Matt Moore

Yesterday was pretty much "Bad Dwight Howard News" for the Warriors on Thursday. Howard missed an epic number of free throws, and still dropped 45 and 23 on the Dubs Thursday night. And to top it all off, all that talk about the Warriors making a swing at Howard in trade? Yeah, Howards says no thanks. 

From Sports Illustrated.com:

On topic of Dwight-to-Warriors, source says his agent, Dan Fegan, has made it clear to GS that Howard has no interest in playing there.
That doesn't necessarily bar the Warriors from making the gamble and acquiring Howard should their package prove tempting for Orlando, but it would be way too great of a risk for the Warriors to send Stephen Curry or Monta Ellis in the trade, and Orlando would insist on one star guard or the other. 

So the Warriors, who lost Kwame Brown on Wednesday for most of the season with a chest injury, are now seemingly out of the Get Dwight race. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported this week that the Warriors have been very aggressive in the trade market and could make a move before the trade deadline as they continue to move towards a more defensive approach. 

Golden State continues to struggle with attracting a big name free agent, despite having a raucous crowd, new aggressive ownership, a player's coach in Mark Jackson, and a large market in the nicer weather of California (not that San Francisco's really a treat this time of year, but it's nicer than say, Milwaukee). Evenually they may have to pull the trigger on sending one of those guards out in order to augment their supporting system, since it doesn't look like anyone will be shopping for David Lee under his sizeable contract any time soon.  
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:25 am
Edited on: January 13, 2012 1:51 am

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

Posted by Ben Golliver howard-free-throw

Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard set an all-time NBA record for free throws attempted in a game by shooting 39 free throws during a Thursday night win over the Golden State Warriors.

Howard shattered the previous record set by Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain, who attempted 34 free throws for the Philadelphia Warriors in a February 22, 1962 game against the St. Louis Hawks. Chamberlain's record stood for more than 49 years.

Howard connected on 21 of his 39 attempts, finishing with 45 points on 12-21 shooting in 44 minutes. The 45 points matched his regular season career-high, set in a February 17, 2009 game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

His previous best for free throw attempts in a game was 24, which he had done four times.

Warriors center Andris Biedrins and forward David Lee both fouled out of the game. Reserve big man Ekpe Udoh was also whistled for five fouls. The Warriors announced earlier Thursday that starting center Kwame Brown is out for at least three months after he tore a muscle in his chest that will require surgery to fix.

The Magic defeated the Warriors, 117-109, at Oracle Arena.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:17 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 3:21 pm

Kwame Brown out 3 months with chest muscle tear

Posted by Ben Golliver kwame-brown-gsw

The Golden State Warriors can't catch a break.

After losing starting point guard Stephen Curry to an ankle injury, again, the Warriors announced on Thursday that starting center Kwame Brown will miss three months, and perhaps more, witha torn muscle in his chest.
Results of an MRI performed yesterday on Golden State Warriors center Kwame Brown revealed a torn pectoralis major (the large chest muscle that attaches to his right shoulder), which will require him to undergo surgery within the next few days, the team announced today. The surgery, which has not yet been scheduled, is expected to keep him out for a minimum of three months.

“Obviously, we’re very disappointed, especially for Kwame, who was playing extremely well and had worked diligently since his arrival,” said Larry Riley, the team’s Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations/General Manager. “In a short time, he had proven to be the anchor to our low post defense and certainly lived up to his reputation as one of the top interior defenders in the NBA. He had provided us a big, physical presence in the middle, which is something that we’ve lacked in the past. Unfortunately, surgery of this nature typically requires, approximately, a three-month recovery period.”

The injury occurred at the 6:22 mark of the fourth quarter during the Warriors’ game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday, January 10.

“I feel extremely bad for Kwame,” said Head Coach Mark Jackson. “He had done absolutely everything that myself and our coaching staff had asked of him and quickly started to change this team’s image on the defensive end of the floor. If you look at the last week, in particular, he had some pretty impressive defensive performances, especially against some of the top scoring big men in the NBA. This is a blow, but Kwame and the Warriors will recover and move forward. I know that he will work as hard as he can during rehabilitation.”
The Warriors conclude their 2011-2012 regular season on April 26, approximately three and a half months from now. That doesn't bode well for Brown's availability this year.

Brown, 29, signed a 1-year contract worth a reported $7 million with Golden State during the December free agency period. The size of the contract raised some eyebrows but it wasn't terrible. Starting centers come at a premium price in the NBA and the Warriors struck out previously in attempts to land DeAndre Jordan and Tyson Chandler. With this news, Golden State now has the worst of both worlds: an overpaid center and a hole in the middle that he should be filling but can't due to injury.

Known as a solid low-post defender, this injury hits Golden State, currently ranked No. 23 in the NBA in defensive efficiency, right in the gut. Warriors coach Mark Jackson will now need to turn to Andris Biederins and Ekpe Udoh in the middle while perhaps running more non-traditional small ball lineups. 

Brown averaged 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game in nine games this season. 
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