Warriors Working Out No-Names

There will be a parade of unheard-ofs, second rounders and training camp hopefuls coming through the Warriors facility. With the No. 18 pick in the draft, the top tier talent have little reason to work out for the Warriors.
Sure, Golden State could move up. But if they do, it will be someone high on their list, someone they already know who they want to get. It’s highly unlikely a workout will change their opinion.
So, the Warriors are left with the also-rans of the draft. Today it was North Carolina small forward Reyshawn Terry, Wisconsin swingman Alondo Tucker, Boise State guard Coby Karl and Kansas State forward Cartier Martin.
Terry is a second rounder who possibly could creep into the first round). Tucker is a projected second rounder who is unlikely to be available when the Warriors pick at No. 36. Karl could very well go undrafted and Martin is hoping for a training camp invite.
The big wigs of this year’s draft, the Warriors will have to go see them (as if they haven’t seen enough) in personal workouts, like they did for Yi Jianlin. Knowing Chris Mullin, who plays every thing close to the vest, he wouldn’t have any big names come work out if for nothing else than to prevent tipping the rest of the league, and especially the media, to who the Warriors are looking to move up and acquire.
So, to steal a line from Rick Pitino, Greg Oden isn’t walking through that door! Al Horford isn’t walking through that door!


Where Are They Now? – Byron Houston

An old Warrior reared his head. Byron Houston, according to an Oklahoma City television station was arrested for indecent exposure. He was allegedly masturbating in his SUV. Here’s the link to the story, which includes his mug shot. And of course, like seemingly all troubled former athletes, his license was suspended.


For the new Warriors fans, Houston — a former star at OSU, who was drafted No. 27 overall by Chicago in 1992 — played for Golden State in 1992-93 and 1993-94. His best year was his rookie year, when he averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.1 minutes.
Houston was prone to choke in the clutch, but he wasn’t a chicken on the court. He was a beast. He used to literally beat up opponents. He was stocky and buff, a lot of meat on that 6-foot-5 frame.
Houston had some potential. He was a Barkley type of power forward, undersized but strong and imposing. But he only lasted four years in the league. He apparently didn’t use his NBA money (he made about $2.5 million) productively. He probably doesn’t have a dollar in his pocket, and what’s worse, he could be joining a pool of real criminals for a while. He already has three indecent exposure convictions. A fourth conviction could get him at least a score in the slammer.
It’s sad what he’s become. Don’t know if you remember his first start. It was against the San Antonio (who were good then) in 1993 (I looked it up to refresh my memory). He started in place of Tyrone Hill. He played 27 minutes and had seven points, five rebounds, four assists and helped the Warriors spank the Spurs 133-112 in Oakland. That’s back when he wasn’t monkeying around.
Hopefully, he can get the help he needs. He obviously has problems.


Cavs Looking for a Pick

Cleveland doesn’t have a pick in this year’s draft. But they want one. They’re looking to shell out some loot for it. The most they can give is $3 million, which is not enough for a top-20 pick in my opinion.
So, what would you take from Cleveland in order to give up the No. 18 pick, or is it even an option?
If the Warriors feel like they can move up, obviously a deal with the Cavs is a no go. But if not, I’m not to enamored with what they’d be getting at No. 18. Certainly, they’re not giving up Daniel Gibson, but do they have anything else you’d want?
Shannon Brown plus the $3 million sounds interesting. What about Drew Gooden and the $3 million?


Varejao! Varejao!

What was going through his head? His team needing a bucket, LeBron kicks it out to him as a safety valve. Insiead of kicking it back, Varejao starts reliving his glory days as a pick-up legend in Brazil, like Al Bundy re-living his Polk High days.
You know he had to be thinking, “This is my time. I’m about to be the hero.”
He dribbles left on Tim Duncan, a perennial All-NBA defender, spins back toward the middle and leans in to prepare for a pretty scoop layup. As he rises towards the basket, you know those thoughts was running through his head, “This is my moment. I’m going to make the game-winning play. Save the Cheerleader, Save the Cavs.”
Of course, Varejao was quickly reminded he’s a limited scrub at the NBA level who thrives in a role that doesn’t involve going one-on-one with Tim Duncan and the NBA Finals on the line.
What makes the Spurs so special is that their role players stick to their roles, master their roles. You don’t see Brent Barry waiving off the defense to isolate his man. You don’t see Fabricio Oberto pulling up from three. Too bad for Cleveland they have Varejao, trying to save the cheerleader in a single bound.


Get Off Parker’s …

Tony Parker is good, maybe even great. But can we please not overhype him, people?! I’m so sick of the ESPN, NBATV, TNT voices praising him as if he’s Magic. C’mon. All of a sudden he’s first-team All-NBA material or something.
He’s playing really well right now, and the improvement of his jumpshot makes him even more difficult to guard.
But he may not even be top five when it comes to NBA’s best PGs. Why?
He couldn’t stop his wife-to-be from getting the basket. He’s the worst passer of the elite PGs.
The biggest reason, though, is that he has the luxury no one else has — he’s playing with the best PF ever. He doesn’t have to carry the team on his shoulders. He doesn’t have to deal with being the focal point of the Spurs offense. He’s never had to carry the Spurs. Cleveland can’t even afford to double team him.
Parker is the third best player on his team. He’s perhaps the best No. 3 player in the league, but he’s still the third best player on the Spurs.
Here’s my top five:

1. Steve Nash – offensive wizard, makes others better
2. Baron Davis – A little biased, but I’m still awed by his play down the stretch and in the playoffs
3. Chauncey Billups – plays both ends of the court, extremely clutch
4. Jason Kidd – You won’t find a better floor general
5. Deron Williams – One of the best scoring guards in the league
6. Chris Paul – Only Nash is better at making others better. Probably should be higher.
7. Tony Parker – Could go higher than Paul and Williams. I admit. But he is playing with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Parker is getting better and better though
8. Gilbert Arenas – Most explosive PG in the league. Doesn’t make his teammates better yet
9. Allen Iverson – Not really a PG, but better than the remaining true PGs
10. Kirk Hinrich – Could’ve put several players here (Andre Miller, T.J. Ford), but I love Hinrich’s toughness on both ends

Speaking of Parker, Mike Brown needs to make an adjustment. He I was listening to Fitz and Brooks, and I agreed with Greg Anthony 100 percent. Brown has to start Eric Snow. He’s the Cavs best chance at defending Parker. You can’t really say its a drop-off on offense because Larry Hughes is giving them nothing on offense. Let Snow try to snow Parker down and bring Gibson off the bench. You saw what Snow’s defense did against Detroit. He was integral in containing Chauncey Billups down the stretch of Game 5.


Gilbert’s Announcement Helps Warriors

Arenas came out and said he would be exercising his early termination option next offseason. In a very roundabout kind of way, this helps the Warriors.
Why? Because it takes some leverage away from Baron.
If the Warriors decide not to sign BD to an extension this summer, Baron would’ve been the hottest point guard on the market. Sure, Jameer Nelson and Earl Boykins might be available. Jason Williams, Carlos Arroyo and Sam Cassell will be available.
But B. Diddy would’ve been the prize jewel. Now, with Arenas certain to be available (he turned down a three-year extension from Washington so he can get more money as a free agent next offseason), Davis wouldn’t be in as high of a demand. In fact, he might even play second fiddle because Arenas is younger.
This, my friends, is bargaining power. Davis’ major chip right now is that if he opts out, he may get an offer the Warriors can’t afford next summer. But with Arenas out there, other teams may not be willing to throw the bank at Baron.


Game 2 is Coach’s Fault

Mike Brown cost the Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2. The moment he substituted LeBron James after that second foul, the game was over. At the point, you knew the Spurs were going to go on a run. And you know San Antonio can’t be caught from behind, not by a team so offensively challenged.
The best bet for Cleveland to beat the Spurs at the AT&T Center is to keep it close, keep it close, keep it close, and then try to pull it out at the end. It’s not get behind by double-digits, then catch-up and overtake them. That just ain’t going to happen.
That’s why Mike Brown never should’ve taken LeBron out of the game. Poor starts equals a loss against the Spurs. So King James just has to play with foul trouble.
It only goes to show Brown’s inexperience. Not only does LeBron have crappy teammates around him (anybody seen Larry Hughes?), he has a coach who is getting schooled. It’s not fair, really. Popovich is one of the all-time greats, and Brown is in his first finals.
Nonetheles, it’s a lot to overcome.