UPDATE: Ah, the dangers of reporting from shootaround. After being told that Baron felt a little sore after Tuesday’s game and was not a big fan of the floor at the Stan Sheriff Center, Nelson decided to give him Thursday night’s game off.
In his place, the Warriors will give Stephen Jackson what he said is his first career start at the point.
“Gotta have those track shoes on,” Jackson announced to the locker room when told of the change.
“I’m not going to play (Davis) in every preseason game . . . I want to see Jack at the point anyway,” Nelson said. “I’m so strong at the (shooting guard) and (small forward) positions, that’s another option I have if Baron goes out. It’s an experiment.”
Matt Barnes will start at small forward.
Honolulu update from shootaround Thursday afternoon: Rookie Brandan Wright is slated to make his professional debut tonight. Don Nelson said he was going to start Wright in place of Al Harrington at the power forward position so he could see how Wright fared with the first team.
“It’s been a lot buildup,” Wright said. “I’m happy to get going on the court. It’s just like being a baby again: You’ve got to crawl before you can walk.”
Patrick O’Bryant will open at center in place of Andris Biedrins, who’s being held out with a sprained big toe on his left foot. The other three spots remain the same: Baron Davis, Kelenna Azubuike and Stephen Jackson.
Nelson said he also is planning on getting three other rookies who did not appear in Tuesday’s game — forwards Stephane Lasme and Carlos Powell and center Kosta Perovic — in tonight’s contest. Monta Ellis remains out with a sprained neck.
– Geoff Lepper