Sorry about falling off the blogging wagon there for a couple of days. Still trying to get the rhythm of this thing down.
First things first: Mea culpa, Agent Zero. The last Warrior to win an individual league-wide award was Gilbert Arenas (Most Improved Player, 2002-03), not Chris Webber as someone (don’t know who that could have been) claimed in today’s paper.
The news out of shootaround this morning: Austin Croshere will be sidelined with back spasms, and rookie Stephane Lasme will get his first chance to suit up for an NBA game. “I’m excited, but I’m not ecstatic,” Lasme said. “I’ll be more excited if we win.”
Coach Don Nelson said Brandan Wright was knocked out of consideration because of the time he spent benched with a sore back. “He missed a week, he’s only practiced once,” Nelson said. “I couldn’t expect anything out of him in a game.”
** UCLA products Baron Davis and Matt Barnes were back in their old haunt as the Warriors held their shootaround at Pauley Pavilion.
As things wound down, Davis started needling Cal grad John Murray, the Warriors’ strength and conditioning coach. “Look up there,” Davis said, nodding at the UCLA’s 11 championship banners. “That’s tradition. That’s the little brother beating up the big brother.”
Then Davis got rolling. Talking about his own time with the Bruins, he took a swipe at Marin native Steve Lavin, saying, “We should have a banner up there: the only team to make the tournament without a coach.”
** Leftover tidbit from Opening Night: The league wanted a shot of Marco Belinelli putting on an NBA uniform for the first time. Only problem was, Belinelli didn’t realize it and had already changed into his uni by the time a photographer caught up with him. So they had to re-enact the scene.
– Geoff Lepper