** How big is New Jersey native Al Harrington in this town? Put it this way: Earlier this month, rapper Fat Joe (a fellow NY product) gave Harrington a 1968 Chevy Impala, done up in Warriors’ orange and blue, as a gift.
“Best perk I ever got in the league,” Harrington said
** Odd post-practice sight from Monday: Baron Davis, left knee wrapped in ice, being pushed around the practice court in a laundry cart. No word if he got a handicapped parking pass as well.
** It didn’t get in the game story, but the Warriors had two touch passes for easy layups in the second quarter Sunday against the Raptors. Those may have been the first touch passes of the season. It’s not a coincidence that that happened with Stephen Jackson on the scene.
** If the Warriors and Knicks pull a repeat of the Knicks-Nuggets brawl from last year, DJ Mbenga definitely will come in handy. Patrick O’Bryant has gotten stronger from his rookie year, but Mbenga looks like he could bench-press his counterpart. If this were hockey, he’d make a great enforcer.
** Don’t expect rookie forward Brandan Wright to be scared about appearing in storied Madison Square Garden. He’s already played three games there, and even practiced on the court last Thanksgiving as North Carolina participated in the Preseason NIT.
“It was a long day that day, because we lost the night before,” said Wright, who had scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in that 82-74 defeat to Gonzaga.
** I’m afraid I have to apologize for jinxing Andris Biedrins at the foul line. I asked him some free-throw questions before the Raptors game, laying the groundwork for a future story, and then he goes 3-for-6 and drops from second to fifth on the team in terms of free-throw percentage.
– Geoff Lepper