By Marcus Thompson
Friday, December 19th, 2008 at 9:20 pm in Uncategorized.
* Jackson said he’s done for this road trip. He re-aggravated his hand at shootaround today and said he’s going to give it some real rest. Something he should’ve done a while ago, IMHO.
“I’m going to sit out a couple of games and give it time to heal. The reason it’s hurting now is because I never gave it a chance to heal. I always played and it keeps getting hit game after game. So I’m going to take a couple games off and see how it feels by the time we get home.”
“Each time it gets hit, it gets worse and worse. I haven’t given it time to cool down. I think it just compiles on it and there’s no way its going to get better if I continue to play and it continues to get hit. So I made the decision to talk to coach about taking a couple of games off so it can get better and hopefully I can withstand the hits and not keep going backwards.”
He said he will stay on the road trip. He’s hoping to play when the team returns home on Dec. 26.
*Nellie answered the question about his alleged comments to Randolph. As a refresher, ESPN’s Chris Broussard said Nelson told Randolph to talk to his agent and tell him to work on a trade because Randolph wasn’t working out with the Warriors. Nelson said that was absolutely not true. He said he wanted to sit down with Randolph and Randolph’s agent.
“He’s got to work harder in practice. He’s got to do somethings to get better. That’s all that was about. I wanted to sit down with he and his agent. So that’s not true.”
* It just amazes me that Brandan Wright doesn’t play more often. Friday, he had 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. He entered the game shooting 60.4 percent from the field.
I know he doesn’t rebound as well as you’d like, and he doesn’t show much passion. But the guy can finish — in the third quarter, he caught a pass in transition, beat Josh Smith baseline and dunked it with two hands — and he’s brings a much-needed athleticism to the front line and he can block shots.
Maybe he’s not the PF of the future. Maybe he is. The point is that the Warriors won’t get an accurate assessment with him playing just over a quarter a night.
* I think Marco Belinelli is close to solidifying himself as my back-up shooting guard (in my little utopic world). Actually, in the most ideal situation, Azubuike is my back-up shooting guard. But Belinelli that third guard off the bench should get a nice chunk of minutes, and Belinelli is certainly competing for them. I still like Morrow because he can do more than shoot. But Belinelli has looked really good lately. The way he’s handling the ball, the way he’s passing. He looks so much better when he’s confident. You could tell he knew he wasn’t coming out. A few more of these nights and he’ll pass up Morrow on my depth chart. (He already has on Nellie’s)