* Walked into practice at American Airlines Center and Monta was sitting on the side with ice on his left knee. He was practicing early (I peaked in before Jackson stopped practice and put me on blast; practice is closed off to us until the last 15 or 20 minutes). It was the same knee he banged against Jason Kidd last night.
* Warriors coach Don Nelson was not at practice. He was in court. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appeal hearing was today. During the offseason, a judge ruled in favor of Nellie, who claimed Cuban owed Nelson more than $6 million in deferred money. Cuban’s appeal went through and now the two parties are I’m mediation
* Watson, leading a break, faked a pass to Crawford on the wing, losing Jamareo Davidson. Watson then scooped a high-arching finger roll from about the dotted line. Randolph came from the weakside and tried to swat it into Fort Worth, knocking Watson down hard on the process. Randolph just barely missed it, and the finger roll dropped in all net. The blue team cheered as they rushed to pick up Watson. Randolph was peeved.
* Jackson caught the ball on the left wing during the break. He pulled
up from like 26 feet, and Crawford didn’t bother to close out on him, instead shouted “Hell naw!” Jax drilled it and turned to Crawford and yelled “Oh, you ain’t gone guard me?! You ain’t gone guard me?!”
Jackson wasn’t done. He was talking head to Crawford the whole time. He made a 3 from the top of the key and screamed, “Get a hand up!”
Crawford stated jawing back about he’s racking up assists. He came down court, lost Jax with a crossover and hit Watson, who nailed the 3. Crawford yelled “ASSIST”! Jackson went right back at Crawford on the other end.
Jackson started back Crawford down as Crawford chanted “He ain’t gone pass it. He ain’t gone pass it.” Crawford reached around and poked the ball away. It led to a fast break basket the other way as Crawford shouted “The glove! The glove!”
* Center Andris Biedeins spent a lot of time sitting on the side. After practice, while we interviewed Monta, Biedrins found one of those medic carts, that they use to cart off injured players. He sped off down the hall with PR director Raymond Ridder in the passenger seat.
“He won’t crash,” Ellis said. “He better not crash.”