* Nellie said he had his second good practice, though the average age, as he pointed out, was about 23.
Jax was not around on Thursday because he was having emergency dental work done. Swingman Corey Maggette did not practice either. He was seen by Dr. Belzer, who confirmed he had a sprained right hand. He is listed as day-to-day.
* Guard Monta Ellis did not practice, though such seemed like a possibility as of Wednesday. He won’t be available for Friday’s game — which was also a possibility as of Wednesday. He left the team for Mississippi on Thursday after practice. A team official said he had to deal with a family emergency and would re-join the team at some point on the coming road trip.
But Ellis, who I saw in the weight room, did take some time to engage in a hilarious one-on-one with coaching assistant Rico Hines.
The verbal jabs were more entertaining than the play. Ellis was taking jumpers, occasionally pulling out a few crossovers, trying to embarrass Hines. One time, Ellis went through a series of fancy dribbles before taking a step-back jumper. He missed, but he still had words for Rico:
“I had you skating like you was at a skating rink.”
Hines was game on the court and in the banter. He was calling out his moves to on-lookers, telling Marcus Williams and Anthony Morrow to stay and watch him dog Monta.
“You ain’t never had to guard someone like me,” Hines shouted, “I’m from the playground.”
Hines knocked down about a few jumpers in Monta’s grill and posted Monta up a few times. One time, Hines backed him down and dropped in a righty hook.
“You couldn’t do that again if you tried,” Ellis said.
Ellis got hot from the corner, knocked down three straight.
“I told him to get a paper, see who signed for $66 million.”
Ellis won three of four games. And Hines was sweating much more and breathing a lot harder at the end.
* Another competition going on: Crawford v. Belinelli in a game of HORSE. They split a pair of matches. Belinelli even tried a 360-dunk, drawing some cheers from his onlooking teammates.
* Nellie dropped an interesting surprise after practice about Brandan Wright’s left shoulder injury:
“I don’t know what to tell you or where to go with that. He did go visit some doctor or some clinic or something. I don’t think they are going to do surgery. I think he’s progressing but whether he can play or not, I haven’t seen that. Nobody told me any thing.”
Wright and surgery in the same sentence? When did that happen? Is that Nellie letting something slip or being 68 and messing up the details? The stuff about him seeing a specialist is news, too. The Warriors had only said that he would be working with the team’s athletic training staff.
According to a team official, Wright was at the facility Thursday working on his shoulder. He’s improving and closer to basketball related work.
“He’s not ready to play now. A guy who’s sat out as long as he did, he’s got two or three weeks of work to get back to where he was. I don’t know that we can … had he been with me all year and had this opportunity to play, we could’ve had some interesting match-ups with a frontline that could play together in a year or two. But, uh, pretty hard to do at this point.”
* Another Nellie quotable:
“I told Randolph today when he came in, ‘I wish he had bought into the way he is playing now two months ago. He would be farther along.”