Sorry this is so late. The Warriors were off today. They did practice and had team meetings.
* Morrow practiced and is expected to play tomorrow. The plan is for him to play these last three summer league games, then take part in Tim Grgurich’s camp here in Vegas. That should give him ample 5-on-5 action, management figures
* Curry practiced. His ankle didn’t appear to be bothering him. After practice, he went to a TV station in Las Vegas and pulled off three TV interviews: channel 5, channel 7 and Comcast. I wonder how the vets are going to handle Curry Mania when the season begins.
* Jared Jordan, the point guard out of Marist, is no longer on the Warriors summer league squad. He left the team, likely to pursue another opportunity. Common summer league musical chairs. That bodes well for Acie Law.
* Steph Curry is quite the crowd favorite out here. There was actually a small ovation when he checked back into the game after he left three minutes early with a sprained left ankle.
By the way, the ankle is not serious, but I think it is serious enough that he may not be 100 percent during this summer league. He is already not the most athletic, and you can tell he still needs to get into NBA shape. So this ankle, which had him extremely frustrated as he limped off the court because he tweaked it again, only adds to the disadvantage. It was most evident on that last play of regulation – his airball fade-away jumper.
But that fact made Saturday’s performance impressive. His shot still has been off. He missed a lot of gimmies. But he found a way to impact the game, and he made some big plays. I think it’s a good sign that he can be productive despite adversity.
I will do better tomorrow. I need some sleep!
Posted on Sunday, July 12th, 2009
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Guard Anthony Morrow wanted his turn to converse with the fans. Now he’s got it. The second-year guard agreed to go live online. Monday at 1 p.m. you will have a chance to chat with him directly. On Monday, go to contracostatimes.com/warriors (or come back here on Monday and I will have a link set up).
By the way, Morrow will not play tonight, which seemed to irritate him. His left ankle is still bothering him and the Warriors don’t want to rush him back. He stepped on a teammates foot during a defensive drill. He tried to keep playing but it was hurting too badly. He gave it a go today at shootaround and was ruled out. He is hoping to play Monday.
Posted on Saturday, July 11th, 2009
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Steph wasn’t too impressive. He should have dominated Will Conroy, but didn’t. It wasn’t because be couldn’t. He just didn’t. Trying to get some experience as a true point.
That is the thing about playing point, perhaps the part you can’t teach: PGs need to do what it takes. First they have to aptly discern what it takes, then know how and be able to do what it takes.
Curry can shoot. He can pass. He can get to the basket. But that won’t make him a point guard. It’s knowing when to do either that will.
I have not concluded he doesn’t know that. But I did walk away thinking that is where he is going to have to grow.
In the third, for some reason, he was really aggressive on offense. Was that his natural scoring ability coming out or did he see something and take advantage of it?
In the fourth, especially late, he wasn’t looking to create. Was that by his design of a result of fatigue? Did he miss an opportunity to step up offensively when his team needed him to?
He clearly has some tools to play the position. I want to see if the sum of those parts equal a PG.
No question, though, he should be able to play this year.
Really want to see Morrow and Curry together. Morrow will probably play Saturday, Monday at the latest. He is kind of a big deal here. Everyone talking about how he was discovered here last year.
Something interesting: the uniforms had an advertisement for NBA Live ’10 on the upper right. These uniforms are really practice uniforms, reverseable mesh. But that is how money has impacted things. Don’t be surprised if a team sells space on their real uniform. It’s already being done in the WNBA (Phoenix and LA).
I can definitely see a Symantec or Kaiser logo on a jersey.
Cartier Martin has the best chance of making the team.
But, to be sure, there are no Morrows in this bunch.
Ronny Turiaf showed up. The only Warrior I saw on Friday
Oh yeah, Randolph is a beast. He is so competitive. He got a little sloppy in second half. His best move of the night: crossover dribble on a baseline drive, pull up just outside the key, bounced in contested fade-away. he showed handle, control and decision making.
What’s more, he showed some leadership. Controlled his emotions. Encouraged Curry at halftime. Made hustle plays. If he ever gets a back-to-the basket game …
A couple things I heard tonight: 1) Warriors not interested in Carlos Boozer; 2) Warriors will NOT sign a big-time player who won’t re-sign – especially if it involved giving up Andris
Didn’t get much from Jermareo. He was sucking wind hard. He was limited in his workout because he was rehabbing from injury. It showed.
Acie Law, on the other hand, looked like the best floor general tonight.
Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2009
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Team president Robert Rowell said the reports about owner Chris Cohan looking to sell are inaccurate. He said there is no “For Sale” sign on the Warriors.
I asked him if the Warriors weren’t for sale because the price wasn’t right. He said “What price? There was no offer.”
Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2009
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UPDATE: I forgot to add the Amare trade is still possible. A team source said the reports of the deal overstated how close the sides were, meaning no deal was ever official, also meaning the Warriors never reneged on sending the No. 7. But I am told the deal is still possible. Yes, Curry is still off the table.
My guess is it will happen, if at all, towards the end of this month, maybe even August. Phoenix will realize this is the best offer it can get.
I have learned from a few of sources that owner Chris Cohan IS INDEED interested in selling the franchise, which TK first reported on Friday.
The unconnected sources confirmed Cohan was in negotiations with Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison recently. But Cohan and Ellison’s group couldn’t reach an agreement. Cohan is “still interested” in selling the team. One source said “he is tired of losing” and another said he is “looking to cash out.”
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Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
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My colleague is reporting that Warriors owner Chris Cohan is considering dumping his 80 percent stake and turning the Warriors over to another suitor.
There has been rumors of him selling for years, but Tim Kawakami’s source convinced him this time is legitimate, which leads me to believe something is there. It certainly makes sense for Cohan. He’s got IRS troubles, loot is dancing out the door like Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, and their predicted success on the court is at-best futuristic. Now might be the time to cut his losses. It may take a long time to get more than he could get right now.
While his departure may cause a parade in the streets, the change of ownership is no small deal. It could potentially set things back. A new owner could mean new president, and maybe even new general manager and coach. And all that could mean new roster, new direction on the court.
Is it best that everybody just calms down, be still and see where this current thing is going? Or do you want him to sell, even if it means starting completely over?
Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2009
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Ron Artest to the Lakers
Rasheed Wallace to the Celtics.
Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to the Pistons.
Zach Randolph to the Grizzlies.
Shaq to the Cavaliers.
There seems to be a lot of activity going on and none of it involving the Warriors. Is that good or bad? Should the Warriors have been involved for any of these players, or is it good that they are standing back and watching how things play out?
Not that they aren’t making phone calls, or even offers (the new regime is apparently as hush as the previous one about this stuff), but none of the current moves have seemed out of their jurisdiction. They certainly could have gotten Zach Randolph. They could have made an offer to Rasheed Wallace, who is getting the mid-level.
One would have to figure the players being talked about now are the best of what’s out there, considering they are getting the offers first. Since the Warriors aren’t likely going to get anything much better — Stoudemire talks have gone stale, Bosh is out as he plans to join LeBron in 2010, Boozer is staying in Utah — should they be looking to get any of these guys? Or is going for the Boguts of the league later on in the summer, or sticking with what they have, a better option than jumping in now?
Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
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