Warriors PG C.J. Watson was playing defense in Tuesday’s morning practice when he slipped, and his right knee rolled inward. Watson kept playing. But later, his knee was stiff and hurting. The results from Wednesday’s MRI revealed a sprained medial collateral ligament. He was hoping to play at Wednesday night’s practice, but he’s been shut down for at least a week and up to three weeks.
Watson: “I didn’t think it was that bad at first.”
The injury to Watson, the third of five point guards on the roster, may open an opportunity for either Speedy Claxton and Acie Law. They figure to be rental players, acquired solely for their expiring contracts. But with Watson out of practice, and possibly missing games, there may be a window for the two PGs acquired from Atlanta. Of course, there is always the possibility that Nellie has made up his mind and there is nothing they could do to earn time (ain’t that right, Marcus Williams?).
Oh, you doubt it, too?
Nellie played Monta and Curry together in Wednesday’s evening practice. Apparently, Curry is looking pretty good. He’s comfortable, making shots, looking under control. And Monta, I hear, is virtually unstoppable as a scorer.
The sleeper guy to watch in camp is Brandan Wright. He, I’m told, is really impressive.
Warriors world was much more tame Tuesday as training camp opened. Obviously, the hot topic was Monta’s comments. Nellie and Curry’s reactions were the most coveted.
It was very clear that the Warriors sought to nip this in the bud as everyone was ACTUALLY ON THE SAME PAGE, save for a few opportunities to extract some read-between-the-lines, conspiracy theory type of drama. All three held their ground without really dissing the other. Monta was the strongest, though much more toned down. He still doesn’t sound like he’s planning on being best buddies with Curry. It sounds to me like (and this is some read-between-the-lines analysis I’ve conjured up) Monta just wants some respect.
UPDATED: Warriors media day got really entertaining once Stephen Jackson took his seat, playfully calling the throng of media “vultures.” If you thought he was going to back off his statements about wanting to be traded, you were wrong.
Back from vacation, headed to Media Day, the official kick off of the 2009-10 season. Any burning questions you want answers to?
Warriors 2009 Training Camp roster
NO PLAYER POS HT. WT. BORN FROM YEARS
7 Kelenna Azubuike G 6-5 220 12/16/83 Kentucky 3
15 Andris Biedrins F/C 6-11 240 4/2/86 Latvia 5
10 Speedy Claxton G 5-11 170 5/8/78 Hofstra 7
30 Stephen Curry G 6-3 185 3/14/88 Davidson R
8 Monta Ellis G 6-3 180 10/26/85 Lanier HS 4
19 Devean George G/F 6-8 235 8/29/77 Augsburg 10
1 Stephen Jackson G/F 6-8 215 4/5/78 Oak Hill 9
2 Acie Law IV G 6-3 202 1/25/85 Texas A&M 2
50 Corey Maggette F 6-6 225 11/12/79 Duke 10
22 Anthony Morrow G 6-5 210 9/27/85 Ga. Tech 1
33 Mikki Moore C 7-0 225 11/4/75 Nebraska 11
55 Shaun Pruitt F/C 6-10 245 11/22/85 Illinois R
4 Ant Randolph F 6-10 210 7/15/89 LSU 1
20 Diamon Simpson F 6-7 240 9/8/87 St. Mary’s R
21 Ronny Turiaf F 6-10 250 1/13/83 Gonzaga 4
23 C.J. Watson G 6-2 175 4/17/84 Tennessee 2
32 Brandan Wright F 6-10 205 10/5/87 North Car. 1