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Bye, Bye, Mikki

Warriors have waived center Mikki Moore, who is out after surgery to repair bone spurs in his right heel. The simple reason: they cut Moore to keep Chris Hunter, the center they called up from the D-League. The explanation, though, gets convoluted, and it likely means no other player will be added.

Pretty much, the league made the Warriors to make a decision on Chris Hunter before contracts become guaranteed on Jan. 10.

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Nellie on his team: “They’re too soft. Gotta toughen up.”

Nelson went after his team today, turning what was initially scheduled to be an off day into a grueling two-hour practice. They ran a bunch of defensive drills, including taxing one-on-one post-up defense drills (one player would have to guard each player in the group consecutively, one-on-one in the post). They even ran a three-man weave.

The players were visibly feeling it. A few balls were slammed, a few expletives were shouted in frustration. Corey Maggette and Monta Ellis got the night off. Maggette showed up on the court halfway through practice and sat on the side and watched. Ellis apparently came and lifted weights, but stayed in the locker room area.

Nelson was so disappointed in the effort during Saturday’s loss at Portland that he put it on them at practice. During practice, he went off on them about his disappointment, two players told me. He shared some of his frustrations during his post-practice interview. Here is the transcript:

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