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Acie Law Done for the Rest of the Year

Warriors back-up guard Acie Law will finally succumb to his ailing right wrist.

Law didn’t make the trip to Oklahoma City because he was having his wrist examined by San Francisco hand specialist Dr. William Green.  According to the exam, Law is suffering from bone spurs in his right wrist and will undergo season-ending surgery. He will be examined again in New York and the surgery could be performed as soon as later this week.

You know what that means … Jeremy Lin is the back-up point guard the rest of the way. Right?

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Plan C for Warriors: 36 Wins

Warriors forward David Lee said the team has set a new goal. Since they missed the primary goal (making the playoffs), and secondary goal (.500 record or better), the new mark is 36-46.

That would give them 10 more wins than they had last season. Such an improvement, he said, would be a notable level of accomplishment and enough to continue the positive vibes into the offseason, fuel the hope they have in the locker room.

Of course, for many fans, 36 wins won’t soothe the sting of missing the playoffs for the 16th time in 17 seasons. For many, it certainly won’t inspire hope for next season, considering the Warriors avoided major injuries and and have so many questions from the top of the organization to the end of the bench. But let’s just assume it is a worthy goal to strive for these final games.

Is 36 wins even feasible?

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Should Biedrins Come Back, or Call it a Season?

Talked to a lot of Warriors players and executives, and it seems the popular desire is for injured center Andris Biedrins to come back when he’s healthy.

Mind you, his ankle sprain is so bad, this decision might be made for him by his left wheel (I’m told pictures of his ankle could turn a stomach or two). But if he can come back, the most he’d play is eight games. He’s already been ruled out for this homestand. And I wouldn’t bet my Michael Vick rookie card on him making the two-game road trip at Oklahoma City and Memphis next week.

Still, even if it’s for the last six games, or four games, they want to see him back.

BIEDRINS: “Of course, I will work. If I am able to play some games at the end of the year, I will do that, definitely. I think it depends on how I feel. If I don’t feel comfortable, it’s still weak and I’m not ready, I won’t play. We still have 10 games left, and I’ll take it day by day to see how the ankle progresses.”

I say tell that dude to chill out somewhere and Ekpe Udoh get all the much-needed playing time he can get.

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Who Is My Generations Bill Russell?

Thursday night, I attended a gala in downtown Oakland. It was “A Tribute to Bill Russell” at the Oakland Convention Center.

I felt like I was in a time warp, like I had stepped into my father’s fantasy. The event was full of legends of yesteryear. Jim Brown. Joe Morgan. Harry Edwards. Al Attles. Willie Brown, both the Mayor and the Raiders great. This elegant event was in direct contrast to rugged way many of these legends made their name. The biggest of all, of course, being Bill Russell.

But they weren’t there just to rehash old memories. No doubt, stories were told. Russell talked about his days in the NBA and growing up in Oakland. But this wasn’t a shindig designed for corporate types to rub elbows with their heroes. It was about community progress.

RUSSELL: “If I have a legacy here, it’s to make life better for some of our kids.”

With McClymond’s high sports teams in attendance these legends talked of ending violence and improving schools. Brown pledged to get Oakland more involved in his Amer-I-Can program, which promotes academic improvement, life-management skills and acceptable behavior.

It made me wonder. Twenty years from now, when I’m the gray beard at a gala – in a suite at the new A’s stadium in downtown Oakland – who will we be honoring? Who is my generation’s Bill Russell, lending their fame and voice to benefit it’s community? Who will we be remembering for being as much an ambassador for people as a star athlete?

I’m not of the mind that athletes need to speak out like those of old. Times are just too different. And so many athletes do so much good. Like Adonal Foyle, who has been encouraging this generation and the next to get involved with democracy. Like David Robinson, who for years has been a champion for education.

But who will be our athlete worthy of a Presidential Medal of Freedom? Who will be the athlete that transcends generations because they were more than an athlete?

RUSSELL: “The reason I’m here is so we can start on accelerating a plan to make a graduation rate from 30 percent to 60 percent. I think I might not be here to see it.”

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Biedrins Benched

At some point prior to the team’s pre-game meeting, which happens before they take to the court to tip-off, coach Keith Smart had a one-on-one conversation with his starting center Andris Biedrins. In the talk, he told Biedrins he was starting rookie big man Ekpe Udoh at center. Biedrins, who has been struggling mightily lately, would come off the bench.

Guess how Biedrins’ reacted.

BIEDRINS: “Before the game, I just really cursed out the coach, first of all. I almost didn’t go on the court. Then guys were saying ‘c’mon, c’mon. It would look bad for our team. So I went out there.”

Yes, he is joking. Biedrins’ reaction was actually the polar opposite. He was accommodating and humble. Then after the game, he spoke candidly about the situation, revealing his insecurities and lack of confidence.  One thing is for sure, Biedrins’ struggle is mental and he is frustrated with himself.

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Warriors Targeting Al Thornton for Bench Help

If everything goes according to plan, the Warriors will be signing small forward Al Thornton this week.

Thornton was bought out by the Wizards on Tuesday, officially at about 3 p.m. West Coast time. That means on Thursday at about 6 p.m., he will clear waivers and become a free agent. Nobody is going to claim him off waivers because Thornton — who is in the final year of a contract that pays him $2.8 million — is still owed about $590,000 the rest of the season.

So the Warriors, barring the unforseen, will be getting a 6-foot-8, 235-pound athletic small forward on their bench.

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