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.
I heard various reasons as to why Biedrins should come back if he can.
* I got the Herm Edwards’ “You play to win the game” philosophy, meaning you should always put your best foot forward.
* I got the Biedrins-needs-the-chance-to-end-the-season-on-a-high-note logic. Biedrins is having arguably the worst season of his career. A good ending might save it.
* I got the building-a- foundation speech. “Only losing teams sit the starters and go with the youngsters.” Yes, the Warriors are guaranteed to finish with a losing record, but I can respect the sentiment.
They make sense, I guess. But not more sense than shelving Biedrins and getting Ekpe the keys to the key. See how much better he played on the road, when he wasn’t on a minutes count? This is the time of season where young players build confidence and get game experience. When they can play with no pressure because little is at stake. Monta did it. Biedrins did it. Curry did it last year. Gilbert did it. It’s practically tradition.
KEITH SMART: “You want him back in the fold because you want your full team back around. Maybe his conditioning may not be there. But you still want all your guys back on the floor as soon as you possibly can. We’ve had great chemistry all year long and we want to keep that going as you move forward.”