He looks stronger. Said he added 15 pounds.
He sounds better. Has a sense of purpose and maturity in his town.
Apparently, he played well, too.
STEPHEN CURRY: “He looked awesome today. He was moving well, physical, changing shots at the basket, rebounding well. It’s only day one and you can see his face. He’s checked in. I think he had a great offseason, in his personal life and getting ready for the season. Nice to see him mobile like he is and being a game-changer for us.”
No, the Warriors won’t be amnesty-ing Biedrins, not if they can help it.
When all is said and done — after the Clippers likely match the coming offer sheet for DeAndre Jordan — Biedrins will be the starting center come Christmas Day, backed up by some journeyman big. The reality is, the best hope the Warriors have for a legitimate, capable center who fits their style is Biedrins returning to form. Tyson Chandler’s rejection of the Warriors underscores the unlikelihood Golden State can go get the big man of their dreams, via trade or free agency. Even if just for his trade value, the Warriors are invested in Biedrins’ resurrection.
He seems convinced he can return to form. And at $9 million per year, doing so would make Biedrins a steal.
MARK JACKSON: “Watching him, you can see some things, flashes of what made him a special player. Great size, length, the ability to alter shots, rebound the basketball, finish at the rim. A lot of things where you can see he’s a starting center in this league. I really like him. … The bottom line is he’s our only legit center on this basketball team. We’re trying to get better. One way or another, he will play for this team and I’m excited about that.”
Maybe his frankness and honesty, his accountability, is a sign he’s over his issues and ready to play some ball. The Warriors hope so. Because he may end up being the best big man they can get.
– Marcus Thompson II