Rookie center Mickell Gladness will be sticking around after his 10-day contract expires. He is expected to sign with Golden State for the remainder of the season on Sunday, in time for him to play against the host Los Angeles Lakers.
“We’re going to move forward with him,” coach Mark Jackson said after Saturday’s practice at the team’s downtown Oakland facility. “We’re excited about what he’s been able to do in a short period of time.”
Gladness has played six games with the Warriors. He’s totaled 12 points, eight rebounds and six blocks in 44 minutes.
“Not to sound cocky or anything,” Gladness said after Friday’s loss to New Jersey, “but not too many big men can do what I do. Block shots. Rebound. Run the floor.“
Don Nelson, the NBA’s all-time winningest coach, and one of the most noted names in Warriors history, told ESPN Dallas that he got good news this time from the Hall of Fame committee.
NELSON: “It’s a great honor to cap my career. I’ve had a great time and a great life coaching basketball. I don’t actually need to be rewarded for anything, but I am very proud and my family is very proud of this award.”
Nelson was a three-time Coach of the Year and s widely considered an innovator for his creation of small ball. Nelson had been passed up for the last few years. But last year, legendary Utah coach Jerry Sloan got the Hall of Fame nod. That eliminated the one knock against Nelson – his lack of a championship. Sloan has never won an NBA title either.
Nelson was at Oracle Arena on March 19 as the Warriors retired the jersey of Chris Mullin, who was part of last year’s Hall of Fame class.
Nelson was one of 12 finalists for the class of 2012. Also on the ballot are Reggie Miller, five-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, former NBA coach Bill Fitch, Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes, two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain, and the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters – the All-American Red Heads,. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will officially announce the 2012 class on Monday at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans.
Warriors PG Stephen Curry could return in as soon as two weeks.
According to a source with knowledge of his rehabilitation, Curry will undergo two more weeks of rehabilitation and be re-evaluated. At that point, if he cleared, he would return to action. So Curry, who has missed the last 10 games, is out for the next nine games. That timetable would put Curry back on the court for April 12 against Dallas. or April 14 at the Los Angeles Clippers.
Golden State sent Curry to renowned ankle specialist Richard Ferkle in the Los Angeles area on Thursday for a second opinion. The results from Ferkle’s examination came in Tuesday and his recommendation did not include shutting Curry down for the season. Armed with Ferkle’s analysis and the input of orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Tim McAdams and the Warriors medical staff, the resulting plan was for Curry to do a bit more rehab and test the ankle in two weeks.
Curry has said he wants to play this season. But one team source said while Golden State doesn’t mind him returning if he’s healthy, Warriors management would not mind either if Curry sat out the remainder of the season. The key, the source said, is if Curry is 100 percent healthy. If that is the case, not even the Warriors would stop Curry from returning.
Of course, the only question will be how do you define 100 percent.
Curry has missed 21 games this season. By the time he’s re-evaluated, he likely will have missed 30 games.
Warriors forward Dominic McGuire, an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, had zero hesitation when asked if he wanted to come back to Golden State next season.
McGUIRE: “Hell yeah. Without a doubt. No question about it. I would like to be back here. Hopefully I found a home. We’ll see what happens.”
Last summer, Warriors PG Stephen Curry flew toBaltimoreto meet with Dr. Mark Myerson, a renowned ankle specialist. The purpose was to get an opinion on rehab exercises and some advice on what he could do to strengthen his ankle. After being examined, Dr. Myerson came back with bad news.
CURRY: “He dropped the bomb that my ligaments were done and surgery was necessary. And he told me that right on the spot.”
So the good news, in Curry’s mind, out of his trip toLos Angelesankle specialist Dr. Richard Ferkle on Thursday was that he did not get a bomb dropped on him.
Curry’s fate for the remainder of the season will be officially decided today or Tuesday. Once Ferkle makes his recommendation, the Warriors and Curry will decide on how to proceed.
Curry said he wants to play this season. He hasn’t given up hope. But it definitely seems the constant ankle troubles has worn him down some.
CURRY: “I’m just trying to make the right decision. At this point, I’ve run my ankle into the ground trying to play on it injured. I think its about that time to just really keep the grand scheme of my career on the forefront and worry about that so I’m not coming back next year and we have a healthy lineup and I’m the only one that’s banged up. I don’t want that to be the case. At his time. We’re just waiting to see what the next step is. Still don’t know.”
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry visited a specialist in Los Angeles during Golden State’s two-game road trip. The results from the examination of his injured right ankle are expected Tuesday.
Once armed with the specialists’ input, Curry and Warriors management will meet and discuss a plan regarding what to do about Curry’s ankle the rest of the season.
There was some talk in the organization that center Andrew Bogut – still recovering from a fractured left ankle – would make his Warriors debut closer to the end of the season. But Bogut, acquired from Milwaukee on March 15, all but ruled out that option.
Perhaps just as big a blow, Bogut sounds pessimistic about his chances of representing Australia in the 2012 Summer Games in London.
BOGUT: “I’m 99 percent sure I’m done for the season. Olympics are hinging on my health.”