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Mark Jackson Relegates Andris Biedrins to the Bench Indefinitely

Warriors coach Mark Jackson said the change in the starting lineup at center is permanent – Ekpe Udoh is the starter. That is, “unless he completely falls off the map.”

Udoh will start his second consecutive game Monday night at Washington. That means Andris Biedrins, who started 90 percent of the games he’s played the last six seasons, is now a DubStitute. But Jackson said that doesn’t mean he’s giving up on Biedrins.

“He can rebound. He can defend. So I don’t think it’s a last straw,”Jackson said. “When you’re a big man who can do those things, you can help a team. We’re just trying to push buttons to get him to where he used to be.”

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Biedrins is apparently taking the move in stride. Jackson said he had a good practice after learning he was demoted (which means Jackson made the decision after the Philadelphia game). Monday night before the game, he was joking when discussing the move.

“I’ve got a big chip on my shoulder,” Biedrins said with a smile. “You see it?”

Biedrins said some changes needed to be made since the Warriors have been losing. He said he didn’t mind when the coach told him he would come off the bench because he’s willing to do what it takes to the help the team.

Biedrins said while he understands the ire he receives, he does find it frustrating that his critics don’t see the whole picture – him sacrificing for the team, his helping the other guys, his keeping his emotions in check despite unfavorable playing time and results.

“You don’t see that stuff on the stat sheet, obviously,” Biedrins said. “I try to be a good teammate, as good as I can be in this situation. I will always be like this, good times or bad times.”

Jackson said he’s hoping the benching will light a fire under Biedrins, spark his competitive nature. But Biedrins, who said he plays well on the rare occasions he’s played mad, was not angry about the move.

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“If coach punched me in my face or something,” he said with a laugh.

Biedrins said Udoh is “playing really well.” Unlike Biedrins, Udoh is expected to give the Warriors some offense at the center position – or at least the threat of offense.

Udoh said he’s more comfortable looking for his shot, especially taking his midrange jumper. But he said he doesn’t feel more pressure now that he’s the Warriors’ starting center.

“This is a good opportunity for me to come out and do what I do,” Ekpe said.

It seems Jackson’s hope is that this story isn’t over. Ideally, Biedrins would respond by stepping up his game, forcing Jackson to reconsider his starting center position.

Biedrins saw one silver lining to the matter, one reason he might do well playing with the second unit: he won’t have to play with David Lee.

“I had my best game when he wasn’t playing,” Biedrins said through a laugh, referencing his 28-point, 21-rebound performance atMemphison Nov. 26, 2010. “Maybe that’s it.

Marcus Thompson

  • wil

    Is about time!!! He not only should relegated to the bench, he should’ve been let go instead of Charlie Bell through amnesty. Talking about it doesn’t show on the stat sheet, what doesn’t show on the stat sheet is that he is always the 6th man from the opposite team. We’ve only been riding the season with 4 starters!!!
    What the stat sheet does show, is that he is afraid of free throws that’s why he doesn’t shoot.

  • wil

    And what is Larry Riley and Biedriens still doing here anyway,

    and yes what is Monta Ellis still doing here?

  • Stan

    Tonights game? two comments from me Marcus.
    1: What we would see if the Warriors played Stanford in a game for charity.
    2: If the Heat played the takeing- a- Wizz, all 66 games this year ,Miami would go undefeated.

  • Stan

    Beidrens,btw ..is just Barry Zito,Aaron Rowand,JaMarcus Russell, blind. Amazing how all sound alike..toss in Eric -I ripped off Arizona and Seattle in one year-Byrnes too.

  • Niners in 2012

    Biedrins is awesome. How do you go -14 in a 20 point blowout WIN?

  • Ewok

    In denial.

    Address the problem or quit. That’s all there’s to it.

  • Young

    D.Wright most definitely deserves an indefinitely…

  • MontaFans

    I respect AB for his high level of professionalism.
    He did have glory days for GSW’s success in the past.

  • Dubs

    “Jackson said he’s hoping the benching will light a fire under Biedrins, spark his competitive nature.”

    Since when does Biedrins have a competitive nature?

  • Dubfan

    Dubs might as well send beans to the d-league and keep Tyler on the roster for the remainder of the season so he could get some more playing time to evolve into a better player at least see better results then what andris is putting out there

  • itsagreattimeout

    Biedrins needs to get some time in the D-league. Maybe he can find his game again there.

  • Victor

    Come on, all you gotta do is hack a biedrins, so he never gets the ball now, worthless as a center. hack him to death cant make 1 FT. Good shot blocker, and rebounder but you need someone inside who is’nt afraid of his achilles heel. The FT line. it makes him almost worthless to you. hack him wont happen cause he never will be thrown the ball. so really you are playing 4 on 5 ball on offense.

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  • The Boze

    Biedrins=No Guts! No Shame! No Pride! He is ok with being second string because he is ‘The Consummate Team Player’ (Really because he doesn’t have to shoot the ball and show how bad he really is. The only competitiveness the blockhead shows is when he collects that 9 million a year he rips off the Warriors. He should be sent to the D League, where he is out os sight. Let a hungry Jeremy Tyler play, and get some experience.

  • moreaufan2

    If Monta goes we are doomed. Biedrins has th go, we must try to trade for him

  • moreaufan2

    Did he really take a shot at David Lee? Seriously? Wow. Get Andris out of here now?

  • thewarriorsrule

    of course he is a good sport. he’s making 10 mil a year to just sit on the bench.

    the fans should boo this guy at games. he has no heart. he spent his offseasons partying at nightclubs.

    should have used the amnesty on him. he has no trade value whatsover right now and no team will want him. can’t believe it took jackson this long to bench him. don’t believe biedrins got offended when nellie asked him to shoot ft’s underhanded. biedrins is a joke now and major disappointment from his double-double days. this year i learned to accept he will never be that guy again. cut him now. and send him to the d-league for this travesty he put up.