Game 74 rewind: Warriors’ Jermaine O’Neal baffled by negativity, recommends cherishing ‘special teams’ like this one

DALLAS — The Warriors escaped Dallas with a 122-120 overtime win, and with the victory came co-owner Joe Lacob shaking Jermaine O’Neal’s hand after the game.

The 35-year-old O’Neal had played 33 minutes, scored 20 points and came through with the last-minute block that enabled Stephen Curry to go down on the other end and win the game on a buzzer beater. Some love from ownership was in order.

“He’s very emotional about his team, and rightfully so,” O’Neal said of Lacob, who he said was one of the NBA’s best owners. “He spent a lot of money on it, so we love to see our owner excited and high-fiving and energetic about it.”

What O’Neal is sick of seeing is negativity surrounding the Warriors and coach Mark Jackson that the veteran big man finds unfair. O’Neal has pointed out that some in the media and along some Warriors fans have gone too far with it. He mentioned those concerns last week while strongly defending Jackson.

And Tuesday, O’Neal brought up the issues himself when Warriors TV host Laurence Scott asked about Jackson saying the team was “tied together.”

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Warriors’ David Lee out against Dallas due to hamstring injury

DALLAS — Warriors forward David Lee will miss a third straight game due to a right hamstring strain after coach Mark Jackson ruled him out for Tuesday’s game at Dallas.

Lee, who is still having trouble running at full speed, is out at a time when Warriors center Andrew Bogut did not make the road trip.

“He’s getting closer and closer, but will not play tonight,” Jackson said. “Every day he’s feeling better and moving better.”

Jackson did not reveal his starting lineup for Tuesday after starting Jermaine O’Neal and Marreese Speights two days earlier in a loss to New York.


Game 73 rewind: Warriors fall to Knicks as bench unit struggled to maintain momentum

OAKLAND — Andrew Bogut walked gingerly around the locker room before the game before disappearing into the training room. David Lee was in street clothes, as the Warriors were far from full strength.

A bench depleted by Jermaine O’Neal being asked to start and play 29 minutes did not come through, letting the Knicks gain second-quarter momentum in an 89-84 loss Sunday.

“I thought our bench came in and didn’t have the same impact,” coach Mark Jackson said. “And even though the game was still close, the tone had been set by that second unit, and it hurt us.”

Marreese Speights entered the lineup and was 2 for 8 from the field. Harrison Barnes continued to struggling, going 2 for 7 from the field while committing two turnovers. Steve Blake was scoreless, missing each of his four shot attempts.

The Warriors led 34-22 in the second quarter. Four minutes later, the score was tied as bench players combined to miss their next six shots.

That was what the Knicks, desperate for a win to stay in playoff contention, needed to get going. The Warriors needed a spark with a patchwork lineup and instead saw their hot start go to waste in a fateful second quarter.

“We got guys that can’t play,” Jackson said. “We got guys that can’t run, so our job is to take care of business until those guys get healthy.”


Warriors sign center Hilton Armstrong to 10-day contract

The Warriors have signed Santa Cruz center Hilton Armstrong to a 10-day contract, bringing him back to the team at a time when they could be missing big men for Sunday’s game against New York.

Armstrong, 29, has played in eight games for Golden State this season and will be on his third stint with the team. He previously was signed in December before being waived later that month. In February, he signed a 10-day contract with the Warriors and returned to Santa Cruz after it expired.

Armstrong averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds in 32 games for Santa Cruz and had 19 points and 13 rebounds in a loss at Los Angeles on Saturday.

Starting center Andrew Bogut was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Saturday after suffering a pelvic contusion the previous night in a win against Memphis.

Power forward David Lee is also questionable to face New York at Oracle Arena due to a strained right hamstring suffered eight days ago in a loss to San Antonio.


Game 72 rewind: Warriors have Mark Jackson’s back, fight back in comeback win against Memphis

OAKLAND — Draymond Green went right ahead and repeated one of Mark Jackson’s most clichéd ways of describing what he wants the Warriors to be.

“We’re a no-excuse basketball team,” Green said.

That Warriors lived up to that Friday as with David Lee injured and with Andrew Bogut going down in the first quarter, they still earned a win against Western Conference contender Memphis, which held a seven-point lead late in the fourth.

And don’t think Green, who was all over the floor for the Warriors, didn’t understand that the win happened during a week when Jackson was questioned for what Yahoo Sports called the team’s “increasingly dysfunctional atmosphere.”

“Coach is a guy we fight for and we’re going to continue to fight for,” Green said. “He’s given his all to us, and we’re going to continue to give our all to him. This is a team and this is a unit who’s locked in together.

“Coach don’t ask much of us. He asks us to go out and play hard. He don’t complain about shots. The only thing he ever complains about is the defensive end. Get it done on the defensive end and play hard, and we owe that to him to go out and play harder.”

Stephen Curry, who earlier in the week expressed his strong support for Jackson, was the confident figurehead to lead the comeback in part because his coach demanded he get the ball.

“We always have his back,” Curry said.

“That’s what you saw — our support for Coach.”


Police search for ‘Basketball Burglar’ who stole jerseys from Santa Cruz Warriors

Santa Cruz Warriors guard Cameron Jones, a Golden State Warriors training camp invitee, helped spread the word that someone had not only stolen practice jerseys from the team at Kaiser Permanente Arena but worn one while being caught on camera.

“Help us nab the crook who’s stealing our practice gear and dri fits,” Jones posted on Instagram, adding laughing with tears emoticons and the Santa Cruz Police’s phone number.

Yes, someone swiped Santa Cruz Warriors gear from Golden State’s NBA Development League affilitate, and Santa Cruz Police is ridiculing the suspect for sloppily breaking in and swiping a rolling duffel bag with the team’s shirts, shoes and shorts along with cash from the concession area of the arena.

“He’s even looking up like he is getting dunked on in this photo,” read a blog post from Santa Cruz Police in identifying 38-year-old Jeffrey Blan in the photo and was searching for him after obtaining a warrant for his arrest.

“Here is your chance to increase your ‘assist’ stats and help us locate him.”


Brian Scalabrine joins Santa Cruz as player development coach as Warriors’ Andrew Bogut adjusts

Brian Scalabrine reported to work with the Santa Cruz Warriors on Thursday as the team’s new player development coach, according to a Golden State Warriors spokesman.

Santa Cruz head coach Casey Hill told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that he expected the 6-foot-9 Scalabrine, who played 11 NBA seasons, to concentrate on the team’s power forwards and centers.

One of Scalabrine’s roles with the Warriors had been working out individually with center Andrew Bogut.

“I had a great relationship with Scal,” Bogut said. “Obviously you never want to see anybody go, but at the end of the day, Coach makes the decisions, and I don’t think it’s going to affect chemistry too much. Players have their chemistry, coaches have their chemistry.”

Warriors head coach Mark Jackson announced Scalabrine’s reassignment Tuesday due to a “difference in philosophies.” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told a Boston radio station he had spoken with Scalabrine, adding, “I think Brian takes responsibility for it.” Whatever the reasoning or timing, Bogut said he respected Jackson’s decision.

“It doesn’t matter if it happens in October or February, it’s something you’ve got to adjust to and move on from,” Bogut said. “You can’t sit there cry about it. You’re professional. At the end of the day, we’ve still got to come out and play when the lights come on.”

“He’s the coach. He makes the decisions. We’re not silly enough to believe anything else. He chooses his staff, and he decides which players play minutes and which players don’t, so we respect Coach wholeheartedly for that. He’s the head honcho, and everybody else kind of has to be his support staff. If he felt like it wasn’t getting done that way, it’s his decision.”

Hill told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that Scalabrine would bring “tons of energy, tons of enthusiasm” to the Warriors’ NBA Development League affiliate.

“My focus is having him here and making this a positive experience for everyone involved, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Hill said. “And he’s been great so far.”

“He was at practice today and already proved valuable.”