Warriors center Marreese Speights pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of driving under the influence stemming from his arrest in August in Tampa.
A written not guilty plea was entered by an attorney at Speights’ arraignment, Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office spokesman Mark Cox said Wednesday. Speights’ attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Speights was arrested following a traffic stop the morning after his 27th birthday and according to Tampa police submitted to tests showing breath alcohol levels of .103 and .106 percent, above the .08 unlawful level.
Speights, who has another court day scheduled for next month, averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in his first year of a three-year, $11 million contract with the Warriors last season.
OAKLAND – Brandon Rush is back for a second stint with the Warriors and once again in what he called “a happy place.”
Rush, 29, is looking forward to contributing off the bench to the Warriors like he did during 2011-12 campaign when he averaged 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds for one of the best seasons of his career. This time, it’ll be for new coach Steve Kerr.
“He told me he wanted me to play that role where I could come in and be a spark and just help do anything I can do,” Rush said Monday at the Warriors’ Back to School event at Markham Elementary School.
Things haven’t gone so smoothly since the 6-foot-6 swingman suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee while attempting a dunk on Nov. 2, 2012.
Rush missed the rest of the season while the Warriors went to the playoffs. He was then traded in a salary dump to Utah, where his first season coming off major surgery was a difficult one.
“Playing, not playing, playing little bits, and not being mentally ready, it took a toll,” said Rush, who having lost confidence played sparingly only 38 games.
Rush noted that when he tore his other ACL in 2007, it took a year and a half to get back to his old self. He indicated he was in a better place mentally now that he’s attacking the rim more often in workouts.
He chose to sign with the Warriors in July shortly after working out for them among other NBA scouts in Las Vegas.
“I’ve played with the guys before, so it was a no-brainer,” Rush said.
Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were named Friday to the 12-player roster that will represent USA Basketball at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.
The USA’s quest for the gold medal begins Aug. 30 with a game against Finland. The tournament runs through Sept. 14.
Curry has said he remained committed to USA Basketball after evaluating his participation in the days following Paul George suffering a gruesome compound fracture in preparation for the tournament.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who said Thursday he texted with Curry and Thompson after George’s injury, downplayed the risk and noted, “You can get hurt in a pickup game.”
“I think in the end this is a great experience for Steph and Klay, especially at their age,” Kerr said. “They’re young players.
“What I wouldn’t want is for both of them to play seven years for Team USA…It’s such a huge commitment to go along what they face during the regular season that I would hope over time there’s going to be sort of a recognition for all players – not just Steph and Klay – hey maybe this is best served as a two- or three-year commitment and then you move on because it’s just not worth wearing guys down over six or seven years. That’s something we’ll address as we go.”
Warriors forward David Lee withdrew from participating in USA Basketball training camp after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle injury, and as expected, he recovered from the procedure by early this month.
That meant Lee being able to get back out on the court, as this week he was in action in New York City pickup games alongside other NBA players.
Here’s a glimpse of how Lee has looked since getting back out on the floor:
Bonus footage of Lee at his youth basketball camp last week in New York:
Jerry West, a Warriors executive board member and Hall of Famer, did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with his video being posted the day after being challenged by Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob.
Among the people the 76-year-old West challenged was Warriors co-owner Peter Guber.
“Be sure to write the check,” West said.
Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob completed the Ice Bucket Challenge, joining in on the effort to raise awareness for ALS as he screamed after having ice water poured on him.
Lacob proceeded to challenge president Rick Welts, general manager Bob Myers and executive board member Jerry West.
The Warriors co-owner was originally challenged by forward Harrison Barnes, one of a number of players who have posted videos of themselves doing the Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Warriors will play an eight-game preseason schedule, and for the two games at Oracle Arena, they’re giving away bobbleheads.
Andre Iguodala Bobblehead Night is Oct. 21 in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, as Iguodala will get to see if this doll looks more like him compared to the one last season. Stephen Curry Bobblehead Night is Oct. 24 against Denver.
Here’s the Warriors’ full preseason schedule:
Tuesday, October 7 Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 9 Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 12 Los Angeles Lakers Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, CA 6:30 PM
Thursday, October 16 Denver Nuggets Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, IA 5:00 PM
Friday, October 17 Miami Heat Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO 5:30 PM
Sunday, October 19 Houston Rockets State Farm Arena – Hidalgo, TX 5:00 PM
Tuesday, October 21 Los Angeles Clippers Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA 7:30 PM
Friday, October 24 Denver Nuggets Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA 7:30 PM