OAKLAND — The sight of some very famous and tall basketball players cramming into Bay Area Rapid Transit car was something to see Tuesday.
According to the Warriors, the impromptu appearance on public transit was a welcome relief from sitting in traffic. They had a team bus available to them after a charity Thanksgiving event on Market Street in San Francisco, but instead of experiencing rush hour coming back to the East Bay, they decided to take BART.
LOS ANGELES – Warriors big man Marreese Speights is no longer out of shape and on the end of the bench like he was last season.
He’s far from that state after scoring 24 points and grabbing nine rebounds in a 136-115 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
“He’s earned that backup role, and he’s going to play a lot for us,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Out in cyberspace, nobody really cares that the Warriors staged their most electric win of the year, replete with a 39-point second quarter in which they shot 64 percent and did just about everything right defensively.
Nope, no big deal. But Lance Stephenson slapping himself in the face, feigning a flop and drawing a foul on Harrison Barnes? Now that’s the stuff that is destined to go viral as part of the growing Stephenson legend, something that will be long remembered on YouTube and Vevo long after this result is forgotten, alongside the quirky forward blowing in LeBron James’ ear during last year’s playoffs.
Here is Saturday night’s Stephenson special, captured on video:
Have to admit, it was a pretty clever and funny maneuver by Stephenson, particularly since it worked, and it may have been the most creative thing the Charlotte Hornets did all night in a game where they were fairly well steamrolled by the Warriors after the first quarter. The league office might have something to say about it, however, once they review the film that was all over the Internet long before the game was over.
Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he hasn’t watched much of the Warriors, but he did have thoughts on their issue with turnovers.
“They will be a team that’s going to have their share of turnovers because of that’s just the makeup,” the ESPN broadcaster told Bleacher Report Radio on Friday. “You’re not going to change that overnight.”
Former Warriors guard Nemanja Nedovic reached agreement on a two-year contract with Valencia Basket Club in Spain on Friday, the team announced.
Nedovic, 23, cleared waivers after being removed from the roster Tuesday with the purpose of the Warriors’ 2013 first-round pick landing with a European team that would allow the Warriors to save money from his $1.1 million contract.
“It’s official now!” Nedovic tweeted. “Valencia is my new destination…Let’s get it!”
OAKLAND – Draymond Green chuckled at the mention of him being one of the Splash Brothers.
But that 3-point shot that has been going down, the same one that wasn’t dropping much at all as a rookie.
Green was 3 for 8 from 3-point range, giving him 15 made shots from beyond the arc this season. He made 14 3-pointer his entire rookie season two years ago when he shot only 21 percent from long distance.
Why the confidence?
Warriors forward Draymond Green has partnered with Lansing, Mich.-based Moneyball Sportswear to release the “Money Green” shirt for sale.
The shirt shows Green clutching dollar bills at a time when he is in a contract year, but appear to be more a nod to the company’s name and his Twitter name, @Money23Green. Partial proceeds from sales of the shirts will go to a non-profit/foundation of Green’s choosing.