Emptying the Mailbag

Emptying the Mailbag

Youve got questions, and I think Ive got answers. E-mail Matt Steinmetz, and letsget into it
Are the Warriors going to make a trade? Ricky M., Concord,Calif.Id put the odds at better than 50-50 right now. TheWarriors are 10-24, and while they figure to improve in January, its not likewere looking at a dramatic turnaround here. When youre struggling like theWarriors are struggling, its almost more gutsy to sit tight than to make amove.

I think there will opportunity for Warriors general manager Larry Rileyto make a move, and it will be awfully tough to not do anything.

Hey, Matt, should the Warriors get Tracy McGrady? Andre,San Jose.
It almost doesnt matter whether or not the Warriors should.They wont. Why? Because Riley has basically stated that hes not interested incap room because there is no guarantee you can parlay that into a tangible freeagent.

So, dont expect him to make a trade and part with a piece just to haveMcGrady in a Warriors uniform for a couple of months. Plus, theres the veryreal issue of McGradys injury history.When will the Warriors sign a player out of the D-League?Mike, San Jose.
Id look for that to happen in the next week or so, if it happens at all. Warriorscoach Don Nelson has expressed interest in bringing in a small forward type soI wouldnt be surprised if something is forthcoming.

With the good play of Corey Maggette, if he keeps it up,will the Warriors still make it a priority to trade him? If we do, we would beputting even more pressure on Monta Ellis. --Kirk, Redwood City, Calif.

I still believe moving Maggette is a priority, and I believethat for a couple of reasons. First, the Warriors would love to get offMaggettes contract. Second, Maggette certainly has some value around theleague, specifically with a few contenders and even with some general playoffteams.
Maggette certainly isnt without value, but he just doesntfit on this young Warriors team. Asfor putting more pressure on Ellis, if the Warriors make the right trade forMaggette, then the move should actually take pressure off Ellis. Maggette helpsin one area: scoring.But if the Warriors were to get a more well-rounded player,such a player would certainly help Ellis more than Maggette does.
Yo, Matt, in Mychael Urbans chat the other day he claimsyou called him out back-in-the-day and challenged him to one-on-one. Ive seenhim. Hes like Mark Eaton. How would you take him? Hed try to back you downall day long? Money B. Oakland.

Ill tell you right now, without ever having seen him play,Urban is one of these robotic, mechanical big men who you can turn over atwill. And I see playing against him resulting in me getting hurt.

Ive seen Anthony Randolph has the potential to be great.But will he become a triple threat with his shooting, passing and driving anytimesoon? Canaan B., San Jose.
I think Randolph is still years away from reaching hispotential at least three or four years. And whats most scary is that hemight never end up being the kind of player most hope he will become. But thenagain, he might. Thats what makes him so intriguing.I like that he can put up numbers by accident. But he stillhas a long way to go in terms of refining his game.

Where is Jaymee Sire? Wiwat, San Jose.

A lot of times shes downstairs. I work on the second floor,and she works on the first. When shes not down there, you can find her on thesidelines at Warriors games and Raiders games, not to mention in the studiohosting SportsNet Central. Shes not hard to find. You just have to look.

Woods shoots 2-under, now sits alone in 10th place at Hero World Challenge

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Woods shoots 2-under, now sits alone in 10th place at Hero World Challenge

NASSAU, Bahamas – A red-hot start fizzled out down the stretch for Tiger Woods, who continued his comeback with a 2-under 70 in the third round of the Hero World Challenge.

Woods birdied his first three holes, then added a hole-out from a bunker on No. 5 to race up the standings at the 17-man event where he also serves as tournament host. But Woods would bogey the next hole, then cap a back-nine 38 with a watery double bogey on No. 18.

Despite the late setback, Woods remained upbeat and optimistic about his performance through 54 holes.

“If you think about it, I’ve gotten off to some really good starts the first three days,” said Woods, who has played the front nine in 10 under for the week. “Generally when I come back from layoffs, that’s the most concerning part of the game is getting off to, I guess, halfway decent starts.”

Woods made the turn in 4-under 32 and reached 5 under on the day after rolling in a 15-footer on No. 11. But short misses led to back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14, and Woods put each of his last five drives into the sand. The last of that string gave him a middling lie for his final approach, which he deposited in a greenside pond.

Woods now sits alone in 10th place, firmly in the middle of the pack in an event that features several of the game’s best players. It’s a result that he’ll take given how low he set the bar for himself heading into his first competitive start in nearly 16 months.

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Rabb leads Cal with career-high 26 points in dominant win

Rabb leads Cal with career-high 26 points in dominant win

BOX SCORE

BERKELEY -- Ivan Rabb scored 18 of his career-high 26 points in the first half and California beat Alcorn State 83-59 on Saturday for its 25th consecutive home win.

Roger Moute a Bidias added 12 points and Kingsley Okoroh had seven points with nine rebounds to help the Golden Bears (6-1) to their fourth consecutive win.

Three days after setting his previous career best for scoring, Rabb shot 10 of 12 and had seven rebounds to lead a dominant effort down low by California. Rabb scored on a pair of putbacks in the first half, added a one-handed dunk off a lob pass from Charlie Moore then scored six points as part of an 11-2 run in the second half.

Moore, the Bears' leading scorer going into the game, had an off-game while filling in for point guard Grant Mullins. Moore missed his first six shots and finished with seven points and four assists.

Alcorn State (2-5) couldn't keep up and lost its third straight.

Reginal Johnson scored a season-high 17 points and had seven rebounds while Marquis Vance added 11 points for the Braves.

Cal went on runs of 9-0 and 7-0 during an eight-minute span to build a 44-25 halftime lead.

BIG PICTURE

Alcorn State: Three consecutive lopsided losses have second-year coach Montez Robinson's squad reeling. The problems are happening on both ends of the floor, though Johnson provided a lift offensively. The biggest issues are consistency and 3-point shooting. The Braves went 5 of 21 beyond the arc and are shooting under 30 percent for the season.

California: The Bears got on top early and never let the Braves get back into the game, a definite step up after California had troubles closing out games earlier this season. Getting Moute a Bidias going is another good sign as the team tries to find some complementary scoring to support Rabb. Moore started at point guard in place of Mullins, who flew to Canada following a death in his family. Mullins will rejoin the team in Hawaii.

UP NEXT

Alcorn State: The Braves continue their six-game road trip at Louisiana Tech on Monday night.

California: The Bears left immediately after the win to fly to Hawaii for a pair of games in the Pearl Harbor Invitational. California opens against Princeton on Tuesday night.