Nelly gives Randolph his blessing

December 21, 2009, 4:07 am
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For a guy who supposedly doesn't like Anthony Randolph, Warriors coach Don Nelson is about to give him more offensive freedom than he does most second-year players he's ever coached.At least that's what Nelson says.With the return of big men Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf just around the corner, Nelson said he will move Randolph to his natural power forward position and give the kid all the responsibility he can handle."You ain't seen nothing yet," Nelson said about Randolph after Sunday's practice. "He's going to be a blessed guy if he can mentally prepare himself and handle what I'm going to give him. As long as he grows and matures and understand what we're doing -- and it was a very good practice today for him -- the sky's the limit in how I can use him and go to his strengths."Of course, this is the same Randolph who has been the subject of recent trade rumors. Although the Warriors have said Randolph is unlikely to be going anywhere.And it's the same Randolph who has had his share of ups and downs with Nelson in the past year-plus.Nelson has been using Randolph a lot at backup center this season, and he saying there was a reason for it."I've always expected a lot out of him," Nelson said of Randolph. "I think he's right on schedule. What I've been able to do as a backup center and be creative that way has now opened the door for him to be a four and do the same things, and to have a better understanding."It's very easy to do what I want to do against fives. They don't guard you, they don't get into you. I think now he's ready to be a four and do the same kinds of things. So, we'll see. But I'm excited to see how it's going to work."Nelson had Randolph handling the ball for most of Sunday's practice, most of the time initiating the offense as a point-forward. To a lesser degree, Vladimir Radmanovic might have the same kinds of opportunity."Those guys better know they're blessed because there's nothing more fun for a player than to be in control of the ball and be able to make some plays. And I think (Randolph) has the ability to do that," Nelson said. Andris Biedrins (strained abdominal muscle) and Ronny Turiaf (sprained left knee) both participated in parts of practice, and Nelson said they're about "a week or so" from returning.