Lacob, Warriors front office at critical juncture

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Lacob, Warriors front office at critical juncture

Warriors owner Joe Lacob and his front office findthemselves at an important juncture early in their tenure.The have the ability to spend money in free agency and alsopossess some pieces that make them a viable trade partner for other NBA teams.Only, now, theyve lost out on their No. 1 free agent target, Tyson Chandler,and they have no hope of landing Chris Paul.And free agency hasnt even begun yet. Doesnt start tillFriday.
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Lacob has talked for a year-and-a-half about boldness andrisk-taking, and theres now a tangible clamor from the fan base that itstime. And yet, now might be the best time to take a breath, re-assess andgather. At this point, you could make a case its the Warriors best course ofaction.If Lacobs goal is for the Warriors to improve enough thisyear to leapfrog four teams and get into the postseason, the best way toaccomplish that might simply be by adding a couple of role players to thecore.Thats not going to be as sexy as if the Warriors had signedChandler (heading to New York) or finagled a way to get Paul (traded to L.A.Lakers). But in the long run it might be the most effective way towardeventually being successful.Dont use the amnesty provision, dont overspend for a freeagent and dont make a trade to decimate your core. Allow new coach MarkJackson to coach the team for this abbreviated season and then better see whatyou have.Thats not the worst strategy in the world. After all, thereare worse things you could do. Remember Corey Maggette?The Warriors signed Maggette to a 50-million contract inthe wake of Baron Davis spurning them for the Clippers. That was back in 2008,and the Warriors spent the next couple of years trying to get Maggette offtheir books.The point is there are mistakes to be made right now andyou want to be sure not to make them.The nice position the Warriors are in is theyre still in agood spot with the cap and have a variety of different avenues they could theoreticallygo in. They could still get way under the cap, although there doesnt seem tobe a reason to now. Or they could get just get under in the amount they need totake a crack at a contributor or two.Maybe its signing Kwame Brown to split the center dutieswith Andris Biedrins. Perhaps you take a run at Milwaukees Luc Richard Mbah aMoute, every bit the defender Chandler is only not at the center position. Mbaha Moute is a restricted free agent, but the Bucks are reportedly adding MikeDunleavy and the Bucks arent exactly big spenders.Maybe you consider bringing Jason Richardson back givesyou some size in the backcourt, a steady veteran leader and more toughness andcompetitiveness overall.Are any of those three difference-makers? Of course not. Andif you acquire a player or two like that there will certainly be someeye-rolling around the Bay Are. But so what?Sure beats the alternative giving big-time money tosomeone whos not a big-time player.

NBA Gameday: One streak over, but Warriors look to keep another alive

NBA Gameday: One streak over, but Warriors look to keep another alive

OAKLAND – With their 12-game win streak over, the Warriors return to the court Saturday night trying to avoid the slump that struck some of the NBA’s elite teams this week.

The Warriors (16-3) have gone an NBA-record 104 regular-season games without losing two in a row and they’ll seek to extend that streak when the Phoenix Suns (6-13) visit Oracle Arena for the second time this season.

But it has been a rough past few days for some of the league’s better teams. The defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers have lost three in a row, and the Los Angeles Clippers lost three straight before recovering to win their last two.

The Warriors are coming off a 132-127 double-overtime loss to Houston, while the Suns are coming off a victory over Atlanta.

BETTING LINE:
Warriors by 17

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe may be the most muscular and physical point guard in the league, and he’ll try to use his physique to press Curry at every opportunity. Curry, however, is stronger than he looks and not only will push back but also utilize craftiness to exploit Bledsoe’s aggression.

INJURY REPORT:
Warriors: No injuries listed.

Suns: F T.J. Warren (head injury) is listed as out.

ROSTER NOTE:
C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the Development League.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 9-1. Suns: 3-7.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors have won the last nine games, including two this season, by an average margin of 12.9 points. The nine-game streak ties the longest by either team since the Suns entered the NBA in 1968. Phoenix won nine straight from 1989-91.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
Return of the D. The Warriors continue to experience occasional lapses on defense, though most teams have not been skilled enough to take full advantage. Stellar defense against the Suns will give the Warriors a decided edge. This is a chance to put up a exemplary game.

Sprinters on display. The Suns lead the league in only one major category: pace. They play faster than any other team. The Warriors are not far behind, though, ranking third in the same category. Though both want to run, history shows the Warriors are better at it.

Risky kids. Phoenix ranks 25th in turnovers and dead last in assist-to-turnover ratio, a statistic in which the Warriors lead the NBA. Some of the miscue can be attributed to speed but much of is the result of youth; four players on the roster have yet to reach their 21st birthday.

Draymond, Klay support Kerr on pot use: 'It make a ton of sense'

Draymond, Klay support Kerr on pot use: 'It make a ton of sense'

OAKLAND – The disclosure Friday by Warriors coach Steve Kerr that he turned to marijuana to cope with chronic pain after multiple back surgeries generated considerable reaction, and two of his players addressed the topic on Saturday.

Forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson both were in full support of Kerr’s statement, believing that there is a time and place for using marijuana, which over the past five years has been legalized in 26 of the 50 states.

“When I read what he said and actually sat back and thought about what he said, it made a lot of sense,” Green said after shootaround. “Regardless of whether you’re an advocate for it or against it, if you have any common sense and you read what he said, it make a ton of sense.”

Kerr’s point was that marijuana, which he ingested several times, was much easier on his body than prescription painkillers, which are created in a laboratory and can have significant and even deadly side effects.

“It’s grown from the earth,” Green said. “So maybe it is better than a Vicodin, as he said.”

Though Green said he has never used weed, Thompson was cited for pot possession in 2011, when he was at Washington State.

“With the way the world is going, if there is anything you can do that’s medicinal . . . people are all for it,” Thompson said. “Especially when there’s stuff like Crohn’s Disease out there, glaucoma, cancer.

“But not recreationally. That should not be of its use ever. But there’s obviously is a medicinal side to it that people are finding out have benefits, especially people in really high pain.”

Kerr noted that in some instances, particularly involving NFL players, the constant pain results in frequent use of such painkillers and Vicodin and Toradol, both of which come with significant risk.

Both Green and Thompson acknowledged having been treated with Toradol.

“You can be completely hurting and then take a Toradol shot and go through a game and feel nothing,” Green said. “Is that really good for you over the course of time? I doubt it.

“So I think it makes a lot of sense what (Kerr) said, when you really dive into what he said and not the initial thought of, ‘Oh, man, it’s weed.’ Once you get past that thought of it and the perception that’s been out there so long, and actually look at it, it makes a lot of sense.”

Green, who is friends with a good many NFL players, is hopeful that if nothing else this is yet another step toward meaningful dialogue and understanding that may result in eradication of lingering perceptions that marijuana is more harmful and dangerous that alcohol, much less powerful prescription drugs.

“Maybe that conversation will pick up more,” he said. “It usually takes a guy like Steve to do something like that, to where it even starts the conversation. And when you start the conversation with stuff, it’s still at least three or four years out.”