Steinmetz: Detroit's Monroe wins Round 1 over Udoh


Steinmetz: Detroit's Monroe wins Round 1 over Udoh


I like Ekpe Udoh.I think he's the Warriors' best interior defensive player and probably their best low-post player, too. Of course, the obvious response from a cynic would be: That's not saying much. And they would be right.Still, I think Udoh, whom the Warriors selected with the No. 6 pick in last June's draft, is the kind of player you need on a team -- blocks some shots, defends on the block with effort, sets good screens and doesn't demand the ball. He's got to rebound better, but hopefully that will come.But facts are facts and Udoh received only one vote when it came to the NBA's All-Rookie team. And Detroit's Greg Monroe -- drafted one spot after Udoh -- was a second-team selection, and just two votes shy of being a first-teamer.
There was certainly a segment of Warriors fans out there who wanted the team to pick Monroe instead of Udoh last year. I wasn't one of them. I liked the Udoh pick and still do.

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Reality is, however, the Monroe supporters have won Round 1.They now have tangible proof Monroe would have been a better pick. Now, one of the nuances about the whole thing, of course, is that Udoh got hurt last summer, missed training camp and started the 2010-11 season way behind.Maybe so. But then Monroe supporters can cite their guy's durability and the 80 games he played in his first season.I still don't think the Warriors will regret their selection of Udoh, and the debate may certainly change down the line. But for now anyway, a tip of the cap out there to those who wanted Monroe.Remember though, when we're talking about comparing players, these are 15-round fights.

Dwyane Wade fined $25,000 after debut with Bulls

Dwyane Wade fined $25,000 after debut with Bulls

NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2016 – Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade has been fined $25,000 for making an inappropriate gesture, it was announced Friday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 26.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Chicago’s 105-99 win over the Boston Celtics on Oct. 27 at United Center.

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After Warriors allow 129, Ron Adams provides a State of the Defense

After Warriors allow 129, Ron Adams provides a State of the Defense

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NEW ORLEANS – The man whose job description implies he should be offended by the Warriors’ atrocious defensive showing on opening night is surprisingly unbothered.

And veteran coach Ron Adams, generally considered the NBA’s top assistant and the team’s chief defensive strategist, is willing to explain why.

He’s also confident that the shockingly poor defense on display in a reality-check 129-100 lashing by San Antonio will not be the norm.

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“We are going to be a great team,” he told after shootaround Friday at Smoothie King Center, hours before facing the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Warriors were so bad on opening night that coach Steve Kerr opened his postgame news conference with a plea for jokes. He had seen his new squad, heralded as the most lethal in NBA history, introduce itself by allowing more points than it had in any game since he became coach in 2014.

The starters were bad. The bench was bad. And the Death Lineup, surely the team’s best quintet, built to quickly crush opponents, was abominable, posting a defensive rating of 144.9 points.

The Ron Adams of last season, often affectionately described by interim head coach Luke Walton as “a grumpy old man," would’ve been personally insulted by such ghastly numbers.

This season? Adams, 69, is willing to be patient.

“I thought it would be a real tough opening-night opponent,” he said, pointing out the Spurs are among the teams the Warriors will face in the first month that have returned largely intact.

“We have four or five new people in our top 10, and seven new guys total. We’ll have a different defensive team. We’ll find workable combinations. And we’ll find, schematically, what we need to do differently or better.”

How much have the Warriors discovered since Tuesday about their new, rebooted squad could be revealed Friday night, when they face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.

It will be easier, by any measure, than the challenge presented by the Spurs, a 67-win team with three All-Stars starting in the frontcourt.

Adams, Kerr and the rest of the staff are willing to bet the Warriors won’t be giving up 129 points again this season – as bad as it looked on Tuesday for a team of which so much is expected.

“Unfortunately for us,” Adams said, “it’s simple for others to sit on the sidelines and say, ‘This is a fantastic team . . . they’re going to take off running.’ As I said, we are going to be a great team. But it’s going to be a process.”