Steinmetz: With West on board, expect trade talk

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Steinmetz: With West on board, expect trade talk

June 7, 2011STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com

The speculation about the Warriors possibly trading Monta Ellis to the Philadelphia 76ers for Andre Iguodala is out there and it's causing quite a stir on the internet.Rest assured, there will be lots of other Warriors' players mentioned when it comes to trade speculation and deals that are possibly being discussed throughout the league.Call it the Jerry West effect. That's one of the things you sign up for when you bring him on-board.STEINMETZ: Reasons for Monta-for-Igoudala rumors
You see, West has a well-earned reputation for being up-front, candid and honest. You ask him a question, and he'll give you an answer. He's not afraid to make strong statements, the kind that are easy to take to their next logical conclusion.West also has a track record for making things happen. Put those things together and you're going to get big-time trade talk.On the day West was hired, he planted the seeds of a possible trade involving either Ellis or Stephen Curry, the Warriors' talented but smallish backcourt. Yes, West said he'd be very careful moving either guy, but at the same time said the team needed to get bigger in the backcourt.That statement alone -- from one of the league's most-proven movers and shakers in league history -- is enough for the rumor mill to start churning.West made a point of saying on Day 1 that he doesn't like to say things that are prepared or are from any kind of talking-points memo. He said he likes to be surprised by questions and answer off-the-cuff, with a straightforward and truthful basketball response.That's different from the way a lot of NBA executives do it. And because that's West's M.O., it pretty much assures you're going to hear a lot of Warriors' names when it comes to trades.

NBA issues statement regarding Kerr revealing he used marijuana

NBA issues statement regarding Kerr revealing he used marijuana

On Friday, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr admitted on The Warriors Insider Podcast with Monte Poole that he tried marijuana twice during the last year and half to try to relieve the chronic back pain he was experiencing after two surgeries.

A day later, the NBA issued the following statement regarding Kerr's revelation:

"All of our coaches are drug tested each season. Marijuana is included on our banned substances list.  There are medical exceptions to our policy but, in this case, it's not relevant because Steve said he did not find marijuana to be helpful in relieving his back pain."

To listen to Kerr's full interview on The Warriors Insider Podcast, CLICK HERE.

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.