Will the Warriors' draft pick be worth all this?


Will the Warriors' draft pick be worth all this?

I hope the player the Warriors draft this summer is worthit. Assuming, of course, all this losing means they'll keep their pick -- which it doesn't.Because where the Warriors are right now isnt good. Itisnt good at all.Theyre 20-30 and half the fan base is rooting for them tolose as many games as possible. The focus isnt even on the games anymore, itson whether or not the Warriors will get to keep their draft pick.You know the story by now: If they get the No. 1 through No.7 pick, they keep it. If they get the No. 8 or worse pick, it goes to Utah. TheWarriors are currently the ninth-worst team in the league.In other words, the Warriors not only arent going to makethe playoffs for the 17th time in 18 years, but theres really nosignificance to the outcomes of games, either.The Warriors are going to end up being the sixth-worst teamin the league or maybe the seventh-worst or eighth-worst. Who cares? Its stillcoming down to the lottery on May 30, when all this is going to be determinedby ping-pong balls and sheer luck.In the meantime, players such as David Lee, Dominic McGuire,Brandon Rush and Dorell Wright are playing hard every night, trying to win. Buta large percentage of the fans dont want them to. Its kind of unseemly.Its low-stakes basketball and very little is compelling. Warriorsowner Joe Lacob didnt intend for the season to play out this way. Heck, hesthe guy who actually promised the playoffs this season.Of course, there will be no playoffs this year. This is theopposite of a playoff push where there is very little to play for and plentyof fans dont care one way or the other if the team wins or loses.On Friday night, the Warriors were leading New Jersey (witha record worse than Golden States) by 19 points in the third quarter. But they blew that lead and wound uplosing 102-100.RECAP: Nets stun Warriors at Oracle
It should have been painful loss playoff team or not. Butit was like it didnt really matter. In fact, there are lots and lots ofWarriors fans applauding the loss. Sure coach Mark Jackson and the playerswere disappointed.But the result was viewed upon favorably by many fans. Onemore loss gets you that much closer to keeping your draft pick and fingerscrossed selecting a player who helps make you a really good team.Nevermind that Klay Thompson, Ekpe Udoh and Stephen Curry players picked in the past where the Warriors are likely to pick in thefuture-- havent been able to push the Warriors into the winnercategory.But the hope is that this year the pick will make adifference, which is close to flimsy thinking.It was no fun at Oracle on Friday another game withoutconsequences all in the hope that the Warriors chances of keeping their pickimprove by a few percentage points.Nothing that is happening now guarantees the Warriors willkeep that pick. And nothing that is happening now will prevent the Warriorsfrom losing a pick down the road.The Warriors are going to be 0-2 in Lacobs playoffstandings two years as owner, two non-playoff seasons. Its not a good startfor the man who was pointing to championship banners in November 2010.But whats going on now with Golden State is worse than yourrun-of-the-mill non-playoff finish-up. April is going to be a long month forthe Warriors as they close out what is becoming an interminableseason.And as the Warriors wind down on a hugely disappointing2011-12, most fans are in two camps either actively wanting the team to loseor not caring one way or the other.Hope the player is worth it.

Suns' Watson counters Kerr, preaches caution with marijuana rhetoric

Suns' Watson counters Kerr, preaches caution with marijuana rhetoric

While players like Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andrew Bogut offered support for Steve Kerr on Saturday, one NBA coach wants to pump the breaks on the conversation surrounding marijuana use.

Suns coach Earl Watson preached caution during an interview with ESPN after the Warriors beat Phoenix 138-109 on Saturday night.

"I think our rhetoric on it has to be very careful because you have a lot of kids where I'm from that's reading this, and they think [marijuana use is] cool. It's not cool. Where I'm from, you don't get six fouls to foul out. You get three strikes. One strike leads to another. I'm just being honest with you, so you have to be very careful with your rhetoric," Watson told Chris Haynes.

Watson doesn't appear to be a fan of Kerr advocating for the use of marijuana.

"I think it would have to come from a physician -- not a coach. And for me, I've lived in that other life [of crime and drugs]. I'm from that area, so I've seen a lot of guys go through that experience of using it and doing other things with that were both illegal. And a lot of those times, those guys never make it to the NBA, they never make it to college, and somehow it leads to something else, and they never make it past 18," Watson told Haynes.

Watson highlighted a potential problem of leagues legalizing the use of marijuana.

"So when we really talk about it and we open up that, I call it that slippery slope. We have to be very careful on the rhetoric and how we speak on it and how we express it and explain it to the youth," Watson said.

Watson finished the interview with a message for the kids who might have been emboldened by Kerr's comments.

"I've never been a fan of the use, but I'm also not a medical doctor. So for the kids who are reading this and they might take the headlines and run with it, don't run anywhere with it. Understand that if you're from an environment or social area where a lot of luck and a lot of blessings is your only way out, you cannot risk that opportunity ever. Ever. It's just the way it is. It's not the same everywhere. I don't know as far as the pain [and how marijuana could help], but I think we have to be careful how we present that to the public," Watson said.

Rewind: Warriors continue to show why they are masters of self-correction

Rewind: Warriors continue to show why they are masters of self-correction

OAKLAND – Stephen Curry paused, scanning his memory, and came up empty.

Draymond Green sank into deep thought, taking even more time before conceding he was “stumped.”

Neither could remember the last time the Warriors lost consecutive regular-season games, perhaps because it was 19 months ago.

The Warriors are specialists at self-correction, and that was the case again Saturday night when, following a tough loss two nights earlier, they stepped onto the floor at Oracle Arena and played one of their more effective games this season.

Their 138-109 smacking of the Phoenix Suns was a rather comprehensive effort, with some players performing superbly and others merely well. The scoring load was shared among Curry (31 points), Klay Thompson (26) and Kevin Durant (20), while everyone brought something useful to the proceedings.

“It didn’t turn out to be a great night on the stat sheet,” coach Steve Kerr said, noting the Warriors committed 17 turnovers, off which the Suns scored 25 points. “But maybe around the nine-minute mark in the first quarter until about two minutes of the second quarter, we were fantastic.”

The Warriors (17-3) trailed by as much as six in the first before going on a 25-4 run, taking an 18-point lead, and taking command early in the second quarter. Though they stumbled enough for Phoenix to get as close as eight in the second half, there never was a sense the Warriors were facing real trouble.

With Curry and Thompson leading the scoring charge, forwards Draymond Green and Durant excelled in playmaking roles, combining for 21 assists, the most in a game by two Warriors starting forwards since 1970, when Elias Sports Bureau began tracking starters.

“It’s a little unorthodox, but our guards are great shooters, so playing them off the ball and getting the ball to KD and Draymond seems to work well,” Kerr said. “And those guys seem to enjoy playing that way.”

The victory extended to 106 their NBA-record number of regular-season games without consecutive losses. The Warriors last lost back-to-back regular-season games in April 2015, dropping games at San Antonio and then New Orleans.

So long ago that neither Curry nor Green could remember.

“Um . . . let’s see . . . I think it was my second year in the league,” Green finally guessed, wrongly.

It was his third season, and the first under Kerr.

“There’s a resiliency to our team that, obviously in this league, anything can happen,” Curry said. “So for us to be able to correct mistakes and find ways to bounce back quickly and not have multiple games in a row where we don’t show up to play says a lot about the character we have on this team.”

Though Green cited the team’s heightened focus after a loss, there is one thread that runs through Curry and Thompson and Green. All three have been dismissed at some point and, therefore, carry a burning desire to validate their status.

Perhaps no one on the team carries that edge more than Curry.

“I’d be interested the see the numbers of Steph, after we lost,” Green said. “He has incredible games after we lost. It’s just a focus level, guys really lock in and come out and do what it takes to win the next game.

“I think guys do get a little pissed off as well, which definitely helps. That is probably the biggest thing. Guys get mad about it, and it carries over.”

Perhaps feeling Phoenix was poised for a run in the third quarter, Curry rang up 20 points in that 12-minute stretch, hiking the lead beyond the reach of the Suns. It was the 16th time he has scored at least 20 points in a quarter.

There would be no ending of this underappreciated streak. Not on this night, and not with Curry and his friends on watch.