Warriors and Morrow Needed that Shot

Warriors and Morrow Needed that Shot

Jan. 9, 2010

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Big shot for Anthony Morrow, the fourth-quarter jumper he drained against Sacramento obviously. He would deny it if youd ask him, but then again you dont have to. Youdont have to ask Morrow if hes feeling some pressure about wanting in on the3-point shooting contest during All-Star Weekend.Hes been hesitant and appears to be pressing. There havebeen plenty of times in the past six or eight games when he has passed when heshould have shot. You get the feeling hes heard all the talk of needing to addto his game, and hes going too much out of his way to do it.Hes made it clear he really would like to be invited to the3-point competition. And he would seem to have a case. Last year he led theleague in 3-point field goal shooting, but this year about a half-dozen guyshave a higher percentage.Morrow should probably get it in. How good of a shooter is he? Hes so good of a shooter thatit feels like hes been struggling from 3-point range and yet hes stillshooting 43 percent from out there.----If Anthony Randolphs injury turns out to be as bad as it looked,thats really too bad. But there was some good news on Saturday when a CT scan revealed no fracture to the left ankle.The Warriors said they will further examine Randolph's ankle on Sunday to further diagnose the injury. Randolph was injured when he came down awkwardly in the Warriors' win over Sacramento on Friday.
Randolph is an interesting player with an interesting game, andthe Warriors are more interesting when hes playing.
They werent always better when he was playing, but theywere sometimes. Randolphs been progressing from the beginning of the year eventhough some believe hed be progressing more without Don Nelson.The one thing Randolph had been doing is putting up numberseven when he wasnt playing that well. And even though theres great debateamong fans about whether he should be playing more or not, everyone does seemto be rooting for the kid.
----Lost in the shuffle of last nights win: Stephen Currys3-pointer after the Warriors had fallen behind by seven with five minutesremaining, then assisting on a Corey Maggette bucket on the next possession tocut it to three.
-----All you guys out there complaining about Randolphnot getting enough playing time this year cannot now say the Warriors arereally going to miss Randolph.
Pretty much one or the other.-----
In the 10 possessions before Sergio Rodriguez cosmeticlayup with 6.4 seconds remaining, the Kings went: miss, miss, turnover,turnover, miss, miss, turnover, turnover, turnover, miss.-----The Warriors are expected to sign small forward Cartier Martin out of the D-League to a 10-day contract on Sunday. He should be in uniform for Monday's game against Cleveland.

Giants spring training Day 11: Blach has shown versatility

Giants spring training Day 11: Blach has shown versatility

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bruce Bochy announced a slight tweak to the spring schedule on Thursday: Matt Cain won't follow Madison Bumgarner on the mound in the opener; he'll likely start the second game, with Ty Blach backing him up.

The Giants have made no secret of the fact that Cain is the perfect-world pick to be the fifth starter this season. Is there a world where Blach could still be in the big leagues?

"Sure, I could see that," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Bochy called Blach a potentially good "swing guy." If he can't crack the rotation this season, Blach may see time as a long reliever or even a short-stint lefty. With Will Smith (elbow) on a tight timeline to get ready for opening day, the lefty help could be needed.

"He's confident, he's a strike-thrower, he has really good command and he's a good athlete," Bochy said, noting the traits that allow Blach to be versatile.

The 26-year-old had already proven to be flexible. A week after he threw eight shutout innings against the Dodgers, Blach came out of the bullpen at Wrigley Field and threw 1 1/3 hitless innings. Two days later he threw two more scorleless innings out of the bullpen. 

Blach said he was at first a little worried about the transition, but he talked to Cain, Jake Peavy, Chris Heston and Chris Stratton about the best ways to adjust to a switch to the bullpen. He ultimately didn't have any problems warming up quickly as a reliever.

"It was pretty similar, you just try to go out there the same way and execute pitches," Blach said.

Blach made the quick transition look easy, and that might have opened up a second path to a roster spot. 

Elsewhere on the final day before the games start ...

STOCK WATCH: Tyler Beede will pitch Sunday, and there are going to be a lot of eyes on him. Beede is probably the No. 7 starter at this point, and when you're in that spot, you're just about guaranteed a decent chunk of starts. Injuries will open doors.

"He's looked real sharp this spring," Bochy said. "He's coming off a great year. He's got great stuff, great makeup. He’s a smart pitcher along with having good command of all of his pitches. He knows what he’s doing out there. He’s one of those guys on a fast pace.”

ICYMI: Speaking of guys on a fast pace, here’s my feature on Christian Arroyo

SPRING OPENER: Buster Posey won’t catch Bumgarner on Friday, but Brandon Crawford will be behind him. Crawford is going to get plenty of time early on to prepare for the WBC. Posey makes his spring debut Saturday.

LIGHTER SIDE: Just about every day, a rookie has to get up in front of the team and do something embarrassing. Thursday’s entertainment: Jae-gyun Hwang, the Korean third baseman, dancing to “Gangnam Style.”

QUOTABLE: I think Mike Morse was the best podcast guest so far. We talked about his wedding negotiations with Bobby Evans, his friendship with Hunter Pence, the photo he took with a trophy right after the World Series, why it’s SF-or-bust, and much more. You can stream it here or download it on iTunes here. 

The last question for Morse: Will he use “Take on Me” this year?

“If this is going to be the last time I play baseball, I’m going to have that song every at-bat,” he said. 

Kevin Durant's future plans: General manager of NBA team he owns

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Kevin Durant's future plans: General manager of NBA team he owns

OAKLAND -- Still only 28 years old, Kevin Durant already is visualizing his post-career options.

The Warriors forward wants to stay involved in the NBA, and he aspires to levels above being a coach.

“I want to be a GM, want to own a team, hopefully own a team and run it,” Durant said Thursday, after the team’s morning shootaround.

Minutes before the trade deadline of noon Thursday, Durant acknowledged to following the various web sites devoted to basketball-related speculation regarding potential deals and the thinking behind them.

It’s all part of his long-term plan.

“So I look to see what rumors are getting out there, what deals are being presented to these teams,” he said. “Try to figure that stuff out. It’s fun, especially for a guy who knows that part of the business.”

[POOLE: Mum at deadline, Warriors ineligible to re-sign Andrew Bogut]

The latest former superstar to join the ranks of architects is Magic Johnson, who this week assumed control of the Lakers, the team with which he spent his entire Hall of Fame career. Johnson joins the likes of Larry Bird (Pacers) and Michael Jordan (Hornets).

Only Jordan, though, has the power of ownership.

Though several other former players run front offices, Durant would not be just another former player. Midway through his career, he already owns four scoring titles and an MVP trophy.

For now, he’s doing his homework, examining the Collective Bargaining Agreement in order to better understand its complexities.

“Obviously it affects me and affects my peers,” Durant said. “Like I said, I want to learn more and more about the business of basketball. I try to keep that fine line of keeping it pure and fun and also knowing that this is a really big business. So I like to go through the CBA, also ask questions.”