Warriors hire Bjorkgren as D-League coach

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Warriors hire Bjorkgren as D-League coach

August 3, 2011WARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEO
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Nate Bjorkgren has been hired as head coach of Golden State's D-League affiliate Dakota Wizards, the team announced Wednesday.

Bjorkgren, 36, spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the NBA D-Leagues Iowa Energy.

"We're really pleased with the selection of Nate as our head coach," said Larry Riley, Warriors executive VP of basketball operations in a press release. "We believe he is a quality young coach and the right individual to lead the Wizards and, most importantly, oversee the development of our team in Bismarck. The tremendous success he enjoyed in Iowa and his overall knowledge of the D-League will be an added benefit and certainly aid him in this transition. Our entire staff, including Mark Jackson, Bob Myers, Travis Schlenk, Kirk Lacob and myself, were impressed with his pedigree during the interview process and are confident he is the right fit."

A graduate of Buena Vista University in 1998 with a degree in Exercise Science, Bjorkgren played for the Beavers and the University of South Dakota, where he began his college career in 1994.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity to lead the Wizards and provide the fans of Bismarck with a hard-working and exciting team," Bjorkgren said. "I have learned a lot during the last four years on the staff of the Iowa Energy and look forward to implementing my philosophy in this new position. Additionally, I was very impressed with the vision and goals of the Warriors' staff during our meetings and I'm eager to work closely with them as we move forward."

Giants lineup: Gillaspie activated, playing third base against Mets

Giants lineup: Gillaspie activated, playing third base against Mets

Postseason hero Conor Gillaspie is back up with the Giants and on the hot corner Friday night at AT&T Park vs. the Mets.

New York Mets (31-41)

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
5. Michael Conforto (L) CF
6. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
7. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
8. Jose Reyes (S) SS
9. Seth Lugo (R) P

San Francisco Giants (27-48)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
3. Joe Panik (L) 2B
4. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
5. Austin Slater (R) LF
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) RF
9. Ty Blach (R) P

Giants DFA Bryan Morris, recall reliever from Triple-A Sacramento

Giants DFA Bryan Morris, recall reliever from Triple-A Sacramento

Bryan Morris allowed five earned runs out of the bullpen while only recording two outs in the Giants' 12-11 loss to the Braves on Thursday. One day later, the Giants designated Morris for assignment. 

In a corresponding move, the Giants recalled lefty reliever Steven Okert from Triple-A Sacramento.

Morris went 2-0 with a 6.43 ERA in 20 games out of the bullpen for the Giants this season. 

Okert has moved up and down from Sacramento and San Francisco this year. With the Giants, he is 1-0 with a 6.23 ERA in 19 appearances.

Down in the minors, Okert owns a 1-0 record with a 2.25 ERA in 11 games while recording four saves.