Expect Warriors to go small early in season


Expect Warriors to go small early in season

Programming alert: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area kicks off the 2013 season with Warriors-Suns preseason hoops, kicking off with 'Warriors Season Preview' at 6:30 p.m., followed by tip-off tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

The Warriors conclude their preseason with games tonightagainst the L.A. Clippers in Los Angeles and then Tuesday night against thePhoenix Suns at Oracle.They open the regular season on Oct. 31 in Phoenix againstthe Suns. Lets take a look at some issues as things begin to ramp up:Going small: With Andrew Boguts minuteslikely to be limited early in the season and Andris Biedrins still ineffectiveand nursing an injury, it seems apparent that coach Mark Jackson will rely heavily at least for the time being on a small lineup.NEWS: Curry, Bogut have ankles looked at in L.A.
Jackson has used David Lee and Carl Landry together atvarious times during the preseason and its tough to imagine that stoppinganytime soon. Festus Ezeli will likely start at center until Bogut is ready,but its not like Ezeli will log heavy minutes.Hes foul prone, and once he gets into foul trouble, Jacksonhas been using Lee and Landry together. While those two power forwards form anice offensive frontcourt, they leave something to be desired at the other endof the floor.Neither Lee nor Landry is big enough or strong enough todefend centers on a consistent basis and neither excels at shot-blocking. Inaddition, when the Warriors play Lee and Landry together, they sometimes tendto get overwhelmed in the rebounding department.Jackson might not have a ton of options at center the waythings are right now, but its tough to see the tandem of Lee and Landry beingsuccessful on a consistent basis.Small forward spot: As of late last week,Jackson said he hadnt decided whether to start rookie Harrison Barnes orBrandon Rush at small forward.Jackson has downplayed the importance of which playerstarts, making a point to stress that both Barnes and Rush are both going toget plenty of playing time.And they will.But after six preseason games, youd have to say that Rushhas played better than Barnes thus far. So, well see which direction Jacksongoes in as the first game nears.Curry extension: The Warriors and Stephen Currydecided to table contract extension talks until the preseason is over whichis in two days. The thinking was that both sides would better be able to make adetermination on that contract once Curry got some games under hisbelt.Now, with Curry being held out of the last two preseasongames, his contract situation would seem to be more uncertain.RELATED: Curry rolls ankle, tweets message at Warriors fansThe deadline for the Warriors to extend Curry is Oct. 31,which means hed have to get one before the regular-season begins. Tough to seethat happening now with so much uncertainty about Currys ankle.Curry, who missed 40 of 66 games last season with ankleissues, tweaked the injury again on Friday, although Curry downplayed theinjury and said he could have returned to action that night.

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

OAKLAND -- About an hour after general manager Bob Myers said the defending champion Warriors would soon gather to determine their response to any potential invitation from the White House, Stephen Curry reiterated his personal views.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry said during Media Day on Friday.

Curry has previously stated this position, one he shares with several teammates. Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala also have expressed no interest in visiting President Donald Trump. David West has made clear his distaste for Trump’s boorish conduct.

But Curry has thought not only about the subject but also how he reached his conclusion.

“That we don't stand for basically what our president has -- the things that he said and the things that he hasn't said in the right terms -- that we won't stand for it,” he said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.

“It's not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things, from (Colin) Kaepernick to what happened to (Michael) Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that we need to kind of change. And we all are trying to do what we can, using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that.”

Officially, the Warriors have made no firm decision. They will discuss the matter in the coming day in hopes of reaching a consensus.

Though Curry understands the final decision will be made every consulting with every voice in the locker room -- including coach Steve Kerr, who also has been critical of Trump -- he’s unwavering about his personal stance.

“It's not just me going to the White House. If it were, this would be a pretty short conversation,” he said.

“Like I said, it's the organization; it's the team. And it's hard to say because I don't know exactly what we're going to do in lieu of or if we do go or if we don't go or whatever.

“But my beliefs stay the same. I'll have a better answer for that once I can kind of understand where the group is, too.”

While Iguodala passed on delivering his stance, citing that he had been prepped on the subject by the team’s media relations staff, Durant -- like Curry -- said he has to take the opinions of his teammates into consideration.

“It's going to be tough to change my mind,” Durant said, “but we're going to talk about it as a team and figure out the next steps from there.”

West did not divulge his decision, opting to firmly state he “will let everybody know my opinion” once the team meets on the subject.


Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words


Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said

Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road. 

"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."

Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.

The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.