Jackson says Biedrins can 'get it back'

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Jackson says Biedrins can 'get it back'

Warriors fans might be at their wits end with center AndrisBiedrins, but coach Mark Jackson isnt there yet.Not even close.Jackson made it clear on Thursday that Biedrins, whose gamehas become perplexingly poor over the past two years, is very much in the plansfor this years Warriors team.I truly believe he can get it back, Jackson said. Imexpecting him to get it back. When you watched this young man on the floorduring his great stretch, he was a dominant big man, rebounding the basketball,blocking shots, finishing at the rim.
He had flashes of absolutely being a starting center on asuccessful team. I believe he can get that back.Biedrins decline has been the Bay Areas unanswered riddle.He averaged 11.9 points and 11.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in 2008-09,building on what was becoming a nice, little career.RELATED: Riley says Warriors' roster will be 'nearly same'
But thats when the bottom fell out. Biedrins has averagedjust five points per game in each of the past two seasons, and his reboundingand minutes are down, as you would figure.Hes struggled from the free-throw line and that has madehim less aggressive around the basket. Conventional wisdom is that Biedrins isthe type of center who needs to be spoon-fed by a distributing point guard like he had back with Baron Davis.But Biedrins best stretch of basketball actually came atthe very beginning of the 2008-09 season, when he strung together a dozenproductive games to start the season. That was the season after Davis hadleft.RELATED: Warriors to open season at Oracle on Christmas
What has happened to him I can only go by my research,Jackson said. I think a lot of times you lose confidence in this league. Iveseen great players become average players just because they took a blow to thechin and forgot how awesome they were or can be.Ill say this hes probably lost his confidence. But thegreat thing again, just like the rookies, is hes going to have everyopportunity. Its a new day. I believe in him and Im excited to be able tocoach him and give him an opportunity to get back to what he once had. Imlooking forward to it.

Warriors recall Kevon Looney from D-League ahead of Kings game

Warriors recall Kevon Looney from D-League ahead of Kings game

The Golden State Warriors have recalled forward Kevon Looney from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. Looney will be available for tonight’s Golden State game against the Sacramento Kings, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. (PDT) at Oracle Arena. 

Looney tallied 10 points, eight rebounds and one block in 13 minutes off the bench for Santa Cruz in Thursday's 106-103 road victory against the Austin Spurs. The 6’9”, 220-pound forward has appeared in four games (one start) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 12.8 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent from the field in 19.8 minutes.  

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Did Kendrick Lamar take shot at Kevin Durant on latest single?

Did Kendrick Lamar take shot at Kevin Durant on latest single?

Hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar's new album "The Heart Part 4" drops on April 7, but his lyrics are already making waves.

Lamar, who hails from Compton, California, appears to take a shot at Kevin Durant for his decision to leave the Thunder and join the Warriors this past offseason in free agency.

From the single titled "IV":

     Tables turned, lessons learned, my best look
     You jumped sides on me, now you 'bout to meet Westbrook
     Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you
     Just know the next game played, I might slap the s--- out you
     Technical foul, I'm flagrant, I'm foul
     They throwin' me out, you throw in the towel

If the Warriors face the Thunder again this season, it will be in a playoff series. Golden State swept Oklahoma City 4-0 during the regular season, winning 122-96 on Nov. 3, 121-100 on Jan. 18, 130-114 on Feb. 11, and 111-95 on March 20

Their average margin of victory was just under 20.