Jackson says Kings are 'big game' for Warriors

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Jackson says Kings are 'big game' for Warriors

OAKLAND Outside of Northern California, the Warriors-Kingsgame on Saturday night likely isnt resonating very much.But that doesnt matter to Warriors coach Mark Jackson. Notsurprisingly, hes viewing the game as a big one for his team. The Warriors arejust 8-12, but theyve won two in a row and are seeking the seasons firstthree-game winning streak.Theyll have to do it on the road where they are 2-5 andtheyll have to do it against the Kings, a team the Warriors beat this pastTuesday at Oracle.
Before the Warriors beat the Kings on Tuesday, Jackson wrotethe record 8-12 on the grease board. The team was 6-12 at that time, with theKings and Jazz upcoming, and Jackson set two in a row as a goal.On Friday, he wrote 9-12 on the grease board."I think (Saturday) is a big game for us, obviously," Jackson said after practice. "Its an opportunity to win three in a row, anopportunity to continue to practice the principles weve laid forth and tocontinue to build."
What Jackson thinks the Warriors are building toward is thepostseason. He wasnt asked specifically about the playoffs, but he hasntconceded anything on that front regarding his playoff prediction.I think there are going to be a lot of teams that are goingthrough a tough stretch, Jackson said. And weve experienced ours. Obviously,the schedule doesnt get any better, but we feel we will.The Warriors beat the Kings 93-90 on Tuesday, a game that Kingsstarting shooting guard Marcus Thornton did not play in. Instead, JimmerFredette started that night. Thornton returned for the Kings win over Portlandon Thursday, while Fredette got a DNP-CD.Hes a heck of a talent, a guy that can flat-out scorer andcreate problems at the offensive end, Jackson said of Thornton. But at theend of the day, its about us. If we do what were supposed to do on both sidesof the basketball, well be just fine.

Warriors eye veteran guard Calderon after release of Weber

Warriors eye veteran guard Calderon after release of Weber

OAKLAND -- Briante Weber’s 20 days with the Warriors came to an end Saturday night, creating a roster opening expected to be filled by veteran point guard Jose Calderon.

“We think we have something in place, but it’s not finalized,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after a 112-95 victory over Brooklyn.

Calderon is in the process to be bought out by the Lakers, after which he will become a free agent. Once he clears waivers, the Warriors, according to multiple sources, will be waiting to offer a physical examination and a contract.

Though Warriors president/general manager Bob Myers stopped short of identifying Calderon by name, his insinuations late Saturday night line up with what was learned from league sources.

“You find that in the playoffs, experience matters,” Myers told CSNBayArea.com.

“I don’t want to diminish (Weber’s) contribution and say he’s not capable,” he added. “He could help a team. But I think sometimes you go with experience when going into the playoffs.”

While Weber is 24, with limited NBA experience, Calderon is 35 and has 12 seasons in the league, including three playoff appearances with two different teams. Moreover, Calderon is a career 41.1-percent 3-point shooter.

Calderon has played sparingly this season and has appeared only once, for five minutes, over the last nine games. In November, his most active month, he played in 11 games, averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 assists while shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 45.0 from beyond the arc.

Not that this made releasing Weber any easier. He had, in a short span of time, become popular with his teammates. Though Weber declined postgame interview requests, Stephen Curry spent a few minutes consoling and encouraging him.

Kerr struggled a bit in announcing that the team was releasing Weber, though the move was made by the front office in consultation with the coaching staff.

“We are making the decision thinking it’s the best thing for the team,” he said. “We make every decision based on that.

Weber played two minutes Saturday, scoring four points on 2-of-3 shooting. He logged a total of 46 minutes spread over seven games.

“He’s a good kid, did everything we asked of him,” Myers said. “But sometimes you’ve got to make tough decisions. Sometimes you’re not even right, but you make the best decision you can at the time.

“But he’s got a future in the NBA. He’ll have options. That’s the best thing about his situation. He’ll be able to choose what’s best for him.”

Warriors to release Briante Weber, will sign another guard

Warriors to release Briante Weber, will sign another guard

The Warriors are releasing guard Briante Weber, head coach Steve Kerr announced to the media after the team's 112-95 win over the Nets on Saturday night at Oracle Arena. 

Weber played 2:20 against Brooklyn, scoring four points with one rebound and one steal. He went 2-for-3 from the field and was plus-3 on the night. 

The 24-year-old VCU product played in seven games for the Warriors since coming up from the D-League in early February. Weber averaged 1.7 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game with Golden State. 

Kerr acknowledged the Warriors will sign a guard and the process is already in motion.