OAKLAND -- Once upon a time, Warriors coach Mark Jacksonused to praise center Andris Biedrins. Went out of his way to praise him, andoverpraised him, according to many.This year, not so much.Jackson made it clear before training camp that he wasdisappointed Biedrins was the only Warriors no-show at a voluntary playersmini-camp in early September.And after Saturdays open scrimmage at Oracle one in whichBiedrins spent the entire time on the stationary bike Jackson seemed a touchharsh again.But after Sundays practice, Jackson insisted his tonehasnt changed when it comes to Biedrins.Not necessarily true, Jackson said. I still think hes abig-time post defender, still think hes a big-time pick-and-roll defender.Never hid the fact about his free throw shooting. At the end of the day, wedrafted a young big man and we hope to have a healthy Andrew Bogut.The competition was wide open and today Festus Ezeli is mybackup center. Unfortunately Dre got hurt. If youre the only guy not here andthen you get hurt, its unfortunate. What I will say is were going to bepatient, continue to treat him and hopefully he gets back healthy. He addsdepth to that position. But no matter who it is, we dont have time to wait foranybody in fairness with what were trying to accomplish as a team.And it was wide open. The way Nellie (Don Nelson) coachedhim, some people said it was too hard and it didnt work. I have a totallydifferent style and obviously last year didnt work as far as thinking he wasgoing to get back to his old self. But I still think he can help thisbasketball team. And Im not down on him at all. But we drafted a young big manwho has played exceptionally well this preseason.While most of the Warriors participated in a five-on-fiveopen scrimmage on Saturday at Oracle Arena, Biedrins and rookie Draymond Greenrode stationary bikes off to the side.Biedrins, who has a groin injury, didnt participate inSundays practice, either. He hasnt played or practiced since Monday, when heplayed five minutes against Utah.Afterward, Jackson was asked about the status of Biedrins,and it didnt sound like praise. Hes just rehabbing and were going to keep it moving,Jackson said. We really dont have time to wait for anybody. Were going tokeep it moving, and hes going to continue to get treatment and go throughrehab. When hes ready, well see where hes at.Biedrins, whose career has been in decline since 2009,missed the teams last exhibition game against Maccabi Haifa because of theinjury. In two games previous to that, Biedrins didnt register a point or arebound in 16 total minutes.
Having been a member of the Warriors for nearly five years, Draymond Green has become a fan of Oakland and its people.
Considering that, as well as Green’s outspoken nature, perhaps it’s not surprising he expressed profound distaste for the Raiders’ impending move to Las Vegas.
“That's crazy. I feel bad for the city of Oakland,” Green told reporters Tuesday night, after the Warriors posted a 113-106 win over the Rockets in Houston. “I don't even know how that's going to work, honestly, with a football team moving to Las Vegas. I feel bad for the city.
“If I were the fans, I wouldn't attend a game for the next two years. But that’s just me. That's ridiculous. No way I'd pay my money to attend a game.”
Though Green roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 27-year-old power forward has attended games at the Coliseum and developed relationships with members of the Raiders, a franchise established in Oakland in 1960. The team moved to Los Angeles in 1982, and returned to Oakland in 1995.
Green was 5 years old in Saginaw, Mich. when the Raiders returned to their original home in ‘95, and he, like many Bay Area Raiders fans, clearly is having trouble digesting the idea of them being based in another city.
“That's like moving the Dallas Cowboys or moving the Packers,” he said. “Moving the Raiders? You can move a lot of teams. Ain't many fan bases like the Raiders fan base. That's like moving the Boston Celtics from Boston or the Lakers from LA.
“You just don't move certain franchises with the fan base they have.”
The Raiders are the second professional team preparing to vacate Oakland. The Warriors, after all, are planning to move to San Francisco in 2019.
“It's one thing if you're moving them from Oakland to Fremont or something,” Green said of the Raiders. “To Las Vegas? I wouldn't attend a game. I won't attend a game.
“And I'm not a diehard Raiders fan, but I support the city of Oakland. It ain't for me and I feel like all fans should feel that way. You just don't do that. Come on man, that's ridiculous.”
Steve Kerr continues to re-write the record books.
The Warriors' 113-106 victory in Houston on Tuesday was Kerr's 200th win of his brief coaching career.
The milestone victory comes in just his 238th game as a head coach, making him the fastest coach to 200 career wins.
Hall of Fame Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson held the previous record at 200 wins in 270 games.
In Kerr's three seasons as the coach of the Warriors, the team has won at least 60 games each year. Before the current three-year run, the Warriors never had a 60-win season in franchise history.
Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr earned his 200th career reg. season win, doing so in his 238th game--the fastest to 200 wins in NBA history.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) March 29, 2017
Warriors have won at least 60 reg. season games for the 3rd-straight year. Warriors had never reached the 60-win plateau in 68 years prior.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) March 29, 2017