Matt Steinmetz October 20 Chat Transcript

Matt Steinmetz October 20 Chat Transcript

October 20, 2010

Editor's Note: NBA Insider Matt Steinmetz chats each Wednesday at noon to answer your questions on the Warriors and the NBA. Join in! From Sassan:
What have you seen from Jeremy Lin?Matt Steinmetz:
I'll give you this before we start. This is what I think. What do you think? http:tinyurl.com2emxlvv From Giacomo:
You mentioned that you have changed your wins total prediction. Higher or lower? What the new number? What caused you to change this number? If I remember correctly, you previously predicted 35-37 wins.Matt Steinmetz:
That was my ballpark, yes, but I think I'm moving toward a lower ballpark. I don't like that they have no backup point guard, are already thin up front and haven't established any kind of identity.From Jasper:
Curry said that he knows he is trying to do too much and this is causing the turnovers. Is there any sign that he is trying to improve on that?Matt Steinmetz:
You'd hope he's smart enough to reduce the amount of chances he takes. I'd like to think he's going to do that come the regular season. I don't like how much Curry turns the ball over, either. But that's about priority No. 10 at this point. From Timmy:
What's up with the 3pt shooting this preseason? Matt Steinmetz:
Warriors aren't going to shoot the 3 as well as last year. How can they. They lost Morrow, Watson and Azubuike?From Sco_Lo_Pro:
nice article Matt. it is an interesting story line for sure. not to minimize Lin's clear struggles but isn't it possible that the W's waiving Miles signifies more belief in Lin than before?Matt Steinmetz:
Sure, that would be one way to look at it, but I just don't think that's the case. If Lin isn't ready, it's going to be tough to even have him sit on the bench, with the crowd chanting his name, etc. Not to mention, that's a lot of pressure on the kid.From Rimrock:
is Coach Smart starting to worry you yet? Especially regarding Vladrad's minutes.Matt Steinmetz:
I can only assume you're saying Radmanovic is playing too many minutes. But Smart doesn't have a lot of other options. Brandan Wright has been inconsistent and Adrien is FA invitee. At this point, Radmanovic's got to be in the rotation.From RaiderFan:
Why doesnt Rodney Carney get more minutes? He's made the most of his time he received.Matt Steinmetz:
Well, Carney had been hurt -- a hip injury. So me missed some of the early games. But Smart said about a week or 10 days into camp that Carney was in the mix at small forward. Carney will have a chance to play 10-15 minutes a night, I would think.From AG:
Which player's play are you most surprised by in the preseason?Matt Steinmetz:
It would probably be Dorell Wright, although he hasn't been as good defensively as I thought. But he's shown an ability to do a few more things than you would have thought, mostly passing and rebounding. But he's got to set a better defensive tone than he has. I think he's got to get back to hanging his hat on defense and then seeing if he can still bring those other things instead of them coming at the expense of defense.From JD:
was it a mistake to not resign cj watson and azubuike? the bench looks very thin.Matt Steinmetz:
Well, Azubuike was part of the Lee deal so that's the way that one went. Interestingly, I don't think C.J. Watson would help much, either, because he's not a true point guard, either. Charlie Bell is kind of the defensive version of Watson, but neither players' strength is being a point guard. It's the decision-making I'm most concerned about.From Jamal:
Is it safe to say Lin would be playing overseas had Lacob not became the owner? Matt Steinmetz:
I'm not really sure. I don't know how big he was on other teams' radar. From Reed:
Do you think Monta has improved his game? If so what do you think they are?Matt Steinmetz:
The mere fact that Monta Ellis is engaged and doing the best he can in terms of leadership and chemistry and that is the most important thing. I really don't know where Monta Ellis' improvement comes from next. I'd say it should come at the defensive end. Next step would be to see if he can consistently defend like he did only at times a year ago.From Randy in Sobrante:
Is it just me or does it seem like the team does not take advantage of running on offense the way they did when Nellie was coach? From the 2 games I saw it was a half court offense being played for the most part.Matt Steinmetz:
The Warriors have no identity right now. They're not running like they used to, but their still not a very good transition defensive team, either.From Reed:
Are we better off, worse or the same in terms of the PG position this year? If you say CJ would not help then we are the same then.Matt Steinmetz:
I think you're worse because Curry is coming off full college season, NBA summer league, NBA regular season, and international summer. Now he's got 82 games ahead of him. There will be more backup minutes available at point guard so that's why I think Warriors are worse off.From DW:
I have seen different estimates regarding how long Aumundson will be out. says 6 weeks...some reports say indefinitely, some say 3-4 months. It seems like it hinges on if he had a pin placed in his hand. What have you heard? Do you know if a pin was needed?
Matt Steinmetz:
I know the Chronicle said a medical journal put the recovery time at 1 to 4 months. Warriors put no timetable on it. You hear lots of different things. I've heard January for both he and Udoh, but those are just vague assessments.From Buster B.:
Judging by Lacob's decision to sign Lin....I'm worried about the owner's future involvement in basketball decisions. Should I be?Matt Steinmetz:
That remains to be seen. The one thing I keep hearing about Joe Lacob is he's going to be into it, he's going to be passionate, he's going to be more receptive, etc. Here's the bottom line: Chris Cohan was a certain kind of owner when it came to availability, information and involvement; Lacob is going to be a very different kind.From Jeremy Lin:
Why didn't the Warriors just give Miles a contract and drop Lin to the D-League? Matt Steinmetz:
Well, D-League hasn't started yet. Second, if the Warriors keep Miles, then Jeff Adrien has to go. Only Warriors are already thin up front with Amundson and Udoh gone. So, Adrien still a factor.From RHC:
When is the ownership deal gonna be final seems like its taking a long time.Matt Steinmetz:
We're just above 90 days, but will be done soon.http:www.csnbayarea.com101810img-srchttpcsnbayareacomcommonglobal_imalan... From Hoopaholic:
What is a realistic expectation, statistically, from Andris Biedrins? A Troy Murphy-style double-double a night is a bit much, but maybe double digits in rebounds and 8 ppg? Gimme a couple of blocked shots and more than 4 free throws made all season (4-for-25 last year ... yikes)Matt Steinmetz:
I'm a little worried about Andris Biedrins returning to the type of player he was three years ago. I think he's got an opportunity to average double-figures in rebounds, but it's no guarantee because I could envision him spending a good chunk of season in foul trouble. He and Lee are going to pick up fouls up there. I think 10 points per game is too many for him. I think Biedrins could give you something like 8-10-2.From Mike:
Do we have a big man coach on the staff?Matt Steinmetz:
Robert Werdann, who worked in New Orleans the past five years or so, is Warriors big man coach. He replaced Russ Turner, who took a job at UC-Irvine. From DaveyDHolmes:
what do u think of chuck atkins?Matt Steinmetz:
I am not a big fan of Chucky Atkins, but he would be major upgrade as backup one at this point.From Warriors FanKill Kali:
for you to say the warriors have to no identity is not true they have Monta and Curry that a good one to punch now they need to get billups from denver!Matt Steinmetz:
What I mean by identity is more a style of play. At least they had that last year and in previous years: they were an uptempo, small-ball team and it was as simple as that. I don't know what kind of team they are this year.From Thor:
Do you think Magic Johnson may be joining the Warriors ownership group?Matt Steinmetz:
I have no reason to believe that at this point.From Carmelo Anthony:
Do the Warriors want me?
Matt Steinmetz:
They would love to have you. You got any interest in being here long-term? Didn't think so.From Renton in Monterey:
Brandan Wright, Brandan Wright, Brandan Wright. Collect your thoughts and let it rip.Matt Steinmetz:
Guy's got to show more inner fire. If he can do that, he'll play.From Mike:
I think Biedrins really misses Baron Davis.Matt Steinmetz:
Absolutely, positively. That's why Phoenix was interested in acquiring Biedrins when there was all the Stoudemire talk. The Suns felt Biedrins would be perfect type of five to play pick and roll with when you do it with the five. Good hands.From Bill -- Elk Grove Ws fan:
Miami -- give 'em the East? Are they 3 players and a bunch of church-leaguers?Matt Steinmetz:
I've got something happening and Miami not winning the title. I don't know about the east. One of those guys gets hurt and it's over for them. Just don't see Miami winning it. They've got to still grow so much together and L.A. already there. Gonna take more than one year for Miami to bring it home.From ET:
Do you think Lacob signed Jeremy lin bc he believed in his talent? Or was he a PR move? Or was he a business move knowing that he'd be able to fill more seats and sell more jerseys? (Lin already has more styles of Jerseys on team store than Lee or Biedrins)Matt Steinmetz:
There's no doubt PR played a role. It had to. I mean, on the Warriors home page they're selling jerseys and the guys they have in the ad are: Curry, Ellis, Lee,Dorell Wright and Lin. I mean, c'mon? Four starters and Lin? That's where I worry about Lin -- the pressure he's under.From Darren:
would the warriors entertain moving Curry for CP3?Matt Steinmetz:
Of course they would. Why wouldn't they? I was talking about Curry the other day to someone. I was saying that there is no doubt Curry was better than I thought he was going to be. And I think most people would say that. He's pretty good. But I think people are making a big mistake if they think he can be in same league as Nash (2-3 years ago), Deron Williams and Chris Paul.From Mr. Lee:
Who would you prefer to have right now, me or Anthony Randolph?Matt Steinmetz:
Right now, there's no doubt about it. I'd rather have David Lee. Lee is significantly better than Anthony Randolph at this point. Lee was a double-double guy; Randolph has been mostly inconsistent. The question is how good is Randolph going to be -- will he end up being better or more productive than David Lee. At this point, I have some doubts but it's not out of the question. Don't know if I'd bet on it though.From Brandon:
Where is the CurryLee pick and roll?Matt Steinmetz:
that will come. What Warriors are trying to do mostly right now is run more of a passing game, motion type offense. They're going to run a lot of pick and pop with Curry and Lee ... and Ellis and Lee for that matter.
From The Man:
Will we see any zone D this year?Matt Steinmetz:
Good question. I did notice Warriors were working a little bit on that the other day at practice. But not a big part at this point. From Luis:
do you think we should be worried that we can't win on the road?Matt Steinmetz:
Well, yes, that's one thing to worry about. But I don't worry about that any more this year than in other years.From Snorlax:
Will Cohan be the owner on opening night? What is the holdup with Lacob? Any word on the other investors?Matt Steinmetz:
Cohan might still be owner on opening night. But he might not be by Game 2. Then again, Lacob might be owner opening night, or it may not come till first week in November. But from everything I've been told, it's imminent and will happen within next couple of weeks.From Mike:
is motion game causing players to be tired in fourth quarter? Matt Steinmetz:
I guess that's one way to look at it. On the other hand, if you're in good shape, it should work to your benefit because the defense must respond to that style, too.From Rudy:
Does Gregg Papa have other suit colors other than brown?Matt Steinmetz:
Absolutely. I've seen him in navy blue and black. Also seen him go with the pinstripe look every once in a while. He likes that one.From Eric:
Any chance the Warriors make a major trade before the regular season or the trading deadline? And if they do trade someone, who do you see getting traded here?Matt Steinmetz:
I don't see a major trade before the season, only because this isn't the usual time for making deals. Before the all-star break? Well, I think that will depend on where Warriors are. Are they headed toward 33-49 season. Or are they exceeding expectations and in the mix for a playoff spot. That will go a long way toward determining.From Rudy:
Will Monta make the All-Star team this year?Matt Steinmetz:
I don't think so. If you just go down the list of guards in West, it's brutal: Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Brandon Roy, Billups and Nash still around. Russell Westbrook.From Evan--Lake Tahoe:
The Smart-Riley dynamic, how would you describe it? Typical for GM and coach? I know they're not sharing cigars like Nellie and Larry, but are they tight?Matt Steinmetz:
Yeah, they're good. Riley less interaction with Keith Smart than Nelson, although Riley wasn't having much interaction with Nelson over the past year or so anyway. I don't get sense Keith is in Riley's ear -- like Nelson was -- about making trades or moving this guy or that on a consistent basis.From GoWarriorsWin:
Haven't watch too much preseason yet as the Giants are in the playoffs vs your Phillies. Is Amundson injury going to really affect the Warriors early on?Matt Steinmetz:
I think the Amundson injury hurts. He's a backup center and energy guy -- not unlike Turiaf. Only Amundson played 79 games last year and Turiaf missed half the season.All right all. Thanks for joining. Regular season only one week away. I've also been informed I'll be doing some in-game chats this season so ... there you go.

Mullin sees potential Warriors-Cavs trilogy Finals going six games, but...

Mullin sees potential Warriors-Cavs trilogy Finals going six games, but...

As the defending champion Cavaliers are one win away from advancing to the NBA Finals, the consensus is they will meet the Warriors there and, moreover, that Part III of the trilogy promises to be the most compelling yet.

Chris Mullin is not so sure.

The Hall of Fame forward and current St. John's head coach, a guest Wednesday on the NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors Insider Podcast, perceives a reasonable chance of sweeping the series.

“I’m going on the record saying 4-2, just because maybe I want to see six games,” Mullin said. “I would not be surprised if it’s 4-1 or 4-zero. I think they’re that good.”

Recalling how the Warriors started sluggishly after a one-week layoff ahead of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs, Mullin conceded there could be some rust but probably not enough to invite a loss.

“I don’t want to lay any . . . pressure, but the Warriors, to me, this team that we’re watching is going to go down in history as one of the best teams of all time,” he said. “I believe that. I think they will stay together and that’s we’re probably going to see four Hall of Fame players that have played together and have dominated and become a dynasty. That’s what we’re going to look back on.

“There’s just a huge disparity between them and the rest of the league -- and not just the Cavaliers. But there’s a huge disparity between them and the Cavaliers. “

The Warriors defeated Cleveland in six games to win the championship in 2015, but the Cavaliers recovered from a 3-1 deficit to take the rematch last June.

Though both teams have made substantive changes, Mullin is more impressed with what the Warriors have done, including the addition of four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant to a nucleus that included All-Stars Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Mullin pointed out that the losses of Andrew Bogut, along with subtractions to their fabled depth and chemistry, led some to wonder if the Warriors might lose the magic of the previous two seasons. He also understands that point of view.

“But as I see it now,” he said, “I think they’re deeper and have better chemistry than they did last year when they won 73 games.”

It’s not that Mullin gives the Cavaliers, who have won 11 of 12 games in these playoffs, zero chance to win the series. It is just, in his view, very slim. “Cleveland, they’ve got really good people,” he said. “Their talent, I’m not discounting at all. LeBron and Kyrie and Kevin Love, these guys are great, great players.

“I feel like the Warriors are just a notch above everybody. I really believe that.”


After postponement due to HB2 law, Charlotte to host 2019 All-Star Game

After postponement due to HB2 law, Charlotte to host 2019 All-Star Game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NBA All-Star game is headed back to Charlotte in 2019, a couple of years later than anticipated.

The NBA announced that the All-Star weekend will be held Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte and the game will be played at the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets.

The league had selected Charlotte to host the 2017 All-Star game, but later moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people. However, a compromise was struck in March to partially erase the impact of the House Bill 2 law limiting anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people.

"While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. "Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies.

"All venues, hotels and businesses we work with during All-Star will adhere to these policies as well."

Despite Silver's intentions, the Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign has concerns that no protections for non-discrimination policies for the LGBTQ community have been put in place by the Charlotte or the state.

"North Carolina's discriminatory law prohibits the city of Charlotte from implementing non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ residents and visitors attending the All-Star Game. Nothing has changed that fact," said HRC senior vice president for policy and political affairs JoDee Winterhof.

The NBA is the latest sports entity to return events to North Carolina; the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference also are bringing events back to the state after changes were made to the law.

The now-repealed House Bill 2 required transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings. That's been dropped, but LGBT advocates have denounced the replacement law because state officials took no action barring sexual identity and gender discrimination in workplaces, restaurants and hotels and instead prohibited local governments from acting on their own.

Hornets owner and longtime NBA great Michael Jordan said in a release he is "thrilled" the game is coming back to Charlotte.

"We want to thank Commissioner Silver for his leadership throughout this process and for the decision to bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City," Jordan said in the release. "All-Star Weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise and our passionate Hornets fan base to people around the world."

Jordan asked Silver to keep the city in mind for 2019 after the league moved the 2017 game - hopeful the HB2 law would eventually be repealed.

Silver honored that request.

Hornets COO and president Fred Whitfield represented the Hornets and Spectrum Center in doing whatever he could to help facilitate a resolution, spending time meeting with legislatures and other business leaders in North Carolina.

"From the very beginning I was in engaged to see if we could not only save the 2019 All-Star game, but the NCAA (basketball) regionals and the ACC Tournament, as well as concerts and events in the building," Whitfield said. "We are operators of the building and we felt like we had to get engaged to assist to get some resolution."

Even as talks to repeal HB2 stalled at times, the Hornets continued to move forward with the league's request to upgrade the arena.

The $41 million renovation - $33.5 million of which came from the City of Charlotte - is almost complete, and has included a new scoreboard, new floor and renovations to suites and hospitality areas, among other upgrades.

Charlotte previously hosted the All-Star game in 1991 at the Charlotte Coliseum, which has since been demolished.

Pete Guelli, the Hornets executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, estimates a $100 economic impact for the city, but said the reputational effect will be even bigger.

"This city has changed significantly since the last time it hosted a game 28 years ago," Guelli said, "and the opportunity to showcase that on an international stage is incalculable."