Observations from Warriors' preseason opener


Observations from Warriors' preseason opener

OAKLAND Of course its unfair to try to draw sweepingconclusions from one game, particularly when its an exhibition game. But letstry anyway.The Warriors opened up the preseason with a 107-96 victoryover the Sacramento Kings at Oracle, and here are a few observations:RECAP: Warriors top Kings in preseason opener
--Ekpe Udoh looks like a bona-fide NBA player. Not that hedidnt last season, but Udoh didnt exactly thrive under coach Keith Smart ayear ago. Udoh didnt rebound enough and was tentative with his face-upjumper.On Saturday night against the Kings, Udoh unveiled a littlebit of a post-up game, scoring two times in a row with his back to the basketin the first half once with the left and once with the right.
Of all the Warriors players, Udoh could be the playercapable of making the most strides from Year 1 to Year 2. Udoh finished with 10points and four rebounds in 26 minutes.--Klay Thompson didnt shoot the ball well on Saturday, butthats less important than the fact he seems like hell be able to squeezeshots off. Thompson isnt overly athletic, but hes got some spring in his stepwhen going to the basket.Fair or not, Thompson, a rookie, is going to be veryimportant to the team. The reason? Hes going to play. Hes going to have tobecause depth in the Warriors backcourt is a weakness.The other thing Thompson tried to do was go to the bucketonce he realized his shot wasnt falling. After starting out 1-for-6 from thefield, he finished 4-for-10.--Mark Jacksons sideline demeanor was calm for the mostpart. He spent about half his time sitting down and half his time standing up.Hes not a big yeller or screamer but does give plenty of instruction duringthe game.--For those expecting some kind of dramatic change out ofcenter Andris Biedrins, hey, its not going to come all at once. Biedrinscertainly wasnt bad, but he wasnt a huge presence, either. If theres onething noticeable about Biedrins its that he does seem to be expending a lot ofenergy, which means he helped get the Warriors a few extrapossessions.Biedrins finished with two points and five rebounds in 16minutes.--Hes not a Warrior, but Jimmer Fredette is worth keepingan eye on. Hes not much of a defender (what rookie is?), but he can shoot theball and has a knack for being able to get shots off.What he lacks in athletic ability, he makes up for in rangeand know-how. Question going forward for Fredette is whether hell ever be ableto hold his own against point guards or two guards on the defensiveend.Offensively, hes got no issues. He ended with 21 points on7-of-11 from the field.

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.