Robinson signing a big-time reach by Warriors

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Robinson signing a big-time reach by Warriors

The Warriors are poised to sign guard Nate Robinson, andits a move that will surely generate more buzz than it should.Robinson is an exciting and explosive player, and one who intheory could add some backcourt depth to the Warriors roster. But thats intheory, of course.The reality is that Robinson has been an issue most of theplaces he has been and he isnt the kind of player who can have a significantrole on a successful team. For goodness sakes, Sam Presti, one of the mostrespected general managers in the league, essentially paid Robinson 4 millionto NOT be a part of the Thunder.

In other words, Robinson didnt fit with a team vying for achampionship, but for some reason hell be a perfect fit with the Warriors.Thats a tough theory to get behind.In fairness to the Warriors, there might not be a guardavailable with any more talent than Robinson. But again, what does that tellyou? How can a player with so much talent and so much ability not be wanted byso many teams?Robinson can be a big-time scorer, and at times during hiscareer has been virtually impossible to guard in one-on-one situations. But hisshot selection is questionable and hes high volume. Defensively, he would seemto be exactly the kind of player coach Mark Jackson wouldnt have a need for:an I-me player not too interested in the defensive end of the floor.When things dont go Robinsons way, hes a distractionwaiting to happen. Robinson is also the kind of the player who will likely wanta bigger role than hes likely to get with the Warriors.How many minutes are there realistically when yourestarting backcourt is Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis? So, are you telling meRobinson will be happy with a limited role on Golden State? Ill believe thatwhen I see it.It seems apparent that one of two things is going to happenwith Robinson. Either he is going to be dissatisfied with his role and with hisminutes and hell start to become a problem or hell actually play well andtake playing time away from Curry.Either way, its not good.When the Warriors went out and signed Kwame Brown, tradedfor Brandon Rush and acquired Dominic McGuire, they were tangible moves thataddressed the teams defense.Robinson doesnt do that. Hes an offense first (only?)player and, rest assured, hell want to be a big part of that offense.Is Robinson talented? You bet. Is Robinson capable ofputting up big offensive numbers on occasion? Yes sir. But is this move areach? Youre darn right.

Source: Warriors contact Turner Sports about Shaq's abuse of McGee

Source: Warriors contact Turner Sports about Shaq's abuse of McGee

OAKLAND -- Mess with one Warrior, you mess with the entire organization.

That’s the message the Warriors sent out Friday in the wake of a Twitter beef between center JaVale McGee and TNT analyst Shaquille ONeal that began late Thursday night and carried into the wee hours Friday morning.

Coach Steve Kerr fired back at O’Neal, as did Warriors forward Kevin Durant. The Warriors, as a franchise, contacted O’Neal’s bosses.

Kerr spent a portion of his post-practice news conference Friday afternoon defending McGee from O’Neal’s relentless ridicule on the video segment “Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Durant said O’Neal’s ongoing critiques are “childish,” adding that O’Neal was a great player with his own imperfections.

Prior to the comments by Durant and Kerr, though, it was confirmed by CSNBayArea.com that the Warriors contacted Turner Sports in hopes of getting TNT’s parent company to persuade O’Neal to curb the constant derision directed toward McGee because of its impact on his image and reputation.

The outreach was a direct response to a roughly two-minute segment Thursday night that was strictly limited to castigating McGee.

Upon getting wind of Durant’s comments, O’Neal turned to Twitter to tell Durant that McGee is a “bum” and to “mind yo business.”

Durant defends JaVale, blasts Shaq: 'He didn’t have any skill'

Durant defends JaVale, blasts Shaq: 'He didn’t have any skill'

OAKLAND -- The long-simmering acrimony between retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and Warriors center JaVale McGee reached epic proportions late Thursday night and early Friday morning when the two engaged in a Twitter beef.

By Friday afternoon, Kevin Durant was stepping into the fray. He didn’t bother with Twitter, instead speaking his mind and firing verbal grenades at Shaq.

“JaVale works extremely hard,” Durant said after practice. “He has come in here and done so much for us as a player. He only wants to be respected, just like anybody else. And I understand that Shaq works for a company that wants him to do that type of stuff, and make fun of players. It’s cool and funny.

“But when you just keep doing it time and time and time again, for no reason, and then a guy actually disagrees with you? And you threaten him? I didn’t know cops could threaten civilians like that.”

O’Neal currently is a reserve police officer in Doral, Fla. He also has served in that capacity in several other cities.

The latest O’Neal-McGee spat began when O’Neal, now an analyst at TNT who frequently targets McGee for ridicule, presented a video Thursday night that mocked McGee. It was very personal.

McGee took offense and responded on Twitter, which led to the two men exchanging insults, with McGee accusing O’Neal of “cooning,” and O’Neal calling McGee “dumb” and threatening to “smack the s--t out” of McGee.

Though McGee was not available Friday, he was sharply defended by Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Durant.

“It’s definitely childish,” Durant said. “But that’s what they want from these stars and these retired players, is to feud with the guys that are playing now and make arguments and disagreements. If I was JaVale, I’d feel the same way. It’s childish.

“Shaq wants to make a joke about it, but if it was him in that position, he would feel the same way.

“Everybody can’t be Shaq. He’s trying to make his money and enjoy the game of basketball, and his perception of him is that he’s a ‘dumb’ player because he makes mistakes on the court. Shaq was a sh---y free-throw shooter. He missed dunks. He air-balled free throws. He couldn’t shoot outside the paint. He was bigger than everybody. He didn’t have any skill. But he was bigger and stronger than everybody.”

Durant then turned his head and seemed to speak directly to O’Neal.

“He was still a great player, but you had your flaws too as a player,” he said. “And you played on five of six teams, too. So it’s not like you’re this perfect center. You had your flaws too. Like I said, I didn’t know cops could go on Twitter and threaten civilians like that. I’m glad JaVale challenged him.”

Kerr, who has known O’Neal for more than 20 years, also came to McGee’s defense.

“I don’t blame him for being frustrated,” he said Kerr. “Shaq’s been picking on him for years and years and years. And JaVale, rightfully so, probably gets frustrated. It never ends. And it’s one thing to just have a little fun, but you can go a little bit over the top.

“It’s one of those things. If you think about JaVale’s career, when you’re in this position where someone is on national TV making fun of you night after night, it’s not the greatest thing for your reputation.

“I can tell you, I had a preconceived notion of JaVale before he got here that turned out to be totally false. And a lot of that was because of what goes on with Shaq’s ‘Shaqtin’ A Fool’ thing.”

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Shaq responded to Durant Friday on Twitter, writing "@KDTrey5 mind yo business this ain't for you," and "@KDTrey5 I understand u sticking up for your teammate that's cool but your boy @JaValeMcGee34 is still a bum, he started it I'm a finish it."