Steinmetz: Owners' plan is going to take time


Steinmetz: Owners' plan is going to take time

Sept. 13, 2011


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Matt Steinmetz

It's a simple question and one we've asked a bunch of times: Why would NBA owners endeavor to resolve this labor disputelockout without using perhaps their most significant piece of leverage?Answer: They wouldn't.The leverage in question is, of course, money. Yes, the lockout is into Month No. 3, but the fact of the matter is many NBA players are still drawing paychecks from the 2010-11 season. They'll continue to do so for another month-and-a-half, and then those checks will stop coming.
It seems highly unlikely -- and particularly so after Tuesday's dreadful meeting -- that the owners will agree to anything before late November or early December. Again, why would they? The only chance owners have of getting everything they want -- most important a hard cap -- is to first pinch the players financially.Only way they can do that is to allow the lockout to linger. And that's where we're at right now.Over the past few weeks, there has seemingly been some positive vibes coming out of the negotiations. But the reality is that positivity was built solely on both sides refraining from acrimony. That's it. There wasn't anything of importance agreed upon.Just because both sides are playing nicer doesn't mean this thing is any closer to ending. The owners have been thinking about this lockout for years; they're not going to give in -- especially at the start of this process. And that, unfortunately, is where we're at with this whole thing: The start of the process.In the next week or so, training camps and the exhibition season will be scrapped. After that, the league will likely announce the missing of a portion of the early schedule. From there the question becomes: Will there be a season at all?That's always been the most important question. And it's one that is still months away from being answered.

NBA Gameday: Barnes, Warriors welcome Kings to Oracle

NBA Gameday: Barnes, Warriors welcome Kings to Oracle

OAKLAND -- Seeking their sixth consecutive win, the Warriors will get their first look at the dramatically revamped Sacramento Kings when the teams meet Friday night at Oracle Arena.

A win by the Warriors, combined with a Cleveland Cavaliers loss, would give the Warriors homecourt advantage in any NBA Finals scenario.

But the Warriors (57-14) may have to squint to recognize these Kings, who last month traded star big man DeMarcus Cousins -- the team’s mainstay for seven years -- to the Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and other considerations.

The Kings (27-44) have lost 11 of 14 games since the deal and are slowly sinking out of the Western Conference playoff race.


Warriors by 17.5


Klay Thompson vs. Buddy Hield: It’s a battle between the Bahamians, or as Thompson has said of Hield, “My Bahamian brother.” Thompson has been cooking, shooting 53.2 percent (25-of-47) beyond the arc and 55.3 (52-of-94) percent overall over the last five games. Hield, a rookie from Oklahoma, has adapted well to Sacramento, scoring in double digits in 10 of 11 games while shooting 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from deep and 50.0 percent (60-of-120) overall this month.


Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, tibial bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Kings: F Rudy Gay (L Achilles tear) and G Malachi Richardson (R hamstring partial tear) are listed as out.


Warriors: 7-3. Kings: 2-8.


The Warriors have won two of three meetings this season and 15 of the last 17 overall, including the last seven games in Oakland.


THE TRANSITION GAME: Though the Kings are playing faster in the post-Cousins era, they still have little chance of matching the pace at which the Warriors prefer to play. Expect the Warriors to push at every opportunity, even if it means committing a few turnovers, in order to coax Sacramento out of rhythm. The Kings rank 26th in fast-break points and actually had a game in which they scored 0 fast-break points.

BOMBS AWAY: The Warriors rank third in 3-point shooting percentage (38.3), while the Kings rank 26th in 3-point percentage defense (37.2). There will opportunities galore for Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Ian Clark and Thompson -- who two years ago torched the Kings with an NBA-record 37 points in a quarter.

THIS “SKAL” GUY: Rookie forward Skal Labissiere, a 6-foot-11 package of raw talent, has been something of a revelation for the Kings. Emerging from the shadows in the wake of the Cousins deal, he has reminded observers why he was such a heralded prep recruit from the Memphis area. This sounds like a job for Draymond Green.


“Try to kill ‘em, plain and simple. Things didn’t go well there. They’re the enemy now. So we’re trying to kill ‘em. Beat ‘em by 50.” -- Warriors forward Matt Barnes on facing the Kings, who released him last month.

Warriors recall Kevon Looney from D-League ahead of Kings game

Warriors recall Kevon Looney from D-League ahead of Kings game

The Golden State Warriors have recalled forward Kevon Looney from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. Looney will be available for tonight’s Golden State game against the Sacramento Kings, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. (PDT) at Oracle Arena. 

Looney tallied 10 points, eight rebounds and one block in 13 minutes off the bench for Santa Cruz in Thursday's 106-103 road victory against the Austin Spurs. The 6’9”, 220-pound forward has appeared in four games (one start) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 12.8 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent from the field in 19.8 minutes.  

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