Steinmetz: Roster moves ahead for Warriors?


Steinmetz: Roster moves ahead for Warriors?


Well, there's no doubt about it, the Warriors' big men are getting healthy. That can only mean one thing: The backcourt situation will be addressed soon.

Lou Amundson, who missed the first 20 games of the season because of a dislocated finger, played his first game of the season on Tuesday -- a 105-100 loss at Dallas. Amundson wasn't great in his 12 minutes, but he wasn't bad, either.
He had the mandatory energy, four points, a couple of blocks and a rebound. And if you watched closely, you not only saw Amundson's debut, but you saw Ekpe Udoh bouncing up frequently from his seat behind the bench.

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Udoh, who has been out since July because of torn ligaments in his left wrist, is coming back soon. I don't know if that means in the next three days or the next week or two, but he's been banging around now for a week now.

Point is, it's now time to start dealing with the void behind Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry in the backcourt. Quite simply, the Warriors have had zero consistent guard play off the bench.

Rest assured, there will be someone new in town soon to give that a try.

That's probably good news for Warriors fans, but it's not necessarily comforting for Jeff Adrien or Rodney Carney. The Warriors have 15 players on their roster, 13 of whom have guaranteed contracts.

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Those two don't.

Someone's going to have to go, and it's not going to be Jeremy Lin. He might be headed toward the D-League, but he's not going to be waived. Won't be Reggie Williams or Charlie Bell, either.

Regardless, what we know is the Warriors have a history of dipping into the D-League to grab a player. They'll be doing that soon.

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Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'


Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'

After four years in Oakland, Harrison Barnes was forced to leave town when the Warriors signed Kevin Durant last summer.

Barnes just finished the first year of a four-year, $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

So, does the former first-round pick miss his old home?

"I like living in Dallas but will always have love for Oakland!!" Barnes said in response to a question on Twitter on Sunday.

Barnes also picked his favorite restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco.

"Belly in Oakland or Amber in SF," Barnes wrote.

Steve Kerr keeping offseason routine in line: 'I'm not Jon Gruden'


Steve Kerr keeping offseason routine in line: 'I'm not Jon Gruden'

For the third straight summer, Steve Kerr has had a shortened offseason to work with.

While he is working on things for the 2017-18 season, he's not trying to cram as much work into a short period of time. He's taking time to relax and enjoy the summer.

In an interview with The Chronicle's Scott Ostler on Saturday, Kerr pulled back the curtain on how's spending the time before training camp starts.

“I’m on the phone, talking to Bob Myers, talking to our coaches and to different people. Writing down thoughts, putting together plans for our coaching retreat. It might be just something that pops into my head, where I just stop and write something down. But I’m not Jon Gruden, I’m not waking up at five in the morning and going to the film room,” Kerr said.

What could Kerr and Myers possibly talk about every single day?

“We talk about players, talk about roles. We talked a lot about Nick Young and [Omri] Casspi before we signed those guys. Talked a lot about our center position. Bob and I talk every day, kind of the first thing in the morning we check in with each other, usually talk for a half hour. We’re really close. He just got back from a great vacation, in Italy,” Kerr said.

Kerr and the defending champion Warriors get back on the court Sept. 30 in a preseason tilt against the Nuggets in Oakland. Then they head to China to play the Timberwolves twice before returning to face the Kings at home on Oct. 13. Four days later, they raise a banner, get their rings and tip-off the regular season against the Rockets.