Tough decisions for W's on Paul, Chandler


Tough decisions for W's on Paul, Chandler

Well, Warriors owner Joe Lacob said he wanted to be bold.Heres his chance.It's obvious Lacob and the Warriors front office are weighingwhether or not to acquire Chris Paul and Tyson Chandler in separatetransactions.While getting those two players would seem like a no-brainerfor a franchise that has missed the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 years, thereality is there is big-time risk involved.What Lacob and crew are wrestling with this morning is this:Should they trade Stephen Curry and another young player or two for Paul, whois on the last year of his contract and who will not come with anextension?Decision No. 2 is this: Should they commit in theneighborhood of 15 million per season -- more than 60 million over four years -- to Chandler, an elite interior defender but a player with an injuryhistory?Those are not easy decisions.Paul is an elite point guard and a certifiabledifference-maker, but he already has made noise about playing in New York atthe end of his contract. If the Warriors traded for him -- and gave up theirfuture and cornerstone in Curry -- theyd have to bank on convincing Paul tostay.In other words, its possible the Warriors could trade forPaul today, and come summertime they no longer have Paul or Curry.As for Chandler, the Warriors are in the game for him and ifthey really want him they have a way to get there. The Warriors are currentlyabout 7 or so million under the cap and if they used the amnesty clause onAndris Biedrins could get up to 16 or so million under.That would possibly be enough to acquire Chandler, albeit atan inflated number. Still, the Warriors have been talking defense for years,and getting Chandler would provide them a legitimate basket protector.The reality is the Warriors have an avenue to getting Pauland Chandler. Its no sure thing and its replete with risk. But theres a wayto get there.Question is: Does Lacob do it?

Klay must have one thing before every game or 'chalk it up as a loss for me'

Klay must have one thing before every game or 'chalk it up as a loss for me'

Klay Thompson is really good at basketball.

He's been an All-Star three straight years and was named Third-Team All-NBA the last two seasons.

What's the secret to his success? He recently talked about his preparation with CBS Sports:

"My approach to the game is a lot more caluculated now -- as far as getting my rest, recovery after a big workout. Balancing your life is essential; on the court, off the court -- it's huge.

"As a high school player and as a collegiate, I would just kind of show up and play. As a professional, I have a certain routine that is very regimented. If I don't have a gameday nap you might as well chalk it up as a loss for me. I have to have my gameday nap just to get my mind right, get a little rest, maximize your energy for the game.

"Whether it's the arena or the practice gym, we're always there. Don't get to see the light of day sometimes so it's very important for me to get outside -- get some sun, get some fresh air.

"You have to get your mind off the game. I'm really a simple man -- it could be just sitting outside reading a book or playing pool, playing chess, video games. I love to take my dog, Rocco, to the park -- just stuff to keep your mind active, or your body active and get away from baskteball.

"You need that balance in your life. You can't just get totally consumed by basketball and then it kind of wears on your happiness. You gotta have a certain balance so you are eager to go to the game every day, and your hungry to get in the arena and put on a show."

First thing that comes to mind: McCollum's six words to describe Warriors

First thing that comes to mind: McCollum's six words to describe Warriors

The Warriors ended the Blazers' season with a 128-103 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.

And Portland shooting guard C.J. McCollum now has some free time on his hands.

On Thursday, his flight got delayed, so he held an impromptu Q&A on Twitter.

One question asked: "First thing that comes to mind when u think of the Warriors?'

McCollum's response:

The Warriors averaged over 27 assists in the series and shot over 40 percent from 3-point territory.

Golden State has ended Portland's season each of the last two years.

McCollum was terrific in Game 1 (41 points) and Game 3 (32 points) but struggled in Game 2 (11 points, 4 for 17) and Game 4 (six points, 2 for 12).

Next season is Year 1 of the 4-year, $106.6 million contract he signed last summer.