Tyson Chandler in Bay Area for 49ers' game


Tyson Chandler in Bay Area for 49ers' game

Free agent center Tyson Chandler, whom the Warriors hope tosign before the start of the 2011-12 season, was at Candlestick Park on Sunday,taking in the 49ers-Rams game.Chandler, who anchored the Dallas Mavericks championshipdefense, is perhaps the most coveted player in this years free agent class.And the Warriors have made him their No. 1 target.It is unknown whether or not Chandler is in town to meetwith Warriors officials. Nothing has been set up at this time, according toseveral people familiar with the situation. In addition, it is unknown how manymembers of the Warriors front office group are in the Bay Area at this time.

Interestingly, there is nothing preventing Chandler fromworking out on Monday at the Warriors downtown Oakland practice facility. Atpresent, with the collective bargaining agreement not yet finalized, every teamfacility is open to any player.If Chandler were to bump into a team official and chat, thatwould be OK, too. But teams and players cant enter into any oral contractagreements until the CBA is ratified.Most Warriors players were expected to return to the BayArea on Sunday and begin working out on Monday. Players can have only limitedcontact with team personnel at this point.Chandler, 7-foot-1, is considered one of the leagues bestdefensive centers, and interior defense is the among the Warriors biggestproblems. Chandler averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds in 27.8 minutes pergame last season for Dallas.Signing Chandler doesnt come without risk. He made 12.6million last season, and he is said to be asking for more than that in Year No.1 of what will likely be a four-year contract.That is a lot of money, and it would likely require theWarriors to use the amnesty provision on Andris Biedrins, something the team isreluctant to do because it believes it can trade Biedrins.Chandler also has injury history with his left ankle andtoe and has missed significant chunks of two of the past threeseasons.

Draymond expresses distaste for Raiders' move: 'I won't attend a game'

Draymond expresses distaste for Raiders' move: 'I won't attend a game'

Having been a member of the Warriors for nearly five years, Draymond Green has become a fan of Oakland and its people.

Considering that, as well as Green’s outspoken nature, perhaps it’s not surprising he expressed profound distaste for the Raiders’ impending move to Las Vegas.

“That's crazy. I feel bad for the city of Oakland,” Green told reporters Tuesday night, after the Warriors posted a 113-106 win over the Rockets in Houston. “I don't even know how that's going to work, honestly, with a football team moving to Las Vegas. I feel bad for the city.

“If I were the fans, I wouldn't attend a game for the next two years. But that’s just me. That's ridiculous. No way I'd pay my money to attend a game.”

Though Green roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 27-year-old power forward has attended games at the Coliseum and developed relationships with members of the Raiders, a franchise established in Oakland in 1960. The team moved to Los Angeles in 1982, and returned to Oakland in 1995.

Green was 5 years old in Saginaw, Mich. when the Raiders returned to their original home in ‘95, and he, like many Bay Area Raiders fans, clearly is having trouble digesting the idea of them being based in another city.

“That's like moving the Dallas Cowboys or moving the Packers,” he said. “Moving the Raiders? You can move a lot of teams. Ain't many fan bases like the Raiders fan base. That's like moving the Boston Celtics from Boston or the Lakers from LA.

“You just don't move certain franchises with the fan base they have.”

The Raiders are the second professional team preparing to vacate Oakland. The Warriors, after all, are planning to move to San Francisco in 2019.

“It's one thing if you're moving them from Oakland to Fremont or something,” Green said of the Raiders. “To Las Vegas? I wouldn't attend a game. I won't attend a game.

“And I'm not a diehard Raiders fan, but I support the city of Oakland. It ain't for me and I feel like all fans should feel that way. You just don't do that. Come on man, that's ridiculous.”


Kerr makes NBA history with Warriors' win in Houston

Kerr makes NBA history with Warriors' win in Houston

Steve Kerr continues to re-write the record books.

The Warriors' 113-106 victory in Houston on Tuesday was Kerr's 200th win of his brief coaching career.

The milestone victory comes in just his 238th game as a head coach, making him the fastest coach to 200 career wins.

Hall of Fame Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson held the previous record at 200 wins in 270 games.

In Kerr's three seasons as the coach of the Warriors, the team has won at least 60 games each year. Before the current three-year run, the Warriors never had a 60-win season in franchise history.