Udoh earning more minutes, not starting job


Udoh earning more minutes, not starting job

Warriors second-year forward Ekpe Udoh was instrumental in his teams 101-93 win over the Blazers on Wednesday at Oracle. He defended Portlands LaMarcus Aldridge very well down the stretch and helped the Warriors snap a three-game losing streak.His box score numbers didnt exactly jump out four points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots but anyone who saw the game knows Udoh had a bigger impact than that.Udohs ability to defend Aldridge one-on-one set the defensive tone for the Warriors in the final quarter. It was a game the Warriors needed, too, after losing a couple of difficult games to begin their current six-game homestand.
Golden State plays the Oklahoma City Thunder, owners of the best record in the NBA at 15-3, but before that, Warriors coach Mark Jackson took a look back at Wednesdays win. Jackson was asked about Udoh after Wednesdays game and then again after practice on Thursday. One issue that came up after the win was whether or not Jackson was considering a lineup change involving Udoh replacing center Andris Biedrins.Jackson said he most certainly wasnt, and that Udoh hadnt been consistent enough this season to be rewarded with a starting job.Jackson revisited the subject, among a few others, at Thursdays practice. Udoh also sat down and talked to the media. Here are those interviews.

Report: Warriors could pursue PG Calderon if bought out by Lakers

Report: Warriors could pursue PG Calderon if bought out by Lakers

While the Warriors appear to like D-League call-up Briante Weber, they could have a chance to add a veteran point guard to that final roster spot.

Weber's second 10-day contract expires after Saturday night's game against the Nets. If the Warriors chose not to sign him for the remainder of the season, they could pursue veteran point guard Jose Calderon.

Calderon, currently under contract with the Lakers, will reportedly be bought out of his deal in the next few days, according to ESPN.

If Calderon hits the open market next week, the Warriors and Rockets could be among the suitors for his services, according to the report.

The 35-year-old veteran is averaging 3.3 points and 2.1 assists in 12.2 minutes over 24 games this season for Luke Walton and the Lakers.


McGee expresses appreciation for support from teammates in Shaq feud

McGee expresses appreciation for support from teammates in Shaq feud

OAKLAND -- Though JaVale McGee avoided direct discussion of his feud with retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, the Warriors center expressed his appreciation for coaches and teammates coming to his defense.

“My teammates are my brothers, and (coach) Steve Kerr is also,” McGee said after shootaround Saturday morning. “It’s a great organization and I appreciate everything they do for me. That’s why I go out there and work as hard as I can when I’m on the floor. And I know everyone sees that. They see me running up and down the floor, working as hard as I can, and in the gym every day. I’m just doing my thing and trying to be a positive person.”

O’Neal’s constant ridicule of McGee reached a low point Thursday night, when the TNT analyst unveiled a video that showed various gaffes and slights to McGee’s intellect. McGee, who has held his tongue for years despite being targeted, fired back on Twitter.

Both men exchanged several insults and it reached a point Friday where by Kevin Durant and Kerr felt compelled to defend McGee.

Kerr even acknowledged that he harbored a few preconceived notions about McGee, based on O’Neal’s yearslong derision of the 7-footer. Those notions, Kerr said, turned out to be false.

McGee said he enjoys it when people take the time to engage him in conversation and come away realizing he is not a dolt, despite O’Neal frequently implying otherwise.

“I love it when people meet me,” McGee said, “and then they’re like, ‘Oh, you’re actually smart.’ It’s kind of rude, but I’ll take it.”

One of McGee’s teammates knows a thing or two about false impressions. Even after a strong collegiate career, Draymond Green had to overcome doubts that he was worthy of being in the NBA.

So it is no surprise that, to some degree, he understands how McGee feels.

“He’s standing up for himself,” Green said. “A lot has transpired over the course of the past four years with it. And he was just at a boiling point.”