In wake of Ellis-Bogut trade, some key issues

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In wake of Ellis-Bogut trade, some key issues

All right, the Warriors trade of Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh andKwame Brown to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson is sinking in.And there are a lot of angles to examine.

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Here are some issues that come to mind:Crunch-time and halfcourt scoring: Thereis a school of thought regarding the Warriors, in general, that scoring is theleast of their issues. Ive disagreed with that in the past and stilldo.
Yes, the Warriors have been a high-scoring team, but in thehalfcourt and late in games they are not efficient or effective for the mostpart. Quite frankly, there have been plenty of times when the Warriors offensebogged down, and Ellis was able to bail them out by making a shot.The Warriors moved the only player on their roster capable of creating his ownshot, and that will have a tangible effect. Who will score the big points forthe Warriors? Who will get them tough buckets down the stretch ofgames?Its easy to criticize Ellis failures on late-gamepossessions, but the reality is that neither David Lee nor Stephen Curry hasshown aggressiveness offensively when the game is on the line.Maybe they will step up in Ellis absence, but that iscertainly not a given. The Warriors are going to need to establish a completelynew offensive identity, now that theyve lost their long-time leading scorerand it wont be easy.Boguts health: Lets face it, if Bogutdoesnt return to 100 percent this trade will have been a disaster. He brokehis ankle earlier this season, and last season he sustained a serious elbowinjury.If Bogut returns next season and resembles the old Bogut,then the Warriors will have found a center theyve been looking at for years.When Bogut is at his best, he excels at rebounding, shot-blocking and passing and he also can score a little bit.Lee and Bogut could become the best passing powerforwardcenter combination in the league. But it all depends on Boguts health.The Warriors are going to need at least 65 games out of Bogut in each of thenext two seasons. If they dont get that many, theyre in trouble.The rest of this season: Its obvious thatowner Joe Lacob and his front office made this trade because they dont believethe Warriors, as constructed, could make a playoff push.Clearly, this years first-round pick was on their minds.Because of a previous trade, if the Warriors earn the No. 1 through No. 7 pickin the draft, they will keep their pick.If they end up with the No. 8 pick or worse, it will beconveyed to Utah. In other words, the Warriors front office no longer caresabout making the playoffs but instead is interested in securing their own draftpick.So, the more the Warriors fall in the standings, the betterthe odds that theyll get to keep their pick.RELATED: NBA standings
But theyve got a long way to go considering theyre No. 11in the NBA right now. Worst-case scenario would be for the Warriors to not makethe playoffs and still lose their pick.Jacksons status: Its obvious theWarriors will try to re-route Jackson to another team before Thursdaysdeadline, but that is going to be extremely difficult.First off, all the players involved in the trade must passphysicals and thats going to take some time. In other words, its possiblethat the Warriors wont have league clearance to make a move involving Jacksonbecause this deal will not have completely cleared.The other thing is that the Warriors cannot aggregateJackson with any other player or salary, meaning they can only trade him andhim only as part of a deal. They may take more than one player back,however.It seems more than plausible that Jackson will remain aWarrior past the deadline and then the team will have to make a decision whatto do with him.

Source: Warriors contact Turner Sports about Shaq's abuse of McGee

Source: Warriors contact Turner Sports about Shaq's abuse of McGee

OAKLAND -- Mess with one Warrior, you mess with the entire organization.

That’s the message the Warriors sent out Friday in the wake of a Twitter beef between center JaVale McGee and TNT analyst Shaquille ONeal that began late Thursday night and carried into the wee hours Friday morning.

Coach Steve Kerr fired back at O’Neal, as did Warriors forward Kevin Durant. The Warriors, as a franchise, contacted O’Neal’s bosses.

Kerr spent a portion of his post-practice news conference Friday afternoon defending McGee from O’Neal’s relentless ridicule on the video segment “Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Durant said O’Neal’s ongoing critiques are “childish,” adding that O’Neal was a great player with his own imperfections.

Prior to the comments by Durant and Kerr, though, it was confirmed by CSNBayArea.com that the Warriors contacted Turner Sports in hopes of getting TNT’s parent company to persuade O’Neal to curb the constant derision directed toward McGee because of its impact on his image and reputation.

The outreach was a direct response to a roughly two-minute segment Thursday night that was strictly limited to castigating McGee.

Upon getting wind of Durant’s comments, O’Neal turned to Twitter to tell Durant that McGee is a “bum” and to “mind yo business.”

Durant defends JaVale, blasts Shaq: 'He didn’t have any skill'

Durant defends JaVale, blasts Shaq: 'He didn’t have any skill'

OAKLAND -- The long-simmering acrimony between retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and Warriors center JaVale McGee reached epic proportions late Thursday night and early Friday morning when the two engaged in a Twitter beef.

By Friday afternoon, Kevin Durant was stepping into the fray. He didn’t bother with Twitter, instead speaking his mind and firing verbal grenades at Shaq.

“JaVale works extremely hard,” Durant said after practice. “He has come in here and done so much for us as a player. He only wants to be respected, just like anybody else. And I understand that Shaq works for a company that wants him to do that type of stuff, and make fun of players. It’s cool and funny.

“But when you just keep doing it time and time and time again, for no reason, and then a guy actually disagrees with you? And you threaten him? I didn’t know cops could threaten civilians like that.”

O’Neal currently is a reserve police officer in Doral, Fla. He also has served in that capacity in several other cities.

The latest O’Neal-McGee spat began when O’Neal, now an analyst at TNT who frequently targets McGee for ridicule, presented a video Thursday night that mocked McGee. It was very personal.

McGee took offense and responded on Twitter, which led to the two men exchanging insults, with McGee accusing O’Neal of “cooning,” and O’Neal calling McGee “dumb” and threatening to “smack the s--t out” of McGee.

Though McGee was not available Friday, he was sharply defended by Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Durant.

“It’s definitely childish,” Durant said. “But that’s what they want from these stars and these retired players, is to feud with the guys that are playing now and make arguments and disagreements. If I was JaVale, I’d feel the same way. It’s childish.

“Shaq wants to make a joke about it, but if it was him in that position, he would feel the same way.

“Everybody can’t be Shaq. He’s trying to make his money and enjoy the game of basketball, and his perception of him is that he’s a ‘dumb’ player because he makes mistakes on the court. Shaq was a sh---y free-throw shooter. He missed dunks. He air-balled free throws. He couldn’t shoot outside the paint. He was bigger than everybody. He didn’t have any skill. But he was bigger and stronger than everybody.”

Durant then turned his head and seemed to speak directly to O’Neal.

“He was still a great player, but you had your flaws too as a player,” he said. “And you played on five of six teams, too. So it’s not like you’re this perfect center. You had your flaws too. Like I said, I didn’t know cops could go on Twitter and threaten civilians like that. I’m glad JaVale challenged him.”

Kerr, who has known O’Neal for more than 20 years, also came to McGee’s defense.

“I don’t blame him for being frustrated,” he said Kerr. “Shaq’s been picking on him for years and years and years. And JaVale, rightfully so, probably gets frustrated. It never ends. And it’s one thing to just have a little fun, but you can go a little bit over the top.

“It’s one of those things. If you think about JaVale’s career, when you’re in this position where someone is on national TV making fun of you night after night, it’s not the greatest thing for your reputation.

“I can tell you, I had a preconceived notion of JaVale before he got here that turned out to be totally false. And a lot of that was because of what goes on with Shaq’s ‘Shaqtin’ A Fool’ thing.”

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Shaq responded to Durant Friday on Twitter, writing "@KDTrey5 mind yo business this ain't for you," and "@KDTrey5 I understand u sticking up for your teammate that's cool but your boy @JaValeMcGee34 is still a bum, he started it I'm a finish it."