Warriors get permission to talk with Lakers' Shaw

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Warriors get permission to talk with Lakers' Shaw

May 12, 2011STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com

The Warriors have officially reached out to Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw about their head coaching opening, CSN Bay Area has learned.According to two league sources, the Warriors called Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak earlier this week and asked for permission to talk to Shaw, the lead assistant to Phil Jackson.Shaw, an Oakland native, is considered a leading candidate to succeed Jackson, who retired this week after the Lakers were swept in the Western Conference semifinals by Dallas.
At the same time, the Lakers' front office has indicated it will interview other candidates, too. Shaw is under contract with the Lakers until June 30, but they have given him the OK to interview with other NBA teams.Shaw interviewed last offseason with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but decided to return to the Lakers. He also interviewed for the Chicago Bulls' heading coaching position in 2008, a job that went to Vinny Del Negro.Shaw is considered among the best of an assistant coaching crop that also includes: San Antonio's Mike Budenholzer, Dallas' Dwane Casey, Boston's Lawrence Frank and New Orleans' Mike Malone.Shaw, who played 14 seasons and helped the Lakers to titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002, would seem to have opportunity to become a head coach for the first time in his career. The Lakers, Warriors, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers all have vacancies.In addition, it's possible jobs could also open up in Minnesota, Detroit and maybe even Toronto. The Rockets are said to be down to three finalists for their position, none of whom are Shaw but all of whom are former head coaches. Still, Rick Adelman's old job hasn't been filled.It's likely the Pacers would have interest in Shaw. Indiana president of basketball operations Larry Bird has not yet decided to rehire interim coach Frank Vogel and is reportedly also interested in former Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown and current Dallas assistant Dwane Casey.Bird and Shaw have a history. They played together for three seasons in Boston in the late 1980s and early 1990s.That the Warriors would bring in Shaw for an interview is a virtual no-brainer. Shaw grew up in Oakland and played high school basketball at Bishop O'Dowd before attending St. Mary's for two years.He played for the Warriors and still has a house in the Oakland Hills. He has indicated in the past he would relish an opportunity to coach the Warriors and help turn his hometown franchise around.Shaw is the third known candidate to draw interest from the Warriors. ESPN reported on Tuesday that Brown and Casey were going to be among the first to interview with Golden State.It is unclear whether the Warriors have spoken to Shaw yet or set up an interview. The Warriors had no comment and have said they will not comment on any aspect of the coaching search.Calls to Shaw's cellphone were not returned.The Warriors decided not to pick up Keith Smart's option for the 2011-12 season on April 27. At that time, Warriors owner Joe Lacob and general manager Larry Riley said they would be deliberate in their search for a new coach.They also were non-specific regarding the type of coach they were looking for, saying it would be desirable to have coach with experience and yet they are also open to a current assistant getting a shot at a head job.Lacob and Riley also said that they wanted a coach who was committed to more of a defensive approach, but that it likely wouldn't be someone whose main attribute is mostly that.Riley also has said that his preference would be to maintain an uptempo style.In other words, the Warriors have a pretty big umbrella.In the days after the decision to make a change at coach, the Warriors were said to be gauging the interest of former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and perhaps former Knicks and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy.It is unknown whether the Warriors have contacted either of those two or whether they would have interest in the first place.Among the top assistants, Budenholzer told reporters last Friday he was keeping his name out of any coaching search and that for now he wants to stay in San Antonio. Casey, whose Mavericks are in between series right now, is a candidate throughout the league.As for Frank, the Celtics were eliminated on Wednesday so he likely already has gotten a call or two or is likely to soon. Steve Kauffman, the agent for Malone, wouldn't acknowledge whether his client had been contacted for available jobs or not.

Warriors bury Clippers rivalry with 50-point barrage in third quarter

Warriors bury Clippers rivalry with 50-point barrage in third quarter

OAKLAND -- The Warriors-Clippers rivalry, dead for a couple years, was buried 50 points deep Thursday night.

There were, and may always be, occasional fits of temper in which both players and officials will be tested. That surely was the case during the Warriors’ 123-113 victory over LA at Oracle Arena.

But scoring 50 points in 12 minutes, as the Warriors did in the third quarter, is a rather emphatic statement that serves as its own embellishment. It sent the Clippers back home, unable to muster even a half-hearted comeback.

“That was incredible,” Kevin Durant said of third-quarter scoring frenzy.

“That’s a lot of points,” Klay Thompson said. “It’s that the most we’ve had all season?”

Well, yes, it is. The Warriors’ previous high for points in a quarter was 45, also against the Clippers, on Jan. 28.

So this was astonishing even to the Warriors, the highest-scoring team in the NBA for three seasons running. This is the Warriors’ fourth 50-point quarter in franchise history and their first since March 1989. They made nine 3-pointers, tying a franchise record for triples in a quarter.

Fifties are rare, period; the last one by any team in the NBA was on March 25, 2014, when the Lakers dropped 51 in a quarter against the Knicks.

“I had no idea we scored that much,” said Stephen Curry, who scored 20 in the quarter -- 17 in the final 3:37 before halftime. “Obviously, coming back from 12 down to having a double-digit lead, it all started with the defensive end and finding transition.”

The scoring breakdown: Curry scored 20, Durant 15, Thompson 5, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia 4 each and JaVale McGee 2. The Warriors shot 73.9 percent (17-of-23) in the quarter.

“It all started from our defense, getting rebounds and getting out in transition,” Durant said.

The Warriors forced five LA turnovers in the quarter, off which they scored 11 points. Trailing by 12 at the half, they led by 12 entering the fourth quarter.

The Warriors have defeated the Clippers 10 consecutive times overall. They’ve beaten them 11 straight times at Oracle Arena. The average margin of victory in four games this season is 21.5 points.

This was a matter of how the Warriors responded to the threat posed by LA in the first half.

“I’m not sure what needed to happen,” Draymond Green said. “But I know we took that quarter over. And it was pretty spectacular.”

With Clippers rivalry over, Warriors feed off feud with Foster

With Clippers rivalry over, Warriors feed off feud with Foster

This will come as a sharp blow to Warrior fans who like things the way they are, but they probably can no longer use Scott Foster as an alibi for failure, or a stalking horse for rage.
 
Well, I mean they can, but let’s be honest here – the evidence just doesn’t support it any more.
 
Foster, who no matter what you say is one of the elite officials in the league, has also been cast as a bête noire by all things Golden State. Either he’s imperious, or he’s standoffish, or he makes himself too conspicuous – they’re all standard complaints made of all officials who aren’t otherwise branded as just plain terrible.
 
Only Foster isn’t terrible, given the fact that he has worked a series of NBA Finals, and that remains the gold standard for officiating.
 
But the Warriors bang their heads against the backboard when he works their games, and were on the verge of doing that again Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Foster called third quarter technicals on Andre Iguodala and the Warrior bench, and J.T. Orr called one on Draymond Green, all in the space of 6:34. The Warriors were unhinged, the fans were unhinged, innocent bystanders were being hit with flying hinges throughout the arena.
 
And in that stretch, the Warriors outscored the Clippers, 26-15, en route to a 50-point quarter (the first in two seasons and the third since the turn of the millennium) and another harsh slapdown of what used to be known as the Warriors-Clippers Cavalcade Of Hate, this time 123-113.
 
It isn’t that any more, not close. Truth is, the Warriors have won 10 consecutive games against the Clips, but probably never quite at decisively as this. At the game’s most lopsided stretch, Golden State outscored Los Angeles, 72-33, in a shade over 17 minutes.
 
Because that’s what they do.
 
Only this time, the comeback was not fueled by the existence of the Clippers, who had outplayed them pretty convincingly for the first 22 minutes and change, but with the officials, who as we have said before irk the hell out of them when their number includes Foster.
 
Who, again, is one of the game’s best officials. I think it’s a personality clash, to be frank, in which both sides can take some blame.
 
Truth is, though, when a team can go for 50 in a quarter and still have time to engage in a feud with the officials, it is making a kinky little statement about what they can do when enraged, and how difficult it is to stop them when they have a serious mad-on.
 
Yes, it is probably stretching a point to make this case, especially when the Warriors make 17 of 23 shots (9 of 15 from three) and assist on 13 of the 17 field goals. It is probably minimizing Stephen Curry’s 20-point quarter and his four assists, or Kevin Durant’s 15 and five rebounds, or David West imposing his body between Green and the officials to keep him from getting T’d up again for the second successive game.
 
But we have already established that rivalries are dying at their feet left and right. In the last three years the Clippers have gone from the Warriors’ arch-enemies to a team that has finished an aggregate 44 games behind the Dubs in the standings, making whatever animosity they can still stir 

Against the Clips a curio of a much earlier time. The Oklahoma City Thunder have come and gone, and even the Durant-Russell Westbrook has lost its last bit of elasticity.
 
Oh, there is still Cleveland, but that cannot be resumed for another 14 weeks at the earliest.
 
The Warriors, in short, have run out of opponents, and given that they will manufacture a foe when one does not otherwise exist, Scott Foster may have to serve for the time being, even if he is nothing but an intermittent prop to amuse the customers when the game cannot provide.
 
Though you’d have to think the third quarter Thursday makes that pretty thin oatmeal. The Warriors ate an entire game in 12 minutes, including the officials. They seemed like they got their fill.