Once the lockout ends, the Warriors have work to do -- and a lot of it. There will be anabbreviated free agency period, a brief training camp and then the games willbegin.Here are the first five things the Warriors will need to dowhen the lockout ends:--Begin to instill a new culture: MostWarriors players have had no contact with new coach Mark Jackson or his staff.Owner Joe Lacob has talked for months about changing the culture and how hisownership group is all about winning. Time to show the players thats thecase.--Decide which player if any to amnesty: Thereare reports that the new collective bargaining agreement will include anamnesty provision, allowing a team to waive a player and have his salary comeoff the books.Would the Warriors release David Lee, set to make 68million over the next five seasons? What about Andris Biedrins, who will earn27 million over the next three years? Or maybe, the Warriors simply use it toknock most of Charlie Bells 4.1 million off the books.The most prudent move might be to hold off on using theamnesty clause for a year or two when it would likely benefit the Warriorsmore than it would now.--Find a third guard: As of now, theWarriors would go into training camp with Jeremy Lin and rookies Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkinsas the guards off the bench. Thats too much to ask of those two young players.The Warriors need a productive third guard, a player who can help alleviate theworkloads of Ellis and Curry.So, what kind of third guards are we talking about? Wellhere are a few names: Delonte West, T.J. Ford, Sebastian Telfair or JasonRichardson.--Acquire another big man: Right now, theWarriors head into training camp with Biedrins, Lee, Lou Amundson and Ekpe Udohin their frontcourt. Theyll need another big body up there.So, what kind of big men are out there? Well, here are a fewnames: Kwame Brown, Joel Przybilla, Chuck Hayes and Samuel Dalembert.Add depth on perimeter: Dorell Wright hada very nice season for the Warriors a year ago. It would be nice to bring in aplayer who can less Wrights minutes and at the same time, perhaps team withWright to give the Warriors some length and a defensive mind-set on theperimeter.So, what kind of small forward-types are out there? Well,here are a few names: Richard Mbah a Moute, Caron Butler, ShaneBattier.
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.”
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.”
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."
@KDTrey5 mind yo business this ain't for you,— SHAQ (@SHAQ) February 24, 2017