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Hornets brass backs up talk

Do you remember when Chris Paul wanted to be traded? Then he met with the Hornets general manager and coach and was impressed enough by their pitch that he changed his mind? Well, it seems the Hornets brass wasn’t just blowing smoke. They seem to recognize what they have in Paul and are at least attempting to improve the team around him. ESPN’s Chad Ford is reporting that a complicated four-team trade has been agreed to that, at least on… Read More »

Thoughts on the sale, Lee, Wright and more …

I’ve been on vacation for the past week, attending a family wedding, and was unable to find any free time to put together anything of worth regarding the vast amount of Warriors news that has broken during that time frame. I have a lot to catch up on. In order of importance: THE SALE Finally, the process that began in July 2009 has become reality. When I first heard that Chris Cohan was considering selling the team, it was the… Read More »

Morrow drawing interest; Frye worth $25 million?

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is at it again. He reported this morning that Warriors restricted free agent Anthony Morrow is drawing interest from at least six teams. Here’s the tweet: G-State restricted free agent Anthony Morrow has slew of interest, including Spurs, Celtics, Lakers, Blazers, Clips and Jazz, sources say. Shooting is a premium skill in the NBA, which is why Morrow has so many teams interested in his services. Considering he’s a restricted free agent, if any of the… Read More »

36 minutes tells the (incomplete) story

I always like to look at players’ stats adjusted to reflect starters’ minutes (36 per game). I’m fully aware it’s not an exact science; especially for players who get very few actual minutes on the court, it can present some false perceptions of a player’s ability. In addition, just because a player who normally plays 18 minutes a game would average 18 points and 11 rebounds in starters’ minutes doesn’t mean that player should necessarily get 36 minutes per game.… Read More »

Curry needs to be more assertive, Morrow more decisive

NBA All-Star Weekend has come and gone and it was a fun three days. The dunk contest — possibly the worst ever — was the only thing that failed to live up to the hype. I’ll be posting some thoughts on the different events today and tomorrow. Here’s the first: The Rookie Challenge: An entertaining game, though I always become bored after a bit with the no-defense, all-offense form of basketball played in these games (that goes for the All-Star… Read More »

Curry scores 14 in rookies’ win

The rookies defeated the sophomores, 140-128, in the Rookie Challenge on Friday night. Warriors rookie point guard Stephen Curry had 14 points and two assists in 22 minutes. He shot 6-for-11 from the field, including 2 of 7 on 3-pointers. The rookie team, which had six players in double figures, was led by Spurs forward/center DeJuan Blair, who had 22 points and 23 rebounds. The sophomore squad was led by Thunder guard Russell Westbrook’s 40 points. Warriors guard Anthony Morrow… Read More »

Randolph trade is a great idea if it brings in Bosh

I’m sure you’ve all heard or read about the rumors involving Anthony Randolph. Reportedly, unhappy with the Warriors’ performance this season, including a 7-17 record (only the Minnesota Timberwolves, with four wins,┬áhave fewer victories in the Western Conference), the Warriors’ front office has put the entire roster on the trade block, including Anthony Randolph. As far as I can tell, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report the news. Read his article here. The San Jose Mercury… Read More »

Warriors’ injuries are a legitimate excuse

Usually, it’s unacceptable when athletes or coaches make excuses following a loss. It’s looked at as an admission of weakness, and no self-respecting player or coach would want to give future opponents any indication of feebleness or frailty. The Warriors made excuses after their last loss, Saturday’s 104-95 loss to the Pistons. In this instance, however, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. There are justifiable reasons that explain the Warriors’ inability to close out games this season. Some… Read More »

Win against Mavericks a turning point for Warriors?

Is it time to break out the “We Believe” T-shirts again? Holy cow. What a great game. If you’re a Warriors fan, you better hope you have that game on your DVR, because you won’t want to delete it. You never want to overstate one win, but this could be a turning point for this Warriors squad. Warriors 111, Mavericks 103 (on the road!). Check out the box score and Associated Press recap. Now that the Stephen Jackson cloud has… Read More »

Blazers a tough test for Warriors

TONIGHT’S GAME Golden State Warriors (3-8) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (9-4) TV: 7:30 p.m., CSN Bay Area The Warriors return home from their five-game, seven-day road trip for a well-deserved, extended homestand of … one game. That’s right, the Warriors get the 9-4 Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena tonight and then head back on the road for a difficult swing through Texas to play the Mavericks (9-3) and Spurs (4-6 . . . that’s not a typo, the Spurs… Read More »