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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 »

If Chris Paul is available …

If you haven’t seen the news that came out yesterday, ESPN’s Chad Ford dropped some fascinating information regarding Hornets superstar point guard Chris Paul. Ford reported that the Portland Trail Blazers were close to a deal with the Hornets before the draft that would have brought them Paul. Here’s what Ford wrote: According to the source, the Blazers got close to a deal with the Hornets last week that would’ve sent Andre Miller, Joel Przybilla, Nicolas Batum, Jerryd Bayless and the 22nd pick… Read More »

Azubuike undergoes surgery

Warriors forward Kelenna Azubuike had successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday. According to a press release from the team, the surgery was performed to address patellar tendonitis in Azubuike’s knee. Azubuike must remain on crutches for a week after which he can begin rehabilitation. In November 2009, Azubuike had surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee.

Azubuike exercises player option

Warriors forward Kelenna Azubuike exercised his player option for the 2010-11 season, worth $3.36 million. Azubuike, 26, played in only nine games last season as he spent the majority of the season recovering from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. In the first nine games of the season, Azubuike was one of the Warriors’ most effective players, averaging 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 25.7 minutes per game. He was an efficient scorer also, shooting 54.5… 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 »

Slow down on the Williams hype

I like Reggie Williams a lot. I like Reggie Williams’ story even more. Reggie Williams, who was once the NCAA’s leading scorer, was overlooked by NBA scouts because he played at a small school (VMI) that played at a faster pace than even the Warriors. He continued to be overlooked at numerous draft camps and tryouts, failing to impress any team enough to give him a chance. Williams took that failure and built something out of it. I love that… 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 »

Azubuike to have surgery

Received this e-mail today from the Warriors: Golden State Warriors guard/forward Kelenna Azubuike will undergo surgery tomorrow (Wednesday, November 18) to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee, the team announced today. The procedure will be performed in Phoenix, AZ, by Dr. Tom Carter. Azubuike, who suffered the injury during the team’s game at Milwaukee on Saturday, November 14, underwent an MRI exam in the Bay Area yesterday that confirmed the diagnosis. Azubuike, 25, has appeared in nine… Read More »

Warriors do well with Jackson trade

I don’t know how you can look at today’s trade and not call it a winner for the Warriors. When you consider that Stephen Jackson had 1) demanded a trade months ago, 2) never backed off that trade demand, 3) demonstrated enough erratic behavior to force the Warriors hand in dealing him sooner than later, and 4) has one of the worst player contracts in the NBA, the Warriors came away with more value than I expected they would receive… Read More »

Azubuike injury update

I received this e-mail from the Warriors today about Azubuike: Golden State Warriors guard/forward Kelenna Azubuike, who suffered a left patellar tendon injury during last night’s game at Milwaukee, returned to the Bay Area today and met with team orthopedic physician Dr. Frank Chen at the team’s practice facility. No new information on the injury resulted from today’s meeting, and an MRI has been scheduled for Monday afternoon (November 16) for further examination and diagnosis. Additional information regarding the injury,… Read More »