Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summer League Tip-Off Friday

This Friday, Jul. 12, the Warriors play the Houston Rockets in the first game of summer league and all eyes will be on highly acclaimed rookie Stephen Curry. Other notable Warriors joining Curry in summer league play are Anthony Randolph, Anthony Morrow, and newly acquired A.C. Law.

Keith Smart will assume the coaching duties without Don Nelson. Last year, Nelson handed the reins to Smart for a game during the regular season and let Smart call the defensive plays from the sideline on another occasion. Expect Smart's coaching responsibilities to expand more this season, as Nelson gets older and more involved in pulling the strings in the front office.

Keith Smart should be the leading candidate for Nelson's job in the near future, he has put in the time and has earned the respect of the players on this team. The Warriors coaching staff needs to provide solid leadership to make sure Monta Ellis doesn't turn into an Allen Iverson, team chemistry killer. Monta will come into this season with a chip on his shoulder, no doubt, and it's critical Don Nelson makes Ellis buy into a future in Golden State.

The Warriors will play five summer league games, with the last game on Thursday Jul. 16. And to Prepare for the upcoming NBA betting season, check out Bodog Sportsbook Review.

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