Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Biedrins Vs. Turiaf in Eurobasket

Stephen Jackson accurately described the state of the Warriors when he voiced his trade request: "Things are up in the air right now..."

Warriors fans have every reason to be concerned about the franchise they are punished for loving. Ownership is not committed to winning as proved by Chris Cohan's plan to sell the team, coach Don Nelson is a short timer with privileges of a general manager slash president of basketball operations, and locker room leader and team captain Stephen Jackson wants out of a place where he is beloved (so you know there has to be something ugly behind the curtain).

In the interest of selling tickets, the Warriors organization has some interesting new elements to look forward to this season. The biggest headline is rookie Stephen Curry, who is expected to light up the scoreboard in coach Nelson's offense. Anthony Randolph had an excellent Summer League and it will be interesting to see what he can do with more muscle, confidence, and starter's minutes. Don't forget Monta Ellis, who still wants to make up for the missed time last season and re-establish himself as the go-to offensive option (specifically with the potential loss of Jackson and competition from Stephen Curry).

If Warriors fans need a distraction from the multiple elephants in the room, which we do, Roni Turiaf and Andris Biedrins competed in a Eurobasket game that featured France versus Latvia. Turiaf will be the one giving grief in practice as France won the game 60-51 thanks to a burst of offense by All-Star guard Tony Parker. Biedrins grabbed a tournament high 20 rebounds in the contest.

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