Saturday, August 14, 2010

Biedrins pulls Stack Jack, runs mouth

Suddenly Andris Biedrins thinks he's Stephen Jackson. Biedrins made some candid comments about the Warriors, comments that seem out of character from the Biedrins Warriors fans have grown to embrace over the past four years.

"I guess, if they trade me, there could be some nice changes involved," Biedrins said to Latvian media in a video translated by warriorsworld.net. "Maybe I'll be on a better team, with better teamwork."

Biedrins also came out and said that his team mates are egoists? Really Andris? This is the NBA! If you're a player in the NBA, then you were awsome in high school or at least stood out in college hoops...since AAU, everyone has told these guys they are God's gift...EVERYONE IN THE NBA IS AN "EGOIST" to some degree.

Who is Biedrins to say anything? At his best, he was a solid contributer on an overacheiving 2006-07 team. He has no post moves and needs to be set up for anything he does on offense. After his awful season last year, Biedrins is in no position to criticize anyone...HEY ANDRIS, MAKE A DAMN FREETHROW! Maybe if Biedrins could get his free throw percentage up to 40 percent, then maybe he could talk.

The new ownership means an entirely new attitude and direction for the W's. I would be open to trading Biedrins (along with any Warrior who's name isn't Curry), but his stats last year and his bad attitude reduce his value and thus work against the W's in a trade....

Andris Biedrins is not a good enough player to criticize his team and make those type of comments, he has only put more pressure on himself to live up to his $9 million a year contract.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Curry shines for team USA

Team USA took center stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York city to play an inter-squad scrimmage. The last 15 tryouts took the court, divided into two sides, blue and white. Warriors fans who tuned in saw their man Stephen Curry light up the stat sheet with 14 points. He looked like the Curry who earned the respect and adoration of Bay Area basketball fans last season and its likely he will make the team (Curry's competition for a roster spot is Eric Gordon of the Clippers).

If you are a Warriors fan, this is not good. Remember last year? Andris Biedrins and Roni Turiaf competed in the Eurobasket tournament in the summer and got injured early, which led to one of the most injury plagued seasons ever and a miserable 26 win season.

Curry is the one player Golden State cannot afford to be without. He is the leader of this team and Monta Ellis knows it. Don Nelson knows it. So do the Warriors faithful.

I understand the FIBA World Basketball tournament (or is it a "Basketball Festival"?) is a unique and exciting experience for most of these young guys, especially Curry who is 21 years old, but it leaves the NBA organizations with everything to lose. USA dominates basketball more then Brazil dominates soccer. The USA is exponentially better than the best players of all the other countries combined (yeah, that's right Pau, Manu, Tony, Hedo...I said that). Why do we have to trot out our elite players and risk injury for when it matters? That's what the Olympics are for. Speaking of those elite, I thought I saw LeBron and his lackeys: Carmello, D-Wade, and Chris Paul sitting in the self adoring, pretentious section reserved for cool kids (you have to wear designer sunglasses inside to watch the game from those seats). Wouldn't it be cute if they all wore matching leather jackets and rode motorcycles in a pack?

The stage of Radio City Hall in NYC was an appropriate location for this performance. If you want to go to a real "basketball festival", go to Oracle Arena and sit up in the 200 section with me and the steerage class. That's where the bass comes from when it's time to chant "DEFENSE! .. DEFENSE!" (Whether the Warriors decide to play it or not). If this unnecessary exhibition of basketball reduces Curry's playing time during the regular season, it's his teammates, fans, and new owners who will be suffer for it.

I hope Kryzewski goes with Eric Gordon.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Look Back at the Draft

The NBA draft took place while we were on hiatus, so we didn't get much of a chance to discuss it yet here at the Warriors Rundown. Right away, the guy who will be fighting for fans respect and confidence, first rounder Epke Udoh, will be out for up to 2 months with a knee injury. Causing him to start he year behind the 8-ball right away by missing the summer league.

Needless to say, there weren't a whole lot of people too ecstatic with Larry Reilly's choice or Ekpe Udoh with 6th overall pick, granted, this draft class wasn't exactly loaded with A-list talent. After John Wall, Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and Evan Turner, there aren't a lot of guys in this class who I see coming in and making immediate impacts for their team. Still though, I just don't get why the Warriors took another slender-sized power forward when they have young guys on their roster who need to be getting playing time. They've since added David Lee and lost Andthony Randolph which really leaves Udoh in the same spot and I still think the W's can make another deal. Let's just say for example that the Warriors are looking to trade Monta Ellis; if they could put together a Brandon Wright/Monta Ellis package, that is going to bring them something in return. There has been whispers of Monta Ellis' interest in playing for his hometown Grizzlies and I'm sure an Ellis/Wright combo may land the W's a Rudy Gay. I'd then try and add on Udoh and their first rounder in 2011 to get OJ Mayo. I could definitely live with a lineup/rotation looking like this:

starters-
PG Stephen Curry
SG OJ Mayo
SF Rudy Gay
PF David Lee
C Andris Beidrins

bench-
F Dorrell Wright
G/F Reggie Williams
F/C Anthony Tolliver
G Jannero Pargo
G Charlie Bell