Saturday, September 29, 2012

Warriors Set to Open Camp

What has seemed like an offseason moving along at glacier pace, the Warriors are finally getting ready to kick of training camp next week on October 2nd.

It may have seemed like a long offseason due to the fact the Warriors made moves last season that precluded them from competing with an eye on '12-'13. However, one of their two big injury question marks won't be quite ready to take the floor with his teammates next week. While the Warriors officially got word that star point guard Stephen Curry will be ready to rock October 2nd, they haven't had the same luck with the guy they're really basing their season around. They have a lot riding on the health and expectations of Andrew Bogut and as of Saturday, the Aussie big man still hasn't been cleared to take part in 5-on-5 activities, meaning he's still a ways off from being in game shape. The 7-footer has been doing individual work and is said to be making good progress, but the Dubs still don't know quite when he'll be able to take the floor in a game-like fashion. They're still holding out hope he'll be squared away by the October 31st opener, but we may be seeing a lot of Festus Ezieli in the preseason.

Despite Bogut's slow recovery, the the Warriors' brass is confidently optimistic about the upcoming season. They had a terrific offseason, bringing in one of the league's better backup guards in Jarrett Jack, a solid front-court scorer and rebounder in Carl Landry, and also drafting UNC standout Harrison Barnes. Warriors' GM Bob Myers and coach Mark Jackson haven't gone out on a limb to make a playoff guarantee like Jackson did last year after being hired, but you can tell they expect a lot of this bunch and anything less than a playoff birth would be a failure in their mind. We'll talk much more over the coming weeks before tip off about the current squad and how the playing time will get divided up, but right now Warrior fans have to be feeling pretty good about the direction they're headed in. Barring a major set-back for Bogut or Curry, they're set to send out their most balanced starting five since the 90's, and with the new acquisitions, the bench looks to be a major strength for them as well. Visit players rewards card for any info on betting odds this upcoming season!

The only Warrior who I haven't been hearing positive feedback from is Andris Biedrins. The maligned center hasn't been to workouts with his teammates in nearly a month and you can see in his work ethic why he has so much trouble out there on the floor. He doesn't want to put in the work and obviously doesn't care about getting better. The fact he wasn't the one amnestied last year is once again biting the Warriors in the behind!