Attles Weighs in on the Warriors

Attles Weighs in on the Warriors


Alvin Attles is finishing his 50th seasonwith the Warriors organization, and theres no other person alive whos beenwith an NBA organization longer.He was a Warrior back in 1962 when the team moved fromPhiladelphia to San Francisco; he coached the Warriors to their only West Coasttitle in 1975; and he was in the gymnasium on Dec. 1, 1997, when LatrellSprewell choked P.J. Carlesimo.Attles has seen firsthand much of the Warriors history,and yet always has been deliberate and reserved about what he has to say aboutit. So when Attles weighs in on the Warriors, it's a little like the old E.F. Hutton commercial.On Thursday night, Attles was a guest on Comcast SportsNet Bay Areas Chronicle Live show, when he was asked a question by host GregPapa about Warriors owner Chris Cohan putting the team up for sale.Papas question followed comments by former Warrior RickBarry, who talked of a loyal fan base that deserved better.Said Attles: You cant speak for someone who wants tosell the team, thats his business. He has to make the decision. But there aresome things that are happening that really he had no control over. People left,but as Rick said maybe a change is whats necessary obviously it must bebecause hes looking to sell the team.(Former Warriors owner) Franklin Meuli told me somethingyears ago. He said an owner is only a caretaker. He only takes it for a periodof time, then someone else takes it so Im sure thats what the thinking isnow.Cohan announced on March 22 that he had hired GalatiotoSports Partners to help him sell the team. Cohan purchased 75 percent of theWarriors in October 1994 from Jim Fitzgerald and Bob Finnane, which made Cohanthe sole owner of the team.
-- Matt Steinmetz

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

First, there was #ChinaKlay.

Now, there is #FakeKlay.

In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.

A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.

"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."

So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.

Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern


Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

OAKLAND -- Sidelined with a back strain, Andre Iguodala spent Tuesday night “yelling at the TV more than I normally do” as the Warriors labored through an uneven performance before blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.

So there was Iguodala, this time with his teammates, sitting before a monitor Wednesday as coach Steve Kerr review the horror show that was a 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets.

“We only did about a half-hour on the floor, mostly skill work,” Kerr said after the light practice. “Watched a lot of video.

“That game was a weird game because we were shooting the ball well and scoring enough to win. But we never had control of it the way we normally have control of a game, with defense and toughness.”

Though the Warriors were hampered by injuries -- Iguodala being out, while Draymond Green and Omri Casspi were hurt during the game -- beyond their control, there was at least one thing they believe they can fix immediately.

They can avoid some of the fouls, particularly those that are mindless.

That’s the trap Stephen Curry fell into, picking up three fouls in the first four minutes. That he was limited to 30 minutes, and only 18 through the first three quarters, had an impact on the playing rotation and was a factor in the loss.

“The only thing I’m worried about with him is just those little fouls,” Iguodala said. “Because when he’s on the court, no matter if he’s scoring or not, he’s making life easier for everyone else.”

Kerr after the game cited conditioning as an issue and elaborated on the subject Wednesday.

“Conditioning is not just physical. It’s mental, too,” he said. “We were not ready, mentally, to play that game, even when we weren’t tired early in the game.

“There were other lapses, too. After made baskets, transition threes for them we neglected to pick up. That’s not physical conditioning. That’s mental conditioning. That’s where we need to get better. And we will.”

The Warriors will be wounded in more ways than one when they board their flight to New Orleans Thursday morning. They’ll have some achy players, for sure, but they’ll also have a 0-1 record.

“I feel like losses have this huge effect on us that usually benefits us,” Iguodala said.