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Will Draymond find motivation from All-Star voting results among players?


Will Draymond find motivation from All-Star voting results among players?

Draymond Green is not going to start in the NBA All-Star Game.

He would be a starter if the criteria was strictly based on the fan vote, as Draymond finished with the second most fan votes among Western Conference frontcourt players.

But the reigning Defensive Player of the Year finished seventh in the media voting and seventh in the NBA player voting.

"If you look over the player voting, I don't think it's really taken that serious," Draymond told reporters on Friday. "I think some people do make it a joke. But it's all right. No big deal.

"It's not that big of a deal."

Is Draymond confident that he will make the team as a reserve?

"I don't know. We'll see."

Is not being a starter going to provide him some motivation?

"No," Draymond answered emphatically. "I don't care what another player think about me. If they don't play on my team, that don't matter...

"I never thought I'd be in a position to be ranked that high from the fans. I definitely thank them for the support."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Kerr's move not so bold after all? 'This is kind of how our team has operated...'


Kerr's move not so bold after all? 'This is kind of how our team has operated...'

When Steve Kerr handed his greaseboard to veteran players last week, it touched off a variety of reactions around the NBA. Some were offended, seeing as disrespectful. Some were intrigued. A few implied it was proof the Warriors don’t need a coach.

Assistant coach Ron Adams, perhaps the team’s most noted worrier, shrugged. He may have giggled behind his austere, bespectacled façade.

“This is kind of how our team has operated for four years,” Adams said on the Warriors Insider Podcast.

The only thing that was different, it seems, is that rather than accept player input before drawing a play, Kerr literally gave a few select players the greaseboard during timeouts in a 129-83 win over Phoenix.

“Steve is marvelous at listening and empowering, so this isn’t something new,” Adams said. “The other night it was a little more stark because the media picks up that some player has a clipboard.

“But that’s pretty much how we’ve operated here for the last four years. And it’s paid off handsomely for us.”

The Warriors are 44-14 this season and were 207-39 over three previous seasons, becoming the first team to average 69 wins over three seasons. Their 73 wins in 2015-16 are the most in any season by any team in NBA history.

From the time Kerr arrived before the 2014-15 season, it was evident that he would take a democratic approach, utilizing a deep group of advisers and consultants.

During the 2015 NBA Finals, his special assistant, Nick U’Ren, suggested a mid-series lineup change -- start forward Andre Iguodala over center Andrew Bogut -- that ultimately lifted the Warriors over the Cavaliers.

“Steve is the best at listening to his players,” Adams said. “If they have an idea that they believe in -- maybe Steve doesn’t even believe in it -- but he’s going to allow them to do it simply because that’s what he believes about human beings.

“You have to really take your hat off to Steve because he’s an innovative guy, but he understands at the core that these are the guys who are important.”

Kerr noted after the win over the Suns that the team doesn’t belong to him. Nor does it belong to general manager Bob Myers or CEO Joe Lacob. It belongs to the players, Kerr said, and they deserve to have a piece of authority during the process.

Adams, 70, has been coaching basketball for 45 years, the last 24 in the NBA. The experience of having players draw up plays was new but made sense at the time. And it worked.

“The team was locked into each other,” he said. “It was a good team-building exercise. How that works itself out in terms of the future remains to be seen, whether it’s something that can strengthen us or did strengthen us. I think it did.”

Burns insurance? Sharks recall his former partner before road trip


Burns insurance? Sharks recall his former partner before road trip

If a Monday roster move serves as any kind of a prediction, the Sharks may be without reigning Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns for at least part of their upcoming road trip. 

San Jose recalled defenseman Paul Martin from the AHL Barracuda on Monday. Martin’s recall means the Sharks are carrying eight defensemen on the road trip, something they've not done since Martin cleared waivers in mid-January. 

It's also a sign that Burns' injury isn't just a one-game ailment. 

Burns left early in the third period of Sunday's win over the Dallas Stars, and did not return. Although Burns' teammates expressed confidence he would not miss any time, head coach Peter DeBoer did not have an update on the defenseman's status in his postgame press conference. 

But the mere presence of Martin, who was waived last month after the emergence of rookie defenseman Joakim Ryan pushed him down the depth chart, indicates the Sharks are likely hedging against the possibility Burns will miss time.  San Jose can ill afford to have the 32-year-old to miss any extended time, as he leads the team in points (50), assists (40), shots on goal (246), and the Sharks only held a three-point lead (with a game in hand) on second place in the Pacific Divsion entering Monday. 

Before Burns' injury, the Sharks carried Tim Heed as their seventh defensemen. Heed has scored 11 points in 28 NHL games this season, but has only played one game with the Sharks, and 9:18 in that game, since Jan. 14. 

In 14 AHL games since he was waived, Martin has posted an assist and five shots on goal. He told reporters last month that his first choice was to stay with the Sharks, but was willing to go elsewhere if his agent, Ben Hankinson, and Sharks general manager Doug Wilson could work out potential trade destinations. 

If Martin plays on the road trip, it would serve as a timely showcase. The NHL's trade deadline is Monday, Feb. 26 -- a day after the final game of the Sharks' four-game road trip. 

In order to clear a spot on the 23-man roster for Martin and recalled forward Rudolfs Balcers, San Jose also placed forwards Tomas Hertl and Joel Ward on injured reserve, and they join injured center Joe Thornton. If Burns also does not play on Tuesday, the Sharks will be without three of their five-leading scorers.