At thevery end of the players union press conference late Thursday night, a reporterasked executive director Billy Hunter and union president Derek Fisher why theylooked so despondent.Hunterdeflected the question, saying the collective bargaining process had been along one, stretching back two-plus years. Hunter said the entire ordeal hasbeen draining, and thats no doubt true.ButHunter and Fisher may have been so forlorn because the realization of theirblowout loss to NBA owners was hitting home. Theres a chance that thefour-and-a-half month lockout could end by midweek.Thenagain, maybe the players reject the owners latest proposal and this wholething lingers. Or maybe even the players take the drastic step of decertifying,thereby throwing the stalemate into the courts and virtually ensuring acancelled season.Thats thepoint all the players options are pretty much awful, and it seems obvious Hunterand Fisher knew that on Thursday.NBAplayer representatives are meeting in New York on Monday, and its become clearmany rank-and-file players are pushing for a vote. Will Hunter and Fisher allowit to get that far? Well see.Also onMonday, commissioner David Stern issued another warning one of several duringthe past few weeks. He said the owners are done negotiating, and if the playerscome back with anything revised to the proposal theyre holding, the ownerswould go back to square one 47 percent BRI for the players; hard salary cap;rollbacks on existing salary.Whoknows? Maybe the NBA will be up and running by Wednesday or maybe this lockoutstill has a ways to go.Eitherway, its still all bad for the players. Hunter and Fisher knew that onThursday.
Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.
Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.
"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks.
And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.
We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.
Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.
Thank you for listening."
The Warriors' next three home games are:
1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)
Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.
After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.
History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.
Warriors by 8.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.
Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.
Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.
The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?
DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.
ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.