Warriors owner Joe Lacob is in Las Vegas this week, takingin some Summer League games. On Wednesday, Lacob joined NBA TVs telecast ofthe Warriors-Miami game and had plenty to say on a variety of topics On the Warriors goals heading into the season:We just want to continue to show improvement, get bigger,get stronger. Weve got a lot of young guys so it might take a while. But wehave a lot of talent. Weve had two good drafts in a row and building throughthe draft is usually the best way to do it. We had a key trade the AndrewBogut trade. We think thats going to help us a tremendous amount. Its veryhard to find a center. Were looking forward. We think we have some good pieceshere to build on."On second-year shooting guard Klay Thompson:Honestly, Id watched him for three years as a Stanfordfan, sitting courtside at Pac-12 games. All our guys, Jerry West, our staff,felt he could be a special player and we feel thats even more so the case now."On Andrew Bogut: Hes ahead of schedule, looking great. We think hes goingto be healthy. His injuries were really freak injuries the elbow and theankle. Theres no reason in the world he cant recover. He does seem to be alittle injury-prone. Thats fair. Hopefully he stays healthy, Stephen Curryshealthy and were a much-improved basketball team.Monta Ellis is a great player, and we gave up a lot. ButBogut is one of the top three, top four, top five centers in the league. Youcant find them. You just cant find those players."On Festus Ezeli, whom the Warriors selected withthe No. 30 pick: We targeted him the whole draft, hoping hed be there at30, and I think we thought there was a pretty good shot. He didnt have thebest senior year (at Vanderbilt), but hes a four-year player, and hasntplayed a lot of basketball. Hes very talented, five percent body fat, 6-11,270.Hes the kind of player we need -- a very smart player. Fortunately,he was there. Perhaps more fortunate a player we thought would go in themid-20s, Draymond Green, was there at 35. It couldnt have gone much better. HarrisonBarnes could have gone (picked No. 7) in the top four, so it just couldnt havegone any better from our perspective."On the proposed arena in downtown San Francisco:Its a long process, but we are actively working ondeveloping that site, getting the approvals. It will take a couple of years todo that. Thats San Francisco. But its a tremendous site on the waterfront.Theres only one other arena on the waterfront and thats Miami. It is abeautiful site, it will be privately financed. It will be expensive. It will bea hard process to get through but we think we can do it. Were going to do it,and I think our fans are going to be richly rewarded with a tremendous arena."On being an NBA owner: Its pretty fun. This is the best. We have great fans. Iwas a fan for a long time for the Warriors, many, many years. We all havesuffered so much we all want to win so badly.I think the Western Conference is really tough. A couple ofteams might not be up to what they were in the past, but some have gottenbetter. Its going to be tough, but we improved a lot, too. I dont think ourrecord last year says much about the talent we have. I think between what wasinjured and what was added and another year of experience for our coaches I thinkwe can be pretty good and contend for a playoff spot.Wed be upset if we didnt. No predictions, but hopefullyeverything goes right and were going to be there. And our fans will be prettyhappy."On sitting courtside at games: I didnt pay 450 million to sit in the rafters."
Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center.
The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact.
Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.
"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game. "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring.
"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."
Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.
After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.
Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.
Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.
Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.
Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.
Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.