May 9, 2011STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com
I received some comments the other day after my Warriors roster breakdown story about Jeremy Lin and his contract status.There seems to be some confusion out there about whether his contract is guaranteed for next season -- 2011-12.Here's the bottom line: Lin has a contract for next season with the Warriors, but it is not guaranteed. That means Lin will be at training camp next September -- if there's no lockout -- with Golden State on a make-good contract.
In other words, Lin will be a training camp invitee in 2011-12. However, there seems to be little doubt Lin will be on the roster next season.Warriors owner Joe Lacob said as much a few months ago, calling Lin a "phenomenal signing" and categorizing the acquisition of the undrafted point guard out of Harvard as an "investment."Lin spent time between the Reno Bighorns of the D-League and the Warriors in 2010-11. Reno coach Eric Musselman called Lin the best point guard in the D-League when Lin was there.Lin also showed progress at the NBA level, playing six of the last seven Warriors' games after returning from Reno. Late in the season Lin indicated that his goal for next year is to be the team's first guard off the bench -- replacing either Stephen Curry or Monta Ellis as the team's first backcourt substitute.Lin's contract doesn't become guaranteed for the 2011-12 season until January. It is worth 788,872.Lin finished 2010-11 averaging 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Lin averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for Reno.
With 2:50 left in Tuesday's game against the Knicks, Kevin Durant was ejected.
It's the fourth time this season that he's been thrown out of a game.
After the Warriors' 123-112 win, Durant didn't bite his tongue when asked about what happened between him and referee James Williams.
"In the first half, I was dribbling up the right side, I made a left to right cross. He said I carried, ah, you kinda let that go. I asked him 'Where'd you get the carry from?' He said 'You froze the defender.' I said 'That's what a crossover is for.' And that's why I do it, to freeze my defender. And he tried to make a bunch of excuses and I told him he was wrong," Durant said. "He went to halftime probably with an attitude and the second half, his whole thing was, he's trying to get me. So, look at my first tech. I got the rebound, dribbled the ball hard and he teched me up. He was searching for me, he lookin' to try to tech me up to get me back because he's still in his feelings from the first half. That's what been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that. I gotta keep my head a little bit, but I was upset."
Draymond Green attempted to hold Durant back prior to the ejection. Durant was asked about that after the game and was able to laugh about it.
"The irony," Durant said to much laughter from reporters at Oracle.
"I was not trying to hear it. He was right in doing so. I didn't want to get teched up or thrown out, but I did want him to hear what I had to say," Durant said.
Durant can expect to hear from the league office regarding his comments.
SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA's 30,000-point club.
James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.
James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said "thank you so much."
James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.
The 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.
At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.
The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.