Nets-Warriors: What to watch for


Nets-Warriors: What to watch for

Ever since the Warriors traded Monta Ellis, theyve been upand down in their play. Theyve had games where theyve come with energy andeffort and played very well.But there have been other games where those elements havebeen missing, and the results havent been good at all. The Warriors havelooked very bad in recent losses to New Orleans, Houston, Minnesota andMilwaukee.But if theres a pattern thats developed, its that theWarriors have usually followed up a bad performance with a good one.
If thats the case, expect the Warriors to play well onFriday night against the New Jersey Nets at Oracle. After all, some areconsidering the Warriors last game a 97-82 loss at home to the Hornets their worst one of the season.Here are some things to watch for during the Nets-Warriorsgame:Defend Deron: His numbers are a littleoff this season, but nobody doubts point guard Deron Williams still isnt oneof the best in the game. On the shorthanded New Jersey Nets, Williams is beingasked to do too much, and its affected his efficiency and shootingpercentage.Still, Williams is the one player on New Jersey capable oflifting his team by himself, and hes got to be accounted for. Assuming NateRobinson starts, which he did on Wednesday against the Hornets, hed probablyget the first crack at Williams. Its a tough assignment but someone has to doit.Rebound better: In the first meetingbetween these teams a 107-100 New Jersey win the Nets dominated the Warrioron the glass 45-26. Power forward Kris Humphries dominated the interior,scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.The Warriors have been inconsistent with their reboundingthis season one game getting hammered on the glass and the next game hangingin. Against the Lakers on Tuesday, they held their own.But that hasnt been the case much of the season, and theWarriors are going to have to re-commit in that area against NewJersey.All about effort: Warriors coach MarkJackson was not pleased with his teams play on Wednesday, and he let hisplayers know that in the locker room afterward.Jackson said Theres a right way to lose, and the Warriorsdidnt lose the right way against New Orleans. What he basically meant was thatthe effort level has to be better and the Warriors have to be more consistentwith the energy they bring.STEINMETZ: Jackson says Warriors still have a lot to play for
The one thing Jackson has been good at this season isgetting his players to go hard on a consistent basis. Expect that to be thecase against New Jersey.

Report: After trade rumors swirled, Spurs give LaMarcus Aldridge an extension


Report: After trade rumors swirled, Spurs give LaMarcus Aldridge an extension

The San Antonio Spurs have reached an agreement with LaMarcus Aldridge on an extension that will keep him under contract for an additional three years.

A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Aldridge will exercise the $22 million player option on his contract for the 2018-19 season. He will also get another two years and $50 million tacked on, according to the person who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

The Spurs open the regular season against Minnesota on Wednesday night. The agreement came as a surprise given Aldridge’s difficulty acclimating to the Spurs since he left Portland in 2015.

Aldridge averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds a game last season.

Is there a scenario where Bob Myers could leave Warriors? 'It would be...'


Is there a scenario where Bob Myers could leave Warriors? 'It would be...'

OAKLAND -- When the Boston Red Sox waved a $12.5 million offer in front of Billy Beane back in 2002, there were moments when the A’s architect and “Moneyball” protagonist considered moving to Massachusetts.

Citing family and quality of life, Beane ultimately stayed in Oakland and was rewarded with a small percentage of the team.

Should the day come when an NBA owner reaches out to Warriors general manager Bob Myers, it might be even tougher to pry him out of the Bay Area.

A guest on the NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors Insider Podcast this week, Myers was asked if he’s wondered what it would take for him to work for another team.

“It’s not really a money thing. It’s too hard to think of . . . to get to be the general manager of the team you grew up around is kind of surreal,” he said. “It’s hard to make sense of. In some ways it’s amazing and all the positive adjectives you can find. But in other ways it’s kind of consuming. You feel like it’s too much.

“So leaving wouldn’t be because I didn’t like the job. It would be that it meant too much. Sometimes in life . . . you’ve got to still keep your balance.”

There isn’t a lot of balance these days. Myers sweats the details, the games and the negotiations. He’s a 6-foot-7 tower of worry even as the Warriors have gone to three consecutive NBA Finals, winning two, in becoming an American sensation and global phenomenon.

If the East Bay native should feel the itch, there would be no shortage of teams seeking his services. The Lakers reportedly were interested until 13 months ago, when Myers received a promotion to president of basketball operations that came with a pay raise and a contract extension believed to go through 2019-20.

“Happiness means a lot,” Myers said. “And that’s what I think about every day. Am I fulfilled? Am I happy? I think about my family. I think about my kids. And maybe some things that have happened to me and my wife and her family that have made me think a little differently.”

To be sure, Myers was profoundly affected by the September 2016 sudden death of his friend and brother-in-law Scott Dinsmore during a mountain-climbing accident. His sense of family was immediately fortified.

It appears burnout might be the biggest threat to Myers running the Warriors for as long as CEO Joe Lacob allows.

“The challenge would be like, ‘Can I give this team what it deserves in the role that I’m in, and give this community and fan base what they deserve and sustain that?’ ” Myers said. “Now I can. I love it. And I think I can keep doing it for a long time, hopefully.”