Personal preference: Kings get to host All-Star Game before Warriors


Personal preference: Kings get to host All-Star Game before Warriors

The Golden State Warriors, pressing their advantages to the maximum as is their financial wont, have submitted a bid to host an NBA All-Star Game no sooner than 2021.

This is much is known, though. While Michael Jordan is likely to be there, neither Chris Cohan nor his son are likely to join to reprise their special moment from the 2000 game in which Cohan was presenting an award to Jordan at the game, brought his son with him to the floor, and still got booed by the crowd as though he had set fire to Santa Claus in front of Mother Teresa on national TV.

Chris was, you see, not very popular.

But the Warriors’ bid, which will no doubt be approved once the kinks of the new building are sorted out, also flies in the face of Joe Lacob’s old pal Vivek Ranadive, who already has a new building in Sacramento and would like to have his own All-Star Game.

The most noteworthy problem in Sacramento, of course, is that there aren’t enough hotel rooms to satisfy the demand, and the B&B business isn’t so thriving that it can cover the overflow.

But it is also Sacramento, one of the league’s typically more forlorn franchises, and the team hasn’t hosted a game since 1966 – three cities and four buildings ago, when Sacramento was Cincinnati and Golden 1 was the Cincinnati Gardens.

In short, while the Warriors would just be piling on its massive marketing and attraction advantages, Sacramento probably needs the game more. It would at least give Ranadive one less to envy the team he tried to run but couldn’t and has tried to chase but can’t.

And somehow, given Lacob’s relationship with Ranadive and vice versa, a joint venture seems out of the question.

Thus, knowing that this is clearly a wrong-side-of-history argument, I’d prefer (to the extent that I care) that Sacramento get something sooner than Golden State, if only so the league will at least acknowledge that the franchise exists beyond David Stern preventing it from being moved to Seattle.

And if Adam Silver has to sleep at City Hall in a pup tent next to Jerry Brown because he can’t get into the Hyatt Regency, well, I can live with that.

Kerr speaks out on Alabama senate selection, 'decency needs to win out'

Kerr speaks out on Alabama senate selection, 'decency needs to win out'

OAKLAND -- Steve Kerr is not a frequent tweeter, and when the Warriors coach does engage on Twitter rarely is it related to basketball.

It wasn’t on Tuesday, either, when he posted a pair of two-word tweets that made it obvious he had taken a side in the highly publicized and very contentious Alabama senate race between Doug Jones of the Democratic party and Republican Roy Moore.

The first Kerr tweet: “Roll Tide.”

The second: “War Eagle.” 

Both came shortly after it was announced that Jones had won the election.

“I couldn’t resist,” Kerr said, before turning facetious. “It’s bowl season. I’m a big SEC football fan.”

Roll Tide is the slogan affiliated with University of Alabama sports, while War Eagle is affiliated with Auburn University, also in Alabama.

“Decency needs to win out,” he said. “This has nothing to do with party affiliation. We need high character people in our positions of leadership. And the more decisions like this we can make, where we choose character over party, we choose country over party, the better off we’re going to be.

“I was very pleased. It’s a good sign. As a country, we need to get away from the partisan divide and start focusing on just quality people, getting good people in positions of leadership. And iron out our difference and promote unity and not try to separate this country. It’s critical.”

President Donald Trump was in support of Moore despite credible allegations from numerous women, saying they were victims of sexual misconduct and assault when they were children. News reports out of Alabama indicated that Moore’s predilection was known by many and has been for years.

Jones, by contrast, was best known as the District Attorney who in the late 1990s successfully prosecuted two Ku Klux Klan members that participated in the bombing of a Birmingham church in 1963, an act of domestic terrorism that killed four black girls, none more than 14 years old.

“Today is a really important day,” Kerr said. “It’s all about high character and values and the way you treat people. I don’t care -- Democrat, Republican, Independent -- had we put a known pedophile in the senate, what would that have said about us?

“Let’s get to the point where this is all about us, and not them. It’s about leadership and character and morality. Let’s be better.”

Kerr provides update on ailing Warriors, 'going to be very careful'


Kerr provides update on ailing Warriors, 'going to be very careful'

OAKLAND -- Despite Tuesday being an “off” day, the Warriors didn’t have much of a practice Wednesday, which may or may not be related to the absence of team firebrand Draymond Green.

Green, who has missed two of the last three games, continues to be excluded from physical activities as a precaution against aggravating his sore right shoulder.

So, for now, the sixth-year forward remains on the sideline, along with guard Nick Young, who is in concussion protocol and, of course, Stephen Curry, who has been out since Dec. 4 with a right ankle sprain.

Though Curry again was at the team facility, working out in the exercise room, he will be out for at least another week and likely longer.

“He’s just going through rehab every day, not on the court,” coach Steve Kerr said, adding that the next update on Curry will come next week.

Green and Young are doubtful for the game against the Mavericks on Thursday at Oracle Arena. Though starting center Zaza Pachulia returned to practice, his status for Thursday also is uncertain.

“I would say Zaza is doubtful for tomorrow,” Kerr said. “Draymond, I’d shocked if he played. It doesn’t make any sense for him to play.”

Kerr cited the general demands of the past few seasons the primary reason for caution with Green. The Warriors have played 308 games -- including 62 in the postseason -- since Kerr arrived before the 2014-15 season.

“Four years in a row, we’re trying to get to The Finals,” he said. “Our guys have played a lot of games. So we’re just going to be very careful.”