So, Anthony Randolph is said to be available, along with every other player on the Warriors' roster? Look, the Warriors are 7-17, and there are only three teams in the league worse than them right now. Put it this way: Every player on the roster should be available. However, getting to the nuts and bolts of it, Randolph isn't likely to go anywhere unless Corey Maggette goes along with him. I find it hard to believe the Warriors would move Randolph unless they can send Maggette and his contract -- three-plus years -- along with him. Time to clear up a little misconception about coach Don Nelson and his role when it comes to personnel matters. Point is, he doesn't have much of one. From what I'm told, general manager Larry Riley certainly doesn't clue in Nelson on the day-to-day of what's going on. In fact, Riley makes a point not to include Nelson on everything because he knows how itchy Nelson can get when it comes to this kind of stuff. If the Warriors do make a trade, Nelson isn't going to be the one doing it. The Stephen Jackson trade was all Riley and the next trade will be all Riley, too. Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf are getting close to returning, and when they do it will be interesting to see what happens. We should really be able to measure their importance. For better or worse, the two big men have been isolated, and without them, we've gotten a real good look at this team and its interior deficiencies. We know both Biedrins and Turiaf should help with rebounding and defense. But the real issue is whether their return will actually help the Warriors win more games. That's how you'll know they're valuable. I keep waiting for rookie Stephen Curry to be more careful with the ball, but it hasn't happened yet. Curry can be clever with the ball, no doubt, but he can also be a little too cavalier with it. He's averaging 2.7 turnovers per game and his assist-to-turnover ratio isn't even 2-to-1. Not ready to proclaim this a long-term problem yet, but it is time he begins to show some improvement in that area.
Despite the severity of Gordon Hayward's injury, there was a small bit of hope that he might be able to return this season.
It appears that won't happen.
Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night and is "unlikely to return this season," his agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.
"We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," Bartelstein told ESPN.
The Celtics' prized offseason acquisition suffered the terrifying ankle injury just five minutes into his Boston debut on Tuesday night. He was diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle and broken tibia.
After playing in Cleveland on Tuesday, the Celtics returned to Boston for their home opener on Wednesday against the Bucks. Prior to the game, a 30-second video message from Hayward to the fans was played in the arena.
“What’s up, everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s had me in their thoughts and prayers,” Hayward said. “I’m going to be all right. It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I’ll be supporting you guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck. Kill it tonight.”
After surgery tonight, Boston's Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season, agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 19, 2017
Bartelstein tells ESPN on Hayward: "We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 19, 2017
Gordon Hayward has a message for Celtics Nation. pic.twitter.com/H6RHeGgios— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 18, 2017
First, there was #ChinaKlay.
Now, there is #FakeKlay.
In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.
A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.
"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."
So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.