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Rivers no longer running front office: 'Cool general managing, Glenn'

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Rivers no longer running front office: 'Cool general managing, Glenn'

You’re tempted, petty little tyrant that you are, to say, “Cool general managing, Glenn.”

You’ll see that Doc Rivers has lost his team-building responsibilities with the Los Angeles Clippers to focus solely on coaching them, and you'll hearken back to Draymond Green’s enduring putdown of the coach when he was complaining about Dahntay Jones’ fine for bumping Green during a postgame interview.

And then you’ll think that the Golden State Warriors and Clippers still have some sort of rivalry. And that’s where you’ll be wrong.

The Clippers and Warriors are two ships that passed in the night, and their relationship is that of planetary co-inhabitors rather than death-feud enthusiasts. Those days are now three years' past and never coming back. Indeed, the Warriors have no such rivals at all now that the Cleveland Cavaliers are in the process of going full cicada and disappearing for the next 17 years or so.

That could, of course, change if the Warriors have a catastrophic injury year or a series of other calamities befall them, but that’s not the way to bet right now. Indeed, without Chris Paul, the Clippers look like a sixth- or seventh- place team right now, a Denver Nuggets or Utah Jazz-level contender.

As they sort of were last year, and the year before. Cool second-round exits, Glenn.

But worse for the Clips is the fact that Rivers is still sort of the face of the franchise, and that’s never a good thing. Indeed, the worst thing is when your owner or top management executive is the face of the franchise (Michael Jordan in Charlotte, or until he was fired, Phil Jackson in New York), followed by the coach (say, Rivers, or Stan Van Gundy in Detroit), then followed by one player (Lonzo Ball in Los Angeles, even though it’s awfully early for that sort of thing).

The ideal setup is when several players are the face of your franchise because that means they are all worth notice. Like, well, you know.

But not everyone can be, well, you know. Almost all teams aren’t, so their faces aren’t as good. So say “cool general managing, Glenn” if you must. Rivers helped repair the nightmare of the Clippers, he gave the team their window of opportunity, and now it is closing. It’s a tale like many others, so yeah, maybe it is a “cool story.” Just not one he would enjoy hearing.
 

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

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With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.

 

Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

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Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...