Now that the Warriors get to keep the No. 7 pick in the NBAdraft in June, what should they do with it? General manager Bob Myers said theWarriors have some options now and the certainly do.But they also have needs. Here is a look at seven players whocould be available when the Warriors pick at No. 7:Harrison Barnes, North Carolina, small forward:Sentiment seems to be growing that Barnes isnt much of a differencemaker. He can catch and shoot but there are concerns about his ability tohandle the ball, which is an issue for a perimeter player.Nobody is saying Barnes cant or wont turn into a nicerotation player or perhaps even a starter down the line on certain teams. Butnobody out there seems to believe hes a lock to be an All-Star type player.In addition, the Warriors have two small forwards undercontract Richard Jefferson and Dorell Wright and they probably have someinterest in bringing back Brandon Rush andor Dominic McGuire.Andre Drummond, Connecticut, center: Many project Drummond to be gone by the time the Warriors pick at No. 7, but ifhe isnt theyd have to consider him.Drummond is an athletic center with an upside, but he needswork on his skill level and many believe youll have to wait too long for thatupside.Besides, theyre already invested in a young big man, Jeremy Tyler, who has aguarantee next season. And Andrew Bogut and Andris Biedrins are already eatingup more than 20 million in salary at that spot.If you pick Drummond, youve got about 25 million investedin centers come 2012-13.Perry Jones, Baylor, power forward: He is6-foot-11, long and extremely talented. You also cant have a discussion aboutJones without bringing up the fact that there are serious questions about hismotivation.He had a disappointing sophomore season, but there is nodoubt Jones is talented. While some might consider him a small forward, itseems doubtful he can play there as a pro.He seems destined to be a power forward. If hes there atNo. 7 when the Warriors pick,theyll have to consider him. But picking Jones is more risky than pickingothers at this spot.Terrence Jones, Kentucky, power forward:The nice thing about Jones is that hes a power forward now, hell bea power forward in the NBA and thats the position he wants to play.There is no doubt Jones is a solid player with a skill setthat translates to the NBA. But one legitimate question with Jones is whetherthe Kentucky program made him look better than he was or whether he couldblossom upon leaving there.Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut, shooting guard:Lamb is projected as a shooting guard, but the question as itpertains to the Warriors would be this: Can he play any three?The Warriors seem to be locked into Klay Thompson atshooting guard, and so theyll need to find out whether Thompson and Lamboverlap. Lamb is long like Thompson but not as good of a shooter.Lamb does have the potential to be a better defender thanThompson, though.Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, center:Sullinger is very skilled, but he lacks athleticism. Hes one of thebest passing big men in the country, but he doesnt have a lot of lift andplays below the rim.There are questions about whether he can play power forwardin the NBA and also whether he is good enough to be a starting center.Worst-case scenario for Sullinger is he winds up being a backup center for mostof his career.Tyler Zeller, North Carolina, center: Itsvirtually impossible to visualize Myers selecting Zeller with the No. 7 pick.Hes just not sexy enough and there are questions about his upside andathleticism.But he very well could me more of a sure thing thanSullinger, and Zeller will certainly be able to function as a center in theNBA.Whether thats as a starter or reserve remains to beseen.
Months after the Cavs overcame a 3-1 series deficit in the 2016 NBA Finals to stun the 73-win Warriors, images surfaced from a Halloween party hosted by LeBron James.
In the images, cookies in the shape of tombstones with the names of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson could be seen on a plate. The date "2015-16" was written on the cookies, apparently signifying the year the Warriors stars "died."
It was the height of the bitterness between the two teams that have met in three straight NBA Finals. The Cavs didn't care much for the Warriors.
But now, more than a year later, one of the players that was at the party to trying to take the blame off LeBron.
"I was at the Halloween party. Usually, [LeBron's] trolls are funny, but that was not from him, that was from the catering company. That’s why he doesn’t speak of it because the catering company put that together. If you think that LeBron James throws a party and does everything from the cookies to the decorations, then you’re kind of insane, that he has a season to prepare for and he’s party planning as well," former Cavs forward Dahntay Jones said Friday on The Russillo Show on ESPN. "But that was the company that they hired. It just happened to be funny at that point in time."
Jones, who is currently unsigned, has played one game for the Cavs each of the last two regular seasons. He did play in the first six games of the 2015-16 NBA Finals and averaged 1.3 points per game.
Captured as we are in the amber jar of Small Sample Size Theatre, there is something about the Warriors worth chewing on as they head for Philadelphia and a date with the precocious Philadelphia 76ers Saturday evening.
They now seem to disregard large leads as beneath them.
I’m not prepared to say what this means, but three of their losses this year (out of four, of course) have featured them hurling up a double-digit lead – 17 in the second quarter and 16 in the third quarter against Houston,
13 against Detroit and 17 in the second and third quarters against Boston Thursday night.
This is more games in which they have done so than all of last season, in which they blew a 14-point lead Christmas Day in Cleveland and a 17-point lead at home to Memphis 13 days later.
In other words, this could just be a phase they are going through as the team that knows it can produce at will and believes the other teams will cower in fear at the mere sight of their power and fold like 200-thread towels.
But three times in four weeks would be enough for head coach Steve Kerr to find a new way to put foot to hinder at future practices. It suggests that the Warriors, having outgrown their early weariness from a fun-filled summer (hey, they went to China and didn’t get busted for anything, so there’s that), maybe take themselves a bit for granted, and Kerr and team lecturers Draymond Green, David West and Andre Iguodala will now have something to help them all correct in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Oklahoma City and then home again.
I mean, what’s the point of having a big lead if you can’t enjoy it by making it bigger and bigger? What’s the value of leading by 17 and calling it a night when you can lead by 29 and THEN put your feet up? I mean, Houston did it last night and took the whole second half off.
Anyway, that’s today’s Warriors Gristle – what to do when you think you’ve won enough hands and find out you haven’t. Tomorrow, we’ll touch on what they need to do about keeping those old Kevin-Durant-back-in-OKC story lines tired and repetitive.