Warriors' Draft, Summer League Plans Heating Up


Warriors' Draft, Summer League Plans Heating Up

May 10, 2010


Matt Steinmetz

General manager Larry Riley will represent the Warriors atnext Tuesdays NBA draft lottery in Secaucus, N.J, according to the team.That evening, the Warriors will find out what selection theyhave for the 2010 NBA draft, which will be held on June 24. The Warriors arecurrently slotted in the fourth spot based on their 26-56 record. The Warriors have a 10.4 percent chance of getting the firstpick in the draft. The New Jersey Nets, who finished with a league-worst 12-70record, have a 25 percent chance of earning the No. 1 pick.-----
Congratulations to Warriors center Ronny Turiaf, who earnedhis degree from Gonzaga University on Sunday.Turiaf left the university in 2005 to turn professional, butcontinued his studies during NBA offseasons. He earned a Bachelors of Educationin sports management, with a minor in applied communications. Taking part in a graduation ceremony at Gonzaga is atremendous honor and a dream come true, Turiaf said. Completing my degreewhile playing in the NBA has been a tough process, but it was a promise that Imade to myself and my family when I left school, and I am so happy to haveachieved this goal. Id like to thank everyone at Gonzaga that supported methroughout the entire process, as well as the Warriors organization forassistance.
-----The Warriors are in the process of figuring out who will beplaying on their summer league team in Las Vegas, which begins in July.

The Warriors are anticipating Brandan Wright, who missed theentire season with a shoulder injury, will be on the team. Reggie Williams,whom the Warriors called up from the D-League late in the season, is alsoexpected to play. Warriors coach Don Nelson indicated late in the season thathed like to see Anthony Randolph put some games under his belt this summer.Randolph, who missed the final three months of the season with an ankle sprain,however, isnt required to play.The plan at this point is for Stephen Curry to play a gameor two for the Warriors this summer, and then begin training for Team USA.
At this point, the Warriors dont have any plans to bring inindividual players for workouts leading up to the draft. In fact, its unlikelythe Warriors will bring in anyone individual for workouts until June.Members of the Warriors scouting department will travel toMinneapolis in late May and then to New Jersey in early June for multi-teamworkouts. Last year, the Warriors practice facility was the site of atwo-day multi-team workout that featured dozens of prospective draft picks andrepresentatives of more than 20 teams.What's your take? Email Matt and let him know. He may use it in his weekly Mailbag.

Former coach takes epic shot at Cavs after they gave up 148 points to OKC


Former coach takes epic shot at Cavs after they gave up 148 points to OKC

When it rains, it pours for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After starting the season 24-9, they have cratered. Including two losses to the Warriors and one to the Kings, the Cavs are 3-8 over their last 11 games.

During the stretch, they suffered through a four-game losing streak and nearly blew a 23-point lead against the Magic on Thursday.

But nothing was worse than what happened in front of a national TV audience on Saturday. The visiting Oklahoma City Thunder strolled into Quicken Loans Arena and hung 148 points on the defending Eastern Conference champs and won by 24 points.

Saturday's performance was so bad, former Cavs head coach David Blatt took a shot at them before coaching the Team Europe in the Turkish Basketball Super League All-Star Game in Instabul.

Asked by a sideline reporter for his thoughts on the game he was about to coach, Blatt offered this:

"Well, I don't think we're going to have any problem scoring. I'm just wondering if we're going to defend anybody. That's what I'm worried about," Blatt said.

The reporter followed up by asking for his expectation of the final score. That's when Blatt threw a haymaker at the team that fired him during the 2015-16 season despite a 30-11 record.

"Well, I hope we don't give up as many points as the Cavaliers did last night," Blatt said.


Unfortunately for Blatt, Team Europe lost 151-142 to Team Asia.

Clint Capela claims Rockets are better than Warriors; champs not worried

Clint Capela claims Rockets are better than Warriors; champs not worried

The Rockets are riding high after their 116-108 win over the Warriors on Saturday night.

Maybe a little too high.

After the game, starting center Clint Capela had some bold things to say about the rivalry.

"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them. We've got to keep playing. We know that they're going to come back if we have the lead, and we've just got to keep that mindset. Sometimes I feel like, in the past, we were all dragging down after mistakes. But today, we were ready. I think that if we're doing what we're supposed to do on defense -- all the switches, the weak side -- and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them. We are better than them," Capela told ESPN after the game in Houston.

The young big man doubled down.

"We're definitely the best in the league with everybody healthy. We've definitely got a chance to get that 1-seed back. The thing is, of course, we're excited because it's the Warriors, but Monday is an important game, too. If we lose and the [Warriors] win their game, what was the point? The next game, every single time, is going to be the key to go get the No. 1, first seed," Capela told ESPN.

Guard Eric Gordon didn't go as far, but still compared the Rockets favorably to the Warriors.

"Offensively, we're just as good as them, no question. Defensively, they're a championship team. They're consistent, whether they win or lose. Us, we still have peaks and valleys. We just can't have those. That's why we've got to play well the next game, because we just have to sustain the same effort," Gordon said via ESPN.

The Rockets won the season-series with the Warriors by taking two out of the three meetings. They now trail the Warriors by 3.5 games in the race for the top spot in the Western Conference.

But are they really better than the defending NBA champs? Are the Warriors worried at all about the Rockets?

"The season starts over when you're in the playoffs anyway, so it doesn't matter. You're going to have to get through these teams to get to where you want to go. You have to play at home and on the road, so it really doesn't matter. We just want to be playing good basketball when it comes down to that point," Warriors forward Kevin Durant told ESPN after the game.

Draymond Green really didn't want to hear about home-court advantage.

"It's game 40-what? Seven, eight? Who we play on Tuesday? We just got to get ready for [New York]. Home court will take care of itself down the road," told reporters after the game.

With no more meetings during the regular season, the next time the two teams could meet, assuming they finish with the top two seeds, is in the Western Conference Finals. So we'll have to wait until May to see if the Rockets can back up the tough talk.