Warriors expected to comply with NBA anthem rules: 'People know where we stand'


Warriors expected to comply with NBA anthem rules: 'People know where we stand'

OAKLAND -- The NBA has very specific rules relating to conduct during the playing of the national anthem, including no stretching, no gum chewing, no bouncing around and a requirement that all players and coaches stand.

In reiterating its position Friday in a memo sent to all 30 teams, according to ESPN, the league stressed alternative methods to make a social statement, including the possibility of addressing fans in the arena.

The Warriors, who have been vocal in opposition to the conduct and rhetoric of President Donald Trump, and in support of those protesting in pursuit of equality, are expected to comply with the rule, according to coach Steve Kerr.

“We’ve made our feelings public,” Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area after practice Friday. “People know where we stand. I don’t know if any sort of protest would make it any clearer.”

Though NBA commissioner Adam Silver has consistently urged players to stand for the anthem, Kerr conceded it was possible some form of statement will be made Saturday at 5:30, when the Warriors open their preseason schedule against the Nuggets at Oracle Arena.

The rule states “players, coaches and trainers are to stand in a dignified posture along the sidelines or the foul lines during the playing of the National Anthem.”

Those in violation are subject to suspension and maybe a fine. The NBA office “will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach, or trainer does not stand for the anthem,” according to the memo obtained by ESPN.

Michele Roberts, executive director of the NBA Players Association, responded by telling the New York Times that should “any discipline be imposed on a player(s), we, too, will ‘deal with it.’ ”

The last known instance of a suspension was in 1996, when former Nuggets star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was sidelined for a game after sitting during the anthem.

Former Warriors forward Matt Barnes acknowledged last year that he had received warnings for chewing gum and for going to the bathroom during the anthem.

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


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


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...