Once the lockout ends, the Warriors have work to do -- and a lot of it. There will be anabbreviated free agency period, a brief training camp and then the games willbegin.Here are the first five things the Warriors will need to dowhen the lockout ends:--Begin to instill a new culture: MostWarriors players have had no contact with new coach Mark Jackson or his staff.Owner Joe Lacob has talked for months about changing the culture and how hisownership group is all about winning. Time to show the players thats thecase.--Decide which player if any to amnesty: Thereare reports that the new collective bargaining agreement will include anamnesty provision, allowing a team to waive a player and have his salary comeoff the books.Would the Warriors release David Lee, set to make 68million over the next five seasons? What about Andris Biedrins, who will earn27 million over the next three years? Or maybe, the Warriors simply use it toknock most of Charlie Bells 4.1 million off the books.The most prudent move might be to hold off on using theamnesty clause for a year or two when it would likely benefit the Warriorsmore than it would now.--Find a third guard: As of now, theWarriors would go into training camp with Jeremy Lin and rookies Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkinsas the guards off the bench. Thats too much to ask of those two young players.The Warriors need a productive third guard, a player who can help alleviate theworkloads of Ellis and Curry.So, what kind of third guards are we talking about? Wellhere are a few names: Delonte West, T.J. Ford, Sebastian Telfair or JasonRichardson.--Acquire another big man: Right now, theWarriors head into training camp with Biedrins, Lee, Lou Amundson and Ekpe Udohin their frontcourt. Theyll need another big body up there.So, what kind of big men are out there? Well, here are a fewnames: Kwame Brown, Joel Przybilla, Chuck Hayes and Samuel Dalembert.Add depth on perimeter: Dorell Wright hada very nice season for the Warriors a year ago. It would be nice to bring in aplayer who can less Wrights minutes and at the same time, perhaps team withWright to give the Warriors some length and a defensive mind-set on theperimeter.So, what kind of small forward-types are out there? Well,here are a few names: Richard Mbah a Moute, Caron Butler, ShaneBattier.
When the Warriors set foot in FedEx Forum on Saturday, they’ll find a very different atmosphere as well as a barely recognizable team of Memphis Grizzlies.
The Grindhouse is not the same. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter have left the building. So, too, has the “Grindfather” himself, Tony Allen.
So in their only trip to Memphis this season, the Warriors will focus mostly on point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol, the remaining core members of the team that reached the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons.
The Warriors (1-1) will be playing for the second night in a row, while the Grizzlies (1-0) have not played since their season opener Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Warriors by 8.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. Mike Conley: Curry has a long memory, and he will remember not only that the Warriors last season lost twice to the Grizzlies but also that Conley’s 27 points and clutch play offset Curry’s 40 points and led Memphis to an overtime win in Oakland. It won’t matter to Curry that the Warriors posted double-digit wins over the Grizzlies in the last two meetings last season. He may want to take over.
Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) is listed as questionable.
Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green (L ankle sprain), G Ben McLemore (R foot surgery) and G/F Wayne Selden Jr. (R quad injury) are listed as out.
RECENT SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors have won five of the last seven in Memphis and 10 of the last 13 meetings overall.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
BREEZE OR WHEEZE: Coach Steve Kerr has expressed some concern about the team’s conditioning level. On the second night of their first back-to-back set -- with the Warriors arriving at the hotel at 2:30 a.m. -- it could provide a glimpse of their progress. Kerr said he would consider resting one or two players. Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, both coming off injuries, would seem logical candidates.
GEORGIA VS. SPAIN: The Republic of Georgia’s Zaza Pachulia and Spain’s Marc Gasol know each other well, having spent years battling internationally and in the NBA. There will be no surprises, but Pachulia will have to avoid foul trouble to remain a part of his team’s defensive rotation against one of the league’s best big men.
HOT KLAY: Klay Thompson is off to a torrid start, shooting 11-of-18 from beyond the arc through the first two games. And now he won’t have to worry about Allen, who relished in opportunities to defend the Warriors All-Star. Memphis replaced Allen with Andrew Harrison, who is not in the Grindfather’s class as a defender.
Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.
Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.
"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks.
And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.
We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.
Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.
Thank you for listening."
The Warriors' next three home games are:
1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)
Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller