Why Jordan Bell is inactive vs Wizards: 'There’s a lot to this game'


Why Jordan Bell is inactive vs Wizards: 'There’s a lot to this game'

OAKLAND -- Some of Steve Kerr’s experiments with playing rotations within a deep Warriors roster are bound to raise eyebrows, the latest example coming Friday.

Rookie forward Jordan Bell, who generally has been effective in four-to-six- minute stints, is inactive for the game against the Wizards at Oracle Arena.

This is the first time this season Bell has not been active, but he is the fourth different Warrior to be a healthy inactive this season, the others being 7-foot center Damian Jones, 6-9 forward Kevon Looney, and 7-foot center JaVale McGee.

“He’s played in every game,” Kerr, during his pregame news conference, said of Bell. “He’s done a good job for us. It’s not like I’m trying to teach him a lesson or anything. It’s more that there’s a lot to this game. There’s a lot of nuance to the NBA game. And a guy in his position has a lot to learn.”

Decisions on which players will be inactive in a given game are made by the coaching staff and almost always will be dictated by matchups against that particular opponent.

Small-ball reserves are more likely to be inactive against bigger teams, while bigger players are the top candidates to sit when facing smaller teams.

“I’m just trying to juggle the rotation, juggle the lineups, look at different things and use the early part of the season to figure what we have and how we’re going to play it,” Kerr said. “And to establish the fact that we’re going to use every roster spot. We’re going to use every player. But that means that some nights, guys aren’t going to get a chance.”

McGee appeared in 77 games last season, including 10 starts, but was inactive for the Warriors-Raptors game on Wednesday because the Warriors realized Toronto, without its top two centers, would be forced to play mostly small lineups.

Looney, who will be active Friday, played eight minutes on opening night but was inactive for the next three games. He was active against the Raptors but did not play and will be active against the Wizards.

Jones has yet to be active this season and is now on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G-League.

“It’s early in the season, we’re establishing the fact that we’re going to play everybody,” Kerr said. “That some guys are guaranteed minutes every night, some guys aren’t.”

Bell will spend the evening in street clothes on bench beside assistant coach Chris DeMarco, Kerr said.

“It’s a good night for him just to observe,” he said, “and I wanted to get JaVale back out there. It just seemed like the right night.”

‘01 Lakers vs ‘18 Warriors: Who you got?


‘01 Lakers vs ‘18 Warriors: Who you got?

The 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers went 56-26 in the regular season in defense of the previous season's championship. But the team, led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, stormed through the playoffs, and lost just once en route to a second straight title.

"I'll take that '01 [Lakers] team against anybody in the history of the game," Bryant told Alex Kennedy of the HoopsHype Podcast last week. "Any team."

But what about another back-to-back champion? We're talking about the 2017-18 Golden State Warriors.

‘01 Lakers vs ‘18 Warriors. Who you got?

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This year's Warriors had a similar regular season (58-24), but posted a better offensive rating (113.6) and defensive rating (107.7) than their purple-and-gold counterparts from the start of the century, all while averaging about eight additional possessions per 48 minutes. Golden State shot better from the field (50.3 percent), from beyond the arc (39.7 percent) than Bryant's second title team, but Los Angeles did a better job limiting opponents in both areas. 

We'll never truly know without a time machine that could fit the Warriors' roster, but the current title-holders would have been a heck of a matchup for that Lakers squad.

Who would you pick? Sound off in the comments.


Does Kevin Durant sign with Warriors if they win 2016 title? Lacob 'can't say for sure, but...'


Does Kevin Durant sign with Warriors if they win 2016 title? Lacob 'can't say for sure, but...'

The Warriors did not win the championship in 2016.

It turns out that blowing a 3-1 lead in the Finals may have been a good thing after all.

If the Warriors win the title that year, does Kevin Durant sign with Golden State?

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"I can't say for sure but I do not think he would be on the Warriors," Joe Lacob said on 95.7 The Game on Monday. "If we had won, it just would have been too difficult for him probably -- and I can't say this for sure -- to make that decision. 

"As it is, he got criticized for going to a 73-win team, even though we did not win. That's the way it is. And the players, they listen to all this stuff, too."

Lacob and Draymond are on the same page.

During the 2017 Finals, Draymond told ESPN's Zach Lowe:

"If we win the championship, I'm like 99 percent sure we don't get him. There are silver linings to everything."

In Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, the score was tied at 89 with about 4:40 remaining.

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"At that exact moment when it was happening ... I remember saying to myself, 'I'm not gonna worry about this, but if we win we win, if we lose -- I'm going after Kevin Durant," Lacob said on Monday as he began laughing.

The Warriors did not score another point and lost 93-89.

So Lacob went after Durant and got him...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller