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Devean George wants to re-sign with Golden State, clings for his NBA life

Devean George is a bad basketball player and the Golden State Warriors are a bad basketball team. A match made in heaven, right? George seems to think so. From Chris Tomasson of FanHouse:

“I want to stay here and play under Nellie,’' George said before Tuesday’s game at Washington about seeking to remain with Warriors coach Don Nelson and his up-tempo style. “I like it. I just like the freedom to play ball. If you play hard for coach, he loves you. If you play hard, he has no problems ... He gives you freedom. He’s really easy to play for.”

“There’s a niche (with Golden State) that I can help. And really with a young team, you need a mixture of guys on the team. You need some vets, you need some some guys who have been through it.’'

There’s a reason why George only averaged 16 minutes a game this season on a team plagued by injury problems and importing D-Leaguers by the minute: at this point in his career, he’s not an NBA-caliber player. There was a time when George was a perfectly decent role player. That time was yesterday, and I mean that in anything but a literal sense.

Then again, maybe George could be valuable in a mythical, intangible leadership role. Pep talks, team hugs, and all that. It’s just become pretty apparent that Warriors or not, George is not a productive NBA player. So while George’s gesture to the Warriors may be legitimate and his loyalty certainly honorable, I can’t help but feel that a quote like these is just a plea from a marginal NBA vets who doesn’t want his phone to be silent this summer.