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    Anthony Morrow in the 3-point contest? Don Nelson doesn’t want to stop there

    ** The talk for more than a few days has been about Warriors guard Anthony Morrow making the 3-point contest, but Don Nelson doesn’t think he should limited to just that portion of All-Star weekend. The coach is pushing for Morrow to take part in the Rookie Challenge as well.

    “Well, I think that he should make the rookie team. For me, that would be a bigger honor than shooting in the 3-point contest,” Nelson said. “It would be nice to be represented by somebody. What he’s done as a rookie, I don’t know there’s 12 better rookies in the league than Anthony Morrow. . . . He is leading the league in 3-point shooting, and he is having an awful good year for a rookie. Especially when you guys say I don’t play rookies. It must be unbelievable, huh?”

    Despite Nelson’s glowing recommendation, Morrow’s chances would seem to be fairly slim. The nine-player roster is made up of four guards, four forward/centers and one wildcard entry, so there will be at most five guards.

    Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Memphis’ O.J. Mayo and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook are three guards with guaranteed spots. That leaves Morrow fighting with Portland’s Rudy Fernandez and Miami’s Mario Chalmers for the last guard spot and the wildcard position. (Morrow may be helped there by Fernandez’s inclusion in the dunk contest; although the Rookie Challenge is set for Feb. 13 and the dunk competition isn’t until the next day, Fernandez may want to concentrate on not getting blown out by Dwight Howard.)

    ** Jamal Crawford (right hamstring contusion) took part in the Warriors’ light practice on Monday (mostly shooting drills), but how he does on Tuesday will determine whether he can play Wednesday in Dallas.

    ** Corey Maggette sat out practice to receive a massage on his sore back, something that has been troubling him for the better part of a week, at least. He was working in the weight room after practice, which is a good sign.

    ** Andris Biedrins practiced for a few minutes Monday but was given the rest of the day off to rest his sprained left wrist. Nelson said he also wanted to see Jermareo Davidson at the 5. The rookie has primarily practiced at the 4, so it’ll be interesting to see if — now that he’s signed for the full season — he gets more run at 5.

    ** Given that forward Brandan Wright is expected to be out until Feb. 7 at this point with his dislocated left shoulder, it sure seems likely that he won’t play again until after the All-Star break. Golden State’s last game prior to the break comes Feb. 12 at home against Portland.

    ** By the way, for those wondering about Monta Ellis’ tattoos, I finally got close enough to read what the three tats on his legs say. He’s repping his hometown on his calves, with “JACKSON” written in an old English font down his left calf and “MISSISSIPPI” down the right. Also on the outside of the right leg is a scroll with a quote from Psalm 23:4 — the passage which begins, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

    – Geoff

54 Responses to “Anthony Morrow in the 3-point contest? Don Nelson doesn’t want to stop there”

  1. Hey Geoff, what do you think about cj watson making the sophmore team?

  2. oh nice, thanks for tat update…any idea why he went so tat-crazy?

    and what’s the process for morrow entering the 3 point comp? as slim as the soph/rookie challenge?

  3. haha that psalm isnt very original, but oh well. And i bet Stephen thinks that monta’s “Jackson” tatt, is an homage to him. I didnt even think of Morrow for the rookie game, so i doubt the league will either. But not being in the 3 competetion? Absoulutly ridiculous, maybe morrow needs to do some commercials for the NBA before he can get some recongnition.

  4. If leading the league in 3pt% (or being near the when a decision is made) dosen’t qualify you for the contest than what does? It seems like the league wants bigger names, not necessarily the best shooters.

    Besides Durant and Stuckey, I can’t think of too many guards that I would pick ahead of Watson, his numbers are pretty much better than Mike Conley, Nick Young and Daequan Cook. It would be a shame to see them get picked ahead of Watson just because he wasn’t drafted and they were.

  5. monta sure is creative with his tattoos and all…

  6. As far as Morrow in the 3-point contest goes, I think the argument against it would be the number of attempts he has taken. No playing in the top 25 (qualified) in percentage has taken as few attempts as Morrow has. It’s not ridiculously fewer than a lot of them on the list though (and only 4 players in the top 25 play fewer minutes than Morrow), I definitely think he should be in. He’s leading the #2 shooter (Calderon) by 4.6% too, that’s a huge discrepancy. I think the the NBA is going to look pretty stupid if he’s not invited to compete. You could also make a decent case for Azubuike, who is #4 in %.

  7. Sorry, he’s leading Calderon by 4.2%, not 4.6%, but still, that’s a lot.

  8. Great, we have tattoo afficianados among the posters:

    “..the psalm is not very original…” Uh, how do I respond to such an idiotic comment? Ugh…

    Probably the same posters who wear t-shirts of obscure bands who no one gives a crap about…

  9. Thanks to Nellie, (and Ellis’s injury which hurt ball penetration) Morrow didn’t play consistently so he hasn’t established himself as a cirtical part of the team’s rotation. I doubt he’ll make the team.

    Considering the violance Monta’s seen including the devestating impact a murdered friend had on his old brother, the city, st and reference to facing death are more real than I’d ever care to imagine.

  10. TRAJ what are you talking about? You man crush on monta so hard that you cant admitt he has a stupid tatt? Oh, wait hahaha, do you have that tattoo. hahahah i bet thats it man, what can i say other than at least you didnt get a tramp stamp…………………or did you?

  11. This would be a perfect time for AB to work on his right hand instead of taking it easy…..sigh

  12. [...] 3-point Contest during All-Star Weekend, but the Rookie/Sophomore Challenge as well, according to 48minutes.net…In five straight games coming off the bench, Corey Maggette is averaging 21.8 points and 8.0 [...]

  13. i agree biedrins should have been working on his right hand he has been missing dumb layups

  14. Going full body tat: another great Monta decision. Another qualifying item for becoming The Decider at point guard. Scooter’s getting a bit overamped. Be careful, fans.

  15. monta sure is creative with his tattoos and all

  16. Thanks to Nellie oh nice, thanks for tat update…any idea why he went so tat-crazy?

  17. what are you talking about? You man crush on monta so hard that you cant admitt he has a stupid tatt?

  18. Considering the violance Monta’s seen including the devestating impact a murdered friend had on his old brother, the city, st and reference to facing death are more real than I’d ever care to imagine.

  19. monta sure is creative with his tattoos and all

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