It’s official: Biedrins expected to miss at least three games, with a post-All-Star Game return
By Geoff Lepper
OAKLAND — It looked like a bad right ankle sprain for Warriors center Andris Biedrins when he suffered it on Friday in Golden State’s 115-105 loss to Phoenix, and that fear was realized Saturday. A team spokesman said that Biedrins will probably miss at least three games, not to return until Golden State’s first game after the All-Star break, at the earliest.
If that holds true, Biedrins – who has only missed seven games over the last 2 1/2 seasons, six due to an emergency appendectomy last year and one because of a sprained wrist last month – will be absent against Utah on Sunday, New York on Tuesday and Portland on Thursday. The Warriors’ post-All-Star opener is set for Feb. 18 against the Lakers.
Warriors coach Don Nelson said the team will start Ronny Turiaf in Biedrins’ place, and dropped enough hints that it seems clear his first option off the bench will be Rob Kurz, with Jermareo Davidson next.
Nelson said that while Anthony Randolph has not been placed back “on ice,” he’s not considered a 5 by the coaching staff – so don’t hold your breath waiting for a big uptick in the rookie’s minutes.
18 Responses to “It’s official: Biedrins expected to miss at least three games, with a post-All-Star Game return”
Son of Ahmed February 7th, 2009 at 3:52 pm
Because Kurz is going to be a much better Center. Yeah, we all believe that.
Nigel Tufnel February 7th, 2009 at 4:06 pm
Kurz dominated Shaq the other night so I don’t see why not.
Hon. Ahmed-son et.al. cleva fellas, Kurz has twenty pounds and several years of playing the position in
college, relative to Randolph; if on the other hand, the concern is for quickening the younger lad’s development,
how will his getting abused out of position help? Maybe think of it another way–little is invested in Kurz, so little
is risked by his abuse? Maybe the coaches have a little more trust that Kurz knows the rather critical defensive assignments better?
Apparently knowing how to play basketball has some bearing on playing time.
Who wudda thunk it?
sjbytes February 7th, 2009 at 8:02 pm
Randolph not considered a 5? If Azubuike and Maggette are 4s than Randolph can certainly be a 5. Kurz has 20 pounds on Randolph? 20, 30 or 40 pounds; who cares how many pounds he has on Randolph? Other than Nelson who has Kurz impressed? Absolutely no one that knows anything about basketball that’s who Kurz knows defensive assignments? Warriors and defensive assignments should never be in the same sentence. Diogu, O’Bryant, Wright and Randolph are the Warrior’s top 4 picks the last 4 years. Who has developed? Who is now a solid contributor in the NBA? Not one. Maybe Randolph is just another in the long line of athletic jumping jack big men from LSU (Stromile Swift and Tyrus Thomas) who will never develop into consistent contributors but for now Randolph shows potential to rebound and block shots. Kurz hasn’t shown squat.
A new born baby has potential. I’m tired about player’s potential.
O’Bryant & Diogu had potential and FAILED. Eddy Curry once had potential. They didn’t flop because they didn’t get to play in NBA games.
Randolph fires BJ Amrstrong ’cause he wants to play or be traded. A 14th pick who acts like a prima donna. Awesome. Start him now. College is for sissies and so is knowing how to set a pick and box out.
sjbytes February 7th, 2009 at 9:37 pm
Randolph has played 50 minutes over the past 10 games. I guess Randolph’s limited minutes all season long proves he can’t play. Cut him, trade him or dump him now. Yep, he’s proven he can’t play. What’s another wasted first round pick? Warriors have been so successful the past 15 years that another wasted first round pick still means the franchise is moving in the right direction. There are so many players that know how to set a pick, box out, know defensive assignments and still get major minutes on the Warriors and that’s why the Warriors are such a good defensive and rebounding squad. That 19 year old kid who doesn’t know how to set a pick and only played one year of college basketball needs to go. Yep, Rob Kurz is the man. All we need now is a bunch of stiffs who can set screens and box out for the Warriors to be a finals favorite. While we’re at it why don’t we get rid of the shot clock and bring back the four corners offense. Yawn, now that’s basketball.
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“Cut him, trade him or dump him now. Yep, he’s proven he can’t play. What’s another wasted first round pick?”
Because a teenager with a year of college under his belt should be able to play major minutes at PF and C in the NBA and if not, then he should learn on the court.
After all Mr. Awesome just fired his agent, another bad guy holding him back.
If Kurz wasn’t a GSW, Randolph would be playing more so rather than ask why the F is Kurz starting and why can’t Randolph get his act together, we GSW fans want to dump on Kurz.
sjbytes February 8th, 2009 at 1:35 pm
Who said major minutes for Randolph? Absolutely no one said he deserved major minutes, however, on a 16 and 35 team there should be about 10 minutes a game for your 1st round pick. We aren’t talking Lakers at 40 and 9. We’re talking a team with a 31% winning percentage and your first round pick can’t play a couple minutes a game? Let the kid play about 10 minutes a game and gain experience. When Wright was healthy his minutes were inconsistent too and he received plenty of DNP-CDs. Is Wright a malcontent baby too? Four first round picks in four years and not one has been developed. That’s why there’s only one playoff appearance in 15 years. Wait until next year when another malcontent first round pick doesn’t play.
” Is Wright a malcontent baby too? ”
No, Wright didn’t sucker punch a teammate, didn’t fire his agent (who reps Derrick Rose).
Scott Skiles says players develop their game in the off season. Andris has improved every off season. Recall he hardly played when he was a 18 or 19 year old rookie. Why can’t Randolph be held to the same standard?
Playing time has to be earned.
Patrick O’Bryant, seems like a great guy, isn’t NBA material. He had a few good games in college and was drafted as a prospect. He underperformed in the NBA development league and hasn’t impressed the Celtics this year. He was a BAD pick.
Ike Diougu, is on his third team and isn’t considered to have untapped potential. He is another Marcus Fizer. Another bad pick.
Good GMs don’t make fewer mistakes as much as they dump guys sooner. O’Bryant was managed correctly. He went to Bakerfields and struggled.
I’m not defending Nelli’s bad coaching but Randolph needs a few years and if Jurz can follow directions and execute better, all the more reason for Randolph to keep is butt in Oakland this summer and improve.
AR can’t get any minutes? He’s not a five? Well, the Fat Man said he might play Maggette at five, so why can’t AR get any minutes there — or at the four if Maggette’s forced to five? And why didn’t Nelson at least give AR a shot after Goose went down, the team stopped moving, and no rebounds were to be had by any W?
The Fat Man is a true goofball.
JoeSez is a freaking moron.
..and CC wears footed pajamas.
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