The Morning Report: Anthony Randolph to start tonight, reportedly (in other news: a G2V-class yellow star was seen on the eastern horizon around 7:30 a.m.)
By Geoff Lepper
According to Chris Broussard over at ESPN.com, the Warriors’ one-game experiment with starting Ronny Turiaf at power forward is over, with Anthony Randolph set to move into the lineup tonight in Phoenix.
Somebody cue Jim Nabors, and be sure to employ the “sarcasm” HTML tag:
Surprise, surprise, surprise!
Don Nelson used Turiaf on Wednesday because the Rockets were a small, depleted team that looked like a good matchup. It didn’t turn out to be so, but even if it had, Turiaf would still be heading back to the bench, for a multitude of different reasons. The biggest is this one: With Amare Stoudemire and Channing Frye, the Suns have two legitimate big men on the floor, negating any perceived matchup advantage Golden State might get with a Turiaf-Andris Biedrins combination at the start.
Frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Nelson puts Corey Maggette into the lineup for Game 3 against Memphis next Wednesday, looking to create a mismatch with either Marc Gasol or Zach Randolph.
There’s no doubt that the future of the team lies with Anthony Randolph. But that doesn’t mean Nelson will agree anytime soon that the future is now.
ESPN.com (Chris Broussard): So, about those rumors about the Hornets and Clippers chasing after Stephen Jackson? Yeah, you can scratch those off. Same thing with San Antonio. But there was one fascinating little tidbit on the trade trail last night: There’s a feeling that the market for Jackson will improve once the Dec. 15 prohibition against trading newly signed free agents expires.
I don’t know what kind of difference that would make in Denver, where the only FA to ink a big-money deal is Chris Andersen, who is vastly more important to the Nuggets than Jackson would be. But in Cleveland, I could see that date as being critical for the Cavaliers, who continue to refuse to part with Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ expiring deal.
One of the many moves Cleveland made this summer was to lure Jamario Moon away from Miami to chase down athletic 3s and smaller 4s (such as Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis, whose shooting helped push Orlando past the Cavs in the ECF). Given Jackson’s track record (see Nowitzki, Dirk, 2007 playoff flop) in that area, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Cavs view Jack as an upgrade in that area.
Given that Daniel Gibson is struggling as a backup to Mo Williams and really can only be a shrimpy 2 guard (at a cost of $13 million over the next four seasons), perhaps Gibson-Moon/Jackson-C.J. Watson could be the framework for a post-Dec. 15 deal. The Cavaliers would upgrade at small forward and stay close to even in terms of their backup point guard. The Warriors would get some salary relief in 2011-12 and 2012-13, exchanging Jackson’s $19.3M combined salary over those two years for $9.2M owed Gibson.
NBA FanHouse (Matt Steinmetz): Don Nelson doesn’t like dealing with the print media anymore. This is something that’s been building for a long while, a byproduct of him getting blamed at the start of last season for the falling out that took place between the Warriors and Chris Mullin.
I have no proof of how much influence Nelson had in Mullin’s twist-in-the-wind, slow-motion dismissal, but it’s clear that Nelson has been stung by the fact that people in the Bay Area and national media believe he did help in pushing out Mullin.
(Sidebar for my personal thoughts: Nelson was less an active participant, and more a deliberate observer, standing on the sidelines while Mullin and Robert Rowell engaged in their blood feud — even as he knew he was the only guy who might be able to bring the two sides back together again. I’ve heard from folks close to Nelson that he was very upset Mullin didn’t side with him during Nelson’s post-WE BELIEVE holdout — which Nelson eventually lost to Rowell — and I think Nelson’s silence during the Mullin-Rowell fight was his form of payback.)
Combine Nelson’s pain over the Mullin stories with the reaction to his freezing out of Anthony Randolph and the continued harping over lineup decisions such as Maggette-at-power-forward, and you can see where things deteriorated.
I will say this for certain: Winning would cure everything that ails Nelson’s relationship with the media. Just as it would turn Stephen Jackson back into a happy camper, I’m willing to bet.
ESPN.com (John Hollinger): A good case for trading Stephen Jackson from your fantasy team, if you have him on there.
Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports (Joe Edwards): A cautionary tale about former Warrior forward David Vaughan, who blew his $2.2 million earned over NBA seasons and eventually had to live in a 2000 Chevrolet Impala on the streets of Orlando.
Contra Costa Times (Marcus Thompson II): Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette: A combined 20-for-50 from the floor in the Opening Night loss. That’s some high-quality basketball right there.
San Francisco Chronicle (Rusty Simmons): If Stephen Curry is going to become the next Steve Nash, then there’s no better time than tonight to stack up the protégé and the reigning king.
timkawakami: Typical Warriors hype-fan-media development: Curry and Morrow are viewed as angels, potentially foiled by meanies SJax and Ellis.
timkawakami: W’s mgmt has to love it. They always want fans/media hyping the new guys and bashing the players who know how screwed up the W’s are.
StephenCurry30: Headed to shootaround. Almost left my shoes in the hotel and had to do an emergency sprint through the lobby to go get em lol…rookie move!
Yahoo Sports! (The Basketball Jones): Discussing whether Stephen Jackson would fit in with the Cavaliers.
11 Responses to “The Morning Report: Anthony Randolph to start tonight, reportedly (in other news: a G2V-class yellow star was seen on the eastern horizon around 7:30 a.m.)”
I know you didn’t write the 20-50 combined stat originally, but seems a little unfair to include Monta in with that. All he did was make that stat look a lot better considering he was 10-20. Last time I checked shooting 50% from the field in a game is pretty good.
Is he going to be named captain? Curry?
Cuz that would seal the deal…..
commish October 30th, 2009 at 2:42 pm
Here is a reason to NOT put Maggette in any starting lineup and out of the lineup ASAP:
To wit: If you’re going to let Maggette, who went 3-for-14 in a little less than 25 minutes, jack up a steady stream of no-hope 19-foot clanks without recriminations, why on Earth should he even give a fleeting, momentary thought to passing off to Morrow
Geoff Lepper October 30th, 2009 at 2:58 pm
Commish: You don’t have to quote me to me to convince me it’s a bad idea. I’m just saying I think it could happen.
Of course, if you start Maggette, that’s less time he spends on the floor with Morrow … always got to look at the bright side!
Yeah that PF mismatch crap that Nelson tries with Maggette only seems to work against LaMarcus Aldridge of the Blazers. Here’s hoping that Aldridge develops a low post game and starts abusing Maggette. Maybe that will get Nellie to stop.
commish October 30th, 2009 at 5:42 pm
LOL. through the tears of course. But this is why I really dispise Nelson as the coach of this young team. I mean he says all the right things about playing D, getting Morrow more shots and so on, but does nothing at all to implement what is obvious to him and everyone else. He’ll get his crummy wins to break the record even if he plays the youngsters all year, so who cares about watching Maggette and Jax slow down the offense and hog the ball. He said he doesn’t like to mess with the vets cause they are supposed to know what to do: clearly that is not the case.
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