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    It’s official: C.J. Watson has H1N1, will miss Warriors’ next two games

    By Geoff Lepper

    Larry Riley seemed to be going for laughs when he told various groups of media Monday that Don Nelson was so quirky, he might just play one of his new acquisitions, Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic, 35 minutes on Tuesday against Cleveland.

    It’s becoming more clear he wasn’t joking.

    The team announced late Monday afternoon that C.J. Watson has contracted the H1N1 virus — commonly called the “swine flu” — and will miss the final two games on the team’s current road trip.

    Watson posted the news that he was a suspected H1N1 sufferer on his Twitter feed, and included a picture of himself with the face mask he has to wear in public settings. He stayed behind in Milwaukee as the team flew ahead.

    It’s a good thing Bell and Radmanovic were expected to join the team in Cleveland on Monday night and should be available Tuesday. The Warriors will need those two just to make the league-mandated minimum of eight players in uniform, although the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Devean George — who’s been out all year with a knee injury — is being flown in as well.

11 Responses to “It’s official: C.J. Watson has H1N1, will miss Warriors’ next two games”

  1. Speaking of Watson: Just curious of your opinion. Would you have preferred Ace Law or Watson as a back up? I thoiught Ace was much better but wanted your take.

    Do you have any idea of why the Warriors wouldn’t have taken Orlando’s presumed offer of a first round pick for Watson? Whatever the FO reasoning, do you agree with it?

    Watson’s career with the Warrior’s is just weird. D league, starter, bench rider, wanting out, taking a one year deal. Lots of good and bad news for a guy who seems to be a great young man.

  2. Why doesn’t management sign one of the top D League players to a 10 day contract? It couldn’t hurt, especially if they need a power forward or center to balance the short handed roster. I guess they’re too cheap.

  3. @Commish: I imagine it was a heavily protected first-round pick, which obviously lessens the value, as does the fact that Orlando is probably picking 20th or worse. But you could certainly argue that they kept him for this exact situation: Monta Ellis wants out from an injury-decimated roster. I think it lends some credence to the notion that Nelson was gunning for Monta as soon as Curry fell into his lap, because if they were planning on actually going with Monta and Curry long-term, then, no, there’s no reason to keep C.J. around as a third wheel at that position.

    As for Acie . . . I can’t base a real opinion on how little he played here. I don’t think he outplayed C.J. by any clear amount.

    You’re right about the ups and downs, but right now, C.J. looks like a genius. He’ll probably be back in a week with a backcourt that has tons of minutes available.

    @Fierce South: Can’t sign 10-days until Jan. 5, so that’s not an option. I do wonder, with Bell and Azubuike going under the knife this week, if the Warriors are going to try to get a Disabled Player exception to the salary cap to bring in another guard. Given that they only wanted 14 players instead of 15 due to $$ concerns, I doubt they’ll go that way, but it’s still a possibility.

  4. Geoff,
    We also would have had to take back a player from Orlando. I think the rumor was they wanted to send us a PG (who they obviously liked less than CJ). Had they offered Ryan Anderson, I suspect Watson would be in Orlando now.

  5. Thanks Geoff. As long as you are willing to answer a few questions, how would you rate the trade? Even if Raja has surgery?

    I am hoping, and wonder what you think, that after Nelson gets his really meaningless record (my feelings of course), do you think he’ll kick himself upstairs and let Smart take over the team? Whatever is left of a team anyway.

    I’m guessing Ellis will be gone by the trade deadline and Cohan will be laughing all the way to the bank once again on the back of the fans.

  6. Geoff mentioned a CJ Watson/Marcus Williams Twitter beef a while back. This sounds hilarious to me- does anyone have a link to it? I’m not the most technical guy, so I haven’t been able find it by searching.

  7. @commish: The trade was awful from the short-term perspective, made doubly so by Raja having the surgery. But they painted themselves into that corner, and at least instead of taking on more salary (Harrington-Crawford), they won the salary cap battle.

    Now, if they make the same kind of straight salary dump for Monta … well, then it’s DEFCON 1 for Warrior fans.

    As for Nellie, he’s going nowhere without the full $12M, IMHO. He wants the win record. He wants his ducats even more, however.

    @Eddie Dice: “Beef” was me being a little sarcastic. It was more like banter. Crawling through all their messages is more work than I have time for. You can get some of the flavor of it here on the ww.net board:


  8. Great write-up. Thanks.

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