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News » Golden State Warriors Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30

Golden State Warriors Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30

Golden State Warriors Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30
--Al Harrington made a big splash on opening night, but not the kind Warriors fans had hoped to see.

Before seeing 42 minutes of playing time and firing up 17 shots, the veteran disclosed he has asked the Warriors for a trade.

"Have I asked them to trade me? Yes," the power forward admitted. "If it's like last year, then I can't be here. And that's for (darn) sure."

Harrington's biggest beef is how he was used by Don Nelson in his first season and a half with the club. An accurate midrange shooter and sturdy interior force before joining Golden State, Harrington had two chief roles on Nelson's team last year: defend centers and shoot three-pointers.

He believes he has much more to offer someone.

"I don't want to play for him," Harrington said of Nelson. "We all know how Nellie is. We all know his history. If you're not one of his dudes, you ain't never going to be one of his dudes. And that's the truth."

--Monta Ellis plans to appeal his 30-game suspension, which includes not getting paid for the first 26 games of the regular season, the result of violating a clause in his contract by riding a moped (and crashing it) over the summer.

While saying he accepts the suspension, which will cost him close to $3 million, Ellis believes the Warriors have improperly given themselves the option of levying further penalties should the fourth-year guard subsequently not play up to the form that led to a six-year, $66 million contract this off-season.

The goal of his suspension: To close the door on the matter once he starts getting paid again on Dec. 19.

--The Warriors started DeMarcus Nelson in Monta Ellis' place in the opener. The Duke product had six points and one assist in 13 minutes.

--The Warriors got down to the 15-man, regular-season roster limit by waiving Notre Dame product Rob Kurz. That allowed undrafted swingman Anthony Morrow, star of the Warriors' summer-league squads, to make the team.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Thunder stayed in China. Thunder fell in love with the country of China." -- Warriors president Bob Rowell, refusing to disclose why the organization parted ways with its popular mascot in the off-season.

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