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News » Golden State Warriors Notes, Quotes 2009-05-30


Golden State Warriors Notes, Quotes 2009-05-30


Golden State Warriors Notes, Quotes 2009-05-30
--Larry Riley's first order of business as the Warriors' new general manager was to prepare for the June 25 draft. The Warriors finished last season with the seventh-worst record in the NBA, and earned the No. 7 pick in the lottery.

Riley had some success running the draft for the Vancouver Grizzlies from 1994-2000, a stretch during which the club used high picks on Steve Francis, Mike Bibby and Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

--The Warriors entered the offseason with no significant free agents and little money to spend, so it's easy to identify their areas of need: (1) Star talent; (2) low-post offensive force; (3) pass-first point guard.

They'd love to find that star or top-flight big man at No. 7 in the draft, but more likely, they'll look to almost literally a dozen seemingly qualified point guards, a list headed by Spanish star Ricky Rubio, who is expected to be taken in the first three. Brandon Jennings, a 2008 high school standout who played professionally in Italy last season, is among the players with lead-guard potential likely to be available at No. 7, along with Memphis' Tyreke Evans, UCLA's Jrue Holiday, USC's DeMar DeRozan, Davidson's Stephen Curry, North Carolina's Ty Lawson, Syracuse's Jonny Flynn and Australian standout Patty Mills, who played his college ball about 20 miles east of Oakland at St. Mary's.

--Other than ending a 12-year drought by making the playoffs in 2006-07, the Chris Mullin era as Warriors vice president of basketball operations will be known for its ups and downs. He stole Baron Davis in a trade with the Hornets, then lost him to free agency. He signed Jason Richardson, Derek Fisher, Adonal Foyle, Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy to huge contracts, then got rid of them all, acquiring just one high-quality player (Stephen Jackson) in the process. He also found Andris Biedrins low in the lottery and Monta Ellis in the second round, but he exhausted high picks on Patrick O'Bryant and Ike Diogu.

--Don Nelson, who needs 24 wins next season to pass Lenny Wilkens atop the list of career coaching wins in the NBA, turned 69 on May 15.

--The Warriors were scheduled to host a pre-draft workout "camp" for 24 draft-eligible players on June 1-2. As many as 25 NBA teams were expected to attend.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Ideally, you're looking for a player at (No.) 7 with four years of college experience to put onto our roster." -- GM Larry Riley.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 30, 2009

 

 
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