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News » Warriors notebook: Team plays nice on first day

Warriors notebook: Team plays nice on first day

Warriors notebook: Team plays nice on first day The Warriors' first day of training camp lacked the fireworks of Monday's media day.

With star guard Monta Ellis' proclamation still resonating (that he and rookie guard Stephen Curry couldn't win together), the Warriors took a step toward harmonious. Ellis eased off his statements. Coach Don Nelson toed the line of being supportive and authoritative. And Curry played the part of humble rookie.

The consensus: The two can play together when the matchups allow.

"Well, (Ellis) didn't say anything that was not true," Nelson said, referring to Ellis' comments that he and Curry were too small to be effective as the Warriors' backcourt. "There will be plenty of times where they won't be able to play together. There are a lot of big guards in this league, guys 6-foot-8, 6-9. That's a little bit too much to ask for anybody that's 6-4 or 6-2 to play the big two guards. But there'll be plenty of other opportunities."

Curry said he wasn't "at all" hurt by Ellis comments, which hardly qualified as an olive branch by many accounts. He deferred to Ellis' experience and Nelson's rule.

"He's been here," Curry said of Ellis. "He has experience. ... And he knows how to win, what it's going to take. So if that's what he sees, then there's got to be some validity to it. It all comes down to what Coach Nelson wants."

Ellis said he expects the two will build a relationship, and he plans to help Curry however he can. But Ellis was clear about one thing.

"It's a job," Ellis said. "This is what you do in training camp, you compete. It's nothing against him. ... I don't know him. He doesn't know me. But we're teammates. ... Same way when I was here with Baron Davis and Derek Fisher. They didn't come in here and butter me up, pat me on my back or nothing. It's Basketball. It's serious. ... We compete, and we just make each other better. That's all it is."

Nelson has said four players are penciled in as starters: Ellis, swingman Stephen Jackson, forward Anthony Randolph and center Andris Biedrins. The question that will surface constantly in training camp is who the fifth starter will be. If it's Curry, the Warriors will be extremely small in the backcourt and at a disadvantage defensively.

Tuesday, Nelson had second-year guard Anthony Morrow playing with the four expected starters and Curry on another team. Another option is swingman Kelenna Azubuike.

Notes: Saint Mary's College big man Diamon Simpson is the only local product on the Warriors' training camp roster. But could the 6-7 rookie emerge as a sleeper candidate to make the team? Perhaps, considering Simpson (Hayward High) is known for defense. He's the Gaels' all-time leader in rebounds, blocks and steals. ... Acie Law sustained a concussion and sprained neck in a pickup game last week and, according to a team news release, hasn't been cleared to practice.

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