Sunday, July 20, 2008


Rail-Thin Randolph Has Robust Game
Dave McMenamin /

...Even with being so tall, Randolph plays a swingman’s game. Most 6-10 guys hang out in the post so they can make their trip to the rim as short as possible once they receive the ball; Randolph has no problem starting his move to the cup out at the three-point line.

When asked to describe his game to somebody who has never seen him play before, Randolph obliged, “I’m a versatile player who can play on the wing, can also at times play on the post and tries to take advantage of mismatches.”

...Randolph shot 16-for-18 from the charity stripe on Saturday and had one stretch in the second quarter when he got to the line on three straight possessions. The stellar showing at the line lifted his already solid free throw percentage to .844 for the week.

“I really put a lot of time in my free throws to make sure when I drive that I’ll be able to finish with making my free throws,” said Randolph who shot .693 from the line during his lone year of college ball.

Former Gorman guard in limbo with Warriors
Steve Carp / Review-Journal

... "We like them both," said Chris Mullin, Golden State's vice president of basketball operations. "We're figuring out what we want to do. We've got a lot of things going on."

... "It depends on what they want to do, but I have faith in what I did out here," Watson said of his future with the Warriors. "I believe something good will happen."

Amundson averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds. His case for sticking around probably was hurt by Golden State's acquisition of former Lakers power forward Ronny Turiaf on Friday.

"It's the business aspect of it," Amundson said. "I thought I played pretty well, but it's up to them as to what happens."

Mullin sees Turiaf playing Warriors' style
Marcus Thompson II / Bay Area News Group

... his signing also means the Warriors still can play their up-tempo style. Chris Mullin, the Warriors' executive vice president of basketball operations, said the real benefit from signing Turiaf is that they addressed their inside needs without compromising their running game.

"We don't want to get big and slow down," Mullin said. "Turiaf can run with us. He can rebound and block shots, but he can run, too. We don't want to slow down. We probably want to play faster."

The future of the Warriors is on display in Vegas
J.A. Adande / ESPN

... Just because the Warriors addressed some deficiencies doesn't mean they have to get away from their strengths, one of which was their unpredictability. They uncorked another unexpected move in a summer league game Saturday, starting Belinelli at point guard when C.J. Watson was injured.

Belinelli did pretty well running the team and finished with eight assists, giving the Warriors an option if they want to explore ways to both get Belinelli on the court and alleviate the team-running duties for Ellis.

... Hopefully Nellie can get past the rookie aversion he showed with both Belinelli and Wright last year and give Randolph some run. At power forward or small forward he could be a matchup problem either way with his combination of height and quickness. He's a 6-10 guy who can make defenders fall backward with a crossover dribble.

... The challenge for the Warriors is, as Mullin put it, "Maybe accomplish similar things differently.

"Our style's not going to change a whole lot," he said. "We might try to go faster."

Warriors Hold Off Raptors in Vegas

... Anthony Randolph and Anthony Morrow combined for 48 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 95-90 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday at the NBA Summer League

... Randolph led the Warriors assault with 26 points and 12 rebounds while Morrow added 22 points.

In Vegas: Belinelli to Wear Many Hats
Preetom Bhattacharya / Hoopsworld

... But the now-sophomore Warriors have learned something: to get time in Don Nelson's system, you cannot be a one-trick pony. Nelson's system requires players to be versatile and skilled in many facets of the game, as each player has an equal opportunity to use the space Nellie tries to create with matchup advantages.

... That ability to wear many hats and do more than one thing in the offense is important for the Warriors, who want to see Belinelli become much more than a spot-up shooter. In Vegas, he's been making the smart passes and – perhaps more importantly – has made an effort to penetrate and take the ball to the rim, either making an easy shot or getting fouled.

... With Wright working on becoming "a blender for [the] team," as Coach Smart said, by being a high-energy player that does a little bit of everything and Belinelli working on doing more with the ball in his hands, both young players are taking the right steps towards becoming rotational players for the Warriors next year.

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