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Warriors on the Web, Oct 4-5, 2008

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It's Clear Team President Robert Rowell is Making Some of Warriors' Basketball Decisions
Matt Steinmetz, Golden State Warriors Examiner

Some may try to soft-pedal the importance of Rowell vetoing a three-year, $39 million extension for Baron Davis this offseason, _ leading to Davis’ opt out _ but it is significant.

What it means is that Rowell is no longer just assessing the monetary aspect of deals and instructing accordingly. He’s assessing the player aspect of deals and instructing accordingly.

 

Confident Warriors' Rookie Randolph is Turning Heads
Marcus Thompson II, Mercury News

"I want to be one of the best to ever play the game," he said with the straightest face and the most matter-of-fact tone he could manage.

"I love the rookie," said Warriors forward Al Harrington, who can often be seen working with Randolph after practice. "He's got a lot of heart. He's got attitude, which is great. "... He's going to be a great player. He's just got to stick to it. The thing I like about him is he's got a chip on his shoulder."

Longshot Nelson Tries to Defend His Way onto Nellie's Team
Janny Hu, SF Chronicle

A certain tranquility exists when DeMarcus Nelson talks about his evolution as a basketball player. The former Bay Area prep standout, staring at an empty practice court and seated in a chair vacated moments ago by Warriors coach Don Nelson, feels he has come full circle.

"This is where it started for me," DeMarcus Nelson said. "This has always been the organization and the team I've wanted to play for. To be given the opportunity to help this team win in any way I can is a blessing."

 

Biedrins, Turiaf Happy to Share
Marcus Thompson II, Contra Costa Times

Biedrins, the incumbent starting center, and Turiaf, whom the Warriors signed away from the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, will share the minutes at center. But these two aren't battling. The Warriors can use both of their respective attributes, but it would be a stretch to call it a competition between them. Though Biedrins is Latvian and Turiaf is French, perhaps the best way to describe these two is as brothers.

"I'm really happy that Ronny is here," Biedrins said, "because he always plays with so much energy and is so active always when he's on the court. He's a really great help down there."

Turiaf said: "For me, (competition) kind of has some kind of negative connotations to it. I feel like we're definitely trying to improve each other's level. By doing that, it's going to allow us to raise our level of play and be better for the basketball club."

 

Warriors Rookie Kurz Has Caught Nelson's Eye
Curtis Pashelka, Bay Area News Group

As a training camp invitee, rookie Rob Kurz is a long shot to make the Warriors' 15-man roster before the regular season begins early next month. But with the way the first week of training camp has gone, Coach Don Nelson hasn't completely ruled it out.

Nelson said Saturday that Kurz, an undrafted forward out of Notre Dame, has been the Warriors' best rookie since camp opened last Saturday.