After attending Warriors Media Day yesterday, about a year and two months after going to the same event in the same place, it’s clear things are different. New employees for starters, all over the place. The friendly guy manning the check-in table just started working in the Warriors PR department a week ago.
The media crush was much less intense than it was 14 months ago, partly Jeremy Lin, Dan Gadzuric and Vlad-Rad aren’t around anymore (okay, maybe just Lin), and also because they weren’t introducing a new head coach this time around. Keith Smart’s official hiring was announced at the last Warriors media day, and it was hard to detect much excitement from anyone besides the new coach himself at the time. Nothing against Smart, but he was already partially coaching the team for master delegator Don Nelson the season before, so it was kind of like the old regime was still around.
The players are saying all the right things about Mark Jackson, but it almost seems like they mean it. Crazy, I know.
Andris Biedrins was his normal heavily-tanned self, but he looked as different as any of the Warriors present. He looks stronger (as does Stephen Curry), and seemed much more at ease and happy about the new coaching staff — even though he’s fighting to resurrect his career after two lost seasons.
Why wasn't Biedrins in the weight room before? Isn't getting stronger a mandatory for all NBA centers? Makes me wonder as to his dedication as he finally starts working on his game as his contract winds down. Typical.
I saw that too BASG..Curry's bulked up. He can afford the best now-wink-wink. No NBA testing for that-right? Thats pretty good for a few months off season.
Somehow-Beidrens finally got the guts to tell the bay area his name is pronounced BEAD-RICHES. Go figure. This is the same team as last year..so should play better together. I sure dont want to hear excuses about "confusion" of who didnt know the plan,play,etc.But, world beaters?..yeah,yeah. They migh tmake the playoffs-last years team's fade avoided would get them in. If not-Lacob is another "next year " guy.