Lamar Odom and I are quite similar, really. Not physically, since I’m not left-handed or 6’10”. Tony Randolph is however, and that brings us to what Odom and I share: ridiculously high hopes for Randolph, as seen in this story from Cam Inman of the Contra Costa Times:
“It’s like looking in the mirror a little,” Odom said of Randolph. “He’s also 6-11 (actually, they’re both listed at 6-foot-10), he’s left-handed and he can put the ball on the floor. He’s two times as athletic as I was at that age.
“He should set his goals high. He has All-Star potential, Hall of Fame potential, with that size, his ability to put the ball on the floor, he can shoot the three, he can pass. If he stays focused, the sky is the limit for him.”
Not to be outdone when it came to displaying love for the Warriors, Kobe Bryant had this to say:
“He’s phenomenal. He’s one of my favorites in the league to watch,” Bryant said of Ellis. “He’s explosive.”
Still, even after the offseason accident that shredded his left ankle?
“He’s still explosive,” Bryant responded. “I don’t care what people say up here. They’re not guarding him. He is quick. He can elevate, finish at the rim and he can shoot. I’m really excited to see him develop as his career goes on.”
Not that any of this will help the Warriors win games, but one can’t help feeling like standing pat at the trade deadline may have been the best decision the team has made in years.
–Another reason the Warriors are happy they didn’t make a big trade: Amare Stoudemire’s out for the year with a detached retina. (Bright Side Of The Sun)
–Uh oh, Celtics fans…Kevin Garnett’s getting an MRI on his injured right knee. Results due Saturday. (Celticsblog)
–Who would have thought just two months ago that the Warriors would turn down the Clippers offer of Baron Davis for Corey Maggette and Marcus Williams? (Golden State of Mind)
–Time may be running out for Baron in terms of being a top NBA point guard, and yesterday’s trade deadline proved that NBA GM’s are more worried about the concept of “time” than ever before. (Free Darko)
–Case in point, according to Matt Steinmetz: the Warriors unnecessary extension of Stephen Jackson through 2013. (GSW Examiner)
–It’s official, the A’s will never play in Fremont. Turns out a 32,000 seat stadium five miles away from the nearest freeway wasn’t such a good idea after all. (SF Gate)
–If Scot McCloughan has his way, the 49ers will get a bigger running back to share carries with Frank Gore (Deuce McAllister?). I won’t be taking Gore in the first round of my next fantasy football draft, I can tell you that! (Matt Maiocco)
–Should the Giants jump off the Joe Crede bandwagon and hop on the Andy Marte wheelbarrow? (McCovey Chronicles)
–After watching everybody else struggle against Tim Lincecum, you couldn’t pay the Giants to take swings off him in the cage. Barry Zito? No problem. (Extra Baggs)