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Golden State Warriors

Once again, the Enthusiast advised us that there is no income cap on pregame events. They saved no cost Xmas evening before their NBA period operator.

This group might not be able to indication any amazing golf ball no cost providers. But they've seemingly finalized up every light-show and pyrotechnic expert in South Florida.

Let's evaluation the play-by-play from Sunday's pre-tipoff for every.

There were firing fire behind each backboard!

There was a very trippy projector screen present of measures video and pc graphics! The video was beamed onto four large sail-like linens that were decreased from the scoreboard!

And when the trippy projector screen present was done, the sail-like linens dropped!

And there, females and males, was your Wonderful Condition Enthusiast beginning lineup!

Which, of course, continues to be the concern -- at least as we switch into the non-pyrotechnic and non-trippy-projection stage of the period.

The Enthusiast came out of the checkpoint Saturday with the efficiency you'd anticipate against the Los Angeles Trimmers, the NBA's new "it" group.

In the first one fourth, there was much Enthusiast energy and bustle. Middle Andris Biedrins created his first three photos (that is not a misprint). Protect Monta Ellis hustled his fast palms into the moving past roads. Stephen Curry gutted it out with a painful rearfoot and decreased a photo. This was enough to counteract the excellent abilities of Trimmers guard Bob John and Trimmers energy monster.

But there's a lot more basketball to play. And anyone with an ounce of basketball savvy can look at the Warriors' roster, see basically the same players that went 36-46 a year ago, ponder the bench experience in sincere-but-very-green new head coach Mark Jackson, and sense what the future holds.

Mostly, it should look a lot like the past. For the past four seasons -- and most of the past 15 -- the Golden Staters have been the 180-degree mirror of the call-and-response philosophy espoused by 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

Who's got it better than Warriors fans?

Almost everybody!

At the beginning of every season, for every professional franchise in every professional sport, there is a basic and self-evident question: Why on earth should people pay money to watch this particular team?

Jackson, before Sunday night's game, was asked that question about his Warriors. And he offered his answer.

"This is going to be the hardest-working team in the business," Jackson said. "They will not disappoint."

Notice that the man didn't promise winning. So at least he's smart. Unlike team owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, who have talked big without producing anything remotely big, except a catchy team marketing slogan that says: "Big Things Are Here!"

If they say so. From here, the Warriors still look like a flawed team with a decent-but-not-amazing starting five -- Ellis, Biedrins, Curry, David Lee and Dorell Wright. But then you get to the bench. Sunday night, Jackson's first three substitutions were thin man Ekpe Udoh, just-acquired Brandon Rush and rookie Klay Thompson.

That rotation is simply not going to cut it as the months go by, especially not with the compressed schedule created after the NBA lockout. The Warriors will play four games in the season's first seven days. They will play 15 games in the 31 days of January. So it appears that when you deduct the days for travel between cities, there will be a chance to hold ... maybe two actual practices in the next six weeks. So even if Jackson turns out to be a good practice coach, we'll never know until 2012-13.

Jackson was intelligent enough to hire an experienced X-and-0 guy as an assistant coach in Michael Malone, a former Cavaliers and Hornets strategist. Presumably, that means Jackson's main mission will be as a motivator and locker room monitor in terms of team chemistry.

It's too early to get a read on that, too. Although the season's first major off-court crisis did not appear to be a factor Sunday night. Last week, Ellis' name surfaced in an accusation of sexual harassment by a former team employee who claimed that he had been "sexting" her with pictures of his private parts. Ellis didn't comment and the team issued an angry statement that claimed Ellis' relationship with the woman was "consensual" and said that her charges that the Warriors helped facilitate the harassment were groundless.

It was all very awkward and strange. But for the record, there was no obvious sign that it affected Ellis in Sunday's game. In fact, he made a brief speech to the crowd beforehand in which he didn't reference the accusations. He simply wished the crowd a Merry Christmas and said, "Let's get ready for a great season." Then, during player introductions, Ellis received the second loudest cheers of any Warriors player, behind only Curry.

That seemed awkward and strange, as well. But maybe the Warriors crowd was just desperate to cheer for ... something. That is, until the pregame flames behind the basket become the inevitable flameout by March.
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Protect Chauncey Billups Off


The day started with the Los Angeles Trimmers rejecting a provided cope by the New Orleans Wasps for Bob John and it finished with them professing five-time All-Star protect Chauncey Billups off waivers and re-signing middle DeAndre The nike jordan.

General supervisor Neil Olshey said Friday the group thought "the price was just too high" in what it would have to provide up to attain John.

Olshey dropped to recognize whom the Trimmers had provided in return for John but their offer evidently involved middle Bob Kaman, arrange protect Eric Bledsoe, ahead Al-Farouq Aminu and their No. 1 select in the 2012 set up. Reviews encouraged the Wasps also desired protect Eric Gordon involved.

"There wasn't one element or another element that murdered this cope," Olshey said. "The mixture settlement that we were going to have to express to them was just too much and it was going to hamstring muscle our business in the future."

"By claiming Billups for about $2 million, the Clippers were able to solve the dilemma of not having another point guard on the roster -- Mo Williams likely slides into the Jason Terry sixth man role, if he isn't included in the trade or waived with amnesty. Thus, L.A. could responsibly include Bledsoe in a blockbuster package for Paul," Berger writes.
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Pressure On Commissioner David Stern


Even with a quantity of goes around the NBA, the concentrate you will find on the cope that didn't get done.

Chris John is still in New Orleans, and there's frustration throughout the group about it.

Instead of the immediate increase the group craved returning out the lock out with no cost organization and exercising camp beginning, it discovered itself with another advertising catastrophe.

"That's the very first element I imagined. We just got done quarrelling for four or five several weeks and everyone just wants to see golf ball and now this. Large debate, again with NBA entrepreneurs," said Mn ahead Anthony Tolliver, the Timberwolves' participant associate. "I just trust it doesn't harm everybody and trust it doesn't impact everybody in the whole group, which I think it perhaps could. This is a really big cope because it's everywhere, all over ESPN, all over every web page, CNN, everything. It's a really big cope."

The Hornets, owned by the league, had agreed to a three-team trade Thursday that would have sent their All-Star point guard to the Los Angeles Lakers. But the league killed the deal for "basketball reasons" and has denied the decision came about because of pressure on Commissioner David Stern from angry owners.

The 26-year-old Paul was seen walking into New Orleans' training facility Friday wearing a black Hornets practice jersey.

"Being a really good friend of mine, like a brother to me, I'm frustrated for him," LeBron James said after the Heat's first practice. "I wish him the best. I know where his heart is and what he wants to do with his career. I support him and hopefully things get resolved, fast, for him and his family."

The Houston players who would have been on the move also were at practice Friday with new coach Kevin McHale.

"I've got nothing to share. These guys are here today, we talked about it today. In the NBA, lots of stuff happens," McHale said. "A lot happens that's really good, a lot happens sometimes that's bad. I felt bad for those guys. I felt terrible, seeing their names all over the place, they're traded, they're not traded.

"That's very hard. I know sometimes, we all get into that, that they're athletes and all of that. They're human beings, and that's a big change. I felt bad for them, but hey, we discussed it."

And it might be up for discussion again.

New Orleans general manager Dell Demps said the team has resumed talks for Paul – to any team – and that he has been given autonomy to make another trade.

Maybe the other owners will like the next trade more.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told a radio station Friday that the league went through the lockout to prevent this very type of deal in which small-market teams lose their superstars. And a letter from Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to Stern clearly showed he, too, objected to the deal.

"I just don't see how we can allow this trade to happen," Gilbert wrote in the letter, which was obtained by Yahoo Sports and The New York Times.

He added: "I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do."

Utah Jazz president Randy Rigby said owners had no say in vetoing the trade, but applauded the move.

"I'm one who likes to see the market and teams that have invested in a player and helped develop a player have an opportunity to have that player be a long-time part of that community," Rigby said. "As a small-market team, it's very important. ... We had a lot of years of success with certain players named John Stockton, Karl Malone, who invested and committed to a community. That community committed back, and we saw a lot of success together."

Hall of Famer Magic Johnson took the opposite stance, writing on Twitter on Friday that it was the "wrong decision" by Stern and the owners.

Stern responded in a statement, saying the Hornets were "better served with Chris in a Hornets uniform than by the outcome of the terms of that trade."

The angry reaction to the trade threatened to overshadow what should have been a positive day around the NBA, when the focus was finally supposed to be on basketball again.

"2day was suppose 2 be a happy day for the NBA. Practice starts but I woke up to all this mess. Summer of 2010 looks pretty normal now," Miami's Dwyane Wade wrote on Twitter.

When LeBron James and Chris Bosh left their small-market teams to build a potential powerhouse with Wade in Miami, it gave owners even more motivation to seek changes that would limit the big spenders' advantages in the new collective bargaining agreement. Yet the idea of Paul in Los Angeles – on the very day the CBA was being ratified – served to make the entire work stoppage seem like a waste.

"We just had a lockout, and one of the goals of the lockout was to say that small-market teams now have a chance to keep their players, and the rules were designed to give them that opportunity," Cuban told ESPN 103.3 in Dallas. "So to all of a sudden have a league-owned team trade their best player, particularly after having gone out and sold a ton of tickets in that market, that's not the kind of signal you want to send."

Though Paul has never said so, there has long been speculation he would leave New Orleans when he can become a free agent this summer. The Hornets have been working to make sure they get something for him, and the proposed deal Thursday would have netted them some talent in return.

"Of course, Dell (Demps) and Monty (Williams) were very upset when everything fell through," said a person familiar with the work the general manager and coach had put into negotiations that led to the proposed trade. "They had spent a lot of time on it and they thought it was a great deal for the team."

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

The Hornets would have received Lamar Odom, last year's top sixth man, from the Lakers, as well as forward Luis Scola, shooting guard Kevin Martin, point guard Goran Dragic and a first-round draft choice from the Houston Rockets. And the Lakers' Pau Gasol would have gone to the Rockets.

That's far better than the Hornets may get in another deal, since many teams are hesitant to offer their top players in case Paul intends to only stay one season.

"Wrong decision by Stern & the owners," Johnson wrote. "Sends a bad message to fans. Was a good deal for the Lakers, Hornets & Rockets-everyone got better."

The NBA took over ownership of the Hornets from George Shinn last December until a buyer could be found. The hope has long been to keep the franchise in New Orleans, and the team recently announced it sold 10,000 season tickets.

An NBA statement Thursday night said the trade was blocked for "basketball reasons." However, Stern said Friday he also considered the Hornets' business performance when killing the deal.

"Since the NBA purchased the New Orleans Hornets, final responsibility for significant management decisions lies with the Commissioner's office in consultation with team chairman Jac Sperling. All decisions are made on the basis of what is in the best interests of the Hornets," Stern said in the statement. "In the case of the trade proposal that was made to the Hornets for Chris Paul, we decided, free from the influence of other NBA owners, that the team was better served with Chris in a Hornets uniform than by the outcome of the terms of that trade."

The Lakers' Gasol took it in stride, ready to go back to work. He tweeted: "New day my friends. On my way to El Segundo for the first day of training camp ..."

Scola chose humor, writing that he was on his way to the Toyota Center and that "this is going to be fun. The good thing is that the TC it's on the way to the airport, just in case."

Despite those positive attitudes, Stern's statement generated plenty of anger as players reported to camps throughout the day. Bad feelings remain from the CBA negotiations, during which Stern upset players who knew they'd be making financial concessions with what they considered "take-it-or-leave-it" proposals. Paul was a member of the players' executive committee.

"This is a perfect example of the things that were so alarming during the lockout, that the owners don't want players to have freedom of choice and that doesn't work when you're dealing with the most talented people in the world at their profession," said agent Mark Bartelstein, who didn't have a player in the proposed deal.

"When you look at other entertainers, they get perform where they want. They get to make choices on what they want to do with their careers, what movie they want to be in, what city they want to perform in. Owners are doing everything they can to ratchet down freedom of choice for players."
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