Blake Griffin bricks a three-pointer; Warriors bench clowns him (Video)

Warriors-clown-Blake-GriffinThe Los Angeles Clippers had a number of poorly-executed offensive sets during their 115-94 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, but one of those sets was particularly embarrassing for Blake Griffin. With the Clippers trailing by 12 late in the third quarter, Griffin somehow wound up with the ball in his hands deep in the corner and just over 1 second on the shot clock. Uh oh.

As you can see, Griffin hit the side of the backboard on a three-point attempt. It was the 11th three-pointer he has attempted this season, only two of which he has knocked down. For his career, Griffin is 11-of-51 from beyond the arc. This amused the Warriors’ bench, who made the most of the rare opportunity to clown on Griffin for the horrible shot.

When your highlight reel consists of monster dunks like this and this, you’re typically the one doing most of the laughing. Having opponents point and laugh at him was probably unfamiliar for The Blake Show.

76-year-old Don Wiberg tries out for the Warriors D-League affiliate (Video)

The Golden State Warriors D-League affiliate team, the Santa Cruz Warriors, held an open tryout on Sunday that drew 68 people who are looking to fulfill their dreams of playing professional basketball this year. One of those people was 76-year-old Don Wiberg, who gladly posted the roughly $100 entry fee for a chance to try his luck against a group of 20-somethings.

“I can’t say that I can run, jump or shoot because I can’t,” Wiberg explained during the tryout. “But for a guy who can’t run, jump or shoot I’m a decent passer and I’ll get in there and mix it up. I’m 76 years old and this is the only thing left on my bucket list — to try out for the Santa Cruz Warriors.”

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Warriors’ general counsel David Kelly moonlights as hip-hop artist

When the Warriors hired David Kelly away from the Chicago law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman to be the team’s vice president and general counsel, they weren’t just getting somebody who’s an accomplished attorney; they were also getting somebody who’s an accomplished hip-hop artist.

Kelly, who goes by the name Cap D for his MC’ing, has been making music since the late 80′s. He’s released four records with his group All Natural. The group even got signed to a subsidiary of EMI in 1995, but the label folded before the band could release a record. Taking the solo route, Cap D has released four albums. His latest, entitled “PolyMath,” was named by the Chicago Tribune as the top independent album by a Chicago artist in 2010.

“With this record, I was trying to get at a lot of things,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “Trying to deal with a lot of issues that young, black men deal with like racism and addiction, in all its various forms. But a lot of the album is just playful and personal, too.”

According to Kelly’s bio, he’s also performed around the world. He told WSJ that he plans to release another album, but, ultimately, he considers his music a “glorified hobby.”

It’s a shame Stephen Jackson isn’t still with the Warriors. A Stak5 vs. Cap D rap battle has potential for being an absolutely amazing display.

Here’s one of Cap D’s songs from “PolyMath”:

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Warriors players unhappy with Monta Ellis trade ‘So we’re just giving up?’

Tuesday’s Monta Ellis-Andrew Bogut swap set off a tidal wave of reaction in the NBA world, some positive, some negative. For the remaining Warriors players, it was almost all negative, and some didn’t hesitate voicing their frustrations to the media before their contest with the Kings on Tuesday. As tweeted by beat reporters Marcus Thompson and Rusty Simmons:

The Warriors’ discontent comes from two places. First, with three players being shipped out, the remaining guys lost probably three friends (that’s assuming Kwame Brown is capable of having friends). And as we all learned at the end of summer camp, it’s always hard to say goodbye.

Second, by losing their best player for somebody who likely won’t suit up this season, the Warriors probably feel upset that the team appears willing to keel over and die. And the players have every reason to feel swindled: they are currently an arm’s length out of a playoff spot. The suits in the front office will tell you this deal makes the Warriors better in the long term, but the guys currently on the team don’t care about a franchise’s future.

The Warriors should look on the bright side. The trillest rapper in the NBA is coming to their locker room.

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Warriors trade Monta Ellis to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut, Stephen Jackson

We have our first NBA trade deadline deal, folks. But don’t get your hopes up. It doesn’t involve Dwight Howard, although it’s still a swap involving big names.

The Warriors agreed Tuesday to trade shooting guard Monta Ellis, forward Ekpe Udoh and injured center Kwame Brown to the Bucks for center Andrew Bogut and forward Stephen Jackson, according to Yahoo! Sports.

And how’s this for irony: The Warriors host the Bucks on Friday.

Ellis, obviously, has previously been linked to trade scenarios sending him to Orlando. But instead he’ll be heading to Milwaukee where he’ll be part of a dynamic backcourt along with Brandon Jennings. Udoh, who can also fill in at center, gives the Bucks a young big man with plenty of upside.

With the Bucks hanging around the fringe of the East’s playoff picture, both players will give the team a serious boost that it wouldn’t have otherwise gotten with Bogut out for possibly the rest of the season. And then there’s Kwame Brown, who despite being Kwame Brown was a prominent role player for the Warriors before tearing a pectoral muscle in January.

Bogut, who has faced injury troubles throughout his career, has missed all but 12 games this season, thanks mostly to a fractured ankle. Golden State also welcomes back Stephen “Stak5” Jackson, who for now returns to the team for which he was a key contributor during its impressive 2007 “We Believe” playoff run. We say “for now” because the Warriors are reportedly shopping Jackson in hopes of getting another big.

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Jerry West Set to Join Warriors Front Office

If Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wasn’t already upset enough over not having a statue at Staples Center, hearing that Laker legend Jerry West will be accepting a job with another team probably will put him over the edge.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the logo will be joining the Golden State Warriors in an advisory role. Kawakami’s report makes the hiring of agent Bob Myers more understandable. Myers’ mentor as an agent is Arn Tellem, who is close friends with West. Bringing in Myers helped them land West according to Kawakami.

West likely will not have a role in decision-making, but having him involved as an advisor can only be a plus. As GM of the Lakers, he helped build seven championship teams. He also helped Memphis reach the playoffs for the first time in frachise history when he was GM of the Grizzlies. Bringing in a two-time NBA Executive of the Year can only be viewed as a win for the Warriors.

Golden State had been looking to make a splash under co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. They were aiming high for their new head coach, reportedly getting turned down by Jerry Sloan and Jeff Van Gundy. Though it remains to be seen how much of a role West will have with the organization, having someone like him tied to the franchise will only be a help.

Don Nelson Thinks Underhanded Free Throw Idea for Biedrins Got Him Fired

Don Nelson has won more games than any other head coach in NBA history but the 70-year-old has been out of coaching this year. Nelly was fired in September after his fourth season on the job with Golden State, his second stint with the team. Though he led the team to a playoff appearance in ’08 and an upset over the Mavericks, the Warriors slipped to a sub 30-win team the past two seasons. It was no surprise when the team let him go and the job was handed over to his assistant Keith Smart, but now we may have some reasons why the move was made.

In a lengthy interview on CSN Bay Area Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle says Nelson gave a reason for his firing. “I got fired when I asked [Andris Biedrins] to (shoot underhanded),” Nelly says.

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