The Warriors have sent James Michael McAdoo back to the D-League, the team announced today in a press release. McAdoo was recalled Thursday and scored a career-high 16 points in Friday’s loss to the Nuggets. He will report to the Santa Cruz Warriors, where he has played 32 games this season. McAdoo ranks 12th in the D-League in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 19.4 points and 8.8 boards per game.
There’s more news from the City by the Bay:
- Despite the demotion, Golden State remains high on McAdoo’s future, according to Monte Poole of csnbayarea.com (Twitter link). Looking ahead, the young forward has a minimum contract for next season with a partial guarantee, tweets Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
- After giving many of his best players the night off Friday in Denver, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post that he understands the complaints of Nuggets fans. Golden State suffered a double-digit defeat as Kerr rested Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut. Marreese Speights was serving a one-game suspension after pleading no contest to reckless driving. “If I had bought tickets for my family, and I wanted to see Steph Curry play and he sat out, I’d be upset,” Kerr said. “I understand that, but I can’t base my team’s welfare on that. That’s one of the reasons why I do it on the road because we like to look after our own fans.”
- Among the many reasons Golden State would like to hold on to free-agent-to-be Draymond Green is his skill at trash talking, writes Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle. Kerr compares Green’s verbal abilities to those of Reggie Miller, a Hall of Fame player and a first-class agitator. Green’s taunts are useful both in motivating himself and unnerving the competition. “I understand where it’s coming from,” Kerr said. “Some players need to talk to get themselves going, to motivate themselves. That’s the case with Draymond.”