Banner day for Morrow, who subs for Bulls' Rose
HOUSTON — When Warriors guard Anthony Morrow first got into the Warriors practice facility, he noticed the placards honoring the team's All-Star weekend participants — the last of whom was guard Monta Ellis.
So when Morrow got word that he was selected as a replacement player for the sophomore squad in the Rookie Challenge, it didn't take long for him to realize what that means.
"So I get a banner?" he asked one of his assistant coaches.
Morrow will replace Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who was one of the original nine second-year players to take on the NBA's notable rookies during All-Star weekend in Dallas. But Rose, who is in the Skills Challenge and was named as a reserve in the All-Star Game, was pulled out of the Rookie Challenge.
So Morrow gets to take part and go against teammate Stephen Curry, who is on the rookie squad for the Feb. 12 game. Now all he needs is one more call.
"Now all I need is to get into the 3-point Shootout," Morrow said. The contestants will be announced today. It figures Morrow's chances to be selected will increase since he will already be in Dallas.
Morrow said he will "definitely" be available to play. He is out with a sprained MCL in his right knee, which will have kept him out for the last three weeks at the conclusion of this road trip. Morrow will be examined when he returns home.
Morrow still thinks he will win the Shootout. He's been doing even more shooting now that he's out with a knee injury.
"You gotta root for that kid," coach Don Nelson said of Morrow. "He works so hard. Everybody likes him."
"It's amazing," Nelson said. "I think Rick Adelman is coach of the year. That team has just maxed out every game. "... I think (center Chuck) Hayes is better than people think. And (forward Luis) Scola is a really good player. (Guard Aaron) Brooks has turned into a player. The rest of the guys just blend in, move the ball and do what they do. (Swingman Trevor) Ariza was a nice pickup. I love watching them play. That's one of my favorite teams that I watch. I watch them all the time. I love what they do."
"He's been disgraceful when I've played him," Nelson said. "But I've got to get something out of him."
It didn't work. Radmanovic played 16-plus minutes, totaling five points on 2-for-6 shooting with three rebounds.
Part of the problem is Radmanovic is playing on a sore right Achilles tendon. Well, not anymore.
"It's better to wait until that thing is 100 percent (healthy)," Nelson said. "I don't care how long it takes. Until he says 'I don't feel it anymore,' I'm going to shut him down."
— MARCUS THOMPSON II