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The big man many Warriors fans covet, Toronto's Chris Bosh, makes his lone appearance this season in Oakland tonight.

But Bosh, a free agent-to-be, is little more than a pipe dream for the Warriors. He is expected to sign a max contract, team up with another star and make some other franchise a title contender.

"You would hope to go attract one of those three or four guys and you know who we're talking about in free agency," Warriors general manager Larry Riley said back before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. "We cannot get those guys to come here. We're not a winning tradition team right now, and we're not a major media market. We're in a situation where we're just not going to get those guys."

So what will the Warriors do about their glaring need for a power forward who can rebound, defend, score inside, pass from the post, stick a midrange jumper and run the floor? The answer, the Warriors still hope, may be on their roster. But due to injuries, they can't know for sure.

Coming into the season, Anthony Randolph and Brandan Wright had the position locked up. But with Wright sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury in training camp and Randolph having an up-and-down season before an ankle injury ended his season in January, the power forward position has just as many questions as it did in the offseason.


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Is Wright ready to take over the position? Can Randolph play consistent enough? Should the Warriors go out and get a proven player, such as Miami free agent-to-be Udonis Haslem? Do they use the draft to fill the hole by going after a guy like freshman DaMarcus Cousins if he leaves Kentucky early?

"It was our strongest position coming into this year, and it ended up our weakest," coach Don Nelson said of power forward. "I'd say we'd pick right back up, that would be a strong position for us next year. Those players are still good young players. They've been injured and haven't had a chance to develop because of injury, there's nothing we can do about that."

Move on is one of the things they can do. Riley all but promised change this offseason, and he is looking to upgrade the frontline. But the x-factor is Wright.

The Warriors have only seen glimpses of Wright, the third-year player out of North Carolina. He's either been hurt or riding the bench so far in his NBA career.

But the glimpses they've seen have the Warriors excited about getting him on the court. Due to Wright's season-ending injury, his offensive skills, shot blocking and overall consistency have been noticeably absent as the likes of Randolph and small forward Corey Maggette dominated the action at power forward.

According to the team, Wright is making progress. He said he is hoping to join the Warriors' summer league team in Las Vegas, and the team expects him to be ready to go come training camp in October.

Randolph also is expected to be ready for training camp.

It seems the Warriors can't move forward with both Wright and Randoph and re-vamp the frontline. But moving either could be risky considering their lack of court time makes it hard to evaluate their development or gage their full potential.

Nelson said what he liked most about Randolph was his versatility.

"Before he got injured," Nelson said, "he did a really good job at the center position, which is an area of concern for us. If he's able to play there as well, that'd be a big positive. I thought he played his best basketball there."

Injuries to centers Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf add a new twist. If the Warriors go out and get a new center, someone like Minnesota's Al Jefferson, how does that impact what they do at power forward?

Ideally for Warriors fans, it would be much better to go out and land one of the power forward elites. Go get the answer, a player who can do it all, and end the suspense.

But, tonight, as you see Bosh rebound, defend, score inside, pass from the post, stick a midrange jumper and run the floor, don't get your hopes up.