LOS ANGELES -- Warriors power forward Carl Landry said he doesn't pay attention to how many minutes he plays. That works in coach Mark Jackson's favor, as minutes are scarce on his deep roster, especially for big men.
But Jackson said he will make sure he finds a good dose of playing time for Landry. He won't be in the starting lineup unless an injury forces him there. But Landry has proved thus far he's a player who needs to be on the floor.
"Carl is a veteran and understands how to play," Jackson said. "He's a big-time post scorer. I'm certainly trying to get him on the floor."
If the preseason is any indication, Landry, who signed as a free agent in August, figures to be one of the Warriors' most productive players. His knack for scoring inside and his hustle and physicality stand out. Perhaps because they are rare traits in the Warriors' rotation.
Minutes figure to be scarce, however, behind starter David Lee, who has averaged 36.1 and 37.2 minutes in his two seasons with the Warriors.
Even if Lee gets down to 30 to 35 minutes, that leaves at most about 18 minutes available for Landry, who averages 24.9 minutes for his career.
But Jackson has gotten a good look at another option: playing Landry and Lee together.
Yes, that sounds like the same undersized front line the Warriors have used in the past. But it's the only way Jackson can reasonably get Landry more minutes.
"If (starting center) Andrew Bogut is not in uniform," Jackson explained, "our best two big men are David Lee and Carl Landry. You're not going to give a steady diet of them. But when teams have power forwards playing the center position, we can get away with those two on the floor."
Landry and Lee would give the Warriors two offensively capable big man on the floor at the same time. Lee has shown he can score inside and out. Landry is a machine inside the paint, with an arsenal of moves, pump-fakes and instincts that usually lead to a basket or a trip to the free throw line.
There is the issue of the other end of the court, though. Neither is known for his defensive prowess. Both have played center in the past. But with each standing 6-foot-9, they are noticeably undersized for the position.
"As long as we can rebound with that lineup," point guard Stephen Curry said, "it creates problems on the other end for other teams to have to guard both of those guys from the free throw line on in. ... Carl can pretty much take anybody one-on-one. So can DLee. They both can shoot the ball. As long as on the defensive end we take care of business."
Jackson ruled out Landry playing small forward, where the Warriors already have a four-man rotation -- though Landry joked he goes back into the gym at night to work on his 3-pointer in case Coach asks him to play shooting guard.
So Jackson will have to squeeze his minutes for Landry at power forward and center.
Lee said he is looking forward to getting his minutes down, something he can do comfortably now that Landry is a Warrior. Still, Landry is looking at a decline in minutes from what he's used to in the past. That seems to be fine with him.
"You've got to go hard every possession," Landry said. "You never know. One night you might play 40, one night you might play 10. Every possession counts when you are a bonus player coming off the bench. I'm just happy to be out there on the floor."
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