Over the past month, Bay Area fans have been calling for more playing time for Anthony Randolph, the raw 6'10'' rookie of the Golden State Warriors. Over the last few games (specifically against Oklahoma City and the Minnesota Timberwolves), the 19-year-old has rarely been seen on the bench.
It turns out, however, that coach Don Nelson has been "upset" over Randolph's attitude during the team's practices.
"We're going to put him on ice for a while, until the assistant coaches tell me he's ready to play in an NBA game and my captains tell me he's ready. He's just going to have to grow up," Nelson said to Janny Hu of the San Francisco Chronicle.
According to Matt Steinmetz of the San Francisco Examiner, Randolph has had some incidents at practice that prompted Nelson to keep Randolph on the sidelines.
Rob Kurz, who appeared with a cut chin during the past couple of games, was apparently elbowed by Randolph during one of the practices.
During a possession, as Steinmetz reports, Randolph was frustrated. While driving to the basket, Randolph elbowed Kurz in the chin. Kurz was sent to the locker room immediately.
Warriors' captain Stephen Jackson thought it was "uncalled-for."
"That was some B.S. I told him that was something that he should be doing to the other team, not his teammates," Jackson said.
Golden State dropped its second in a row against the "struggling" Minnesota Timberwolves with a 115-108 decision. The Warriors' record currently stands at a dismal 10-25.
Wright was unavailable with a sprained left wrist suffered in the first quarter against the Thunder on Dec. 31.
Corey Maggette missed his 15th straight game with an injured hamstring against the Timberwolves.
"He's feeling some discomfort," Nelson said.
Maggette hopes to make his appearance at Salt Lake City on Jan. 5 against the Utah Jazz.