Warriors center O'Bryant is hoping to play elsewhere

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» Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:17 am
Warriors center O'Bryant is hoping to play elsewhere
Warriors center tired of watching games from bench
By Geoff Lepper
Bay Area News Group
Article Launched: 02/28/2008 01:48:51 AM PST

Mickael Pietrus was the most voluble Warrior seeking a change of venue before the NBA's trade deadline last week. But he isn't the only Golden State player who would have welcomed a move or is hoping to play elsewhere next season.

"I'll play anywhere I'll (get a chance to) play," center Patrick O'Bryant said. "I'm a basketball player, not a basketball watcher."

This much is clear: He doesn't plan to serve under Coach Don Nelson again.

"Obviously, if something weird were to happen and Nellie didn't (have his option picked up), then maybe," O'Bryant said of a return to the team that drafted him No. 9 overall in 2006 but declined to pick up his third-year option last summer.

And if Nelson does return? "Then it probably wouldn't be my first choice," O'Bryant said with a wry smile.

Grin and bear it is what O'Bryant's career has been reduced to. He'll never know what Mike Montgomery, Nelson's predecessor and an avowed lover of back-to-the-basket centers, would have done with him.

But it's hard to think O'Bryant's situation would have been worse. He has played only 88 minutes this season and did not even suit up Tuesday as the Warriors muddled along without starting center Andris Biedrins.

"He needs to get more consistent, to where you know what he's going to do," Nelson explained. "Less turnovers. A dominance in something that he does, whether it's shot-blocking or rebounding. And a few other things. That's enough, huh?

"It's kind of all over the map. He passes a little bit, rebounds sometimes, sometimes he'll block a shot. But there's no consistency there. So I never know what he's going to do in a game or in a practice."
Nelson - who considers raw rookie Kosta Perovic to be "pretty close" to O'Bryant on the depth chart - wouldn't rule out O'Bryant returning next season but didn't exactly light up at the prospect.

"He's a free agent," Nelson said. "So we'll be one of 30 bidders in the free-agent market. He'll be on our board."

O'Bryant had hoped to be off their roster by now, traded to another team.

"There was some interest, but they couldn't find the right scenarios," O'Bryant said. "I would have liked to have gone somewhere and played, but I'm here. I'm staying ready if I get a chance."

That appears highly unlikely. Perhaps no moment has better encapsulated O'Bryant's time on the team as Monday's practice, when he and Perovic stood at either end of the floor as extra defenders during the Warriors' four-on-five drills.

The Warriors have had their share of first-round draft flops, but O'Bryant doesn't feel it's fair to lump him in that category.

"Not at all, because I haven't played much," he said. "You can't label something you don't know."

• Guard Baron Davis visited Christopher Rodriguez, the 10-year-old Oakland boy left paralyzed last month after being hit by a stray bullet while at a piano lesson. "He's an inspiration, for a kid to have a spirit like that," Davis said. "It puts things in perspective." Davis said he hopes to bring Rodriguez, who is still hospitalized, to a Warriors game this season.
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» Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:23 am
Me too. I mean, I also hope he plays somewhere else next year. :wink:

This quote from Nellie explains it pretty well:

"It's kind of all over the map. He passes a little bit, rebounds sometimes, sometimes he'll block a shot. But there's no consistency there. So I never know what he's going to do in a game or in a practice."

In other words, he's sometimes a bball player... From Nellie's words, what I get is that the kid has talent, but doesn't have the desire to maximize those skills.
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» Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:11 am
To be a succesful player..........one who is relied upon and played regularly..............you have to do at least one thing very well.............if you dont then its not going to happen in this league.
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» Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:43 pm
What a joke, i was all for POB developing, but what's with these guys thinking they're better than they are. He probably would get a better shot somewhere else, but why start talking in public about it?
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» Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:50 pm
You have to at least respect the kid for not throwing a public hissy fit pre-trade deadline. I mean, I feel for the fact that he's never really been given a chance but it isn't like he is using it as motivation to get better - he's just moping on the sideline now and watching the clock.
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» Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:16 am
He's just venting, but still, he's gonna be a FA, and he knows he's gonna leave, so just shut up and wait until the end of the season. I think he could be a good player, he has some good qualities, He should just wait.
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» Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:11 pm
Patrick O'Bryant, unlike Pietrus, has a legit gripe.

Pietrus was given a +30 MPG role and played so poorly, he worked himself out of the starting lineup. Patrick O'Bryant, since day 1, has not been something Don Nelson has been even a little bit interested in trying. Nelson claims Pat need more consistency. It might start with a consistent role, besides cheerleader. He said it himself: the guy can pass, he can defend, he can rebound... he even has range out to 18 feet.

I hope for nothing but the best for O'Bryant. He, along with Ike Diogu, Chris Taft, and Josh Powell, is going to be a big guy that I root for when he's gone. We never gave him a fair shot. Ever. I don't blame him for wanting out. We made him the #9 pick... and than switched coaches and everything went to hell for him. Nobody regrets the addition of Nelson... except O'Bryant. Tough break, kid, and I hope you get your shot elsewhere.

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