Author: Kurt Helin

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Warriors unveil designs for new arena in San Francisco

Image courtesy: MANICA Architecture

This should end the jokes that came out when the pencil renderings were released.

The Warriors and Manica Architecture released a series of images and an update of what the new arena in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco will look like and contain on Wednesday. It’s easy to make an idealized drawing of the building look good but… those look good (see more below). has more details.

“We believe this plan is a perfect fit for Mission Bay, for San Francisco, and for the entire region,” Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob said in a released statement. “Our goal is to not only build a world-class arena for our team and our fans, but also create a vibrant place that residents and visitors will want to enjoy, whether on game days or any other day.”

From the press release, the arena will have:

• 18,064 seat multi-purpose arena
• More than 100,000 square feet of retail space, mostly food-oriented
• 3.2 acres of plazas and public space – approximately 30% of the total site
• A 35,000 square foot public plaza on 3rd Street, larger than Union Square
• A 24,000 square foot public plaza of open space on the southeast side of the project
• A view deck with newly opened vistas to San Francisco Bay
• Approximately 580,000 square feet of office/biotech/lab space
• Approximately 950 Parking spaces (in three concealed/underground levels)
• 300 spaces of permanent bike valet parking

If that doesn’t sound like a lot of parking, the Warriors say it is more than their current Oracle Arena has. The project will be built on 11 acres of privately held property and still going through the approval stages with the city government.

Here are the other renderings.




Carmelo Anthony out vs. Spurs Wednesday

Carmelo Anthony

This isn’t a surprise, especially after he spent 40 minutes in the trainer’s room after Tuesday night’s game because of his sore knee. He hinted he might miss some time.

Carmelo Anthony is out vs. the Spurs in San Antonio Wednesday night, the team announced.

Expect this to mean more minutes for J.R. Smith — although he was seen limping in the arena Wednesday — and Tim Hardaway Jr., among others.

The Spurs are expected to be without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, and Manu Ginobili for this game (Duncan and Ginobili are resting, the others have injuries). So the fans are really going to get their money’s worth tonight in San Antonio.

For the Knicks the bigger question is how much more time will Anthony miss. His knee issue is serious enough that it likely will require surgery at some point, the question is when does he take that step.

Anthony is averaging 22.9 points a game with a true shooting percentage of .540 (above the league average) and is the fulcrum of the Knicks triangle offense. He’s put up numbers but he hasn’t moved the ball as well as coaches would like, nor is he consistently committed on the defensive end.

Still they are going to miss him — when Anthony is on the court their offense is 14.3 points per 100 possession better. That’s hard to replace.

Executives say Sixers have brighter future than Knicks

Toronto Raptors v New York Knicks

It’s rough for the Knicks right now. They have lost nine in a row and 18 of 20. Players are infighting — Carmelo Anthony reportedly threatened to punch Tim Hardaway Jr. — and apparently none of them like the triangle offense. Derek Fisher is fumbling around as first year coaches often do. Phil Jackson said the players are resisting the culture change needed in the organization. On top of all that it appears ‘Melo’s knee could need surgery.

What could be worse?

How about hearing most executives around the league would rather be in the Sixers’ shoes long term than the Knicks?

That’s what a couple front office people told Adam Zagoria of The Knicks Blog.

“If [Joel] Embiid is [Hakeem] Olajuwon instead of [Greg] Oden, the answer is Philly,” one NBA executive told and The Knicks Blog. “The Knicks have one first-round pick in the next two years, zero second-round picks and zero worthwhile International rights guys. Philly has two first-round picks this year, four second-round picks in the next two and the rights to [Dario] Saric and [Vasilije] Micic. Melo is better than any current 76er but Philly has a far better coach and more talented young players.”

A former NBA GM chimed in with similar thoughts on who has a brighter future.

“The Sixers, long term,” he said. “They have young talent and multiple draft picks.”

The Sixers have been naked and unabashed in their “going bad to get good” plan, to the chagrin of other owners. The thing is, it might work. We’ll have to see how the players they have and will draft pan out — how good is Joel Embiid going to be? Nerlens Noel? Michael Carter-Williams? And on down the line, like can they keep K.J. McDaniels as a role player?

The Knicks have Anthony, Hardaway and… free agents they hope to land. They, like the Lakers, are taking the Adam Dunn/Jim Thome/Reggie Jackson approach at the plate and swinging for the fences with every free agent out there this summer — Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo and on down the line. New York has the lure of the Knicks brand, of Madison Square Garden, of the city of New York, and of Phil Jackson running the show.

It’s almost certainly going to be another strikeout this summer. Love isn’t stupid, he’s staying put with LeBron. Gasol would be a perfect triangle big man but he’s in a good spot with a team and city he likes in Memphis and isn’t expected to move on. Same with Aldridge in Portland. As for Rondo, go look at the history of point guards who can’t shoot in the triangle offense and tell me why he’d want to go there. The Knicks challenge is players are forcing their way to be with other players — Love is the prime example — and right now the Knicks don’t really have a good way to get those first young players to start the trend.

The Sixers… they may already have those guys. Come 2018 we may all think Sam Hinkie is brilliant.

And who knows what Knicks fans will think of Phil Jackson then.

Kobe Bryant goes one-on-five with Kings at end of quarter

Kobe Bryant

Doesn’t that seem like Kobe Bryant’s dream? One-on-five at the end of the quarter, all of you just try and stop me.

Obviously as it’s the end of the quarter it was kind of a meaningless excersize, but it still made me laugh (hat tip to /r/nba/).

Kobe had the last laugh, he went for 32 points in the game and owned the fourth quarter as the Lakers picked up their sixth win of the season, knocking off the Kings (who really miss DeMarcus Cousins).

Report: Rockets aggressively trying to make deal using $8.4 million trade exception by Dec. 19

Jeremy Lin Houston Rockets Press Conference

The Houston Rockets may be 16-4 (and a surprising 7-3 without Dwight Howard) but they look around at the rest of the West and they can’t feel comfortable. Nobody can look around the West and feel comfortable.

The Rockets also have an $8.4 million trade exception from the Jeremy Lin trade. Meaning they can use all or part of that to bring in some salary in a trade without sending it out — they can absorb a contract a team wants to dump (but that exception cannot be combined with a player to take in a larger salary).

Rockets GM Daryl Morey is trying to use that exception in a deal by Dec. 19, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Houston Rockets are aggressively pursuing deals to use their $8.4 million trade exception before Dec. 19, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Rival executives say that Houston’s front office has been active in searching out deals in recent days and wants an acquisition completed within the 60-day reaggregation window before the Feb. 19 NBA trade deadline. This way, the Rockets could still have an option of moving the player again this season.

No names have been attached to the deal yet. The Rockets could use another quality point guard, depth on the wings behind James Harden and Trevor Ariza, and maybe some help at the four with Terrence Jones still out. There are plenty of holes to fill.

But Morey is still thinking about swinging for the fences (as he did with Chris Bosh over the summer) and adding another star. So if Morey can acquire a player by the 19th who potentially can be flipped in a deal at the deadline, he will leave that option open.

Basically, expect the Rockets to make some kind of deal in the next nine days. How big remains to be seen.