[to top of second column]
Golden State acquired Williams in a trade with New Jersey last month to be Ellis' backup. Williams, the former UConn star entering his third NBA campaign, averaged 5.9 points and 2.6 assists in 53 games with the Nets last season.
"Just in talking to Nellie today, (we're) talking about maybe spreading that ball around and getting scoring from different areas," Mullin said, mentioning more shots for Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington and newcomer Corey Maggette. "Marcus is more of a pass-first point guard. If at some point he thought he didn't get a chance (in New Jersey), he's going to get a chance now."
Guard Kelenna Azubuike also is likely to get more playing time with the Warriors, who missed the playoffs last season despite winning 48 games. Golden State shuffled much of its roster in the wake of Davis' departure, signing Maggette and forward Ronny Turiaf while losing forwards Mickael Pietrus and Matt Barnes.
Mullin wasn't certain whether Ellis hurt himself in a 5-on-5 scrimmage or a smaller pickup game. Although Mullin still is the same inveterate gym rat he was during his All-Star playing career, he shares most NBA executives' wariness about their players' offseason health in such risky workouts.
"I'm all for guys training and getting better," Mullin said. "Ideally, I'd like everybody here (in Oakland) all the time, but that's not realistic. I think one thing Monta has done each and every year is improve, and I do believe most improvement is made during the summer. That's when guys do get better, so I can't debate that."
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
< Sports index
Back to top
News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries
Law & Courts |
Spiritual Life |
Health & Fitness |
Calendar | Letters to the Editor