Andris Biedrins has no shot at incentive clauses in his contract unless certain things hapen, certain very playing time-centric things, and he again logged a mere 25 minutes in a home game...
all a set-up.
"Salary Protection" is what makes it possible for a coach to sit his most important player, the key to most of the team's actual on court success by all numbers and clearly in terms of rebounding. On defense, Turiaf has Biedrins beat for man play (unless its Lebron), but Biedrins never has any help anyway and Turiaf can't stop the layup drills our shitwings and Nellie D set up, either. So defensively, Biedrins is measured in terms of Duncan and Shaq (apparently). Not a fair assessment, but Biedrins under Nelson is not exactly having strong defensive philosophies presented to him, either. Oh, right... Russ Turner an' stuff.
Biedrins is not making the All Defensive team, that's no big secret. But he remains the most important Warrior in all ways despite Turiaf's recent hot streak. That C tandem remains the smartest decision Rowell or whoever signs the checks has ever made.
Brief moment of clarity and NBA legitimacy aside...
Biedrins is MULLIN's pick, and Duffy was MULLIN's friend.
But now Biedrins is NELSON's screw job.
Rowell's top paid player this year with the Monta fine and any further salary reductions pending is dropping out of the team's top 5 in minutes if Azubuike plays longer than him Friday night.
The standard storyline in the Nelson Media Love Affair says:
He's screwing with your authority, Rowell. You're such a stooge! Another witless exec falls victim to the Nellie BS Game! Same Team Twice! Thing of Beauty. Genius!!!
But Rowell is all for this turn of events if it is what it looks like.
More money in Cohan's pocket.
All variations on a theme.
But the key for Bill Duffy is that the Warriors are screwing with his client. Bigtime. Again.