Nice story in the San Francisco Chronicle on former Washington standout Justin Holiday, who is trying to earn a roster spot with the Golden State Warriors.
Holiday, 25, averaged a team-high 14.8 points for Golden State in the Las Vegas Summer League, but if the 6-6 shooting guard/small forward is going to stick, he’s going to have to do it with his defense. He’s one of four training camp invitees battling for a job.
“I don’t need to go out here and do the jobs of Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson). I understand that,” Holiday told the Chronicle. “That’s what a team is about: playing together and using each guy’s strengths in order to win. … I want to help and lead on defense. You can’t control your jump shot every night, but you can control your effort on defense all the time.
Since leaving Washington in 2011, Holiday has played in Belgium, Hungary and the NBA Development League the past three seasons. He’s also had a short stint with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013.
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— It’s family-first mentality at Arizona.
— UCLA released its media guide and 2014-15 prospectus.
— At this time every coach says he wants to push the tempo, which is somewhat amusing. Colorado’s Tad Boyle is no different. However, the Buffaloes have good reason to push the pace. They play at 5,345 feet altitude, which is a tremendous homecourt advantage. And the Buffs are athletic enough in the backcourt and on the wings to wear opponents out with a strong transition game.
— Colorado received a verbal commitment from a 2016 prospect considered a sleeper by recruiting analysts.
— Behind Delon Wright, a Pac-12 MVP candidate, Utah is gunning for its first NCAA tournament berth since 2009.
— Utah is expected to be so good, the Utes are considering redshirting a couple of freshmen from its heralded 2014 recruiting class.
— Washington isn’t the only Pac-12 team that enjoys the ability to have its players play pick-up games against NBA competition in the summer. Arizona State players competed against several NBA stars at its practice facility this summer.
— Oregon State sophomore center Cheikh N’diaye is expecting a bigger role this season.
— In a quick roundup of 25 teams to watch, ESPN included Arizona and Utah.
— CBSsports.com tabs Arizona sophomore forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as a preseason first-team All-American and Wildcats freshman forward Stanley Johnson is a third-team All-American.
— Really loving these Kyle Wiltjer YouTube videos. In his first one, the Gonzaga forward connected on 70 of 75 three-pointers in five minutes. In this one, he makes a behind-the-back shot (twice) from half court.