November 29, 2015 | 8:48 am EST Update
Golden State Warriors head coach Luke Walton said today at the pregame press conference before the Warriors face the Sacramento Kings that Harrison Barnes, who sprained his left ankle in last night’s game at the Phoenix Suns, could be out on the order of weeks. “He’s being evaluated today. We haven’t gotten the results back yet,” Walton told reporters. “It’s all speculation. It could be a few weeks. It could be a week,” Walton added. “We’re not going to rush him back because we want to be healthy for later in the season and we don’t want lingering injures, so we’ll have him take his time.”
McGee does not look back fondly on his Washington years. “It was a real negative situation for me,” he said. “I’ve always been blessed to be able to go somewhere else positive. You definitely learn it’s a business. Even if it’s people ahead of you that’s playing that’s not better, they make more money than you, they’re going to play. It’s not anything personal.”
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge attempted to negotiate a deal with McGee after he was waived by the 76ers in March. The Celtics wanted to sign him to a multiyear deal, potentially to become their starting center. But McGee wanted a rest-of-the-season deal so he could cash in on free agency in the summer. As it turned out, he didn’t cash in because the injury lingered. “I was real close,” he said. “I came [to Boston] for a day and went back [home]. It just didn’t work out. It just didn’t fit right, but it all worked out for me.”
“It’s not easy but we got to cut the negativity we have coming from players, coaches, staff, media,” Gortat said. “We just got to cut that. It’s not even fun coming here anymore. There’s so much negativity. I understand we’re losing games but, damn, we just got to cut that right now, man. It’s not fun at all.” The negativity, Gortat then explained, stems from loftier preseason expectations.
“Everybody felt we were going to go high, we were going to go to the conference finals, stuff like that,” Gortat said. “But we didn’t make any particular trades or signings in the offseason so it’s not like we’re supposed to be a three times much better team this year. “We lost Paul Pierce, a guy who was a great leader and an experienced player. And we signed three players that they deliver good stuff to the table for us but at the end of the day, they are not all-stars. So expectations are high and we are not up there.”