- The Washington Times - Monday, March 24, 2003


Seen and heard last night at Oakland (Calif.) Arena:
GETTING IT DONE The Warriors appear to be a team that finally has started to turn the corner after years and years of futility. But this year, for the first time in years, they're hovering around .500 and have an outside chance of making the playoffs after averaging just 19 wins over the last five seasons.
"We're feeling cautiously optimistic that the future is bright," Warriors general manager Garry St. Jean said. "It's nice to sit back and see happiness for a change. It's been a neat story."
The Warriors have done this with a nice crew of young players, including two players from last season's draft Troy Murphy and Gilbert Arenas who are running neck and neck for the league's Most Improved Player Award.
Much of the credit has been given to first year coach Eric Musselman.
"It's a real young crew," St. Jean said. "We don't have an elder statesman in the locker room who's playing a major role and sets the tone for the team. So leadership was a factor when we thought about hiring a coach and setting the tone."
NO OAK Charles Oakley missed his second game in a row with a bruised right knee. Oakley was kicked in the knee against Detroit. His status for tomorrow's game at Portland is unknown.
John N. Mitchell

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