Friday, November 11, 2005

Warriors' little-used Cheaney still on mark

This probably happened
during warmups.

Despite Calbert Cheaney's lack of minutes, he's still a valuable member of the team by lending his wisdom to the young squad.
The 13th-year swingman hasn't had much chance to show off his wares on the floor this season, but his swish on the court of New York's Reebok Sports Club was right in keeping with his dual roles: one, to be the elder statesman for the fifth-youngest team in the NBA, and two, to provide some clutch shooting in a hurry off the bench.

So far this season, it's been a lot more of former. Cheaney has played just 19 minutes in the Warriors' first five games, collecting four rebounds and one assist and taking not one solitary shot.

But he's provided invaluable wisdom to guys like Monta Ellis, the 19-year-old rookie.

"He'll just tell you what to expect, what not to do when you first come in, the ins and the outs, the on-the-court and off-the-court stuff," Ellis said. "He keeps you lifted. He knows what to do and how to do it, and what not to do. You just do nothing but respect a guy like that and take in all that he says."
He's probably teaching Monta because they're both sitting at the end of the bench together watching the game and they have nothing better to do. Seriously, I hope Cheaney is using his veteran wisdom to help teach this young kids about the game and the lifestyle of the NBA.


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