OAKLANDAfter a five-game stint for the Dakota Wizards inthe D-League, rookie Jeremy Tyler has his sights set on the backup centerposition for the Golden State Warriors.Warriors coach Mark Jackson might be thinking ... not sofast.After the Warriors held shoot-around on Wednesday morning inpreparation for tonights game against the Grizzlies, Tyler spoke of gainingconfidence and getting into shape when he was in Bismarck.With Ekpe Udoh recently named the starting center and AndrisBiedrins continuing to struggle, the door seems open for Tyler to become theNo. 2 center.
Yes, I hope so, said Tyler, who averaged 15.6 points, 7.8rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 29 minutes per game for Dakota. Thats myobjective. Thats the reason I play. I want to play. If Coach sees that in me,and of course I feel it, then hopefully that will be the outcome ofit.Jackson might not be there yet. He continues to maintainBiedrins has been a professional and done everything that weveasked.When it was suggested that Tyler could take some ofBiedrins minutes, Jackson responded: I dont know where that word came from.It will be a flow call. In a situation like tonight, they have a very big, veryskilled guy in Marc Gasol. The matchup is clearly better with Andris coming offthe bench. When the day comes where Jeremy Tyler earns minutes andearns that position, then that will play itself out. But Andris has doneeverything weve asked him to do. Hes been a professional and been ready whencalled upon.
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