Thursday , Nov , 20 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Don Nelson: Anthony Morrow Is the Real Deal

Just a few weeks after Morrow was wondering whether he’d have to play in Ukraine this winter, he is Golden State’s starting shooting guard. Corey Maggette and captain Stephen Jackson already see him as an equal, and coach Don Nelson is talking about building parts of his famed offense around Morrow.

"He’s the real deal, and we haven’t even learned how to play with him yet," Nelson said. "I told the team that we’d better know where this guy is at all times. We’d better get him open, because he looks like the real deal."

Nelson suspected he had something special in Morrow since July, when he looked good on Golden State’s summer league team. Still, Morrow was the final man to make Golden State’s roster last month, and his agent was making contingency plans in Ukraine.