Undrafted rookie Jeff Adrien -- the undersized power forward who won over many fans with his bruising style -- was signed to a non-guaranteed contract. The Warriors decided to keep Adrien around instead of keeping that last roster spot open.

"We've taken 15 spots for right now," general manager Larry Riley said after Monday's practice. "Jeff is on our roster. We think he's earned an opportunity to stay with us. Having said that, of course, we'll continue to search throughout the year -- whether it be this week or whether it be at the trade deadline -- we'll continue to try to find ways to improve our basketball team."

Adrien, from the University of Connecticut, saw action in all eight preseason games. He averaged 3.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 9.8 minutes. He finished the exhibition season with 20 offensive rebounds, tied for the team lead with center Andris Biedrins and forward David Lee.

Injuries to forwards Lou Amundson and Ekpe Udoh, both expected to do the dirty work, made Adrien look that much more attractive. Helping Adrien's cause was the Warriors' inability to find a backup point guard on the market. Riley said that area is a still a concern.

"Those are things we've been looking at for the past couple weeks," Riley said. "We're in a position where we feel like we're fairly solid there. But there is always a question of could we use some help at backup point guard. If we get the right guy, we might consider going that direction."

  • These are hard times for Amundson, the veteran the Warriors signed to bolster their front line. He said he's out four to six weeks after surgery to repair a broken right index finger. He said it's the longest he's been out in his four-year NBA career. He originally was hobbled with a sore lower back that basically wiped him out of training camp. Then he finally got to the point where he could play and, after nine minutes of action, was back on the shelf. Even when he returns, he still has to work his way into the fold. "I missed all of training camp and really only had a couple full practices here," he said. "It's just really frustrating. I want to get in there and be incorporated with what the guys are doing, kind of find out how I fit with the guys."

  • Keith Smart said he isn't nervous about his first opening night as head coach on Wednesday. But it is a big deal to the people close to the former Warriors assistant. Such a big deal that his parents are flying in for the game. "That doesn't happen," Smart said. "My dad doesn't get on a plane. It's his first time coming to a game since college."

  • Point guard Stephen Curry didn't practice but did participate in shooting drills. The progress on his sprained right ankle is encouraging to his teammates.

  • A limited number of tickets remain for Wednesday's opener against Houston. For more information, go to www.warriors.com or call 1-888-GSW-HOOP.

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