Sources: Randolph to blame for his troubles

Warriors management will not force coach Don Nelson to play second-year forward Anthony Randolph.

A team source said the front office is confident in Nelson's judgment of the situation, especially after the way Nelson dealt with Randolph last season. Some in the organization, even in the locker room, say Randolph has been his own worst enemy and that this latest episode isn't Nelson's fault. Two players said Randolph needs to improve his attitude and humble himself even though he feels as if Nelson is picking on him.

Warriors insiders expect Randolph to get through this early season trouble, but one cautioned, "He's got a lot to learn. ... He's got a lot to learn."

Randolph, Nelson's preseason choice at power forward, has been demoted to third-string center behind Andris Biedrins (who sat out Friday with a lower back strain) and Mikki Moore. Randolph is fourth string, if you count sidelined Ronny Turiaf (sprained left knee).

Randolph entered the game at the start of the second quarter, receiving a mild ovation. As has been the case so far this season, Randolph struggled. He entered the game 5-for-14 and missed his first six shots. But, thanks to some garbage-time production, Randolph had 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

  • Biedrins' injury forced Nelson to use his fourth different starting lineup in four games.

    — MARCUS THOMPSON II