LAS VEGAS One of the first players to emerge from the locker room and take off from UNLV's Cox Pavilion was point guard Acie Law. After spending much of his first two seasons on the bench in Atlanta, Law expressed relief over getting out of Atlanta when the Warriors acquired him last month in the Jamal Crawford trade. He said he was hoping the Warriors were his chance to finally show what he can do. So far, not so good.
Law played 11 minutes Tuesday, totaling five points and two rebounds in the Warriors' 95-83 summer league victory over the Chicago Bulls. That gives him 32 minutes the past three games. He played 32 minutes in the summer league opener.
According to several Warriors staffers in attendance for summer league, Law is not in the best of shape and seems to be lacking confidence. He's shown his ability to pass and court vision he's found forward Anthony Randolph in transition on several occasions but he's hardly done enough to make anyone believe he'll be competing for playing time this coming season.
General manager Larry Riley has said he wants the Warriors to be a better passing team, which appeared to be Law's opening. But rookie Stephen Curry, who at the very least is expected to be the backup to point guard Monta Ellis, seems to have diminished the need for what Law brings.
The Warriors have the option of picking up the fourth year of Law's rookie contract (2010-11). But that seems unlikely at this point considering his lack of production and the fact he's most valuable to the Warriors as a $2.2 million expiring contract.
Barring a trade or injury, he'll get another chance to prove himself in training camp.
Local boy hits big time
Bulls general manager Gar Forman, a Miramonte High product, attended Tuesday's game. Forman said he got a congratulatory call from legendary Miramonte Basketball coach Tom Blackwood when he was promoted to the position to replace John Paxson. "I hadn't talked to Tom in about 20 years," Forman said with a smile.
Forman is entering his 11th season with the Bulls, the last five as director of player personnel. He's also been a scout and special assistant to the executive vice president of Basketball operations.
"It sure beats working," Forman joked of his promotion.
Curry had perhaps his worst game of the summer league. He had 10 points on 3-for-15 shooting. In his three previous games, he scored 16, 29 and 23. He did have eight assists and five rebounds, with four turnovers. He is now shooting 31.4 percent from the field, including 9-for-27 from 3-point range.
"He's got to figure out a way to manufacture points when his shot isn't falling," said Warriors assistant coach Keith Smart, who's coaching the team's summer league squad.
It was Curry's turn to sign autographs in the lobby. Without a doubt, he had the longest line so far. Perhaps the only name who can draw more than Curry is Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin. ... Jamal Sampson, a former Cal player, has emerged as the best center on the summer league team. Sampson had seven points, four rebounds and a block in 19 minutes Tuesday. Smart has gone to him mostly over Jermareo Davidson and Connor Atchley. How has he made his mark? "I'm just running (the floor)," Sampson said. "This is a running offense, so as a big man you've got to get out and run." He is hoping it lands him a training camp invite. Sampson said it would be "surreal" to play in the Bay Area. ... Swingman Cartier Martin missed Tuesday's game with a strained left shoulder. ... Forward Joe Ingles was the only player to play all 40 minutes, finishing with 10 points and five rebounds.
Marcus Thompson II