With the season winding down, Mike Montgomery has a form of currency he can put to good use. He just can't put it in his pocket.
The Warriors' coach has three elongated players from Eastern Europe whom he collectively calls "the Euros.'' Unlike the paper version, Golden State's Euros are starting to give a good exchange rate.
Heading into tonight's game against Sacramento at the Arena in Oakland, 6- foot-11 forward Zarko Cabarkapa is coming off a career game against Houston in which he had 26 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes while 6-11 teenager Andris Biedrins is developing faster than an 18-year-old has a right to. Nikoloz Tskitishvili, a 7-footer in his third year, has yet to play any significant minutes for the Warriors since being acquired in a trade with Denver on Feb. 24.
"They hang together. It's great for the three of them,'' Montgomery said Wednesday after practice. "They count on each other. They're the first ones out (for practice). They love to shoot. They're always in a pretty good mood. In Europe they never leave the gym. They're pretty much used to that.''