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Little Action Means No Conditioning?

That seems to be the interpretation of de facto Golden State starting point guard Marcus Williams.

From Williams' interview with the San Francisco Examiner's Matt Steinmetz:

MS: "What’s your thought process now that Monta Ellis is going to miss significant playing time and you very well could wind up the starter?"

MW: "The first thing is to get in shape -- 40 minutes-a-game shape. That’s what I’ve been doing. I’m trying to get into game shape. Then the basketball will come naturally. When you’re tired, that’s when you make mistakes. I want to go longer stretches without being tired."

In his opening to the piece, Steinmetz paints this attitude as a positive one for Warriors fans, and he's right that Williams looking to put his long-standing conditioning issues behind him can only be a good thing.  But the mentality still seems a bit unsettling.

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It's a bit surprising to me that any non-Eddy Curry NBA player wouldn't consider himself in "40 minutes-a-game shape."  Williams claims that not playing big minutes makes it difficult to get in shape, but that's a hard claim to buy.  Between practice and individual conditioning routines, these guys are working virtually every day, and every one of them has to be something of a physical specimen to even get to the league in the first place.  For guys who are only playing spot minutes to begin with, it would seem intuitive that nothing would be more important than staying in shape so that when the opportunity comes, these players can perform. 

It's good to hear that Williams is looking to resolve his fitness concerns, but the implication that he wasn't working as hard at it before he knew he would get more minutes doesn't sit well here.