August 20, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO — Not even five minutes into his 2022 California Classic debut on Sunday at the Chase Center, it looked like Moses Moody’s night was going to be cut short. Literally.

Moody suffered a cut to his left eye at 7:22 in the first quarter of the Warriors’ Summer League game with the Los Angeles Lakers, a 100-77 loss. Blood flowing, Moody was forced into the locker room. He received two stitches and returned to the floor with just over eight minutes left in the first half, sporting a beige bandage over his left eye.

What was most frustrating for Moody was a bit of a surprise. It wasn’t his vision that was affected. It was the return of hateful nicknames.

When Moody suffered a black eye from an elbow early in his start against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 1, the rookie didn’t stop hearing jokes from his older teammates. Now they are back.

“It sucks, because I just got rid of my nicknames after it happened earlier in the year, but they all came back,” Moody told reporters. “Call me ‘Bar Fight’, ‘Captain Jack.’ They’re all coming back.”

The 20-year-old, who should take a big leap forward in Year 2 and see a bigger role next season, started as a Warriors host and felt out of the game. He started in the second quarter on his return and finished the first half with a record nine points and one turnover.

Eleven seconds into his first bucket, Moody took a load from the other side of the floor. That’s part of what makes the Warriors so intrigued by the No. 14 overall pick in the 2021 draft. He’s already a pro of the pros.

Moody doesn’t play like someone who was a teenager two months ago, and he doesn’t come off as one either.

The Warriors starting lineup consisted of Moody, Lester Quiñones, Justinian Jessup, Gui Santos and Selom Mawugbe. Outside of Moody, it’s two second-round draft picks, two undrafted players and none with NBA experience. Unlike what he’s used to at the Chase Center, Moody was a victim of his surroundings.

He went scoreless in the second half, missed all five of his shot attempts and returned the ball four times. Moody shot 3 for 11 from the field and 1 for 4 from deep. His under-24 was game-worst for both teams and lower than any plus-under he produced as a rookie — in the regular season and playoffs.

“For Moses in particular, I would say a bit of that, of course,” Warriors California Classic coach Seth Cooper said when asked if Moody’s turnovers were more the result of not being used to it. to his teammates more than anything else. “His ball handling, his decision-making, his readings, his comfort level, everything – plus he’s in those situations where now other teams are trying to get him out and stop him getting the ball, c It’s something he I haven’t really had to deal with all year being the focal point of the team for us offensively I think it was a bit of everything, but the more he does, the more comfortable he will be.

“We’ve all seen him be able to make every play. We wouldn’t put him in those situations if we hadn’t seen him do it in training and know he’s fully capable and confident of making them. TO DO.”

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Quiñones, the Memphis product the Warriors signed to a two-way deal on draft night, scored a game-high 19 points and added five rebounds. He shot 6 for 13 overall and 3 for 6 on 3-point range. Last season as a junior for Memphis, Quiñones shot 39% from 3-point range.

He’s a name to watch going forward, but Moody’s development in his overall game will continue to be at the top of the Warriors’ summer league to-do list.

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