OAKLAND — News of the passing of Warriors legend Nate Thurmond hit hard at the Coliseum on Saturday.
“One of the great, great athletes in Bay Area history,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.
Thurmond died Saturday at the age of 74 after a battle with leukemia. Melvin spent lots of time around the Warriors as a youth because his godfather, Dick D’Oliva, was the team’s head trainer from 1967-87. That gave him a chance to get to know Thurmond, voted one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players of all time.
“I used to sit at his locker and read mail to him,” Melvin said. “He’d have me read his mail to him. What a great man, what a great player. He’ll be sorely missed here in the Bay Area. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. That’s a tough one.”
Reliever Sean Doolittle is making progress on his way back from a shoulder strain, but fellow reliever Fernando Rodriguez figures to be out for at least another month. Rodriguez is also dealing with what’s being listed as a shoulder strain. A team official would not confirm a report that Rodriguez actually has a tear in his lat muscle. Regardless, Rodriguez is nowhere close to throwing according to Melvin. Doolittle still needs to clear a couple hurdles in strengthening tests, but he said he’s hopeful of starting to throw next week.
Starter Henderson Alvarez, still rehabbing after two setbacks following his shoulder surgery, has no timetable to throw yet.
“Henderson is feeling good, just not to the point where we’re comfortable having him throw again,” Melvin said.