West sees opportunity to grow Warriors


West sees opportunity to grow Warriors


SAN FRANCISCO -- To hear Jerry West tell it, there's one reason and one reason only he's coming out of retirement to be part of the Golden State Warriors' organization: Passion.Yes, passion.West, who will turn 73 in less than a week, still has it, he needs an outlet for it, and the Warriors are going to provide that outlet for him. West's official title will be advisor to owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, as well as a member of the Warriors' executive board.Lacob acknowledged West has a stake in team ownership. West's job description will involve plenty of facets -- from being in on basketball-related discussions, to helping with sponsorships, sales and public relations, to dealing with upcoming arena issues.STEINMETZ: With West, Warriors will get benefit of doubt
"I was watching the Miami-Chicago (playoff) game the other night," West said Tuesday morning at the St. Regis Hotel. "I watched the intensity of that game and I could feel me getting up on the edge of my seat. Those are the things that drive me."West's resume is one of a kind, whether as a player or executive. He is considered one of the greatest players the game has ever known and one of the greatest minds the game has ever known.The Lakers won six NBA titles with West as the team's general manager. As the general manager in Memphis, West guided the Grizzlies to their first-ever franchise playoff appearance.RELATED: Warriors coaching search update: 11 names
"This is obviously a very significant day for the organization," Lacob said. "We're trying to put together one of the world's best organizations in sports and I think the commitment of having Jerry West, such an icon, the icon, as far as I'm concerned, involved with us I just can't say how excited I am."Lacob and co-owner Peter Guber said West's role will be more far-reaching than chipping on basketball decisions. At the same time, West is quite a resource when it comes to personnel decisions.But West made it clear on Tuesday -- this isn't his show and his show alone. He'll work alongside general manager Larry Riley and assistant general manager Bob Myers -- which is right where West wants to be."I know my place in this organization," West said. "I think I can be of help. I think I can stimulate ideas. I think I can encourage them to be bold, risk-taking. The best risk-takers do the best in this business. I will tell you, I'm not shrinking violet. I'm not. If you don't want my opinion, don't ask."

After visiting sick grandfather, Thompson will start vs Thunder

After visiting sick grandfather, Thompson will start vs Thunder

OAKLAND -- Arriving at Oakland International Airport roughly two hours before tipoff Wednesday night, Klay Thompson hustled over to Oracle Arena and will be in the starting lineup for the Warriors against the Oklahoma City.

Thompson missed the team’s morning shootaround because he was visiting his gravely ill maternal grandfather in Portland, source told CSNBayArea.com.

Initially listed as missing the game, Thompson reached out to Warriors general manager Bob Myers late Wednesday morning and indicated he might make it back to Oakland in time for the game.

Thompson is the team’s third leading scorer, averaging 21.4 points per game.

His availability is particularly significant, as he’ll be the primary defender on Thunder star Russell Westbrook, who is averaging triple-double numbers this season.

Stojakovic won't be surprised if Curry, Klay finish Top 2 in career 3s

Stojakovic won't be surprised if Curry, Klay finish Top 2 in career 3s

SACRAMENTO -- The NBA game is changing. League records are in jeopardy all over the place, but it’s hard to imagine a bigger statistical shift than that of the 3-point shot. Instituted to start the 1979-80 season, the 3-pointer isn’t just a gimmick, as first thought. It’s the lifeblood of a league that is growing at an incredible pace.

The ability to make the long distance shot used to be a rarity, now it is a prerequisite to enter the league. Even centers like DeMarcus Cousins and Marc Gasol are letting it fly as the game shifts to the perimeter.

The leaderboard is being rewritten and it’s will likely continue to change as more and more players are lining up from behind the arc.

Sacramento Kings executive Peja Stojakovic knows this fact all too well. Out of the league just six years, the Serbian-born sharpshooter has seen his place in the standings diminished almost every season.

“Every decade, every 10-15 years, there is some new, great player that comes in that take the game to a different place we haven’t seen before,” Stojakovic told CSN California earlier this week. “That’s what’s so special about this game.”

When he retired following the 2010-11 season, Stojakovic ranked fourth all-time in made 3-point shots with 1760, trailing only Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Jason Kidd.

Since leaving the game, Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Jamal Crawford, Kyle Korver, Joe Johnson, Chauncey Billups, Kobe Bryant and Rashard Lewis have all passed him, leaving Stojakovic in 13th place on the list, but only for another game or two.

Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry is hot on Stojakovic’ tail, trailing the 3-time All-Star by just 11 makes coming into Wednesday night’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Be it Wednesday or sometime late in the week, Curry will almost assuredly surpass the former Kings star.

“Records are meant to be broken,” Stojakovic said. “Steph is definitely a guy, that if he continues to shoot - him and Klay (Thompson), if they continue to stay on the same pace, they can climb all the way to one and two.”

Curry, 28, has led the league four straight seasons in makes, setting new standards multiple times. His 402 triples last season is an NBA record and he holds three of the top four spots all-time for 3-balls in a single season.

Thompson is right behind Curry in most seasons. His 276 makes during 2015-16 is the third most in a single season and he is on pace to hit over 250 shots from deep this year. Through five-plus seasons in the league, Thompson has hit 1182 3-pointers and at age 26, he has plenty more left in him.  

“Our league in general has shifted,” Stojakovic said. “It’s more of a guard’s league and the pace is different. A lot of teams are shooting a lot of threes and Golden State - it suits them pretty well with the personnel they have.”

Both Curry and Thompson are a long way from tracking down Allen’s top spot of 2973, although Curry can get there quickly if he continues to drop in 400-plus bombs a season.

Injuries could play a role in where each of these players end up career-wise, but they are well on their way to shattering the record books.

“They are young enough and the way the league is going, I think if they stay healthy, they can really climb up there all the way to the top,” Stojakovic said.