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A frank conversation with Nate Robinson

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A frank conversation with Nate Robinson

LOS ANGELES -- Nate Robinson participated in his firstpractice as a Warrior on Thursday afternoon, and there is little doubt hellplay on Friday vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.I had a chance to sit and talk with Robinson for a fewminutes after practice. Heres the transcript:Steinmetz: Ive got to tell you Ivealready written that Im skeptical about the Warriors acquiring you.
Robinson: Its all good. Youre doingyour job.Steinmetz: What do you want to get donehere?Robinson: I just want to help the team win.Whatever the coach needs me to do, Ill do. Thats what Im here for. Ive beenaround the game a long time. Seen a lot of different things. Played with DavidLee (in New York). Ive been around seven years and counting, you know? Imstill trying to be a student of the game, learn from Coach (Mark Jackson), oneof the greatest point guards to ever play the game. Im here to bring energyoff the bench and contribute to the team.Steinmetz: How would you respond ifsomeone says Boston didnt want you, Oklahoma City didnt want you, so whyis it going to work out here?REWIND: Warriors sign Nate Robinson
Robinson: Why not?Steinmetz: Well, you know why peoplewould say that.Robinson: I dont care what they say.Coach already said hes not worried about the naysayers and my past. Hestalking about now and the future. Were moving forward and thats something Ilove about Coach. He sees me as a player. I have another start, a second chanceand this is a great opportunity. God blessed me with the ability to go throughthese struggles in my life and overcome them. Thats something Im trying to doagain. Just trying to prove to the Warriors and the fans and to my friends andfamily and to God that I can do it.RELATED: Nate Robinson career stats
Steinmetz: So its hit you that somepeople dont believe in you anymore.Robinson: Its been like that ever sinceI was a little boy. People say I cant do things which is fine. Its theiropinion. Everybody has their own opinion. Theyve got the First Amendment,freedom of speech to say whatever they want and I dont mind. I just love achallenge. I challenge myself to become a better person, a better player, a mancloser to God, a better father, a better son, a better brother.Steinmetz: Ive got to ask you about somethings that are out there about you. How about that you dont take the gameseriously enough Robinson: Thats their opinion. I takethe game serious enough for me. I play hard. Im a gamer. I practice hard. I dowhatever the coach asks. I dont have any problems. I carry myself in such apositive light so people take that as me not being serious. I love to smile,love to have a good time, love to be positive. Theres no reason to waste yourenergy on negative energy. I spend my time with positive energy. Thatssomething Ive been doing since I was a kid.Steinmetz: Have you ever been adistraction on a team or hurt a teams chemistry?Robinson: Never.Steinmetz: I want to get these out of theway, right off the bat.Robinson: Its OK, youre doing your job,like I said. All good.

Warriors go back to basics early in camp, work on 'a big thing for us this year'

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Warriors go back to basics early in camp, work on 'a big thing for us this year'

OAKLAND -- No matter the place in the standings or the collection of accolades or the number of representatives in the All-Star game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr never stops chasing perfection.

Sometimes it’s major issues, other times minor details. But it’s always something.

Three days into training camp, one such area of concern is passes. Whether its bounce passes, chest passes, skip passes, outlet passes, fancy passes or lobs, Kerr has his team working on accuracy.

“We’re doing drills, some basic passing drills and harping on the accuracy of passes as we go through practice,” Kerr said Monday after practice. “No matter what we’re doing, there’s passing involved. So we’re talking about that accuracy constantly and showing some film. It’s a big thing for us this year.”

So . . . Kerr wants the team that led the NBA in assists, as well as assist-to-turnover ratio, to be more precise with its dimes.

So . . . Kerr wants the team that led the league in field-goal percentage to make it easier to connect on a higher percentage of shots.

“We’ve got such great shooters and we move the ball so well that if we can pinpoint our passes better I really believe our percentages as a team and an individual will go up,” Klay Thompson said.

Much of the focus is about passing the ball into the “shooting pocket” of each specific player, especially if he excels at the catch-and-shoot aspect of offense.

“It’s definitely something that I know I need to get better at,” said Draymond Green, who last season led the team in assists.

“It definitely helps, and we’ll get better at it this year,” said Thompson, a fabulous catch-and-shoot player.

“Some would say Coach might be nitpicking. But he expects perfection. And we want to be champs again. You’ve got to be near perfect to be champions.”

The reigning NBA champs have, in this area, gone back to basics. From former MVPs Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant to the guys at the end of the bench, they’re doing elementary passing drills.

By all accounts, the players have been receptive to honing this element.

“With the shooters we have, if you deliver the ball on time and on target, it keeps them in rhythm,” Green said. “As opposed to you throwing the ball and it hits somebody in the ankles, it may take them out of rhythm a little bit. And it could be the difference in the game.”

For Draymond Green, protests can't be short-lived: 'We're screwed' if they end soon

For Draymond Green, protests can't be short-lived: 'We're screwed' if they end soon

OAKLAND -- Easing into a seat for an interview a half hour after the Warriors finished practice Monday, Draymond Green responded to the first six questions at decibels barely above a whisper.

There was candor on basketball matters, because there always is with Green, but the power forward’s tone was relatively relaxed.

Not until the next several questions, all related to America’s polarizing sociopolitical climate, did Green’s heart and mind lock into rhythm. Asked if he believes the current wave of protests against inequality will go away soon, his voice picked up volume and conviction.

“I hope not,” Green said. “If it goes away, then we still have a problem. So I hope it’s not going away in a few weeks. Then we’ve missed the message again.

“So, no, I don’t think it’ll be gone away in a few weeks. And I pray that it’s not, because it’s not a problem that can be fixed in a few weeks. So, no, it shouldn’t be gone in a few weeks.”

Green acknowledged that he did not see the demonstrations that were spread across the NFL landscape on Sunday. He was, he said, out shopping and enjoying the day with his children.

He was aware that some teams stayed in the locker room during the anthem, that others knelt on the sidelines and that some linked arms. Being aware was not enough for Green to feel comfortable addressing that aspect.

But he’s very familiar with the subject matter.

“You just have to stand for what you believe in,” Green said during an answer than lasted more than two full minutes. “What everyone else may believe in, you may not believe in.”

Articulating the difference between the life of the athlete and that of a soldier, Green explaining that he has the “utmost respect” for those in the military.

“I just hope that there can be an understanding that this isn’t against the military,” he said. “It’s not to disrespect anything they do. Because I think everyone respects what they do . . . I appreciate everything they do.”

It was evident, however, that Green is on the same page as those pushing for the progress that would make America great, allowing the country to live up to its pledges stated in the constitution and elsewhere.

That’s why he hopes this activism is not a trend but a movement.

“I’m not saying kneeling shouldn’t be gone,” Green said. “But this conversation, trying to make these changes, absolutely not. If it’s gone in a few weeks, we’re screwed.”