Jackson: 'Our strengths are depth, versatility'

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Jackson: 'Our strengths are depth, versatility'

I recently caught up with Warriors coach Mark Jackson and asked himabout the teams offseason and what to expect from the upcoming season.
Question: How are you feeling about the upcomingseason?
Jackson: Im very excited. I thought our ownershipgroup and Bob Myers did an outstanding job. The whole front office did anoutstanding job making us better. The moves theyve made have put us in aposition of feeling good going into the year. Obviously, the key is going to bethe health of Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut. But I watched Stephen Curry thispast week and thats even more reason to feel optimistic about this season.REWIND: Bogut says he may miss preseason games
Question: What kind of style do you anticipateplaying?Jackson: We have a lot of versatility, with different weapons anddifferent players we can use. Well have a lot of different ways to play,depending who is on the floor. Our bigs are skilled scorers and passers, canscore some with their backs to the basket and are good screen-setters. And ourguards are knock-down shooters. I think well be able to play some uptempo,some halfcourt, inside and out. I think the strength of this team isversatility and our ability to play more than one way.Question: Other than versatility, what do you thinkis the strength is of this team?Jackson: Our depth. We havent had this type ofdepth on our roster before. Lets face it, at times last year if you took a guyout of the game, you sometimes didnt know what youd get. It was a fight justto stay in the game. We flat-out have more talent on this team. For us, JarrettJack and Carl Landry, Brandon Rush they give us a lot of options. You take aguy like Jarrett and he can play both the one and two and defend the one andtwo. It gives us more options.Question: Are you feeling more pressure to win thisseason?Jackson: At the end of the day, I dont put anymore pressure on myself than before. I want to win. If I was coming back andcoaching the same team, there would still be pressure. We have improved and Imoptimistic. We want to win. Thats my entire focus. And, in fairness, any coachin this league should feel pressure to win. Not just me.Question: On paper, it seems like four of the fivestarting positions are pretty much set. But is it fair to say the small forwardposition is wide open?STEINMETZ: Should Rush start at small forward?
Jackson: I would say yes. Thats fair. We haveplayers capable of playing that position depending on certain situations. Imgoing to do whats best for the team, collectively. At the start of camp, wellsee how it goes and make that decision. But Im going to make the best possibledecision for our basketball team. I want to win.

Suns guard sustains torn ACL in left knee

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Suns guard sustains torn ACL in left knee

Brandon Knight may not take the floor next year.

The Suns guard tore the ACL in his left knee and could miss the entire season, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.

He sustained the injury last week while playing in Florida.

Knight's production fell off during the 2016-17 campaign, when he appeared in just 54 games.

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He averaged career lows in practically every category -- points (11.0), assists (2.4), rebounds (2.2), steals (0.5), field goal percentage (39.8) and 3-point percentage (32.4).

The year prior, he registered 19.6 points, 5.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Knight entered the league as the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft.

After two seasons with Detroit, he was traded to Milwaukee.

In February 2015, he was traded to Phoenix.

Knight is scheduled to make over $13.6 million next season, over $14.6 million in 2018-19 and over $15.6 million in 2019-20.

With Kyrie Irving reportedly requesting a trade from Cleveland, several national reporters have listed the Suns as a potential landing spot for the All-Star guard...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Blazers trade Allen Crabbe

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Report: Blazers trade Allen Crabbe

Allen Crabbe will end up in Brooklyn after all.

The Blazers will trade the shooting guard to the Nets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In exchange, Brooklyn will send big man Andrew Nicholson to Portland.

Nicholson will not suit up for the the Blazers, as Portland will waive and stretch his contract.

Last summer, Crabbe -- who was a restricted free agent -- signed a 4-year, $75 million sheet from the Nets.

The former Cal star returned to the Pacific Northwest because the Blazers matched the offer.

Last season, Crabbe averaged a career-best 10.7 points per game, while shooting just under 47 percent from the field and over 44 percent from deep.

He averaged just 5.5 points in the opening round of the playoffs against the Warriors.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller