Jackson says Stephen Curry not '100 percent'


Jackson says Stephen Curry not '100 percent'

OAKLAND Warriors coach Mark Jackson raised some eyebrowsduring his pregame availability with the media when he said two things thatwould seem to be at odds:Jackson said point guard Stephen Curry would play against theMemphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, but he also said Curry was not 100percent.Why then would the Warriors risk playing Curry, who hassprained his right ankle and strained a tendon in his right foot this season,if hes not fully healthy?
I dont think anybodys 100 percent right now, Jacksonanswered. Thats just a truefact. When we say 100 percent, it has nothing to do with the initial injury. Ithink thats where people are probably making a mistake. It doesnt haveanything to do with the initial injury. But I understand the concerns.Ninety minutes before tip-off, Jackson said he wasnt surewhether or not Curry would be in the starting lineup against Memphis or comingoff the bench.Im not going to play him 40 minutes, whether he starts ordoesnt start, Jackson said. Theres an advantage of having two days off(after the Memphis game). Were going to use wisdom.When asked why he wouldnt start Curry if hes healthyenough to play, Jackson responded: Because he hasnt played other than inWashington, which was a game that was out of reach. He hasnt practiced andquite honestly, isnt 100 percent right now. So we want to be patient and smartabout bringing him back.

Steve Nash doesn't watch every Warriors game: 'I would think my value...'

Steve Nash doesn't watch every Warriors game: 'I would think my value...'

Prior to the 2015-16 season, the Warriors hired Steve Nash as a consultant.

He isn't in Oakland very often, and he doesn't catch every second of every game, but the two-time MVP provides value to the organization.

"I watch the Warriors because I'm involved with them and I love their team," Nash explained to Yaron Weitzman of Bleacher Report. "But the reality is I don't really watch full games, I just kind of follow and watch bits and pieces. So it's probably bad for me to admit this, but I don't watch a ton other than the Warriors.

"And even with them, I don't watch all their games, though I do as much as I can. I think I have a pretty good feel for them, though. I also think it's important for me in my role to be the person who has an outside view of the Warriors and not be in the forest with the same unlimited amount of data and intimacy that they all have.

"I can come in from 30,000 feet, provide that view -- like, 'Don't forget a fundamental thing here that you created, Steve Kerr.'"

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Nash played an instrumental role in helping Durant rehab from the knee injury he sustained on Feb. 28.

While the Warriors were busy trying to secure the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, Nash was in the practice facility with the eventual Finals MVP.

"Steve was here so I was able to get my rhythm working with him," Durant explained in his documentary Still KD. "He's probably one of the most skilled players ever. All the little one-dribble pull-up stuff, pick-and-roll stuff -- he critiques. He texts me after most games. We talk about stuff I need to work on.

"Just balance. You see why I do a lot of squats and shots -- mainly to get my core right, balance right. He's a guru with that. We call him Yoda. Got my Yoda work in with Steve."

Nash is a future Hall of Famer.

He captured back-to-back MVPs in 2005 and 2006.

He knows what he's talking about and Kerr listens.

"It's just that you're in the eye of the storm when you're a head coach," Nash detailed. "You have the management team, coaching staff, film staff, analytics team, training staff and playing team, and you're trying to manage all that and it's overwhelming. And then you have the media responsibilities.

"I don't know that I help at all, but I would think my value would be to help provide more of a clear-headed view from the outside. It's not like I have huge opinions, but I do have my point of view and perspective, and it's different because I'm not there."

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

Report: Cavs in serious talks with Derrick Rose


Report: Cavs in serious talks with Derrick Rose

It appears the Cavs may be on the verge of adding a former MVP.

Derrick Rose and Cleveland are in serious talks about a one-year deal, according to an ESPN report.

Rose averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists over 64 games with the Knicks last season.

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He shot 47 percent from the field, but under 22 percent from 3-point territory.

Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, will turn 29 years old in October.

The max amount of money the Cavs can offer Rose is $2.5 million, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

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