Jackson: 'Thompson is a starter in this league'


Jackson: 'Thompson is a starter in this league'

OAKLAND Theres a school of thought out there that theWarriors should trade shooting guard Monta Ellis for a big man and then giveEllis old job to rookie Klay Thompson.Whether or not that happens remains to be seen. But itcertainly begs the question: Is Thompson starting NBA material?Warriors coach Mark Jackson believes so.
No question hes a starter in this league, Jackson saidThursday before the Jazz-Warriors game. He can play multiple positions, hesvery versatile, hes a knock-down shooter and hes gaining more and moreconfidence. Hes a student of the game and he puts the time in and those arethings you have to do in order to take advantage of having a longcareer.PREVIEW: Jazz-Warriors, what to watch for
He very well could have gone to another team and been astarter from Day 1 hes that good.If all thats true, then it wont be long before theWarriors have a glut at shooting guard. And if the Warriors have a glut atshooting guard, it could facilitate the Warriors making a move.You want him to get better at putting the ball on the flooreven though hes good and gotten way better, Jackson said. Id like to have aguy you can put in pick-and-roll situations. Hes got great size, hes a verygood passer, and wed like to put the ball in his hands and at times hes thekind of guy you can run the offense through.But hes going to get there. Im very pleased since theprogress hes made since hes gotten here.

Rockets GM: Chris Paul trade 'gives us a real shot' vs NBA juggernauts

Rockets GM: Chris Paul trade 'gives us a real shot' vs NBA juggernauts

The NBA took a massive power shift Wednesday with the Clippers trading point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets for seven players, a 2018 first-round pick (protected Nos. 1-3) and $661,000. 

Houston GM Daryl Morey is going all in on a mission to compete with the Warriors and he believes the Rockets are now there with the pairing of Paul and MVP runner-up James Harden. 

"You know, it's a guards-based league. It's a weapons race in the NBA and you're either in the weapons race or on the sidelines," Morey said at the team's press conference, as captured by Mark Berman of Houston's FOX 26. "With James Harden in his prime and Chris Paul in his prime, this gives us a real shot to chase the juggernaut teams in this league." 

Paul, who turned 32 in May, is a nine-time All-Star. He spent his last six seasons with the Clippers and averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season in 61 games played. 

This past season, Harden became a primary point guard for the first time under Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense and the bearded lefty excelled in his new position. Harden led the NBA with 11.2 assists per game while putting up 29.1 points per game. 

Houston received guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forwards Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell, plus the non-guaranteed deals of DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard and Kyle Wiltjer from Los Angeles. 

The Rockets went 55-27 last season, four games ahead of the Clippers, but were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs to the Spurs. 

GM Bob Myers reiterates Warriors' stance on signing Steph Curry long term

GM Bob Myers reiterates Warriors' stance on signing Steph Curry long term

DANVILLE -- Everything the Warriors have said and done, as well as everything Stephen Curry has said, indicates there is no chance of a divorce, even though Curry becomes an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning.

Curry has pointed out numerous times that he plans to sign with the Warriors, implying that it would be pointless for other teams to pursue him on the open market.

And on Wednesday afternoon, Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers reiterated the team’s stance regarding the two-time MVP by expressing Curry would be a top priority.

“He’s got to be,” Myers said at Monte Vista High School, where he and Warriors forward Draymond Green was subjects of a news conference/pep rally in the wake of Myers being named Executive of the Year and Green being named Defensive Player of the Year.

Myers was careful not to slight other players the Warriors expect to re-sign, such as Kevin Durant, and those the team hopes to retain, notably Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

“Actually, we’ve got a lot of priorities,” Myers said. “But, certainly, touching all of them and making sure we do our job and make sure they know we want them is important,” Myers said. “But he knows how we feel. I think he’s happy. But he’s a huge priority.”

The Warriors are allowed to pay Curry about $200 million over the next five seasons, and CEO Joe Lacob has said he’s ready to do whatever it takes.