Jackson: Tone hasn't changed regarding Biedrins

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Jackson: Tone hasn't changed regarding Biedrins

OAKLAND -- Once upon a time, Warriors coach Mark Jacksonused to praise center Andris Biedrins. Went out of his way to praise him, andoverpraised him, according to many.This year, not so much.Jackson made it clear before training camp that he wasdisappointed Biedrins was the only Warriors no-show at a voluntary playersmini-camp in early September.And after Saturdays open scrimmage at Oracle one in whichBiedrins spent the entire time on the stationary bike Jackson seemed a touchharsh again.But after Sundays practice, Jackson insisted his tonehasnt changed when it comes to Biedrins.Not necessarily true, Jackson said. I still think hes abig-time post defender, still think hes a big-time pick-and-roll defender.Never hid the fact about his free throw shooting. At the end of the day, wedrafted a young big man and we hope to have a healthy Andrew Bogut.The competition was wide open and today Festus Ezeli is mybackup center. Unfortunately Dre got hurt. If youre the only guy not here andthen you get hurt, its unfortunate. What I will say is were going to bepatient, continue to treat him and hopefully he gets back healthy. He addsdepth to that position. But no matter who it is, we dont have time to wait foranybody in fairness with what were trying to accomplish as a team.And it was wide open. The way Nellie (Don Nelson) coachedhim, some people said it was too hard and it didnt work. I have a totallydifferent style and obviously last year didnt work as far as thinking he wasgoing to get back to his old self. But I still think he can help thisbasketball team. And Im not down on him at all. But we drafted a young big manwho has played exceptionally well this preseason.While most of the Warriors participated in a five-on-fiveopen scrimmage on Saturday at Oracle Arena, Biedrins and rookie Draymond Greenrode stationary bikes off to the side.Biedrins, who has a groin injury, didnt participate inSundays practice, either. He hasnt played or practiced since Monday, when heplayed five minutes against Utah.Afterward, Jackson was asked about the status of Biedrins,and it didnt sound like praise. Hes just rehabbing and were going to keep it moving,Jackson said. We really dont have time to wait for anybody. Were going tokeep it moving, and hes going to continue to get treatment and go throughrehab. When hes ready, well see where hes at.Biedrins, whose career has been in decline since 2009,missed the teams last exhibition game against Maccabi Haifa because of theinjury. In two games previous to that, Biedrins didnt register a point or arebound in 16 total minutes.

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

OAKLAND -- Considering their status as reigning champs without a pick, members of the Warriors personnel department could have turned out the lights and left team headquarters to watch the NBA Draft from a nearby tavern.

They instead stayed in business mode Thursday night, observing the draft-night chaos up close, waiting for the right moment and the right player.

And for the second consecutive year, the Warriors paid a team for its 38th overall draft pick, sending a reported $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Oregon big man Jordan Bell, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

“Everybody we talked to had a lot of good things to say about him,” president/general manager Bob Myers said. “He’s one of the few guys we looked at and really wanted to see if we could get. I actually was not optimistic we would be able to get him. But somehow it came to fruition.”

Myers added that the Warriors, along with many mock drafts, projected Bell as a first-round pick.

Bell led the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage (63.6) while shooting almost exclusively in the paint. The 6-foot-9 center/forward was sixth among Pac-12 rebounders at 8.8 per game and 13th in steals at 1.3 per game.

The Long Beach Poly High product possesses a wingspan a fraction shy of 7-feet and bears, by some accounts, a resemblance to Draymond Green inasmuch as he is a defense-first player with a deep reservoir of energy.

It’s a comparison that Bell, asked about it, embraces.

“Draymond, because people always say I’m undersized,” Bell told Basketball Insiders last month. “He’s one of those players you can’t really say what position he is, but he’s a force on defense.”

Moreover, Myers cited Green as one of the players best suited to mentor Bell.

“Draymond is a good one,” the GM said. “He’s not afraid to tell players what he thinks. He’s going to be a good teacher.”

Bell in three seasons became the Ducks’ all-time leader in blocks. He blocked eight shots in a Midwest Regional win over Kansas that sent Oregon to the Final Four. He became during the NCAA Tournament the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon (in 1985) to snag at least 12 rebounds in five consecutive tournament games.

“Defending is one of my best attributes,” Bell told Basketball Insiders. “Being able to switch 1-through-5. Play small ball. Blocking shots. Timing. Decision-making on offense.”

These are the characteristics that prompted the Warriors to put a red-letter “B” next to Bell’s name on their draft board -- even though his offensive skills are unrefined.

“We love his ability to defend,” Myers said. “He could probably defend most positions, and in the NBA that’s huge. To be able to switch pick-and-rolls, rebound, block shots, finish, there are a lot of boxes he checks.

“ . . . We just like the way he plays basketball. We’ll find a place for him.”

The Warriors also are closing in on a deal for one of Bell’s Oregon teammates. Forward Chris Boucher is expected to sign a two-way contract with the team.

“That’s something we’re trying to move toward,” Myers said of Boucher, who is rehabilitating an ACL surgery.

“But we like players that win. We like players that can play. I don’t care what school they are or what their background is, or what position. Winners. That’s what we’re trying to do, is win. If we end up getting that done, that’s another player that was on a very good team.”

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

The Warriors bought Oregon's Jordan Bell in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. And, they reportedly agreed with another Duck.

Golden State is signing Oregon forward Chris Boucher to a two-way NBA contract after the senior went undrafted, according to Shams Charina of The Vertical.

Boucher, at 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds, averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31 games for Oregon this past season. He also averaged 2.5 blocks per game and shot 35 percent from beyond the arc. 

Boucher suffered a torn ACL in the Pac-12 semifinals against Cal. 

NBA rosters will grow to 17 players with two-way contracts between the G-League and players will make a guarantee of at least $75,000. Players who sign two-ways contracts can make up to $275,000 depending on how long they are on an NBA roster.