Jackson, Warriors need Wright to recommit on defense

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Jackson, Warriors need Wright to recommit on defense

OAKLAND -- Last offseason, the Warriors signed Dorell Wrightwith the idea being hed be a very good perimeter defender. Maybe not an elitedefender or a lock-down one, but a pretty darn good one. After all, that washis strength in Miami, where hed spent the first six years of hiscareer.But Wright was a worse defender for the Warriors in his oneseason than he ever was playing in Miami. And if coach Mark Jackson and theWarriors hope to make good on their promise to actually defend, then Wright isgoing to have to be at the forefront on that.And he sure wasnt last season.You know, I definitely slacked a little bit as far as mytechniques, Wright said of his defensive slippage. I was allowed to gamble alittle more. Thats why my steals were up. I was able to get into the passinglane.Were going to be a lot more disciplined. That was the teamwe had with me and Monta (Ellis) on the wings. We were able to read plays. Butsometimes that gets you hurt.Jacksons intention is to make the Warriors morefundamentally sound on defense, but that will require players to improve significantlyon their individual defense. Certainly in the effort department.Predictably, the Warriors have spent the majority of theirsix or so hours of practice working on that end of the floor.Defense has been the bulk of our teaching so far, Jacksonsaid. Today we put in a couple of our sets. The guys understood it, we wentthrough it. Mostly defensively because I believe defensively is where weregoing to make the biggest improvement, the biggest jump. And were going to bedisciplined on both sides of the ball. But I would say 90 percent (of our time)has been defense.The real issue, of course, isnt the amount of time Jacksonand the Warriors spend on defense, its whether he can get the entire team tobuy in.This team certainly has a history, Jackson said. You win36 games I think youre well aware its time to change things.

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

OAKLAND -- The hoops historian Draymond Green has a message for those with short memories and cynical outlooks.

The NBA is never better than when The Finals have legendary potential, as is the case with the Warriors and Cavaliers, who next week become the first teams to meet three consecutive seasons to determine a champion.

“It’s a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief,” Green said Friday after Warriors practice.

Warriors-Cavs Part III is, in fact, a fantastic boon for the league. Interest will peak. Ratings will soar. Storylines will cascade down every mountain, knoll and molehill.

“Right now, you’re witnessing greatness -- two great teams, great players,” Green said. “That’s what it is. It probably won’t be appreciated until it’s over. Say we meet again next year? It still won’t be appreciated -- until we don’t meet again and you realize what you had.”

What fans have is history made, with more in the making.

The Warriors enter The Finals after an unprecedented 12-0 start to the playoffs, becoming the first team to complete three four-game sweeps in a single postseason.

Another sweep, and it’s not inconceivable, would make these Warriors the first team in NBA history with a perfect postseason -- give them the distinction of having the best postseason in American sports history.

The Cavaliers enter The Finals after a 12-1 start and, moreover, with the reheated debate over whether LeBron James has a body of work that equals or surpasses that of Michael Jordan. James is one game removed from surpassing Jordan to become No. 1 on the all-time list for playoff scoring and will make his seventh consecutive appearance in The Finals, something Jordan never did.

Though a Cleveland victory would bolster any argument in James’ favor, a Cleveland loss might be enough to close the case in Jordan’s favor insofar as his Bulls reached six NBA Finals and won them all.

Warriors-Cavaliers has the potential to go beyond what most believe to be the most epic of postseason rivals, that being the Magic Johnson and the Lakers versus Larry Bird and the Celtics. They met only three times (1984, ’85 and ’87) but the NBA went a full 10 seasons with one team or the other in The Finals.

Being a student of the game, Green quite likely knows that -- as well as having a complete understanding of the possibilities ahead.

Even if he suspects others may not.

“But you usually don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it any more,” he said. “Maybe there’s just a lack of appreciation for greatness. When you look at the situation, most people have never reached greatness. So, maybe there’s just not an understanding of what you’re watching.

“I appreciate it. I’m happy we’ve been able to steam-roll people, and I love the fact that they’ve been able to steam-roll people. I just love great things. And I think right now we’ve found two great teams.”

Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

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Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

Steph Curry has earned the nickname "Chef Curry" but his wife Ayesha is the real cook of the family.

Ayesha has paved her own path as a successful cook and was brought to BottleRock in Napa for a demonstration. As Steph and rapper E-40 joined her on stage, Ayesha took one of out of E-40's book and did her own remix of Drake's "Energy." 

In this version, Ayesha rapped about what she knows best -- recipes. 

All hyped up, Ayesha dropped the mic to the delight of Steph and E-40 himself.