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Jackson: 'We've done absolutely nothing'

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Jackson: 'We've done absolutely nothing'

OAKLAND – Mark Jackson has no problem with his players being proud of a franchise-best 6-1 road trip. But he also wants the members of his team (and everyone else) to know that now is not the time to rest on laurels.

After returning to the Warriors’ practice facility following wins in Detroit, Brooklyn, Washington, Charlotte, Miami, and Atlanta, Jackson praised his players’ ability to keep their brief glimpse of success in perspective.

“You notice the confidence level rising; you know there’s a sense of accomplishment,” Jackson said Monday in Oakland. “But it’s also a group that understands we’ve done nothing. That’s what I love about this group. They understand that we’ve done absolutely nothing. So we’re going to continue to work our tails off and continue to do the things that we’ve been doing to put us in position.”

So when will Jackson acknowledge that the Warriors have done something?

“When it’s all said and done and we’ve maximized who we are as a basketball team, individually and collectively. When it’s all said and done, like I’ve said from Day 1, and our tank is glaring an orange light revealing that we are on empty, that’s when we can take a deep breath and say well done.”

While Jackson won’t say ‘well done’ for the Warriors’ surprising start to the season, he was impressed with Monday’s practice.

“They looked good,” Jackson said. “I got a group of guys that embrace coming in the gym and putting their work in. We got a good crisp workout in and will get ready for tomorrow. Thought it was high energy and intense and quick.”

Jackson hopes the hard work will carry over into Tuesday night’s matchup with the New Orleans Hornets, who arrive in Oakland with a seven-game losing streak in tow. Despite the Hornets’ struggles, Jackson knows not to take any opponent lightly.

“The thing that’s important for us to realize is we have to do the things that we preach every single day to put us in position to win,” Jackson said. “And if we don’t, we can be beaten. We don’t have the luxury to just show up and win ballgames. That being said, the elite teams lose to the Orlando Magic. The elite teams have lost to the Hornets; they’re good enough. So it will be a challenge for us. They present certain challenges individually and collectively. They’re well coached and they work hard.”

David Lee, honored with the Western Conference Player of the Week award Monday, isn’t looking past the Hornets either.

“We’ve proven that we can go do it on the road and we need to continue our success,” Lee said after practice. “Typically we’ve been a good home team and we have a couple teams coming here that have records that aren’t as good as ours. As San Antonio was talking about the other night, the key to being a playoff team is beating the teams you’re supposed to beat.”

Both Lee and Jackson expressed excitement about playing in front of the home crowd at Oracle Arena for the first time since Dec. 3.

Lee did so first on Twitter after Saturday’s 115-93 win over the Hawks capped the historic seven-game swing.

Great team win to cap a 6-1 road trip! We can't wait to get back to Oracle Arena on Tuesday and finally play a home game! #GSW #Webelong

— David Lee (@Dlee042) December 16, 2012

“We’re really excited, as I said on Twitter, to get back in front of the Oracle crowd,” Lee said. “They’re going to give us a great boost tomorrow night.”

“We have the best fans,” Jackson said. “They’ve been incredibly supportive, even when this team – from a fan’s standpoint – didn’t deserve to be supported. They’ve been there through thick and thin. I look forward to a packed place and an enthusiastic place.”

Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout

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Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout

It appears that the Dwyane Wade era in Chicago won't last much longer.

The 2006 NBA Finals MVP and the Bulls are expected to reach terms on a buyout agreement within the next few months, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

In July 2016, Wade signed a two-year deal worth $47 million -- with a $23.8 million player option in Year 2.

In late June, he exercised the option.

If a buyout happens, Wade would become a free agent.

He is very close with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony reportedly wants to be traded to Houston.

The Warriors open the season against the Rockets on Oct. 17.

Wade's status will be a story worth watching.

The 12-time All-Star will turn 36 years old in January.

Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron

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Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron

Kevin Durant was recently playing some pickup ball with LeBron James (see video below).

And on Wednesday afternoon, he reacted to a fan's opinion on what the Cavs should do with LeBron.

LeBron took his talents to South Beach in July 2010, and the Cavs landed the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 (Kyrie Irving), 2013 (Anthony Bennett) and 2014 (Andrew Wiggins).

Durant should have also mentioned that LeBron has a no-trade clause and that Dan Gilbert can't trade LeBron even if he wants to.

[RELATED: The report about LeBron's future with Cavs is reportedly '100 percent false']

Also, why would LeBron waive his no-trade clause and agree to be shipped to a team that is going to have to relinquish many assets just to get LeBron?

He can simply play this season out and then determine his future next summer.

The only question that needs to be answered at this point is: Will the Cavs actually trade Kyrie Irving or will they hold out and hope for a reconciliation?

Enjoy the video...

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