Warriors coach Mark Jackson met with the media on Wednesdayin advance of training camp, which begins on Tuesday. Jackson addressed avariety of subjects.Here is some of what Jackson said:On feeling more pressure this year to win:Jackson: For me, whatever I do theres pressure.Theres always pressure on myself to be better and to be efficient. So I dont Pressure is my mindset. I dont care who Im coaching, the pressure is alwaysgoing to be to win. Certainly we have a better basketball team. I dont runfrom it; I embrace it.On who will start at small forward: HarrisonBarnes, Brandon Rush or Richard Jefferson:Jackson: I really dont know. Ultimately, I thinkyou roll the ball out there. You let those guys decide who starts. At the endof the day, its important it doesnt mean whos the best player, its whatmakes us better as a team. Ill make that decision going forward and watchingthem as a unit. But right now I dont have an answer for you who my startingsmall forward is.On whether the Warriors can still be a running teamwith David Lee at power forward and Andrew Bogut at center:Jackson: I would argue that David Lee is a greatrunner. I would say we have a great rebounder in (Andrew) Bogut and four guys who canrun above average for their position. I would say were better to run becausewere a better rebounding team. Each guy rebounds their position well.I would say running more and when you have the weapons thatwe have offensively, the best way to attack a defense is when theyre not set.Were not going to be a slow-down offensive team.On Andrew Boguts status:Jackson: Hopefully hes ready Day 1. He makes usa better basketball team. Without him, it hurts us. Having one of the top fivecenters certainly makes us better. Thats really not important (if Bogut isntready for the start of training camp Tuesday). In the big picture, we need himwhen were playing for real. If hes healthy come Tuesday, great. Hesworking out and hes doing all the strength and conditioning with the trainerand coaches as he can. Hes getting closer and closer.On the competition at backup center between AndrisBiedrins and Festus Ezeli:Jackson: We will let that play out in trainingcamp. Im impressed with Festus and what hes done since we drafted him. Hesbeen very good in the summer league, very good in workouts. Hes been here allsummer. He works his tail off and gotten better. Hes made a statement by beinghere. That hasnt gone unnoticed.I would certainly love to have Andrew Bogut in the startingfive but I feel comfortable with what Festus can do. Hell have to earn it, buthes done everything Ive asked him to do and he wants it. I dont have toguess whether hes committed to this thing, whether he buys in or whether hessaving some chips. Hes all in. Its good to see because thats what you buildwinning teams around guys that have that attitude.On whether hell be more creative with this yearsteam than he was with last years team:Jackson: I think when you look on the floor, theweapons we have, you dont really have to be creative. Those guys can score. Ifyou look at the great coaches or the great teams, theres nothing creativeabout throwing the ball to Michael Jordan on the foul line or Kobe on the wing Thats not creative. Thats just some bad boys getting it done when it mattersmost.It puts us in a better position because we certainly haveweapons and weve added depth. Now, coming off the bench, theres nodrop-off.We have guys at every position now that on any given nightcan outplay the best in the world. If Klay Thompson gets 25 points on Im notgoing to name anybody its not a shock. If Stephen Curry outplays the bestpoint guard in the world, its not a shock. Same thing with our center, powerforward and whoever our small forward is going to be. We can play with the bestin the world at every position.
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.”
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.