Mark Jackson talks Tyler, 'motor,' and doghouse

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Mark Jackson talks Tyler, 'motor,' and doghouse

OAKLAND Heres what Warriors coach Mark Jacksonsaid on Saturday afternoon, after the team finished up practice. The Warriorsare coming off a 120-109 loss to Oklahoma City at Oracle, which makes them 1-3on their current six-game homestand.
RECAP: Warriors fade late, fall to Thunder
The Warriors (6-12) play the Sacramento Kings onTuesday.Jackson touched on a variety of subjects, including JeremyTyler and the big-man situation, getting players to have more of a motor andwhether or not he has adoghouse.Heres what Jackson said

On Jeremy Tyler:Hes worked extremely hard and hes put himself in aposition to get minutes, and hes played well during those spurts. Its good tosee his energy, his effort. Hes going to make mistakes but hes a guy who putsthe time in and has improved since Day 1, and we feel comfortable putting himon the floor.I dont care who you are if you play hard and you compete Ican live with mistakes. Everybodys going to make mistakes. Certainly Ive madea bunch as a player and coach. Bottom line, if you give energy and effort, goodthings are going to happen.Certainly, if you look at our second unit, mistakes weremade but they battled and they kept us in the ballgame and I couldnt be morepleased.On Tylers playing time coming at the expense ofAndris Biedrins: Youve got tolook at the situation. Dre (Biedrins) is the best post defender but last nightwe were not playing against a team that has a post scorer. So theres no needhaving him on the floor against Kendrick Perkins.So you look at matchups and you make the right call. Wewanted to get offense on the floor and versatility also, so we went small attimes. So it was nothing against Dre.On whether after watching film he was still as downon his big men:I wouldnt say I was down on the bigs not just the bigs.I was down on our motor, the way we got after it. It was incredible that withfive minutes to go we were down, Ibelieve by three (Warriors were down six with six minutes). We weremaking shots, but they were playing at a different level and when they seemedto have turned it on they gained separation and thats the disappointing part. Theywere in attack mode. They were the aggressor all night long and thats not whowe are.On a talent gap between the teams:Certainly they have a superstar in Kevin Durant and a starin Westbrook and a legitimate, big-time talent in James Harden. But I look atour team and we have our own talent level.We turned over the basketball. We gave the best basketballteam in the league 19 extra possessions. We also allowed them to dominate on theoffensive boards.Serge Ibaka was the best big man on the floor, eightoffensive rebounds, so we did a lot to hurt ourselves. When you think aboutthat, its not about talent. Theyre a veteran team that knows how to play andknows how to finish ballgames and they didnt panic.On whether hed like to see the first team play hashard as the second unit: I want to have 12 guys with a motor. I dont think itsfair (to compare the effort of first team against second) because we mix andmatch. But I want to have at all times a winning motor, intense basketball.Thats where folks dont want to play against you. Thats where people bow out.And thats where weve got to get to.On whether theyve ever had it: I think weve had it. Were a hard-working team, were adefensive-minded team. We compete. But theres a difference between doing itsometimes and doing it all the time. The best teams in the league dont have ashut-off valve. Its got to be a full-time thing for us.On whether or not Udoh is in his doghouse:I dont have a doghouse. The other night he playedincredible and he played. Last night he didnt play as well and he didnt. Imay have a doghouse, but the dogs go in and out at their leisure There is aswinging door.On whether he still believes the Warriors will makethe playoffs: Absolutely. We have everything we need to put together agreat run and a stretch of winning basketball. I still believe that. Noquestion about it."

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.