Seven who might be available at No. 7


Seven who might be available at No. 7

Now that the Warriors get to keep the No. 7 pick in the NBAdraft in June, what should they do with it? General manager Bob Myers said theWarriors have some options now and the certainly do.But they also have needs. Here is a look at seven players whocould be available when the Warriors pick at No. 7:Harrison Barnes, North Carolina, small forward:Sentiment seems to be growing that Barnes isnt much of a differencemaker. He can catch and shoot but there are concerns about his ability tohandle the ball, which is an issue for a perimeter player.Nobody is saying Barnes cant or wont turn into a nicerotation player or perhaps even a starter down the line on certain teams. Butnobody out there seems to believe hes a lock to be an All-Star type player.In addition, the Warriors have two small forwards undercontract Richard Jefferson and Dorell Wright and they probably have someinterest in bringing back Brandon Rush andor Dominic McGuire.Andre Drummond, Connecticut, center: Many project Drummond to be gone by the time the Warriors pick at No. 7, but ifhe isnt theyd have to consider him.Drummond is an athletic center with an upside, but he needswork on his skill level and many believe youll have to wait too long for thatupside.Besides, theyre already invested in a young big man, Jeremy Tyler, who has aguarantee next season. And Andrew Bogut and Andris Biedrins are already eatingup more than 20 million in salary at that spot.If you pick Drummond, youve got about 25 million investedin centers come 2012-13.Perry Jones, Baylor, power forward: He is6-foot-11, long and extremely talented. You also cant have a discussion aboutJones without bringing up the fact that there are serious questions about hismotivation.He had a disappointing sophomore season, but there is nodoubt Jones is talented. While some might consider him a small forward, itseems doubtful he can play there as a pro.He seems destined to be a power forward. If hes there atNo. 7 when the Warriors pick,theyll have to consider him. But picking Jones is more risky than pickingothers at this spot.Terrence Jones, Kentucky, power forward:The nice thing about Jones is that hes a power forward now, hell bea power forward in the NBA and thats the position he wants to play.There is no doubt Jones is a solid player with a skill setthat translates to the NBA. But one legitimate question with Jones is whetherthe Kentucky program made him look better than he was or whether he couldblossom upon leaving there.Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut, shooting guard:Lamb is projected as a shooting guard, but the question as itpertains to the Warriors would be this: Can he play any three?The Warriors seem to be locked into Klay Thompson atshooting guard, and so theyll need to find out whether Thompson and Lamboverlap. Lamb is long like Thompson but not as good of a shooter.Lamb does have the potential to be a better defender thanThompson, though.Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, center:Sullinger is very skilled, but he lacks athleticism. Hes one of thebest passing big men in the country, but he doesnt have a lot of lift andplays below the rim.There are questions about whether he can play power forwardin the NBA and also whether he is good enough to be a starting center.Worst-case scenario for Sullinger is he winds up being a backup center for mostof his career.Tyler Zeller, North Carolina, center: Itsvirtually impossible to visualize Myers selecting Zeller with the No. 7 pick.Hes just not sexy enough and there are questions about his upside andathleticism.But he very well could me more of a sure thing thanSullinger, and Zeller will certainly be able to function as a center in theNBA.Whether thats as a starter or reserve remains to beseen.

Did Kendrick Lamar take shot at Kevin Durant on latest single?

Did Kendrick Lamar take shot at Kevin Durant on latest single?

Hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar's new album "The Heart Part 4" drops on April 7, but his lyrics are already making waves.

Lamar, who hails from Compton, California, appears to take a shot at Kevin Durant for his decision to leave the Thunder and join the Warriors this past offseason in free agency.

From the single titled "IV":

     Tables turned, lessons learned, my best look
     You jumped sides on me, now you 'bout to meet Westbrook
     Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you
     Just know the next game played, I might slap the s--- out you
     Technical foul, I'm flagrant, I'm foul
     They throwin' me out, you throw in the towel

If the Warriors face the Thunder again this season, it will be in a playoff series. Golden State swept Oklahoma City 4-0 during the regular season, winning 122-96 on Nov. 3, 121-100 on Jan. 18, 130-114 on Feb. 11, and 111-95 on March 20

Their average margin of victory was just under 20.

Warriors guard Livingston begins turnaround after shooting dry spell

Warriors guard Livingston begins turnaround after shooting dry spell

OAKLAND -- Amid the recovery mission that followed the absence of Kevin Durant, as every Warrior eventually pitched in, Shaun Livingston stood virtually alone as someone who wasn’t doing his part.

The Warriors, and Livingston, would like to believe that is about to change.

When Livingston made 3-of-4 shots in a 112-87 rout of the Mavericks on Tuesday night, it was the first time he shot higher than 50 percent on multiple shots since Feb. 28, the day Durant went down with a knee injury.

“You go through slumps,” Livingston said after practice Thursday. “Fortunately for me, I’ve played long enough to know. You keep shooting. Keep pushing forward, good things will happen.”

As the Warriors lost that game at Washington, and four of the next six, Livingston’s usually reliable midrange game disappeared. In the first 10 full games since Durant was sidelined, Livingston shot 18.8 percent (6-of-32).

So his teammates did the heavy lifting. Andre Iguodala excelled as the steady vet. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green dipped and then came hard. Stephen Curry climbed out of his rut and started dancing again. The big men -- Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee and David West -- were titanic. Pat McCaw, Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and James Michael McAdoo filled in the gaps.

They had to, because Livingston the most reliable shooter on the team was nowhere to be found.

“We all want to play the best that we can,” Livingston said. “But the reality is it doesn’t work that way all the time.”

On Tuesday, for the first time this month, Livingston looked like himself. He was the guy who shot 55.6 percent in October, 54.4 percent in November, 57.6 percent in December, 58.9 percent in January and 54.1 percent in February.

“It was good for Shaun to see the ball go in the rim,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s had such a great year shooting the ball, and then the last couple weeks he hit a dry spell. Which is going to happen to everybody.”

The “dry spell” was shocking, because it was Livingston. He’s in the final weeks of his third season with the Warriors, and throughout that time there was only one month in which he shot less that 49 percent (47.5 in March 2015). Signed in July 2014 to be the team’s No. 3 guard and primary backup to Curry, Livingston is shooting 51.9 percent in his Warriors career.

The Warriors would like to think he’s ready, once again, to do his part.

“Last game was good for him, just to make a few and see the ball go in,” Kerr said. “I’m confident he’ll get it going.”