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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 107, Suns 92

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 107, Suns 92

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OAKLAND The Warriors completed their preseason on Tuesday night, but there remain unknowns about what will happen when the team starts to play for real.With their 107-92 victory over the Suns at Oracle, the Warriors finished the preseason with a 6-2 record. Those are nice numbers, but who knows what they mean?The Warriors are still a very difficult team to gauge because they played all of the preseason without Andrew Bogut and some of it without point guard Stephen Curry.And the two questions that were asked before the start of training camp are still being asked: When will Bogut play and can Curry stay healthy?We still dont know the answers to those questions.What we do know, however, is coach Mark Jackson will rely heavily on David Lee and Klay Thompson just like he did during all of the preseason.Lee had 16 points and five rebounds, and Thompson finished with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists against the Suns. Neither of those players logged as many minutes as they have been averaging in the preseason, but then again, the Warriors open the regular season against the Suns on Oct. 31. No sense in letting them in on all things Warriors.If theres one thing the Warriors figure to rely on this season, its their depth. On Tuesday, the Warriors got contributions from Carl Landry (13 points), Harrison Barnes (16 points) and Jarrett Jack (13 points, nine assists).Now, you throw in a healthy Curry and Bogut, and the Warriors very well might have something. Without those two players, who really knows what you have?For the win: The Warriors 6-2 record would match their highest number of wins in a preseason since they went 6-1 in 2006. Warriors coach Mark Jackson made it clear from Day 1 of training camp that he was going to try to win as many games as possible because he believed it was important for changing the culture.The real test is whether the Warriors can string wins together in the regular season, of course.No Bogut: The goal for center Andrew Bogut was to play a preseason game or two and then be ready to go by the regular-season opener on Oct. 31 against Phoenix.Well, scrap the preseason game or two now well see about the opener.Bogut, who fractured his left ankle in January and only played 12 games last season, is still not 100 percent, according to Jackson. And for now, the Warriors will move forward without him.My mindset is to prepare this team and let the chips fall where they may, Jackson said. I really like how hard he has been working. Were listening to the doctors, were listening to the training staff and were listening to his body as well.The important thing now is to understand that we need him for the long haul and we dont want him on the floor until hes 100 percent. To his credit, its not because hes not working.

New Clippers advisor Jerry West: 'I did not want to leave' Warriors

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New Clippers advisor Jerry West: 'I did not want to leave' Warriors

After six years as an Executive Board member for the Warriors, Jerry West unexpectedly departed in June. He took an advisory role with the division rival Clippers.

It was a curious move for the 79-year-old. Leave the defending champs for a team in turmoil?

On Monday, the former Lakers legend and Hall of Famer talked about his move south an interview with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami.

"Frankly it was very sad, OK? It really was. A place where I thought that if I was going to work another year or if somebody wanted me to work another year, I thought I could contribute; I did not want to leave. I did not want to leave. I was very happy there.

But those things happen sometimes. Obviously to be around a bunch of players that were as together as any I’ve seen and I think more importantly the talent that was on that team and to see the joy. There’s a lot of joy there. I think those are the kind of environments where people really prosper."

West then explains why he's not with the Warriors anymore.

"It was time for me to leave. I’m in Los Angeles again. For me, I’ll have a chance to go in the office a little bit and watch some of the people that have been hired, to watch our coaches coach. I’ve often said I’ve done some crazy things in my life because of the timing and maybe the timing was right."

West won one NBA title as a player and has eight as an executive, including two with the Warriors.

The Clippers, along with West, get their first look at the defending champion Warriors on Monday, Oct. 30 in Los Angeles.

Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

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Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

It's been a pretty good run for the Warriors over the last three seasons:

- 2014-15 = 67-15, NBA champions
- 2015-16 = 73-9, NBA runner-up
- 2016-17 = 67-15, NBA champions

And Steve Kerr is on record saying that his team will be even better in 2017-18.

The Warriors' head coach recently sat down with Scott Ostler of The San Francisco Chronicle and explained why he isn't concerned about the upcoming campaign.

“Ultimately, we’re in a great spot. Our guys are happy, they’re doing their thing. There’s no need for much drama. The most impressive thing with our guys is, people talk about Pat Riley’s book and what he calls ‘the disease of me,’ where you win a championship and all of a sudden, everyone wants a bigger role, more money, whatever.

“I think that is sort of human nature, to want more. But our guys I think, have a genuine awareness that they’re getting all that through winning. More is coming their way individually as a result of the team’s success.

"It takes a really mature perspective to feel that way.”

Nothing exemplifies Kerr's thoughts more than Kevin Durant's financial sacrifice.

[REWIND: Myers: 'Unequivocally' there is no Iguodala or Livingston without Durant]

He could have earned about $34.7 million yet agreed to a $25 million salary for next season to help the Warriors retain Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Golden State replaced Ian Clark, James Michael McAdoo and Matt Barnes with Nick Young, Omri Casspi and Jordan Bell.

Otherwise, everybody else is back.

"We have a lot of momentum, and our guys have a comfort level, and obviously, we’re loaded with talent," Kerr told The Chronicle. "It’s fun to think about the season, think about where we can get better, players we can add. That’s what I spend a lot of my time down here doing, just thinking about what’s next for us.

“But I don’t worry at all about us being successful; I don’t worry about anybody’s ego getting in the way.”

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