Stephen Jackson: 'I just want to play, man'

703408.jpg

Stephen Jackson: 'I just want to play, man'

Warriors forward Stephen Jackson is on his way to the BayArea and hes ridiculously excited to be doing so. Which is kind of strangeconsidering the way he left here a few years back forcing his way out notlong after getting a three-year contract extension.I love the Bay Area, Jackson said from Minneapolis, wherehe was waiting on a connecting flight to San Francisco. Ive been talking toAndrew (Bogut) and we didnt get to play together much in Milwaukee. But with anew coach, a new organization thats different, Im looking forward toit.Jackson got into coach Scott Skiles doghouse in Milwaukee,and Skiles doghouses are tough to get out of. Jackson never really did, andthe Bucks were more than happy to part ways with him.
Its not like I was being a jerk in Milwaukee, Jacksonsaid. I was coming to practice, first one in the gym and the last one toleave. I was supporting the team. I respected every decision Scott Skiles madebecause I knew I wanted to play again, Knew I was going to playagain.But who would have thought it would be for the Warriors?Jackson, of course, was a key member of the 2006-07 We Believe playoff team.After that, he started talking contract extension and eventually got one inNovember of 2008: a three-year 27 million extension.A year later, he was traded after making a general nuisanceof himself and making it clear he didnt like the direction the Warriors weregoing in. So, how does Jackson think hell be received by the Bay Areafans?I think it will be mixed emotions from the fans, Jacksonsaid. But you know, Ive never been anywhere where everyone has loved meanyway. But Oaklands got loyal fans and once I start playing and we win somegames, I think theyll support me.Jackson said he watched Wednesday nights Warriors-Celticsgame and liked what he saw. When told that the trade of Monta Ellis for Bogutlikely signified the Warriors were giving up on the playoffs, he wasnt havingit.STEINMETZ: With Bogut a Warrior, Curry's role should change
They can say we wont make the playoffs all they want,Jackson said. Im trying to make a push there. What are they? Two or threegames out? Theyve got some good young guys. I like (rookie Klay) Thompsonsgame and if David Lee keeps playing like he is, we can make a push.I know its a different situation from last time (WeBelieve: 2006-07), but they said we couldnt do it then, either, and we did it.Same thing. It only takes a game or two to put together a winningstreak.Of course, one of the issues in Milwaukee was that Jacksondemanded a contract extension (hes signed through 2012-13) and didnt get one.So, is his contract situation going to be an issue for him with GoldenState?Im going to play this year out, Jackson said. If theywant me for the future, we can talk about an extension this summer. If theydont, we can part ways and then maybe I go to a contender. But I just want toplay. And I can play. I hate that I have to prove again that I can play, but Iknow what I can do. When the situation comes this summer, well figure itout.Jackson said hell wear No. 7, and he hopes to be in uniformfor Fridays game against the Bucks, of all teams.Ill wear Lucky No. 7, Jackson said. See if its lucky forme Its a different situation now than it was back with Baron and that team,but Im willing to play my role and do whatever is asked.You know me, Im the ultimate team player. I know itsStephs (Curry) team and Im willing to do what they want. I just want to play,man.

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.”

Warriors forward Matt Barnes 'trying to kill' the Kings

Warriors forward Matt Barnes 'trying to kill' the Kings

The Kings waived Matt Barnes during the All-Star break.

Less than two weeks later, he signed with the Warriors.

On Friday, Barnes will square off against Sacramento at Oracle Arena.

"I'm trying to kill 'em," he told the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau on Thursday. "Simple."

In 54 games (13 starts) with the Kings this season, Barnes averaged 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting just under 33 percent from deep.

His final game in a Sacramento uniform came against the Warriors on Feb. 15. He registered 15 points and 14 rebounds.

"Things didn't go well there," Barnes added. "They're the enemy now."