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Warriors expand camp roster with four free agent signings

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Warriors expand camp roster with four free agent signings

The Golden State Warriors added to their training cam roster today, signing free agents Carlon Brown, guardforward Lance Goulbourne, forward Rick Jackson and guardforward Tarence Kinsey.

Brown, 22, spent three years at the University of Utah (2007-10) before transferring to the University of Colorado for his senior season, where he averaged 12.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 28.5 minutes in 36 games and earned All-Pac 12 Second Team honors, helping lead the Buffaloes to their first NCAA Tournament berth in nine years.

23-year-old Goulbourne enjoyed a four-year career at Vanderbilt (2008-12), where he played alongside Warriors first-round draft-pick Festus Ezeli. The 68 guardforward posted career averages of 6.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 20.7 minutes in 122 career games (56 starts), leading the team in rebounds as both a junior and senior. In 2011-12, Goulbourne started 35 of the Commodores 36 games, averaging a career-high 8.7 points to go with 6.9 rebounds.

Jackson, 23, played professionally last season in France with Chorale Roanne Basket after a four-year collegiate career at Syracuse (2007-11). With Roanne, the 69 forward averaged 9.0 points (.581 FG), 5.5 rebounds and 17.3 minutes in 21 games. At Syracuse, Jackson tallied 8.7 points (.591 FG), 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.8 blocks in 143 career games, including a senior campaign that saw him lead the conference in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage en route to Big East Defensive Player of the Year and All-Big East Second Team accolades.

28-year old Kinsey spent the 2011-12 season in Turkey with Anadolu Efes, where he averaged 8.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 21.8 minutes in 28 games after two separate stints with Turkeys Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (2008, 2009-11). Prior to playing overseas, the 66 swingman spent three seasons in the NBA, compiling career averages of 4.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 12.3 minutes in 109 games (15 starts) over three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies (2006-08) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2008-09). In his 15 career starts, Kinsey holds averages of 16.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.13 steals.

Golden State Warriors Media Services contributed to this report

Warriors go back to basics early in camp, work on 'a big thing for us this year'

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Warriors go back to basics early in camp, work on 'a big thing for us this year'

OAKLAND -- No matter the place in the standings or the collection of accolades or the number of representatives in the All-Star game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr never stops chasing perfection.

Sometimes it’s major issues, other times minor details. But it’s always something.

Three days into training camp, one such area of concern is passes. Whether its bounce passes, chest passes, skip passes, outlet passes, fancy passes or lobs, Kerr has his team working on accuracy.

“We’re doing drills, some basic passing drills and harping on the accuracy of passes as we go through practice,” Kerr said Monday after practice. “No matter what we’re doing, there’s passing involved. So we’re talking about that accuracy constantly and showing some film. It’s a big thing for us this year.”

So . . . Kerr wants the team that led the NBA in assists, as well as assist-to-turnover ratio, to be more precise with its dimes.

So . . . Kerr wants the team that led the league in field-goal percentage to make it easier to connect on a higher percentage of shots.

“We’ve got such great shooters and we move the ball so well that if we can pinpoint our passes better I really believe our percentages as a team and an individual will go up,” Klay Thompson said.

Much of the focus is about passing the ball into the “shooting pocket” of each specific player, especially if he excels at the catch-and-shoot aspect of offense.

“It’s definitely something that I know I need to get better at,” said Draymond Green, who last season led the team in assists.

“It definitely helps, and we’ll get better at it this year,” said Thompson, a fabulous catch-and-shoot player.

“Some would say Coach might be nitpicking. But he expects perfection. And we want to be champs again. You’ve got to be near perfect to be champions.”

The reigning NBA champs have, in this area, gone back to basics. From former MVPs Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant to the guys at the end of the bench, they’re doing elementary passing drills.

By all accounts, the players have been receptive to honing this element.

“With the shooters we have, if you deliver the ball on time and on target, it keeps them in rhythm,” Green said. “As opposed to you throwing the ball and it hits somebody in the ankles, it may take them out of rhythm a little bit. And it could be the difference in the game.”

For Draymond Green, protests can't be short-lived: 'We're screwed' if they end soon

For Draymond Green, protests can't be short-lived: 'We're screwed' if they end soon

OAKLAND -- Easing into a seat for an interview a half hour after the Warriors finished practice Monday, Draymond Green responded to the first six questions at decibels barely above a whisper.

There was candor on basketball matters, because there always is with Green, but the power forward’s tone was relatively relaxed.

Not until the next several questions, all related to America’s polarizing sociopolitical climate, did Green’s heart and mind lock into rhythm. Asked if he believes the current wave of protests against inequality will go away soon, his voice picked up volume and conviction.

“I hope not,” Green said. “If it goes away, then we still have a problem. So I hope it’s not going away in a few weeks. Then we’ve missed the message again.

“So, no, I don’t think it’ll be gone away in a few weeks. And I pray that it’s not, because it’s not a problem that can be fixed in a few weeks. So, no, it shouldn’t be gone in a few weeks.”

Green acknowledged that he did not see the demonstrations that were spread across the NFL landscape on Sunday. He was, he said, out shopping and enjoying the day with his children.

He was aware that some teams stayed in the locker room during the anthem, that others knelt on the sidelines and that some linked arms. Being aware was not enough for Green to feel comfortable addressing that aspect.

But he’s very familiar with the subject matter.

“You just have to stand for what you believe in,” Green said during an answer than lasted more than two full minutes. “What everyone else may believe in, you may not believe in.”

Articulating the difference between the life of the athlete and that of a soldier, Green explaining that he has the “utmost respect” for those in the military.

“I just hope that there can be an understanding that this isn’t against the military,” he said. “It’s not to disrespect anything they do. Because I think everyone respects what they do . . . I appreciate everything they do.”

It was evident, however, that Green is on the same page as those pushing for the progress that would make America great, allowing the country to live up to its pledges stated in the constitution and elsewhere.

That’s why he hopes this activism is not a trend but a movement.

“I’m not saying kneeling shouldn’t be gone,” Green said. “But this conversation, trying to make these changes, absolutely not. If it’s gone in a few weeks, we’re screwed.”