OAKLAND Big night for Warriors rookie KlayThompson.Hell start out defending Kobe Bryant Tuesday night when theLakers come to Oracle Arena to play Golden State.Youve got to compete, said Thompson, when asked how heapproaches that challenge. Hes going to get his shots and his points. Youjust have to make it tough on him. Its not just my job, were going to have todo it collectively. Thats for all the Lakers players their big men, Kobe,(Ramon) Sessions."With Kobe, youve got to get into him and compete. If youback down hes going to feel that and hes going to go right at you.Bryant is averaging 28.3 points per game, which leads theNBA. He also could have added motivation after coach Mike Brown kept him out ofa chunk of crunch time during Sundays game against the MemphisGrizzlies.Mostly, its about going out there and playing withpassion, said Thompson, who is averaging 18 points and 3.2 assists in 10starts this season. Thats what it mostly comes down to. Its going to be achallenge, starting and playing 30-35-40 minutes. Im looking forward to it,though. Hes the leading scorer in the league and thats what you play in theNBA for.
After four years in Oakland, Harrison Barnes was forced to leave town when the Warriors signed Kevin Durant last summer.
Barnes just finished the first year of a four-year, $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
So, does the former first-round pick miss his old home?
"I like living in Dallas but will always have love for Oakland!!" Barnes said in response to a question on Twitter on Sunday.
Barnes also picked his favorite restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco.
"Belly in Oakland or Amber in SF," Barnes wrote.
I like living in dallas but will always have love for Oakland!! https://t.co/K4cqTMPsbu— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) August 20, 2017
Belly in Oakland or amber in sf https://t.co/4cfiVkJ4oP— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) August 20, 2017
For the third straight summer, Steve Kerr has had a shortened offseason to work with.
While he is working on things for the 2017-18 season, he's not trying to cram as much work into a short period of time. He's taking time to relax and enjoy the summer.
In an interview with The Chronicle's Scott Ostler on Saturday, Kerr pulled back the curtain on how's spending the time before training camp starts.
“I’m on the phone, talking to Bob Myers, talking to our coaches and to different people. Writing down thoughts, putting together plans for our coaching retreat. It might be just something that pops into my head, where I just stop and write something down. But I’m not Jon Gruden, I’m not waking up at five in the morning and going to the film room,” Kerr said.
What could Kerr and Myers possibly talk about every single day?
“We talk about players, talk about roles. We talked a lot about Nick Young and [Omri] Casspi before we signed those guys. Talked a lot about our center position. Bob and I talk every day, kind of the first thing in the morning we check in with each other, usually talk for a half hour. We’re really close. He just got back from a great vacation, in Italy,” Kerr said.
Kerr and the defending champion Warriors get back on the court Sept. 30 in a preseason tilt against the Nuggets in Oakland. Then they head to China to play the Timberwolves twice before returning to face the Kings at home on Oct. 13. Four days later, they raise a banner, get their rings and tip-off the regular season against the Rockets.