Warriors' Thompson sets sophomore season goal


Warriors' Thompson sets sophomore season goal

OAKLAND -- For a rookie, Klay Thompson got up a lot of shotslast season. Heck, for a veteran Thompson got up a lot of shots.Thompson found himself the recipient of plenty of playingtime and plenty of offensive freedom after the Warriors traded Monta Ellis lastseason to the Milwaukee Bucks.Thompson became the teams starting shooting guard, but evenmore important, he was the starting shooting guard on a team that had been hithard by injuries.So he got to take plenty of shots. Question is will he getas many if everybodys healthy?Warriors coach Mark Jackson thinks he just might.There are certain guys that just get their looks, Jacksonsaid after Thursdays practice. You cant explain it. There are certain guysthat if you just put them out there on the floor and dont run anything forthem theyre still going to get their shot attempts. And there are certain guysthat if you run stuff for them, theyre not going to get their shotattempts.Hes a traditional shooting guard, a knock-down shooter.That ball is going to find him and hes going to be in position where hesgoing to get his shots.Thompson averaged 11 shots per game last season in just24-plus minutes per game. But after Ellis was traded, Thompsons playing timewent up and so did his attempts.Thompson took 20 or more shots seven times in the last fiveweeks of the season, and only in one of those games did he make more than halfof those attempts.Thompson shot 44.3 percent from the field and 41.4 percentfrom 3-point range.But he believes he can be more efficient this season, andthats what hes looking to do most.I definitely see my role changing, Thompson said. Imworking with (the starting unit). I should have a lot more responsibility on myshoulders, which I welcome. I just love my role now and I cant wait to startplaying games and seeing what I can do.Hopefully with my work over the summer, I can be moreefficient. I think Im going to get more open looks because we have more postplayers now and there are so many perimeter scorers.NOTES: Warriors center Andrew Bogut hasbeen increasing his workload, and on Thursday he did a lot of running and drillwork after practice. Bogut is still hoping to play on opening night. RookieDraymond Green was held out of practice again because of left kneeinflammation. Jackson said hes not close to deciding who will win the smallforward job, but its going to go to the player that makes the team better. The Warriors first preseason game is on Sunday against the L.A. Lakers inFresno. ... The Warriors had double sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday and a single practice on Thursday. Jackson is giving the team a day off on Friday.

John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension


John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension

The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.

Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.

Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.

The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.

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Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'


Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.

Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:

[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]

A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:

On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."

In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.

The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.

Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.

Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...

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