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Apr 30

KNBR conversation: Stephen Jackson

KNBR conversation:

An edited transcript of an interview with former Warrior Stephen Jackson:

Why do the Warriors mean so much to you?

Not all organizations make you feel appreciated for what you’ve done for the organization.

Things ended kinda rocky for me, but most people respected it because I wanted to win, and anytime someone wants to win, that’s respected.

To have a coach like Don Nelson who believed in all of us and gave us all the confidence made it all work in the end.

Q: (Vice President of Communications) Raymond Ridder has invited you, Baron Davis, Jason Richardson and Al Harrington to a second-round game to get a 10-year (anniversary) standing ovation from the crowd.

Are you fired up for that?

With Matt (Barnes) playing right now, we feel a part of that team.

Q: (We) still talk about the volume and intensity in that “We Believe” year, and even to this day, that intensity hasn’t been matched.

Is there anybody in the West that can slow these Warriors down?

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Apr 30

Warriors’ Durant making most of extended time off

Kevin Durant is more than ready for the Western Conference semifinals to begin.

The Warriors reaped many benefits from their first-round sweep of Portland, and none more important than this:

Durant has still spent time in the training room, but he spoke confidently about his physical condition as he peered ahead to Golden State’s next series.

Acting head coach Mike Brown wasn’t sure if Durant will be on a minutes restriction in Game 1 of the West semifinals, but Brown acknowledged the schedule worked out to Durant’s advantage.

Warriors players had two days off after finishing off Portland — Durant attended the Giants-Dodgers game Thursday afternoon.

Ron Kroichick is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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Apr 30

Warriors count on experience to keep them from getting stale

After nearly two decades on the road with NBA teams, he appreciated the chance to reconnect with his oldest son, Elijah, then a standout guard for the Lobos.

[…] a highly touted graduate transfer, Elijah Brown is pleased the Warriors have a seven-day break before hosting Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday night against the Jazz or Clippers.

The extra time affords Mike Brown, Golden State’s acting head coach while Steve Kerr seeks a solution to his chronic pain, more time to advise his son.

“I’ve been pulling a little double duty,” Brown said with a chuckle after practice Saturday.

With Utah and L.A. set to play Game 7 of their first-round series Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, Golden State is free to rest achy muscles, prepare for both potential opponents and, of course, tend to non-NBA responsibilities.

Since the NBA playoffs expanded from 12 to 16 teams in 1984, the Warriors have had only one other break this long between games.

In 2015, in the wake of a seven-day hiatus after sweeping New Orleans in the first round, Golden State beat Memphis in six games on its way to its first NBA title in 40 years.

Last season, Cleveland had eight-day breaks before the conference semifinals and the conference finals.

The extra rest only made the Cavaliers fresher for the NBA Finals.

Facing a Golden State team coming off an emotional seven-game series against Oklahoma City, Cleveland escaped a 3-1 hole to win the championship.

While younger teams might give in to complacency during lengthy breaks from games, Golden State has enough postseason experience to guard against a letdown.

Brown, who had coached 83 NBA playoff games before taking over for Kerr in Game 3 against Portland, also understands how to handle the postseason’s more drawn-out time frame.

Within the past two weeks, to fit into Brown’s hectic schedule, Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Oregon’s Dana Altman met him at the Warriors’ downtown Oakland practice facility.

[…] round

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Apr 30

Warriors eagerly await next opponent

Warriors eagerly await next opponent

Mike Brown watched Game 6 of the Jazz-Clippers series Friday night with pen in hand.

“It was an interesting game,” Brown, the Warriors’ acting head coach, said after practice Saturday.

The Clippers “got production from a lot of guys across the board.”

The Warriors will host Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday, but they don’t yet know whom they’ll face in the series.

[…] after practice Sunday morning, the players will be watching Game 7 between the Jazz and Clippers, which tips off at 12:30 p.m.

Assistant coaches and advance scouts have closely monitored the series, and during workouts the past two days the Warriors have begun preparing for tendencies they can expect from either team.

[…] it won’t be until Monday, during the last practice before the next round, that Golden State will fully transition to game-planning mode.

“I’ve watched every second,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said of Jazz-Clippers.

Try to call out certain plays, tendencies of guys you might be guarding.

Nothing the Warriors are seeing surprises them.

During the regular season, they went 4-0 against L.A. and 2-1 against Utah.

The Clippers are without forward Blake Griffin, who suffered a season-ending toe injury in Game 3, and Jazz center Rudy Gobert has missed time in the first-round series with knee and ankle injuries.

Injury update:

While head coach Steve

Kerr’s return to the sideline is still up in the air, the Warriors’ players are getting healthier.

Forward Matt Barnes, who has been sidelined since April 8 with a sprained right ankle, has been upgraded from questionable to probable for Tuesday’s Game 1.

Guard Shaun Livingston remains questionable with a sprained right index finger, but he is optimistic about being ready for the series opener.

“Not all the way” back yet, Livingston said after practice Saturday.

Forward Kevin Durant, who played just 20 minutes in Game 4 of the first round, is a go for Game 1.

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Who’s next?

A look how the Warriors fared against the Clippers and Jazz this season:

Record

Points scored

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Apr 29

Warriors’ Matt Barnes upgraded to probable for second round

With head coach Steve Kerr’s return to the sideline still up in the air, the Warriors can take solace knowing that their players are getting healthier.

Forward Matt Barnes, who has been sidelined since April 8 with a sprained right ankle, has been upgraded from questionable to probable.

Point guard Shaun Livingston remains questionable with a sprained right finger, but is optimistic about being ready for Game 1 of the second round Tuesday.

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Apr 29

Warriors assistant Bruce Fraser moves up with Steve Kerr out

Over the past two playoff games, Fraser has joined acting head coach Mike Brown, as well as assistants Ron Adams and Jarron Collins, on the front row of the bench.

Because he has long shouldered more responsibility than is normal for a player-development coach, Fraser’s view of the court might really be his most significant change to filling in as one of Golden State’s three top assistants.

When Kerr missed the first 43 games of last season because of problems stemming from back surgery, Fraser joined then-acting head coach Luke Walton in the front row.

Kerr insisted when he returned that Fraser continue to participate in the coaches’ huddle, a privilege typically reserved for the head coach and his three main assistants.

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Apr 29

Steve Kerr’s leadership allows for the team to possibly succeed without him

So how will the Warriors do with coach Steve Kerr sidelined with a painful back ailment for possibly the entire playoffs? Because of the way Kerr has laid the foundation, the Warriors are set up to succeed even if he doesn’t come back. “At the coach’s meetings and his practices, it’s not his voice 80 percent of the time,” Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers said Wednesday on 95.7 The Game’s Afternoon Delight with Greg Papa and Bonta Hill. “It’s a horizontal leadership here, not as vertical as it as some places.” For that reason, handing over the reigns to replacement coach Mike Brown won’t be as much as a

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Apr 29

Warriors acting coach Mike Brown has daunting challenge

In the early 1990s, as a video coordinator for the Denver Nuggets, Mike Brown put together highlight tapes of NBA draft prospects. Wade through video of nine games for each projected first-round pick, stopping and starting at every sequence in which the player in question did something noteworthy. During a visit to the video room one day, Bickerstaff told Brown to never burn bridges because, in a league as fraternal as the NBA, saying the wrong thing can ruin a career. In his 18th year of a coaching career that has included three firings, Brown faces one of his most daunting challenges yet: keeping the Warriors on track for an NBA title while head coach Steve Kerr takes an indefinite hiatus from in-game coaching to seek a solution to his chronic pain. In June 2005, after building a reputation as a relentless worker in assistant-coaching stops with Washington (1997-99), San Antonio (2000-03) and Indiana (2003-05), the then-35-year-old Brown became the league’s second-youngest head coach with the Cavaliers. Thanks largely to the aggressive defense Brown implemented, a Cavaliers team of James and spare parts reached the NBA Finals in Brown’s second season. In the wake of a seven-season playoff drought, the Cavaliers won two-thirds of their games and never did worse than appearing in the Eastern Conference semifinals under Brown. Unable to lead Cleveland to an NBA title, Brown was fired in May 2010, two months before James signed with Miami in free agency. A year later, after a stint coaching his youngest son’s middle school football team, Brown was hired by the Lakers to follow the legendary Phil Jackson. During the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, Brown shepherded the Lakers to a Pacific Division title and a berth in the Western Conference semifinals. After two years away from coaching, Brown, still nursing the injuries of a recent house fire, hobbled on crutches into the lobby of a hotel in downtown Cleveland last June to interview to be Kerr’s lead assistant.

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Apr 28

Which Warriors player has the best pregame style?

“You stress over outfits for days,” Stephen Curry says.

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Apr 28

A look at Warriors’ to-do list before next round

The Warriors secured more than a berth in the Western Conference semifinals when they swept Portland in the first round.

days after its Game 4 victory over the Trail Blazers, Golden State is still waiting to learn which team it’ll face next.

If Utah loses Friday and that first-round series extends to seven games, Golden State will host Game 1 of the conference semifinals Tuesday.

On Sunday, after missing Game 3 in Portland, Kerr announced that he was taking an indefinite hiatus from in-game coaching to seek an answer to his chronic pain.

Nearly two years removed from back surgery that resulted in a spinal fluid leak, he continues to deal with blinding headaches, dizziness and nausea.

Forward Matt Barnes has been sidelined by a sprained right ankle since April 8, and point guard Shaun Livingston missed the last three games of the first round with a sprained right index finger.

[…] it wasn’t long before he suffered his left calf injury that he missed 19 regular-season games with a left knee injury.

The Giants certainly made Durant feel comfortable, as he was seen sitting in a front-row seat next to team president Larry Baer for Thursday afternoon’s game against the Dodgers.

Brown is a former NBA Coach of the Year who was hired as Kerr’s lead assistant in July, in part because he provided an experienced insurance option should Kerr miss games.

In Games 3 and 4 in Portland, after being thrust into the head coaching job, Brown made a slew of sound rotational and tactical decisions.

The lone defeat? A 105-99 home loss to the Jazz on April 10, after Golden State had clinched home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

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Apr 27

Under Armour disappointed with Curry 3 sales

[…] while the 3 played very well on court for Stephen Curry and our athletes, a sluggish signature market … led to softer-than-expected results.

Eager to capitalize on Curry’s burgeoning popularity, Under Armour has raised the price of each of Curry’s signature shoes — from $120 for the Curry One to, ultimately, $140 for the Curry 3.

Part of the problem is that, because of Curry’s history of ankle injuries, the two-time reigning NBA MVP needs to wear a shoe with a higher profile to protect his ankle.

Most consumers wear basketball shoes for fashion, and lower-profile shoes tend to be a better sell.

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Apr 27

4 Warriors nominated for new NBA awards

4 Warriors nominated for new NBA awards

Four Warriors players — Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant — have been nominated among the new categories that will be voted on by fans for the first NBA Awards on TNT.

Beginning Thursday night, fans can vote for Dunk of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Assist of the Year, Game Winner of the Year and Top Performance of the Year by posting # to social media with the name of the award, followed by the first and last name of their pick.

Here is the complete list of award candidates:

Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance, Jr. vs.

Golden State

Houston’s James Harden nets 53-16-17 triple double vs.

Golden State’s Klay Thompson scores 60 in three quarters vs.

Golden State’s Draymond Green to Stephen Curry to Kevin Durant

LA Clippers’ Chris Paul with wraparound pass

The first NBA Awards on TNT will air June 26.

The ceremony, which will be hosted by rapper/entertainer Drake, will include the unveiling of winners of this season’s Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award, Coach of the Year, Executive of the Year and the Sportsmanship Award, among others.

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Email: cletourneau@sfchronicle.com.

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Apr 27

Eye toward Kerr as Warriors prepare for next round

At times during the regular season, Kevin Durant glanced at the Warriors’ bench to see head coach Steve Kerr, grimace on his face, staring at the floor.

Durant initially assumed Kerr was frustrated with a defensive lapse or rushed shot.

[…] even as he takes an indefinite hiatus from the sideline to seek a solution to his chronic pain, Kerr is peppering his players with a singular reminder:

[…] the question of when Kerr will return to in-game coaching hangs over Golden State as it prepares to face the winner of a Jazz-Clippers series that Utah leads 3-2.

Kerr missed practice Wednesday, and according to a report by NBC Sports Bay Area, he is consulting with specialists at Stanford Medical Center.

In the Warriors’ Game 2 win over Portland in the first round, Kerr was in such a haze that he broke NBA rules by removing his suit jacket.

On Monday, two days after he watched Game 3 from the team hotel, Kerr attended morning shoot-around and watched Game 4 from the visiting locker room.

“Just being here a year, and having the veterans that we have and the staff that we have, and the communication that we’ve had from jump street has made it, in my opinion, a seamless transition,” said Brown, who guided Golden State to wins over the Trail Blazers in games 3 and Game 4.

More than overseeing practices and substitution patterns, Brown is tasked with helping players handle the emotional toll of Kerr’s absence.

While pursuing the franchise’s second NBA title in three years, those close to him are wracked with what-ifs about Kerr’s health.

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Apr 27

Ayesha Curry criticizes Trump’s planned kids’ food programs cuts

Two months after her husband received national attention for anti-President Trump comments, Ayesha Curry took issue this week with the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts.

“For the budget cuts to affect a program like No Kid Hungry, where all these kids are able to go to school, learn better because they were hungry … that that could potentially be taken away, is so hurtful,” Curry said.

Curry, an ambassador for No Kid Hungry, a national nonprofit that works toward ending child hunger in the U.S., called it “devastating” that White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney recently asserted that there is no evidence that after-school programs that feed children improve their academic performance.

A blog post on the No Kid Hungry website disputes Mulvaney’s claim, saying that 1 in 6 U.S. children doesn’t get the food he or she needs, which hurts development in “profound ways.”

Honoring ‘We Believe’: The Warriors have invited every member of their 2006-07 “We Believe” team to one of Golden State’s Western Conference semifinal games to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its first-round upset of Dallas, the first time in NBA history a No. 8 seed outlasted a No. 1 seed in a seven-game set.

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Apr 27

Warriors’ Bob Myers on Steve Kerr: ‘Clearly, we want him back’

Warriors’ Bob Myers on Steve Kerr: ‘Clearly, we want him back’

Sunday afternoon, at the Warriors’ team hotel in downtown Portland, Ore., a couple dozen media members waited outside a ballroom for general manager Bob Myers to update head coach Steve Kerr’s status.

[…] a surprising thing happened:

Visibly under the weather, he announced that he would take an indefinite hiatus from in-game coaching to find answers to his chronic pain.

Myers, who has become a close friend of Kerr’s over the past three years, held back tears as he stood behind the media scrum.

During a 24-minute interview Wednesday afternoon on 95.7 The Game, Myers provided the most extensive update yet on Kerr’s condition.

Here is an edited transcript of the Q&A:

On what Mike Brown has done as interim head coach:

Mike’s seen a lot of the NBA as a coach.

A lot of people, just doing the media.

Just if I said, ‘You’re our head coach,’ the media requirements might buckle some people if you haven’t been through it.

Not that any media is trying to hurt anybody, but right now, practice today, there’s 20-25 people.

On whether Kerr initially hurt his back jumping off the bench in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals:

[…] he was in some physical pain, and that’s what prompted the initial surgery in late July of 2015.

The larger picture, which I think is what people want to know, is he’s suffering right now — clearly, if you watched his interview (Sunday). …

First of all, I was going to speak on his behalf.

[…] he sort of drummed up the courage and the ability to kind of do it himself.

If you’re anybody that has any empathy at all, or any ability to read body language, you can see it.

[…] I know we will.

[…] with the elevated symptoms, the optimistic view is that maybe what’s causing his symptoms has elevated and exacerbated to the point where it’s more visible.

The strength and courage he’s shown, I’m not sure many people would have had the level of fortitude that he’s displayed — externally, to the media, to our team.

In Portland, he met with his staff, watched film, then he was in the arena and I was in the room, so I know.

For you to throw yourself back in the fire, it has to be, ‘I’ve had a good three days.

There’s a perception that the playoffs caused this, and that’s not accurate.

The beauty of Steve and why our team has become what it has become is that he’s not the one who acts like he invented everything.

There’s no doubt that the players respect him, they feel for him.

On talking to Kerr about a contract extension:

Because we recognize who he is as a coach and as a person.

[…] I do believe in our ability, the coaching staff and our players.

There’s a healthy respect for everyone, each coach, each player, each job.

[…] in a moment like this when people need to step up, they’ve been speaking in practice, they been speaking in meetings, they’ve been speaking in the locker room.

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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Apr 27

Draymond Green declares meme war on Drake

Rapper Drake attempted to throw some lighthearted shade at Draymond Green this morning by posting an Instagram photo of the Golden State Warriors star with the caption, “When she asks how much fun you’re having without her…”

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Apr 27

Warriors GM Bob Myers confident Steve Kerr will return to full health

Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers fully expects Steve Kerr to find a solution to his debilitating health issues and return to the bench without being forced out of coaching altogether because of complications from two back surgeries.

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Apr 26

JaVale McGee emerges as Warriors’ X-factor inside

The sight of Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic lumbering up the court on a fractured right leg during Saturday’s first-round Game 3 made Warriors center JaVale McGee uneasy.

In the Warriors’ series sweep of the Trail Blazers, with Portland’s frontcourt thinned by injuries, McGee went from solid role player to low-post bully.

A big man long known for his bloopers delivered a personal highlight reel of alley-oop dunks and rundown blocks.

In 49 first-round minutes, McGee scored 39 points on 18-for-23 shooting and blocked nine shots.

“To his credit, he’s an athletic big man who can finish around the basket,” Portland head coach Terry Stotts said.

On a roster filled with shooters, McGee’s ability to run the floor and catch lobs is an asset.

McGee, who won Golden State’s final roster spot in the preseason, finished the regular season with the NBA’s No. 1 per-minute plus-minus.

[…] the Warriors’ coaching staff realized that McGee was most effective in short bursts.

To limit the stress on his legs, McGee started a vegan diet, worked out daily on his own and lost 15 pounds.

In November, after a road rout of the Pacers, he commandeered the team plane’s intercom system and, feigning a female flight attendant’s voice, instructed teammates on how to exit the aircraft in case of an emergency.

Three months later, to get back at Green for constantly posting pictures of napping players to social media, McGee gave blankets to the entire team that featured an enormous picture of Green’s sleeping face.

Golden State, which has nine other pending free agents, might not have enough money left after re-signing Curry and Durant to bring back McGee, but he isn’t concerned.

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Apr 25

Golden State Warriors get a break after drama-filled opening series

The Warriors will also await word on coach Steve Kerr’s health — with the short break perhaps providing more clarity about when he can rejoin the team. Kerr missed the last two games after symptoms from his back surgery two years ago suddenly flared up.

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Apr 25

Warriors ride 1st-quarter blitz to series sweep of Blazers

Warriors ride 1st-quarter blitz to series sweep of Blazers

JaVale McGee, straight-faced, locked eyes with Draymond Green underneath the Warriors’ basket.

In that moment late in the first quarter Monday night, after McGee soared over Portland’s Noah Vonleh to hammer home a lob from Green, Golden State already had tormented the overmatched Trail Blazers plenty.

In the wake of a 14-0 run to start the game en route to an early 28-point lead, the Warriors cruised to a 128-103 rout as they swept Portland in the first round.

Even as acting head coach Mike Brown subs for the ailing Steve Kerr, Golden State continues to reinforce why it is the odds-on choice to win the NBA title.

All five Golden State starters scored in double figures for the first time this postseason.

Though Curry (game-high 37 points) recaptured his unanimous-MVP play after two off-shooting nights, complementary pieces like Zaza Pachulia (11 points) and David West (12 points) also helped eradicate any doubt Monday.

Golden State matched an NBA record for points in a playoff first quarter (45) and tied a franchise playoff mark for three-pointers in a quarter (eight).

Though the Blazers began to show signs of life, cutting the lead to 18 in the second quarter, they had no answer for the Warriors’ deluge of scoring options.

A day after announcing he would take an indefinite hiatus from in-game coaching, Kerr watched the shellacking from the visiting locker room.

45 Points, tying the NBA record for a playoff first quarter (2015 Rockets; 1986 Mavericks; 1985 Lakers)

8 Three-pointers, tying the franchise record in any playoff quarter (done twice in 2016)

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