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2013 HOF debate: Jackson, Hardaway, Richmond

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2013 HOF debate: Jackson, Hardaway, Richmond

The 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame class will be a particularly interesting one for Bay Area hoops fans.
Here are a couple of the intriguing names that will spark some debate, courtesy of Scott Howard-Cooper's column on NBA.com.
At the bottom of this page, leave your thoughts on these players (and others) and whether you think they deserve to get into Springfield.
Mark Jackson: The greatest of the debates. Jackson won Rookie of the Year and was on the All-Rookie team, then never made any of the three All-NBA teams in the next 16 seasons and was an All-Star just once. But he was a point guard who retired with the second-most assists in league history, before Jason Kidd later took over No. 2 behind John Stockton. An all-time standing in the telling category for a distributor has to count for something at some stage.
Tim Hardaway: He was a better all-around talent than Jackson at the same position, made an All-NBA team five times, the All-Star team another five, and won gold in the Olympics and World Championships. Hardaway could be a big-time scorer, even on teams in Golden State and Miami with other stars, as well as a talented playmaker.
Mitch Richmond: Rchmond averaged at least 21 points his first 10 seasons, with good teams (Golden State) and bad (Sacramento). In the ultimate sign of his standing as a feared opponent, he was selected to six All-Star games while playing for the Kings, or despite playing for the Kings. Richmond was Second or Third Team All-NBA five times in a time of Jordan, John Stockton, Payton and Hardaway.

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

First, there was #ChinaKlay.

Now, there is #FakeKlay.

In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.

A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.

"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."

So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.

Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

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Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

OAKLAND -- Sidelined with a back strain, Andre Iguodala spent Tuesday night “yelling at the TV more than I normally do” as the Warriors labored through an uneven performance before blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.

So there was Iguodala, this time with his teammates, sitting before a monitor Wednesday as coach Steve Kerr review the horror show that was a 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets.

“We only did about a half-hour on the floor, mostly skill work,” Kerr said after the light practice. “Watched a lot of video.

“That game was a weird game because we were shooting the ball well and scoring enough to win. But we never had control of it the way we normally have control of a game, with defense and toughness.”

Though the Warriors were hampered by injuries -- Iguodala being out, while Draymond Green and Omri Casspi were hurt during the game -- beyond their control, there was at least one thing they believe they can fix immediately.

They can avoid some of the fouls, particularly those that are mindless.

That’s the trap Stephen Curry fell into, picking up three fouls in the first four minutes. That he was limited to 30 minutes, and only 18 through the first three quarters, had an impact on the playing rotation and was a factor in the loss.

“The only thing I’m worried about with him is just those little fouls,” Iguodala said. “Because when he’s on the court, no matter if he’s scoring or not, he’s making life easier for everyone else.”

Kerr after the game cited conditioning as an issue and elaborated on the subject Wednesday.

“Conditioning is not just physical. It’s mental, too,” he said. “We were not ready, mentally, to play that game, even when we weren’t tired early in the game.

“There were other lapses, too. After made baskets, transition threes for them we neglected to pick up. That’s not physical conditioning. That’s mental conditioning. That’s where we need to get better. And we will.”

The Warriors will be wounded in more ways than one when they board their flight to New Orleans Thursday morning. They’ll have some achy players, for sure, but they’ll also have a 0-1 record.

“I feel like losses have this huge effect on us that usually benefits us,” Iguodala said.