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Draymond responds to Embiid: 'Man, I love that dude'

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Draymond responds to Embiid: 'Man, I love that dude'

Draymond Green and Joel Embiid are two of the biggest trash talkers in the NBA. 

After the 76ers blew a 22-point halftime lead to the Warriors on Saturday, Embiid tweeted "we know what it feels like to blow a big lead" to take a jab at the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals two years ago. 

Green finally saw the tweet and it looks like it's all fun and games between the two. The Warriors' defensive star says he's "looking forward to playing against you (Embiid) for years." 

While tweeting the response, Green had even more to say. 

In the Warriors' 124-116 win over the 76ers on November 18, Green scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished eight assists. Embiid scored 21 points to go with eight rebounds.

Santa Cruz Warriors acquire former first-round pick, Rockets forward

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Santa Cruz Warriors acquire former first-round pick, Rockets forward

The Santa Cruz Warriors acquired Terrence Jones off waivers, the team announced on Monday morning.

The Rockets selected Jones with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Over 76 games (71 starts) during the 2013-14 season, Jones averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds, while shooting over 54 percent from the field.

He was limited to 33 games the following season, but still averaged 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest.

Against the Warriors in the 2015 Western Conference Finals, he scored 12 points in Game 2 and 14 points in Game 4.

The 25-year old appeared in 54 games (12 starts) for New Orleans last season, averaging 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in 23.5 minutes.

The Pelicans waived Jones soon after they acquired DeMarcus Cousins.

He opened this season playing in China, but was released in late November.

Keep in mind -- Jones will play for Santa Cruz but his contract is through the G League.

Any NBA team can sign the forward at any time.

The Golden State Warriors do not have an open spot on the 15-man roster, or a two-way contract to offer (Quinn Cook and Chris Boucher are on two-way deals).

Jones will be active for Santa Cruz's next game on Friday against the Reno Bighorns.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Mike Brown still savoring Finals victory over the Cavs

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Mike Brown still savoring Finals victory over the Cavs

OAKLAND -- Mike Brown will be seeing the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day. Please forgive him if he chooses to blind them with his new jewelry.

When the Cavaliers enter Oracle Arena next week to resume their continental rivalry with the NBA champion Warriors, Brown will be an assistant coach on the home team’s bench. And he’ll be very happy about that.

But not as happy as he is when asked about being a part of a Warriors team that went through the Cavaliers -- who fired him twice -- to win the NBA Finals last June.

Six months later and two months after receiving his flashy Warriors championship ring, Brown’s memory of that triumph is just as sweet.

“Yes,” he said on the NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors Insider Podcast.

Brown spent 13 years on various NBA staffs before being hired by the Cavaliers in 2005 to be their head coach. He lasted five years, with Cleveland winning at least one playoff series each postseason and reaching the NBA Finals in 2007.

He was fired after the Cavs lost the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals and re-hired in 2013, signing a five-year contract worth a reported $20 million. He lasted all of one season before being shown the door a second time by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert.

So pardon Brown if takes particular delight in helping the Warriors bounce the Cavs when in mattered most.

“I don’t care who it would have been -- I wanted to win, just like everybody else in the organization and the city,” Brown said. “I still have a lot of friends back there. My son goes to school back there. He wears his Golden State Warriors gear proudly and he got hated on, too. You add all of that to the fact that I was there twice, and got fired twice. To be able to beat those guys was a terrific feeling.”

Brown served as interim head coach last postseason, leading the Warriors to a 11-0 record while head coach Steve Kerr took a six-week leave of absence to deal with acute health challenges. Brown led the Warriors to a 113-91 win in Game 1 of The Finals before Kerr returned for Game 2.

The memory of winning that series still puts a smile on Brown’s face.

“When I go back there, my head is held up a little higher,” he said. “I’ve got a nice little pimp in my walk. My chest is puffed a little bit. I don’t talk too much, but I’m feeling good when I’m back that way now.”

As much as Brown savors the victory in The Finals, there is another element that also warms his heart. The Cavs are still paying him and will for “a few more years,” he said.