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Jordan Bell: Rookie year with Warriors 'like being a freshman all over again'

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Jordan Bell: Rookie year with Warriors 'like being a freshman all over again'

Warriors rookie Jordan Bell made an instant impact for the team this season. But as of late, his playing time has dwindled. In four of the Warriors' last five games, Bell has been inactive. 

“It's just the life of a rookie,” Bell said to The Athletic. “That's what Steve Kerr always tells me. It's not because I'm playing bad. Just gotta be professional about it and stay ready. It's like being a freshman all over again.”

While Bell wants to be on the court with his teammates, what he appreciates most from Steve Kerr is his communication. Kerr is always honest about when he won't play Bell and he keeps the former Oregon Duck encouraged. 

“He talks to me about it every time he sees me,” Bell said. “Lets me know I'm not going to be active. Keep doing what you're doing, you're doing good. But it still f------ sucks. You're playing well and it doesn't mean anything because you're younger. It sucks, but you got to be professional about it.”

Bell has played in 12 of the Warriors' 18 games this season. The 22-year-old is averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game over 8.3 minutes per game. 

The Warriors bought the 38th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Chicago Bulls and selected Bell. On Friday night, the Warriors, and perhaps Bell, play the Bulls for the first time this season. 

Kerr speaks out on Alabama senate selection, 'decency needs to win out'

Kerr speaks out on Alabama senate selection, 'decency needs to win out'

OAKLAND -- Steve Kerr is not a frequent tweeter, and when the Warriors coach does engage on Twitter rarely is it related to basketball.

It wasn’t on Tuesday, either, when he posted a pair of two-word tweets that made it obvious he had taken a side in the highly publicized and very contentious Alabama senate race between Doug Jones of the Democratic party and Republican Roy Moore.

The first Kerr tweet: “Roll Tide.”


The second: “War Eagle.” 

Both came shortly after it was announced that Jones had won the election.

“I couldn’t resist,” Kerr said, before turning facetious. “It’s bowl season. I’m a big SEC football fan.”

Roll Tide is the slogan affiliated with University of Alabama sports, while War Eagle is affiliated with Auburn University, also in Alabama.

“Decency needs to win out,” he said. “This has nothing to do with party affiliation. We need high character people in our positions of leadership. And the more decisions like this we can make, where we choose character over party, we choose country over party, the better off we’re going to be.

“I was very pleased. It’s a good sign. As a country, we need to get away from the partisan divide and start focusing on just quality people, getting good people in positions of leadership. And iron out our difference and promote unity and not try to separate this country. It’s critical.”

President Donald Trump was in support of Moore despite credible allegations from numerous women, saying they were victims of sexual misconduct and assault when they were children. News reports out of Alabama indicated that Moore’s predilection was known by many and has been for years.

Jones, by contrast, was best known as the District Attorney who in the late 1990s successfully prosecuted two Ku Klux Klan members that participated in the bombing of a Birmingham church in 1963, an act of domestic terrorism that killed four black girls, none more than 14 years old.

“Today is a really important day,” Kerr said. “It’s all about high character and values and the way you treat people. I don’t care -- Democrat, Republican, Independent -- had we put a known pedophile in the senate, what would that have said about us?

“Let’s get to the point where this is all about us, and not them. It’s about leadership and character and morality. Let’s be better.”

Kerr provides update on ailing Warriors, 'going to be very careful'

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Kerr provides update on ailing Warriors, 'going to be very careful'

OAKLAND -- Despite Tuesday being an “off” day, the Warriors didn’t have much of a practice Wednesday, which may or may not be related to the absence of team firebrand Draymond Green.

Green, who has missed two of the last three games, continues to be excluded from physical activities as a precaution against aggravating his sore right shoulder.

So, for now, the sixth-year forward remains on the sideline, along with guard Nick Young, who is in concussion protocol and, of course, Stephen Curry, who has been out since Dec. 4 with a right ankle sprain.

Though Curry again was at the team facility, working out in the exercise room, he will be out for at least another week and likely longer.

“He’s just going through rehab every day, not on the court,” coach Steve Kerr said, adding that the next update on Curry will come next week.

Green and Young are doubtful for the game against the Mavericks on Thursday at Oracle Arena. Though starting center Zaza Pachulia returned to practice, his status for Thursday also is uncertain.

“I would say Zaza is doubtful for tomorrow,” Kerr said. “Draymond, I’d shocked if he played. It doesn’t make any sense for him to play.”

Kerr cited the general demands of the past few seasons the primary reason for caution with Green. The Warriors have played 308 games -- including 62 in the postseason -- since Kerr arrived before the 2014-15 season.

“Four years in a row, we’re trying to get to The Finals,” he said. “Our guys have played a lot of games. So we’re just going to be very careful.”