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Mark Jackson talks all things Warriors

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Mark Jackson talks all things Warriors

Warriors coach Mark Jackson met with the media on Wednesdayin advance of training camp, which begins on Tuesday. Jackson addressed avariety of subjects.Here is some of what Jackson said:On feeling more pressure this year to win:Jackson: For me, whatever I do theres pressure.Theres always pressure on myself to be better and to be efficient. So I dont Pressure is my mindset. I dont care who Im coaching, the pressure is alwaysgoing to be to win. Certainly we have a better basketball team. I dont runfrom it; I embrace it.On who will start at small forward: HarrisonBarnes, Brandon Rush or Richard Jefferson:Jackson: I really dont know. Ultimately, I thinkyou roll the ball out there. You let those guys decide who starts. At the endof the day, its important it doesnt mean whos the best player, its whatmakes us better as a team. Ill make that decision going forward and watchingthem as a unit. But right now I dont have an answer for you who my startingsmall forward is.On whether the Warriors can still be a running teamwith David Lee at power forward and Andrew Bogut at center:Jackson: I would argue that David Lee is a greatrunner. I would say we have a great rebounder in (Andrew) Bogut and four guys who canrun above average for their position. I would say were better to run becausewere a better rebounding team. Each guy rebounds their position well.I would say running more and when you have the weapons thatwe have offensively, the best way to attack a defense is when theyre not set.Were not going to be a slow-down offensive team.On Andrew Boguts status:Jackson: Hopefully hes ready Day 1. He makes usa better basketball team. Without him, it hurts us. Having one of the top fivecenters certainly makes us better. Thats really not important (if Bogut isntready for the start of training camp Tuesday). In the big picture, we need himwhen were playing for real. If hes healthy come Tuesday, great. Hesworking out and hes doing all the strength and conditioning with the trainerand coaches as he can. Hes getting closer and closer.On the competition at backup center between AndrisBiedrins and Festus Ezeli:Jackson: We will let that play out in trainingcamp. Im impressed with Festus and what hes done since we drafted him. Hesbeen very good in the summer league, very good in workouts. Hes been here allsummer. He works his tail off and gotten better. Hes made a statement by beinghere. That hasnt gone unnoticed.I would certainly love to have Andrew Bogut in the startingfive but I feel comfortable with what Festus can do. Hell have to earn it, buthes done everything Ive asked him to do and he wants it. I dont have toguess whether hes committed to this thing, whether he buys in or whether hessaving some chips. Hes all in. Its good to see because thats what you buildwinning teams around guys that have that attitude.On whether hell be more creative with this yearsteam than he was with last years team:Jackson: I think when you look on the floor, theweapons we have, you dont really have to be creative. Those guys can score. Ifyou look at the great coaches or the great teams, theres nothing creativeabout throwing the ball to Michael Jordan on the foul line or Kobe on the wing Thats not creative. Thats just some bad boys getting it done when it mattersmost.It puts us in a better position because we certainly haveweapons and weve added depth. Now, coming off the bench, theres nodrop-off.We have guys at every position now that on any given nightcan outplay the best in the world. If Klay Thompson gets 25 points on Im notgoing to name anybody its not a shock. If Stephen Curry outplays the bestpoint guard in the world, its not a shock. Same thing with our center, powerforward and whoever our small forward is going to be. We can play with the bestin the world at every position.

The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

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The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

Remember when Mark Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors?

During a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Warriors GM Bob Myers shared the following story:

"I made a mistake with Mark one time -- after a game we lost, I went up to him right after we lost and asked him -- I think Curry had been having a big game and he ran a play for Carl Landry to take a shot to win the game; and it was a good play and it was a good shot.

"And I went up to Mark and I went, 'Did you think about Curry?' And he looked at me, and you could tell he was kind of containing himself, and he said, 'It was a good play. It was a good play.' And I look at him and I thought, 'I will never do that again.' If I don't trust the decisions the coach makes, then he's not the right coach.

"The coach gets to decide, right? I learned that lesson with Mark that I was completely out of line in asking him. And I apologized, and I'll never forget that lesson that I learned for myself ... I was wrong. And I learned that. So you learn more from mistakes sometimes. I don't do the debriefing with my coach after the game. Win or lose."

The Warriors fired Jackson a couple days after dropping Game 7 to the Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

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

Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

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Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the 76ers led the Warriors by 24 points early in the third quarter.

With about five minutes left in the game, Golden State led the game 115-97.

It was an incredible turn of events.

On Monday morning, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown was asked about the 76ers during a radio appearance on KNBR 680.

"They're gonna be good. Right now, they're just kind of finding their way," Brown said. "The thing that I think our guys really like most about that group is -- they don't back down from anybody. They're confident in their abilities, they're confident in their team and they kind of let you know it.

"They talk about it during the course of a game. Our most vocal guy, Draymond, is like that and usually when Draymond shows respect to guys, the rest of our team follows."

Said Steph Curry: "They're on the right path. Waiting on Markelle to get back, and put all the puzzle pieces together but I'm sure they're ready to turn the page from building to actually cementing their idenity and how they're gonna be. I'm pretty sure they're close. They play an exciting brand of basketball. In the first half they showed if you're not ready to play, they can come out and do some amazing things."

[RELATED: Joel Embiid 'likes' Kevin Durant's postgame comments]

Kevin Durant on Ben Simmons: "Something I've never seen before as really playing the point guard at that height and that speed and that strength. You can tell he's an Aussie, too, because he doesn't mind getting into some scuffles or showing his little fiesty side. That's gonna mean well for the Sixers down the line ... all the amazing pieces that they have here ... they're gonna be a load coming up this year, next year, year after that."

Also -- Joel Embiid is hilarious and the world is a better place because of him.

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