Steve Kerr, Warriors need 'chest-thumping, yelling Draymond,' but...


Steve Kerr, Warriors need 'chest-thumping, yelling Draymond,' but...

OAKLAND -- Though Draymond Green leads the NBA in technical fouls, the Warriors have no plans urging him to mute the voice that sometimes leads to trouble.

“Why would we?” coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday. “Draymond is one of the most impactful players in the league. He does so many great things for us. He gives us an edge that we otherwise don’t have. We have a very quiet team . . .

“We need chest-thumping, yelling Draymond. We need that.”

Green this season has been assessed with 10 technical fouls, an average of one every 3.7 games. At this pace, he’ll need less than 60 games to reach the 16-tech threshold that results in an automatic one-game suspension.

Green last season was slapped with 14 technical fouls but didn’t get his 10th until Feb. 23.

The topic was raised after Green was ejected last Saturday upon receiving two technical fouls in a 47-second span in the second quarter of a 141-128 win over the Grizzlies. The first was assessed by Tre Maddox, the second by Nick Buchert.

“I didn’t think he deserved to be kicked out,” Kerr said, pointing out that the only visible gesture was Green waving his arm in the direction of Buchert, standing about 25 feet away.

“He might have said a magic word in there somewhere,” he added. “But normally you don’t get kicked out for that. You’ve got to be pretty demonstrative, normally. I disagreed with it, but nothing we can do about it.”

Kerr conceded that Green is a victim of his own reputation as a high-intensity player who doesn’t bite his tongue. He is one of two players, along with New Orleans big man DeMarcus Cousins, to be ejected twice this season. Kevin Durant leads in ejections with three.

“The tough part is we need Draymond to be on edge,” Kerr said. “We don’t want Draymond to be passive. We want him to be fiery. We want him to be yelling and screaming. He’s got to walk that line. But it’s a tough line to walk because he’s so emotional and competitive and passionate. It’s what makes him great.

“But there’s just a point where he’s going to have to pull back. It’s nothing any of us can do. He has to feel that moment. We can talk to the league and plead our case, but, ultimately, it’s up to him to feel when he’s got to pull back.”

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters


Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.