OAKLAND -- By the time reporters entered Warriors practiceon Thursday, center Andrew Bogut was already icing his left ankle.But that wasnt necessarily a bad sign.According to coach Mark Jackson, Bogut is beginning to pickup the pace of his practicing and playing. Bogut has been cleared to playfive-on-five, though he hasnt yet done that in a full-court setting. He did dofive-on-five in a halfcourt, controlled-type situation.Hes continuing to do a little bit more and were going tomonitor him and were going to see how he feels by doing more and more,Jackson said. And when hes ready to go, hell play but I think the smart wayto do it is continue to introduce more play with him and then play it by ear.Bogut fractured his left ankle in January and hasnt playedin a game since. The goal was for Bogut to play in a couple of preseason gamesand then be ready for the opener on Oct. 31.But Bogut missed the entire preseason and its looking moreand more like he wont be playing on Halloween night against the Suns inPhoenix.He did a little bit of drill action with contact, Jacksonsaid of Thursdays practice. He looked very good. The bottom line is were notgoing to throw him out there. Hes too important to this franchise, tooimportant to this basketball team. We want to be very, very patient with him.Curry watches: Warriors point guardStephen Curry sat out all of Thursdays practice, but Jackson said that was nobig deal.Were just continuing to play it smart, Jackson said ofCurry. We dont need him today. Its making sure hes ready when it mattersmost. But its just precautionary reasons.Curry, who missed 40 games last season because of ankleissues, said he will be ready for the opener.Jackson on Stern: NBA commissioner DavidStern announced on Thursday that he will be stepping down on Feb. 1, 2014, andthat Adam Silver will be his replacement.Said Jackson: Ive been a part of this league since 87 andI came in and he was the commissioner. He did just an incredible job ofbringing this league to where it is today. Every player coach, general manager,fan owes a big thank you to commissioner Stern.In my opinion he was the best to ever do it at running aleague. Obviously we still have some more time till 2014 but it shouldcertainly be as I remember as a young fan -- when it was a world tour of thankyous throughout the league for legends of the game. I say start early becausehes done an incredible job of putting us all in position to be financiallywell-off. Its a different league than before he took it.
OAKLAND -- Draymond Green concedes he doesn’t generally look to score, that he’d rather set up his teammates to provide that for the Warriors.
So he was only mildly annoyed by comments made by TNT analyst Chris Webber during the telecast of Game 5 between the Warriors and Spurs on Tuesday night.
Webber said that if Green were on another team and was expected to score that “he may not be in the starting lineup.”
Naturally, Green was fully loaded for a ready response.
“I don't have a scorer's mentality, especially for the team that I play on,” Green began after a 99-91 victory. “If I did have a scorer's mentality, it would throw all this off and it wouldn't work out.
“You know, there are times in the game where I probably need to score more, but it's hard to turn a scorer's mentality on and off. I've had that once before in my life. You don't just click that on or off. Nonetheless, I do know when I need to be more aggressive and that helps my team out.”
Green was just warming up, saving his best stuff for punctuation.
“But I don't care,” he continued. “I've done some great things in this league. I've been to All-Star (games) twice averaging like 11 points, 10 points or something like that. Look, you know, I don't need to score.
“However, I don't think (Webber) can find many GMs are coaches that wouldn't say I wouldn't start on their team, and you know, my -- I'm fine without scoring the ball. I think I've created a new lane for guys in this league to where you don't have to score 20 points to be an All-Star or be a starter in this league and it is what it is.
“That's fine and my (championship) jewelry fit well. So I'm doing really pretty good. You know, much love to C-Webb, though, from Michigan, State of Michigan, you know, we good.”
There is good reason to believe there is at least a degree of friendly-unfriendly rivalry at work. Webber grew up in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan. Green grew up in Saginaw and, and 15 years later, attended Michigan State University.
For the record, Green averaged 11.4 points, a team-best 11.2 rebounds and a team-best 8.0 assists in the five-game series with San Antonio.
Green has earned two championship rings with the Warriors, who have reached three consecutive NBA Finals with him at power forward.
Webber spent his rookie season (1993-94) with the Warriors, and was named Rookie of the Year. Though the Warriors were swept by Phoenix in the first round that season, he eventually appeared in 80 playoff games -- 53 as a member of the Sacramento Kings -- but never reached the NBA Finals.
The Warriors vanquished the Spurs on Tuesday night, which means it's officially time to start looking ahead to the Pelicans.
Remember when Golden State lost to New Orleans on April 7 at Oracle? (it feels like forever ago).
Well, Nikola Mirotic roasted the Warriors, scoring 28 points on 10-for-18 overall and 6-for-11 from deep.
After rewatching the game, one thing stood out -- it wasn't just one guy's fault for allowing Mirotic to go off.
Let's analyze the six 3-pointers Mirotic made:
1) About a minute into the game, the Warriors are getting back on defense after a missed shot. Draymond Green is matched up against Mirotic, but he doesn't have a sense of urgency to make sure he's pressed up against Mirotic on the catch. Draymond flies at the pump fake, and Mirotic takes one dribble before drilling the triple.
2) Kevon Looney is matched up against Mirotic in a half court set. Looney takes one step towards the paint to help on a diving Anthony Davis (he didn't really need to as Kevin Durant smartly dropped off of Rajon Rondo), so Mirotic pops out to the left wing and Looney is late to contest:
3) Draymond is guarding Mirotic but is forced to switch when he cuts backdoor. After standing around for a couple of seconds, Mirotic slowly relocates to the left wing and David West is a little slow to challenge (although this is one where you kind of just have to tip your cap...)
4) This one is on Draymond, who abandons Mirotic in an attempt to trap Rondo in the corner. Iguodala is forced to leave Darius Miller (another great shooter), but Mirotic has plenty of time and space to shoot over Iguodala's outstretched arm:
5) It starts with Rondo driving baseline past Quinn Cook and kicking it to the corner to E'Twaun Moore, who promptly swings it to Mirotic. Looney scrambles and flies past Mirotic, who calmly takes one dribble and has all day to line up his fifth triple of the game:
6) Draymond's lob attempt to Durant is intercepted and the Pelicans push the other way. Looney get sucked beneath the 3-point line and Mirotic cans it from deep to essentially end the game (live ball turnovers are deadly):
The Pelicans acquired Mirotic on Feb. 1, and he's making New Orleans' front office look great right now:
-First 25 games (6 starts) -- 12.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 30 percent from deep
-Last five regular season games (5 starts) -- 25.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 46.5 percent from deep
-First round vs Blazers -- 18.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 46 percent from deep
The Warriors could go several directions when it comes to matching up against Anthony Davis and Mirotic.
Whichever route they choose... they will have their hands full.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller