What to watch for: Hawks vs. Warriors


What to watch for: Hawks vs. Warriors

The Warriors (3-4) find themselves in their first tough spotof the season. Theyre on a two-game losing streak for the first time this yearand theyre staring at a tough three-game road trip.In the meantime, the Atlanta Hawks are in town for a game againstthe Warriors.The Hawks are in a little bit of a transition, having tradedJoe Johnson in the offseason. But they still have two competent players upfront in Josh Smith and Al Horford and athletic frontcourts can sometimesgive the Warriors trouble.Here are some things to watch for during Wednesdaysgame:Contain Josh Smith: Smith can be anoppositions nightmare or an oppositions best friend. He is talented andathletic but not always motivated.Hes not a very good perimeter shooter and yet hell ventureout near the 3-point line often. Smith is off to an awful start this season.Hes averaging just 14.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, and shooting 40percent from the field and 14.3 percent from 3-point range.And how about this Smith is shooting 20 percent from theline this year (3-for-15). Its important that the Warriors dont allow Smithto get going.Bounce back for Thompson: Its been along four days for Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson. He missed a couple offree throws that could have sealed a game against Denver on Saturday, thenfollowed it up by failing to foul when he was instructed to do so.RELATED: Klay Thompson talks about forgettable gameThompson went 9-for-26 from the floor in that 107-101double-overtime loss to the Nuggets, and for the season hes shooting just 37.5percent.For the Warriors to be at their best, Thompson needs to bemaking shots.Get some easy ones: The Warriors havebecome too reliant on the outside jump shot in recent days and thats going tohave to change moving forward.Whether its finding some kind of interior scoring orgetting some uncontested fastbreak layups in transition, the Warriors have tofind a way to get higher percentage shots.To that end, lets see if Warriors coach Mark Jacksonperhaps begins to call Harrison Barnes number. Of all the Warriors, Barnes hasbeen the best at getting the rim in the halfcourt.

Kerr dreams of world with quiet Trump and LaVar Ball: 'Wouldn't that be great?'


Kerr dreams of world with quiet Trump and LaVar Ball: 'Wouldn't that be great?'

In the real world, the President of the United States Donald Trump started a Twitter feud with LaVar Ball on Sunday. 

Trump believes he should have left three college athletes, including Ball's son LiAngelo, in a Chinese jail for shoplifting. In return, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wants the two to simply stop talking.

"It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet," Kerr said to reporters at the Barclays Center. "Wouldn't that be great?"

Coach Kerr on LaVar/Trump beef: “It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet.”

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"Modern life. Two people seeking attention and are both getting it, so I'm sure both guys are really happy," Kerr initially said when first asked about the two. 

Unprompted, Kerr then asked reporters for a request to help us all. 

"You know what would help, if all of you stopped covering both of them," Kerr pleaded. "Is that possible? You can probably stop covering LaVar. I don't think you can stop covering the President. I don't think that'll work." 

Ex-Warriors All-Star David Lee announces his retirement from the NBA


Ex-Warriors All-Star David Lee announces his retirement from the NBA

In the span of about 16 days, David Lee has made a lot of changes to his life.

On Nov. 3, he announced that he got engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

On Sunday, the former Warriors All-Star forward announced his retirement from the NBA with a post on Instagram.

"An epic night celebrating my retirement with my friends and family! Thank you to my amazing fiancée @carowozniacki for planning the surprise!" Lee wrote as the caption for a photo of him with all his friends.

Former teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were among those that "Liked" the posted. Curry even left a comment.

"They'll still always have trouble with the pitch and follow man Man! Congrats," Curry wrote.

Acquired in July of 2009 from the Knicks, Lee played five seasons with the Warriors. During his time in Oakland, he averaged 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds.

Lee was named to the Western Conference All-Star team during the 2012-13 season. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game that season.

The 34-year-old capped off his tenure with the Warriors by winning an NBA championship in 2015. After the playoff run, the Warriors traded Lee to Boston. He spent last season with the Spurs and appeared in 79 games.