Don Nelson names most important player from 'We Believe' Warriors

Don Nelson names most important player from 'We Believe' Warriors

The Warriors honored the "We Believe" squad on Tuesday night.

The head coach from that team -- Don Nelson -- was not in attendance.

"It killed me not to be at that event with those guys," Nelson said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday. "But I had something planned that I couldn't get out of. I wish I would have been there but I watched it on TV."

The 2006-07 Warriors became the first 8-seed in NBA history to knock off a 1-seed in a best-of-7 series.

Against the Mavericks, Baron Davis averaged 25 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.8 steals, while shooting 54 percent from the field and over 45 percent from deep.

"It was just a remarkable thing that we did that year, and unexpected," Nelson said. "It was a bunch of guys that just got together and liked playing; liked competing. Led by Baron Davis -- I think he was the most important guy on that team.

"He got new life and directed that team beautifully."

The following season, Davis played every regular season game and averaged 21.8 points and 7.6 assists per contest.

He then signed a free-agent deal with the Clippers.

Quinn Cook, Jordan Bell, Damian Jones reveal career paths if not for NBA


Quinn Cook, Jordan Bell, Damian Jones reveal career paths if not for NBA

Quinn Cook, Jordan Bell and Damian Jones all have pretty cool jobs. They probably want to play professional basketball until their bodies no longer allow them to handle the rigors of suiting up on a daily basis.

But what would they be doing with their careers if the NBA did not exist? What if playing hoops for a living was not an option? 

Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype asked that question and all three provided an answer:

Damian Jones
“The career I would be working toward is engineering manager. My major was engineering science, so I have some background there. If I wasn’t playing basketball, I think I would’ve finished school and then got a job doing that. Basically, I’d be managing the expenses on a job, putting together different teams for different projects, scheduling them and things like that. It’s a lot of project management.”

Jordan Bell
“I actually wanted to be a dentist. I never did (any work toward it). It was just something I was always interested in. I didn’t want a job, I wanted a career. That was something I used to think of as an alternative to basketball.”

Quinn Cook
“I would’ve pursued something in the movie industry. I’m into producing and editing movies and stuff like that. I majored in Theater when I was at Duke. I’m making a documentary right now. I edit a lot of videos too. I use the program Splice and a little bit of iMovie, but mainly Splice. At Duke, I didn’t put on any actual productions, but I took a class and I was in two plays. I was in The Outsiders – that’s my favorite book. I wasn’t a main character, I was just one of the Socs. It was just part of that class, it was cool.”

Well, Quinn -- if the whole basketball thing doesn't work out, there's always room for you on Warriors Outsiders with myself and Grant Liffmann...

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Steve Kerr explains how Draymond Green has changed this season

Steve Kerr explains how Draymond Green has changed this season

LOS ANGELES — Draymond Green raced out to a strong start this Warriors season, snagging double-digit rebounds and dishing out team highs in assists.

In a recent conversation, before Green and Kevin Durant had a dust-up at the start of overtime against the Clippers, Steve Kerr shared his read on Green’s outlook for the season.

“Draymond is our vocal leader,” the Warriors coach said. “We have quiet leadership elsewhere with Steph and Andre and KD. We’ve had veteran leadership here before with David West and Zaza. 

“I think Draymond this year is taking on more of an elder statesman role. I think his composure and poise is better right now than it’s ever been, and I think that’s why he’s playing better than he’s ever played.”

Following the Clippers game, Green is averaging 7.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game, and he leads the Warriors in steals with 23.

Kerr noted Green has worked on his touch this season, with both hands. Kerr believes Green’s passing is even better this year.

“I’m really proud of him,” Kerr said. “As a great player in this league ... not that I was ever one of them ... great players have to get better in the margins. They have to work on the little things because they’re already great at everything else.”

Other coaches are sometimes curious about Green.

“I think I’ve been asked a couple times what it’s like to coach him,” Kerr said. “My answer is, ‘You should be so lucky.’ You could ask for somebody who is a little easier to coach, you know ... but if that comes with no edge, no competitive fire and a lot of losses? If that’s what you want, go ahead.”

He continued: “I think for the first time ... this will be our fifth season together ... I don’t think we’re going to get into (arguments). In the past, we’ve gotten into it. Sometimes, it’s been productive. Sometimes, we both needed it. 

“It feels like our relationship has taken a different course, like it’s more collaborative than ever. He’s in a place in his career where he’s comfortable and confident. He’s got three championships, he’s got a Defensive Player of the Year award. He doesn’t have to prove anything.”

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