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Eric Paschall won't trash talk Steve Kerr when Richard Jefferson baits

Eric Paschall won't trash talk Steve Kerr when Richard Jefferson baits

Former Warriors forward Richard Jefferson tried to get Golden State rookie Eric Paschall into some trouble.

How do we know that?

Because this hit Twitter on Tuesday afternoon:

Here's the transcript:

Jefferson: "Is Steve Kerr as annoying as he seems?"

Paschall: "What you mean?"

Jefferson: "He just seems really, really annoying."

Paschall: "Why you say that?"

Jefferson: "I've just never liked him. I played against him as a player -- in the NBA Finals when he was with the Spurs. Then he was the head coach of the Warriors -- and just to me, he seems super, super annoying."

Paschall: "I don't think he's annoying. I think he's a great dude."

Jefferson: "Really?"

Paschall: "(laughter) Yo, you're not gonna try to play this game with me (laughter)."

Jefferson (after erupting with laughter): "Steve Kerr -- he's an Arizona guy. That's my Wildcat brother. I was just messing with you (laughter)."

Paschall: "Yo, this man trying to get me to say something crazy (laughing). I ain't falling for the okie-doke (laughter)."

Jefferson: "It was a test and you passed!"

Just last week, Paschall explained why he loves playing for Kerr.

"He's very laid back. Knows the game. I think that he was a player himself helps out a lot because he understands what we are going through in every type of way.

"Having somebody like him as our coach is great, and I appreciate everything he's doing and done for me so far."

Kerr played at Arizona from 1983 to 1988 -- helping the Wildcats reach the Final Four his senior season.

Jefferson played at Arizona from 1998 to 2001 -- helping the Wildcats reach the national title game his junior season.

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Lastly, here's a random Arizona tangent:

Sorry, Channing. Had to do it.

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What Warriors' Ron Adams believes is Alen Smailagic's best current skill

What Warriors' Ron Adams believes is Alen Smailagic's best current skill

During Alen Smailagic's rookie season with the Warriors, he showed flashes as to why Golden State traded two future second-round draft picks (2021 and 2023) to acquire him.

The No. 39 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft averaged 4.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 9.9 minutes per game over 14 appearances.

"His best skill right now -- for a young guy, he's not afraid of the game," Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic last week. "He comes into the game and he's turned on. He makes some good plays.

"That was noticeable this year. His confidence, his savvy, whatever you want to call it. It was pretty impressive."

The 19-year-old has the utmost belief in himself, and doesn't shy away from the bright lights.

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Smailagic believes he already belongs and can have a big impact on the game.

This is an important mindset to possess as it can help when things aren't going your way. And the reality is that Smailagic is far from a finished product.

"He has a ways to go," Adams said. "I think he made great strides this year. He would get in the game and the only thing he thought about was how (he was) going to get the ball into the hoop (laughter). He was just really intent on that. 

"He began to understand the game in a different way. He began to understand the game the way Steve (Kerr) likes the game to be played. I thought he improved defensively."

[RELATED: Draymond has eager student in Warriors rookie Smailagic]

It's possible that the 6-foot-10 Serbian is a consistent rotation player next season. The Warriors would be ecstatic if that comes to fruition.

But he might not have a significant role, and he could end up spending a decent amount of time in the G League with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

That is all to-be-determined.

"He's a young developing player," Adams said. "And when that's the case, you can never be surprised when things happen more quickly than you think they should in terms of development, and you can't be disappointed when they don't."

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How latest reported NBA schedule timeline could affect Warriors, draft

How latest reported NBA schedule timeline could affect Warriors, draft

The Warriors know they practically are guaranteed to land a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Yet they still don't know when the draft -- originally scheduled for June 25 -- actually will take place.

But the latest intel from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is helping us narrow down the date.

The draft typically falls on the first Thursday after the scheduled date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals. So if we assume the league maintains that format, the Warriors could be making their selections on Oct. 15.

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To reiterate, we are making an assumption here and it's possible the NBA doesn't follow its normal protocol during these very uncertain times. 

But as Woj writes:

The expectation is that the NBA draft and the opening of free agency would follow in sequential order in October, sources said.

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If we apply the same logic for the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery -- which was slated for May 19 -- you can expect it to be held in mid-September.

We might know all of the specifics as early as Thursday because that's when the NBA's Board of Governors is expected to vote on the NBA's return-to-play proposal.

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