Jamal Crawford thinks Warriors need third scorer without Klay Thompson

Jamal Crawford thinks Warriors need third scorer without Klay Thompson

Jamal Crawford has always had the green light to shoot his shot. 

The NBA free agent is tied for 21st in league history with four 50-point games to his name, and Crawford never has averaged fewer than five field-goal attempts per game in a single season. With that context in mind, how would you read Crawford's tweeted observation from the Warriors' preseason opener Saturday? 

Now Crawford, 39, could be preparing for life off the court by honing his analysis. The Warriors certainly hope Draymond Green can fill the scoring void behind Steph Curry and D'Angelo Russell while Klay Thompson rehabs his torn ACL. Green is working to regain his 3-point shot and return to his 2015-16 heights, but at age 29, he is four years older than he was when he averaged a career-high 14.0 points per game during Golden State's 73-9 season. 

Behind Green, though, there isn't much to inspire confidence as a potential No. 3 scoring option. Rookies Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall are still learning the ins and outs of the NBA, and the same can be said of second-year pro Jacob Evans. Free-agent signee Alec Burks hasn't been a double-digit scorer over a full season since 2015-16, and Kevon Looney hasn't at any point in his four-year NBA career. 

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If Crawford's observation had an ulterior motive, it's not likely he would be a much better option. He turns 40 in March, and his scoring averages have decreased in each of the last five seasons. Even if Crawford still could be a top option, the Warriors' contract situation all but rules out a reunion with the one-time Golden State guard. 

No matter Crawford's intention, though, who emerges behind Curry and Russell will be worth watching as the Warriors settle into their new reality without Thompson and with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. 

Warriors' Steve Kerr regrets 'embarrassing' 2019 China-Hong Kong comments

Warriors' Steve Kerr regrets 'embarrassing' 2019 China-Hong Kong comments

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey created a significant controvery last October with his tweet showing support for the protestors in Hong Kong.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr -- who was asked about the issue a couple of days later -- wishes he handled his response differently.

"That was a really, really uncomfortable position to be in," Kerr told Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos this week on KQED's "Political Breakdown" podcast. "China has been a partner in the NBA -- and across America with thousands of companies -- so all of a sudden, when the human rights issues really are being exposed and you're asked about it, it's like, 'Oh, wait a second.' 

"I was sort of deer in the headlights when I was asked about it. And I think it caught a lot of us by surprise. I handled it horribly. I regret my answer to this day. I sort of gave it 'no comment,' and then said something else. It was really embarrassing.

"But that's part of the deal when you're part of the public eye and you choose to speak out. You have to take that. You gotta be ready. You're gonna screw up sometimes."

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So what were Kerr's original comments?

"It's a really bizarre international story, and a lot of us don't know what to make of it," he said to reporters. "So it's something I'm reading about just like everybody is, but I'm not going to comment further than that.

"What I've found is that it's easy to speak on issues that I'm passionate about and that I feel like I'm well-versed on, and I've found that it makes the most sense to stick to topics that fall in that category.

"So I try to keep my comments to those things, and so it's not difficult. It's more I'm just trying to learn."

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Warriors' Steph Curry might wear Mavericks uniform as virtual fan

Warriors' Steph Curry might wear Mavericks uniform as virtual fan

Steph Curry is not physically in Orlando for the restart to the 2019-20 NBA season.

But the Warriors superstar could be making a virtual appearance in the bubble when the Dallas Mavericks take the court in the playoffs.

"When they get to the first round, I might be in there and wear my Dallas uniform and make everybody go crazy," Steph recently told CNBC's Jabari Young.

Why would the two-time NBA MVP do this? The answer is simple: His brother, Seth, plays for the Mavs.

The hope is that Seth is in uniform if and when this happens, as he missed Dallas' last two games because of right leg soreness.

Seth is having a terrific season, averaging 12.5 points and 2.0 assists, while shooting just under 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the arc.

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The Mavs practically are locked into the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, and most likely will face the LA Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

As for Steph, there's an outside chance he can watch his little brother take the court in person -- not through virtual technology -- later this month.

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The Athletic's Sam Amick reported Friday morning that the NBA is exploring the possibility for the Warriors (and the other seven teams not in Orlando) to join the bubble so they can hold organized team workouts/practices.

If this happens, you gotta assume Steph and former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will be hitting the golf course together.

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