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Jared Dudley backs up Draymond Green's comments on Marquese Chriss, Suns

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Jared Dudley backs up Draymond Green's comments on Marquese Chriss, Suns

Marquese Chriss' NBA career didn't get off to a storybook start, but now he appears to have found a home with the Warriors.

Chriss, a projected top-five talent in the 2016 NBA Draft, struggled in Phoenix and was traded to the Houston Rockets prior to last season. Issues with maturity, shot selection and overall effectiveness saw Chriss dealt once again to the Cavs last February before signing with the Warriors this summer. 

The University of Washington product has looked like a different player since donning a Warriors jersey, with his play reportedly leading some to petition general manager Bob Myers to keep Chriss on the roster. After Chriss scored eight points and pulled down four rebounds in the Warriors' preseason loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night at Staples Center, Draymond Green teed off on the Suns for not getting enough of the blame for how Chriss' career has gone.

Jared Dudley, who played with Chriss in Phoenix and now suits up for the Lakers, responded to Green's comments, backing up the growth Chriss has shown in his short time with the Warriors.

The Suns have been poorly run for the past decade, failing to help a bevy of young players like Chriss realize their full potential. With the way that ship was being steered in the desert, Chriss had a very small chance of succeeding.

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After a solid preseason, Chriss, still only 22, appears likely to be given a spot on the Warriors' hard-capped, 14-man roster, giving them big man depth behind Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein. 

The Warriors got a 22-year-old with all-world talent on the cheap, and they are doing what good organizations are supposed to -- getting the talent to shine through.

Why Steve Kerr hasn't called Phil Jackson to talk Warriors' struggles

Why Steve Kerr hasn't called Phil Jackson to talk Warriors' struggles

Steve Kerr has learned a lot from Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson over the years, and still considers the "Zen Master" one of his mentors.

But as the Warriors' coach continues to navigate this difficult season, he won't be leaning on Jackson for advice.

"Phil doesn’t know anything about a losing team," Kerr recently told Mark Medina of USA Today Sports, before laughing. "So there’s no point in calling him."

Jackson -- who won 11 NBA titles with the Bulls (six) and Lakers (five) -- never experienced a losing campaign in 20 seasons as an NBA head coach.

He boasts a regular season record of 1155 wins and 485 losses, and a playoff record of 229 wins and 104 losses.

Over his first five years with Golden State, Kerr's win percentage was even higher -- as he went 322-88 during the regular season and 77-28 in the postseason.

But the Warriors are 2-12 this season and it's not crazy to think they could finish with the worst record in the league.

So while Kerr's win-loss mark is going to take a hit, it might end up helping in the long run if the Warriors secure a top-3 pick in the 2020 draft.

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“The goal is to try to win every game," Kerr told Medina. "The reality is we’re not (doing) enough to do so right now. The other stuff, we don’t control. Whatever happens, happens.

"Our goal is to go out there and try to perform our best every night, get better and try to build something positive.”

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Top NBA draft prospect LaMelo Ball is big fan of Warriors' Steph Curry

Top NBA draft prospect LaMelo Ball is big fan of Warriors' Steph Curry

About seven months from now, LaMelo Ball will hear his name called at the 2020 NBA Draft.

The 18-year-old -- who is playing for the Illawarra Hawks in Australia's National Basketball League -- is the younger brother of Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball.

He is averaging 15.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.6 steals through 11 games.

What does LaMelo think about Warriors superstar Steph Curry?

Here is an excerpt from a recent Bleacher Report feature on LaMelo, written by Mirin Fader:

Finally sitting back down, he pulls up NBA highlights on his phone. "My boy Curryyyyyy!" he says, watching Warriors guard Stephen Curry splash a deep three. Jackson and Brooks head out for another drink as LaMelo decides to stay in.

He waves goodbye, then grows quiet, locked into his phone. He is mesmerized by the threes, by the possibility that he could soon be there.

LaMelo wouldn't have said this if he didn't admire and/or respect Curry's game.

And it's wild to think that because the three-time NBA champion will be sidelined for several more months because of a broken left hand, he just might end up being teammates with LaMelo -- who is projected to be a top-5 pick in June.

It's even possible that he ends up going No. 1 overall, and the Warriors currently have the worst record in the NBA.

Nobody knows how things will shake out, but it's fun to imagine what could transpire.

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As for those highlights LaMelo was watching -- in the Warriors' second preseason game against Minnesota on Oct. 10, Curry scored 40 points (in just 25 minutes) and went 6-for-9 from 3-point range.

Basketball misses you, Steph.

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