Jonas Jerebko: Warriors training camp profile


Jonas Jerebko: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.


Player: Jonas Jerebko
Position: Forward
Height/weight: 6-10, 231 pounds
College: None (Played two seasons in Sweden and two in Italy before becoming the second Swedish national player selected in the NBA Draft in 2009)
Age: 31
Salary: $2.18M (one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum, per Spotrac)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 75

2017-18 in review: After signing with Utah last summer, Jerebko became one of the team’s key reserves. A solid 3-point shooter for most of his career, the “stretch-4” actually enhanced his reputation as a long-range shooting specialist. His minutes, however, were curtailed in the postseason, where the Jazz was eliminated in the conference semifinals.

Key stats: 74 games (19 starts), averaging 5.8 points (46.6 percent FG, 41.4 percent 3p, 80.7 percent FT).

Season highs: Points (17), 3-pointers (four), rebounds (eight, four times), assists (three), minutes (30).

2018-19 outlook: Jerebko represents the latest effort by the Warriors to discover legitimate floor-stretchers off the bench. They’ve traditionally been at or near the bottom of the league in 3-pointer made by reserves. Can he change that? With the Warriors placing a priority on limiting minutes for key starters, there will be an opportunity for Jerebko to crack the rotation. If he can shoot higher than 40 percent from beyond the arc, there is no reason to believe he won’t stay there.

Ex-Warriors big Omari Spellman dominating for T-Wolves' G League team

Ex-Warriors big Omari Spellman dominating for T-Wolves' G League team

On Feb. 6, the Warriors traded Omari Spellman to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The T-Wolves have had five games since, yet the big man hasn't suited up for any of them.

Why not? Because for some reason, he's been assigned to the Iowa Wolves in the G League.

Oddly enough, Spellman played in Santa Cruz against the Sea Dubs on Feb. 12, recording 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 28 minutes off the bench.

He started against the Salt Lake City Stars a week later, registering 20 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

And on Sunday against the South Bay Lakers, Spellman dominated to the tune of 32 points (11-for-20 overall, 6-for-11 3s), nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.

The 22-year-old simply is too good for the G League, and he should be with Minnesota 100 percent of the time.

[RELATED: Spellman sends farewell message to Warriors fans on IG]

It's safe to assume something happened behind the scenes that hasn't been brought to light yet. We will update you should that information become available.

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Michael Jordan's meme joke at Kobe Bryant tribute makes Steph Curry laugh

Michael Jordan's meme joke at Kobe Bryant tribute makes Steph Curry laugh

Michael Jordan spoke at Kobe Bryant's memorial Monday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

And while it was an incredibly sad day, the six-time NBA champion did provide the world -- including Warriors superstar Steph Curry -- with a moment of levity during his speech.

The original "Crying Jordan" meme -- derived from a photo taken during the five-time NBA MVP's 2009 Hall of Fame induction -- hit the mainstream in 2015, and stuck around for several years.

"I told my wife I wasn't going to do this because I didn't want to see that for the next three or four years," Jordan said.

[RELATED: Why a certain compliment is Steph's favorite memory of Kobe]

RIP Kobe.

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