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Kerr asked about Damian Jones: 'The other thing that hurts all the centers...'

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Kerr asked about Damian Jones: 'The other thing that hurts all the centers...'

The Warriors selected Damian Jones with the 30th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

As a rookie, the big man appeared in just 10 NBA games.

He also suited up for the Santa Cruz Warriors 31 times.

"He's got a year under his belt now and he's healthy. This is his first real season where he's starting fresh. I don't tell anybody where they rank on the pecking order and totem pole. You just gotta play.

"You never know how this stuff turns out. If a guy is good enough to play, we're gonna play him. And he is really good, but you got a lot of  good guys at his same position, too."

Zaza Pachulia is the Warriors' starting center.

Behind him, it's JaVale McGee, David West, Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell and Jones.

Oh yeah -- and then there's that Draymond Green guy.

"The other thing that hurts all the centers is there's no four-man anymore," Kerr added. "David West used to be a four, now he's a five. Looney -- ten years ago would have been a four. Now he's a five.

"So as a result, we end up with six centers on a roster ... now you're either a five or you're a three. The four position has almost been eliminated from the NBA.

"Unless you're Draymond Green and you just play whatever the hell position you want to call it."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Watch Warriors' Klay Thompson use dog Rocco for curls during workout

Watch Warriors' Klay Thompson use dog Rocco for curls during workout

Normally, Rocco just watches Klay Thompson when he's working out. But on Tuesday, the pooch got in on the action.

In a video posted by the Warriors shooting guard, he did 12 curls where he used Rocco as the weight.

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In early July, Thompson posted a video of Rocco providing moral support while he rehabbed his surgically repaired left ACL.

During the early days of Thompson's rehab, Rocco was at his side as he went through rigorous exercises with a trainer.

Thompson missed the entire 2019-20 NBA season after tearing his left ACL against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. He reportedly was medically cleared to start training without restrictions in June.

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Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Monday that Thompson and Steph Curry worked out together at some point over the last few months.

I think we can safely assume Rocco also was there for the Splash Brothers' workout.

Andre Iguodala discusses different approaches between Warriors, Heat

Andre Iguodala discusses different approaches between Warriors, Heat

In terms of proximity, the Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat are not close to each other.

And when it comes to certain components of how each franchise operates on a day-to-day basis, they are far apart as well.

“They take two different approaches," former Golden State forward Andre Iguodala recently told Mark Medina of USA Today Sports. "But they’re trying to get to the same place. Neither approach is wrong."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra come from different backgrounds, and don't share the same philosophies. There's nothing wrong with that whatsoever, as there is more than one way to build a culture that leads to success.

The 2015 NBA Finals MVP didn't shed too much light on how Golden State and Miami differ, but Medina provided some additional context.

"Iguodala has adapted to a completely different style than what he became accustomed to at Golden State," he writes. "He admittedly could pace himself during the season, while (Steph) Curry, (Kevin) Durant, (Klay) Thompson and (Draymond) Green handled most of the workload.

"The Warriors also had light practices because of their extensive trips to the Finals. In Miami, Iguodala has become exposed to harder practices and prolonged film sessions in hopes to accelerate the Heat’s development."

All of this makes perfect sense.

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But what does confuse some people at times is how to quantify Iguodala's impact, because he didn't consistently register big box-score numbers in a Dubs uniform and doesn't do that for the Heat either.

“You can’t put an analytic to his game with how many different ways he can impact your team in regards to winning,” Spoelstra told Medina. “You have to have him in your locker room and see him out on the floor to truly understand.

"Every coach in this league recognizes he is a winner because he does so many winning things.”

[RELATED: Why Bill Simmons believes Iguodala belongs in Hall of Fame]

These comments probably sound very familiar to Warriors fans, as we used this space over the years to highlight Iguodala's immense importance to the Warriors.

Yours truly can't wait to watch how the 36-year-old helps the Heat in the playoffs.

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