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Kerr: One player has helped make Draymond 'easy' to handle this year

Kerr: One player has helped make Draymond 'easy' to handle this year

According to Steve Kerr, David West has had a big influence on Draymond Green.

On Tuesday, the Warriors' head coach joined Bill Simmons' podcast and opened up about West's impact.

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"I think David, in particular, has been great for Draymond," Kerr said. "Draymond has so much respect for David. David could run for office. And actually that’s probably the wrong analogy. David probably wouldn’t go into politics because of all the BS that’s in politics. David is a tremendous human being. Incredibly smart. Genuinely wants to help.

"So he can’t go into politics. He’s got to go somewhere else. He could be like the greatest community leader, he can do anything he wants. He is smart as a whip, he’s tough, he’s fair. He could be an incredible coach. He’s intellectual, he follows politics, he follows history — he doesn’t mince his words, but he’s not a blowhard. He listens.

"I mean this guy has been fantastic for our team."

Kerr's rave reviews on West came after Simmons asked Kerr if Draymond is more difficult to handle than all of Kerr's kids combined.

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But the two-time runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year has been easy to deal with this season, according to Kerr.

"Draymond is, first of all, somebody’s who’s extremely motivated to get better," Kerr explained. "And he talked over the summer about (how) he wanted to take the next step as a player (and) as a person, and that meant kind of reining himself in. He’s become much more of a partner in coaching this team this year.

"The rest of the guys have all been that way for the last couple years. Andre’s a coach on the floor. Shaun Livingston, very stoic and smart. Draymond has always been the engine, the emotional guy who could get a little out of control...

"He’s in a much better place. He’s grown a lot."

San Francisco brewing company releases 'LeBron Tears' IPA

San Francisco brewing company releases 'LeBron Tears' IPA

San Francisco's Barebottle Brewing Company is adding insult to injury after the Warriors swept the Cavs in the 2018 NBA Finals. 

Warriors fans can now drink the sadness of LeBron James and the Cavs. Kind of. 

On Saturday, Barebottle announced they have released a new IPA named "LeBron Tears." Here's how they describe the hazy IPA:

Little known fact: KD, Steph, and Klay take opposing teams' hopes and dreams, and turn them into soul crushing 3-pointers. We took the tears from Sir James' Game 1 loss and distilled them into a hazy IPA, just for you. We also decided that Tears pair well with Mosaic hops. Sad!

The Warriors won Game 1 in overtime, 124-114. The game was tied after regulation with J.R. Smith grabbing a missed free throw with 4.7 seconds and ran out the clock by dribbling away from the hoop. 

James scored 51 points with eight assists and eight rebounds in the loss. The Warriors have now beat James and the Cavs three out of the last four years in the Finals. 

LiAngelo Ball works out with Warriors: 'I feel like I'm ready'

LiAngelo Ball works out with Warriors: 'I feel like I'm ready'

OAKLAND -- The second of the three breathlessly publicized Ball brothers worked out for the Warriors on Friday and did so in shoes unaffiliated with the family brand.

LiAngelo Ball wore Nikes.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound forward nonetheless made it through nearly two hours of drills, joining five other draft hopefuls under the supervision of Warriors officials at the team’s Oakland facility.

The Warriors have one pick in next Thursday’s draft, 28th overall. Ball, 19, is considered a second-round pick, at best.

“I feel pretty good going into the draft,” Ball said. “I feel like I’m going to get drafted. I feel I could produce for a team.

“But if I don’t, then it’s going to be the G-League or just go as a free agent and join a Summer League team or something like that.”

Scouts consider Ball a better shooter than his older brother, Lonzo, who was drafted second overall by the Lakers last June. The third Ball brother, LaMelo, 16, is playing in the Junior Basketball Association, a creation of LaVar Ball, the bombastic family patriarch and proprietor of Big Baller Brand apparel.

LiAngelo Ball lasted one game at UCLA last year. He was suspended after a shoplifting arrest in China in November and withdrew from UCLA a month later.

He wound up, at the request of his father, playing professionally for Vytautas Prienu in Lithuania, where he averaged 12.6 points, with 41.5 percent shooting, in 14 games. The time in Europe, Ball says, served to enhance his overall game.

“It wouldn’t have been where I’m at right now, because going overseas helped more, in my opinion,” he said. “In college, I didn’t get the kind of playing time that I thought I’d get. When I went overseas, I was able to develop better.”

Ball concedes his ball-handling needs work. Scout like his shooting and athleticism but have found him indifferent about passing and defending. He has less than a week to make an impression before the draft on Thursday.

“I feel like I’m ready,” Ball said. “I’ve been training for this since a young age. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so when the time comes I’m ready for it.”