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The key for Zaza Pachulia? Not consuming critical media

The key for Zaza Pachulia? Not consuming critical media

Over the first 23 games of the season, Zaza Pachulia averaged 4.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists, while shooting just over 49 percent from the field.

Over his final 47 appearances, he registered 6.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists on 55 percent shooting.

“In the beginning, I was reading a lot, my ears were kind of open and hearing a lot,” Pachulia told Sean Deveney of Sporting News. “I think that was not the right thing for me to do. It was affecting me in a negative way after I was reading so much of these critics.

"But I am thankful to my coaches for telling me and reminding me not to listen to that stuff. The most important thing for me is to listen to my coaches and my teammates, are they comfortable with me being part of this team? They were, and that’s what motivated me, changed my approach.

“When I stopped paying attention to it, the game became so much easier. Because I was worried about the real stuff, not the stuff I shouldn’t be worried about.”

Pachulia took less money in free agency to sign with the Warriors.

He is making $2.9 million this year under the "room exception."

"It was a risk, right? But I made the decision and the kind of person I am, I don’t regret a decision once I make it," Zaza said. "If things don’t go the way I am expecting them to go, then that is just the experience. I am not going to look back and cry about it.

"But, second thing, I am glad I made the decision because it has been an amazing journey and ride so far. Hopefully, it is going to be better before we finish it because it is a really special moment to be part of this amazing organization. I don’t worry about the money. Dub Nation, it is priceless.”

Jacob Evans III: Warriors training camp profile

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Jacob Evans III: 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.

EIGHTH IN A SERIES

Player: Jacob Evans III
Position: Guard/wing
Height/weight: 6-6, 200
College: Cincinnati
Age: 21
Salary: $1.64M (first year of a two-year rookie deal worth $3.57M per Spotrac.)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 72

2017-18 in review: As a junior last season, Evans started every game for the second consecutive season and led Cincinnati in scoring and assists, while adding 4.7 rebounds. Bearcats coach Mick Cronin described Evans as an “elite” defender, while opposing coaches marveled over his versatility, composure and basketball IQ. The Warriors were impressed enough to select him in the first round of the draft, 28th overall.

Key stats: 36 games (36 starts), averaging 13.0 points (42.7 percent FG, 32.7 3p, 75.4 percent FT), 4.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.

Season highs: Points (24), rebounds (eight, twice), assists (seven), steals (five), blocks (four).

2018-19 outlook: Despite displaying a strong feel for the game and court awareness, Evans did not dazzle during Summer League. His jump shot was errant often enough to leave some within the organization wondering if a mechanical adjustment might be needed. Evans told NBC Sports Bay Area in August that he’s not concerned and that his confidence remains high. There will be growing pains, and the Warriors will be pleased as long as there is actual growth within the pain. They can afford to be patient because an immediate impact is not needed.

Andre Iguodala: Warriors training camp profile

Andre Iguodala: 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.

SEVENTH IN A SERIES

Player: Andre Iguodala
Position: Small forward
Height/weight: 6-6, 215
College: Arizona
Age: 34
Salary: $16M (Year 2 of a three-year pact worth $48 million)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 77

2017-18 in review: Though his defense is solid, Iguodala finds ways to elevate it at significant times. Likewise, his jump shot was dreadful before arriving in March and hanging around through the postseason. An important contribution that surfaced last season was his influence on younger players, specifically Kevon Looney and Quinn Cook, whose solid play was partly the result of Iguodala’s subtle tutelage. Even while missing 18 games, he again made an impact on both ends that defies individual statistics.

Key stats: 64 games (seven starts), averaging 6.0 points (63.2 percent FT, 28.2 percent 3s), 3.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds,

Season highs: Points (14, twice), assists (10), rebounds (eight, three times) minutes (37).

2018-19 outlook: The nagging injuries keep coming, indicating that Iguodala has eased into the twilight phase of his career. The Warriors are beyond worrying about what he does in the regular season, so he’ll be on a maintenance program even if he stays healthy. The priority is that he’s ready to play 18-25 minutes per game in the postseason. Quiet as it’s kept, Iguodala’s absence for the final three games of the Western Conference Finals was a huge loss and nearly cost the Warriors the series.