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Matt Barnes reveals 'We Believe' Warriors documentary in the works

Matt Barnes reveals 'We Believe' Warriors documentary in the works

Programming note: Watch games from the "We Believe" Warriors on NBC Sports Bay Area on Saturday, May 23 and Saturday, May 30, beginning at 2 p.m.

Former Warriors forward Matt Barnes broke some news Friday during an appearance on "The Bill Simmons Podcast."

"We're in the midst of getting a 'We Believe' documentary together," he revealed.

Whoa, right?

We don't know any other information whatsoever at this point, other than Barnes saying: "I sat down with Baron (Davis) the other day, and we were kind of just rehashing ..."

Perhaps the documentary will be produced by Showtime because that's the network that launched Barnes and Stephen Jackson's "All the Smoke" podcast.

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The project won't generate bigger ratings than ESPN's "The Last Dance" doc on the Chicago Bulls, but the interest in the Bay Area will be off the charts.

The 2006-07 "We Believe" Warriors -- who became the first Golden State team to make the NBA playoffs since 1994 -- are one of the most popular teams in the region's history.

[RELATED: Barnes reveals location of Warriors ring he didn't accept]

That squad upset the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs to become the first No. 8 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed in a seven-game series.

If you haven't already, take the time this holiday weekend to read the oral history of that iconic group from NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock.

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What Kirk Lacob cares about most with Andrew Wiggins' Warriors role

What Kirk Lacob cares about most with Andrew Wiggins' Warriors role

When the Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins from the Minnesota Timberwolves at the NBA trade deadline in February, they filled a position of need.

And now the basketball world is anxious to see how the 6-foot-7 small forward fits in alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

So what are the realistic expectations for Wiggins next season?

"I just want to see him play the game in a way that helps us win," Golden State's executive VP of basketball operations Kirk Lacob said Thursday on the "Runnin' Plays" podcast. "We know he's a talented basketball player. Nobody is going to argue that. Can he bring those talents and learn, 'What do I do best with this squad to help win?' That's all that I really care about.

"I don't care how many points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocks he averages ... I want to see him really happy when we win a bunch of games. I want to see him high-fiving our other guys."

Compared to what was asked of him in Minnesota, Wiggins will be adjusting to a new role with the Dubs.

"He looked like a very different player with us," Lacob said. "You go from being the No. 1 pick, the savior, the do-it-all guy on offense ... to getting to focus on things that you specialize at -- that you're really good at.

"We saw that he fits in to our culture, he can fit in with our playing style and I think he enjoyed it. The other thing -- he had to be a leader of a team at 19 (years old). He now gets to be around other people who have led and can grow into what type of leader he wants to be.

"I'm really excited to see how his game continues to evolve. There's a chance that he looks really, really good with this group. He may be really, really happy playing with this group. And that's a big part of playing basketball -- are you happy? Are you confident?"

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Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 12 games in a Warriors uniform, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

What specific aspects of his game need improvement?

"I would love to see him really grow as a defender," Lacob said. "That would be huge for us. We lost a lot of length on the perimeter over the last two years. He's so long and athletic -- can he use that to his advangtage on defense?

"We saw a little bit of that in the games he was with us. I actually had a conversation with him, I was like, 'You're really athletic and I've seen you block shots at the rim -- how come you don't average more blocks?'

"I'm not saying blocks are the end-all (or) be-all. But it's like, 'Man, you can do this.' "

Yes he can. The No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft averaged 1.4 blocks with the Dubs, up from 0.6 blocks over 442 games with the T-Wolves.

What about offensively?

"I would love to see him do a lot off the ball. He needs to improve on that and I think he already showed he can," Lacob explained. "We do love the ability for him to get a shot off. It wasn't always efficient for him in Minnesota, but that is a really valuable skill.

"We don't want him to lose that, but we want him to add all these other things."

[RELATED: Kerr goes to bat for Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player']

Wiggins should get a lot more high-efficient attempts within Steve Kerr's offense, and it's not unrealistic at all to assume he increases his shooting percentages across the board.

"There's a lot of untapped stuff with Andrew," Lacob added. "We're really excited to get to know him better and continue that relationship ... I would imagine he's champing at the bit to get up here and get to work."

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NBA rumors: Steph Curry to represent Warriors at 2020 draft lottery

NBA rumors: Steph Curry to represent Warriors at 2020 draft lottery

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will be held next Thursday, Aug. 20.

Who will be representing the Warriors at the virtual event?

Marcus Thompson of The Athletic is "hearing" Golden State superstar Steph Curry is the choice.

"If Steph Curry ever came and said, 'I want to do this. Put me on the lottery dais,' I think it would be pretty hard to say no," Golden State assistant general manager told Kerith Burke and Grant Liffmann this week on the "Runnin' Plays" podcast. "He's a pretty lucky guy. You want somebody who has good luck to be up there representing you.

"We got some ideas as far as lucky tokens as well."

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No pressure, Steph!

The Warriors are guaranteed to end up with a top-five pick. Here is the breakdown of their odds:

-No. 1 pick: 14 percent
-No. 2 pick: 13.4 percent
-No. 3 pick: 12.7 percent
-No. 4 pick: 12 percent
-No. 5 pick: 47.9 percent

[RELATED: Will Dubs contend for '21 title? 'Hell yes,' Kirk Lacob says]

If the Dubs don't trade the selection, it will be their first time making a lottery pick since 2012 when they took Harrison Barnes at No. 7 overall.

The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled to take place Oct. 16.

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