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Stephen Jackson: Draymond Green 'is a new version of me'

Stephen Jackson: Draymond Green 'is a new version of me'

In the Warriors' sweep of the Blazers, Draymond Green was fantastic.

He averaged 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 4.3 blocks and 1.8 steals per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 55 percent from deep.

On Tuesday morning, former Warriors forward Stephen Jackson was asked about the two-time runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year.

"I don't want to change him at all. That chip on his shoulder, the way he plays, as Steve Kerr will tell you -- every team needs a guy like that," Jackson said on KNBR 680. "I was that guy in San Antonio. I was that guy on a lot of teams.

"You need a guy like that to even it out. You don't want your team to be a pushover. And sometimes, his emotion might hurt the team. But you can live with that, because you got a guy going to bat for all your guys.

"He's one of the best all-around players in the league -- Top 5 -- and you need a guy like that. He makes that team better.

"He's one of those guys that puts his body on the line for a team, passes up a shot to make a pass, guard the best player and not worry about scoring -- that's my type of guy."

When the "We Believe" Warriors upset the Dallas Mavericks in 2007, Jackson averaged 22.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting over 47 percent from 3-point territory in that series.

"I say Draymond is a new version of me -- just way more athletic," Jackson added. "And I love it. I wore his jersey last year to The Finals, and I plan on wearing it again."

Turns out, we've been pronouncing Jonas Jerebko's name wrong

Turns out, we've been pronouncing Jonas Jerebko's name wrong

Whoops.

For the last four months, we haven't been pronouncing Jonas Jerebko's name the way it's pronounced in his native Sweden.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke caught up with Jerebko at Warriors practice on Monday and had the Warriors forward pronounce it the proper way.

Thunder are listing Russell Westbrook as out for opener vs. Warriors

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Thunder are listing Russell Westbrook as out for opener vs. Warriors

We knew this was a possibility when the Thunder announced that Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 12.

Now it appears to be a reality: Westbrook won't play on Tuesday night in the season opener against the Warriors.

The Thunder have listed Westbrook as OUT on the game notes they sent to the media on Monday. Additionally, center Steven Adams is listed as questionable due to lower back stiffness.

Things could always change, but it's not looking for a Westbrook vs. Kevin Durant showdown at Oracle on Tuesday.

The Warriors will receive their 2018 championship rings before the game. No word on if the Thunder will be on the court watching the ceremony or in their locker room munching on cupcakes.