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Stephen Jackson emotional over friend George Floyd's death in police custody

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Stephen Jackson emotional over friend George Floyd's death in police custody

George Floyd’s death while in police custody Monday caused outrage across Minnesota and the nation, and hit close to home for former Warriors forward Stephen Jackson.

Jackson and Floyd were close friends, and even had a nickname for each other: "Twin."

"This is what I gotta wake up to, huh?" a visibly emotional Jackson said in a video he posted on Instagram on Tuesday. "This is what I gotta wake up to. Floyd was my brother, man. We called each other "Twin," bruh. Everybody know me and Floyd called each other "Twin." My brother was only out there in Minnesota, he was changing his life, he went to Minnesota, he was driving trucks. I just sent him two, three boxes of clothes. My boy was doing what he was supposed to do, man, and y'all go kill my brother, man. I'm on my way to Minnesota, man. Whatever I can do, can't let this ride, dog. Y'all not going to be mad until it hits your front door. Bull---t."

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday for their involvement in the death of Floyd, who was 46.

Including the video, Jackson posted 10 times about Floyd on Tuesday.

Jackson and Floyd grew up together in the Houston, Texas area.

As you can see by the emotion on Jackson's face and in his voice, he lost a brother Monday.

Jackson lost his twin.

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What Warriors' Steve Kerr learned about Andrew Wiggins from Tom Thibodeau

What Warriors' Steve Kerr learned about Andrew Wiggins from Tom Thibodeau

The Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins from the Minnesota Timberwolves just before the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline.

Shortly thereafter, Tom Thibodeau -- who coached Wiggins for multiple seasons in Minnesota -- visited Golden State's facility in San Francisco.

Naturally, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was able to pick Thibs' brain.

“We had just traded for Andrew Wiggins and he was really helpful,’’ Kerr told Marc Berman of The New York Post over the weekend. “I had a long conversation with [Thibodeau] about Andrew.

"He gave me some good advice on ways to connect with Andrew, how much he enjoyed coaching him and why."

The chat certainly helped.

Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals over 12 games with the Dubs, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

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“He showed some X’s and O’s and went over some actions they ran for [Wiggins],” Kerr said. “Some of the things they were trying to do."

The Warriors' coaching staff was very pleased with what they saw from the 25-year-old in a short amount of time, and are confident he will thrive playing alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

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Wiggins fills a need on the wing, and the goal is for him to become a lock-down defender.

"I was particularly pleased with his defense, especially on the ball," assistant coach Ron Adams told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami in early June. "I just thought he did a really good job. And against the best players in the league, he really enjoys playing against them and actually picks his game up when he did play against those guys.

“The sky’s the limit for this guy."

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NBA rumors: G League team for elite prospects coming to Walnut Creek

NBA rumors: G League team for elite prospects coming to Walnut Creek

A new professional basketball team is coming to the Bay Area.

Yes, you read that right.

The Ultimate Fieldhouse sports complex -- where Warriors superstar Steph Curry has hosted his Under Armour Select Camp -- is expected to be the team's home.

Back in mid-April, Jalen Green -- the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft -- announced he was signing with the professional pathway program.

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Since then, several additional elite prospects have signed contracts with the squad. And in June, Oakland native Brian Shaw -- who served as an analyst for Warriors coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area last season -- was named head coach.

The team originally was going to be based in Southern California, but plans changed. And it's unclear at this point how the coronavirus pandemic will impact how it competes against the rest of the NBA G League franchises.

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The Warriors currently possess the Minnesota Timberwolves' top-three protected first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Assuming they don't trade the selection, and assuming NBA executives will be allowed to scout the prospects in person, Golden State general manager Bob Myers and the rest of the front office just might be spending a decent amount of time in Walnut Creek during the winter.

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