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Warriors' Klay Thompson to have Washington State jersey retired in January

Warriors' Klay Thompson to have Washington State jersey retired in January

The date has been set, Cougars fans. 

Washington State will retire Warriors star shooting guard Klay Thompson's No. 1 jersey on Jan. 18 at Beasley Coliseum during a halftime ceremony when the men's basketball team plays Oregon State. 

"Klay's impact not only as a student-athlete at Washington State, but also as a three-time world champion with the Golden State Warriors, is most deserving of this recognition," Washington State athletic director Pat Chun said in a statement. "There has only been one basketball jersey retired in WSU history and on Jan. 18 we will add another as the Klay Thompson No. 1 will take its rightful place in WSU immortality.

"We appreciate how Klay has continued to represent the Cougars globally and we look forward to celebrating his many accomplishments at home in Pullman."

Steve Puidokas' No. 55 jersey is the only other number to be retired by the school. 

Thompson played three seasons for Washington State -- from 2008 through 2011 -- before the Warriors selected him with the No. 11 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Klay set a school record with 733 total points his junior year and still is Washington State's No. 3 all-time leading scorer with 1,756 points. 

The three-time NBA champion and five-time All-Star, averaged 17.9 points per game in college while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. 

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There could be a bit of a conflict when the school retires Thompson's jersey, though. Golden State plays Orlando the same day as the ceremony with the Warriors hosting the Magic at Chase Center in San Francisco. 

But Thompson will be excused as he will be rehabbing from his torn ACL and is out until at least the All-Star break. As the Dubs look to get a win in front of their home fans, Klay will be celebrating to cheers from some original Klaystans.

Warriors' Damion Lee eager to get back in the lineup

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Warriors' Damion Lee eager to get back in the lineup

SAN FRANCISCO - For weeks, Warriors Damion Lee has been sequestered to the team's training room, prompting a running joke among his injured teammates. 

"We're in detention while everybody's having recess," Lee explained on Tuesday afternoon.  

A two-way guard, Lee has frequently outplayed his two-way contract status, becoming a dependable role player. A fractured bone in his right hand impeded that progress, forcing him to miss a month of action. Now, after being upgraded to probable for Wednesday's matchup against the Knicks, he's eager to get back into the fold. 

"I'm good. I'm going out there and not thinking about it. It took its course and it's healed, and everything's fine," Lee said. "When the time comes, I will be out there on the court, and whenever my number's called, just go out there and get the butterflies out early, and just have fun."

Lee -- who suffered a nondisplaced fracture in his right hand last month-- joined the team on its most recent five-game road trip. After missing Monday's loss to Memphis, he participated fully in practice Tuesday morning, including a 3-on-3 scrimmage prior to Tuesday's session. While listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Lee expects to be brought back slowly. 

"I highly doubt I'm going to be out there playing 30, 35 minutes. Just going out there," he said. "Just coming off the bench, just trying to bring that spark, muck up the game, and just have fun with everything."

Following an injury-plagued college career at Drexel and Louisville, Lee went undrafted in 2016, bouncing around the league, including G-League stops with the Maine Red Claws and Golden State's affiliate in Santa Cruz, earning a two-way contract last season. During his tenure in Golden State, he's frequently outplayed his contract. This season -- in a two-way role -- he became a rotation player with Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry out for extended time. In an early-season win over the New Orleans Pelicans, he scored a career-high 23 points, adding 11 rebounds. 

His availability comes with a caveat. As a two-way player, he can only be with the Warriors 45 days before he's forced back down to the G-League for the season unless Golden State signs him to a fully guaranteed deal. As of Tuesday, Lee has 31 days left with the Warriors. 

Lee's addition to the roster comes as the roster is getting healthier. In the last week, expected contributors Kevon Looney, Jacob Evans and D'Angelo Russell have returned from various injuries. With a return on the horizon, Lee believes he'll reach his previous production levels with time. 

"I know tomorrow I'm not going to go out there and be perfect. I know I'm not going to make every shot, I'm not going to miss every shot," Lee said. "But it's just going out there and just doing things at game speed. Obviously, being in the game, but preparing at game speed, and just going out there, and once it all starts to click, then it'll obviously go up. Going out there tomorrow, the main thing is just playing hard and having fun."

Ron Adams pinpoints where Warriors need to improve most on defense

Ron Adams pinpoints where Warriors need to improve most on defense

Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams no longer sits on the bench during games, but he still has a very important job.

The 72-year-old is a defensive guru, so it must be painful for him to see Golden State ranked 25th in defensive rating.

"We gotta get much better defending the 3-point shot -- that's kind of been a sticking point," Adams told Warriors radio voice Tim Roye prior to the Dubs' loss to the Grizzlies on Monday night. "But we now have more players, which helps.

"But it's really tough when you're on the road with eight or nine guys."

Well, speaking of defending the arc and losing to Memphis -- the Grizzlies went 15-for-40 (37.5 percent) from deep Monday. They entered the game shooting 34.2 percent (24th in the NBA), averaging 10.8 makes per game (No. 22).

But it wasn't a surprise to see Memphis connect from 3-point territory because the Warriors entered the matchup with the worst 3-point defense in the NBA, allowing opponents to make just under 40 percent of their attempts.

That's really, really bad -- especially when you give up the second most makes per contest (13.8).

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And it's not like the Dubs suffered bad luck against Memphis.

If they don't clean up this area of the game, the Warriors' rough season only will get uglier.

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