Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders today at 4 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.
Stephen Jackson likes to party. So does Don Nelson.
And back in January 2007, player and coach bonded over some alcoholic beverages, and built the foundation for a special relationship.
NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock will publish an oral history of the "We Believe" Warriors, which you can check out Monday on the website and the My Teams app, and the following story is included in the must-read piece:
Shortly after Stephen Jackson arrived in the Bay Area following a 2007 trade that sent him from the Indiana Pacers to the Warriors, his new coach, Don Nelson, called with a simple directive.
Go to Smitty's Cocktails near Lake Merritt. ...
"We played shuffleboard and drunk scotch for hours," Jackson said. "Talking about pissy drunk."
For the rest of the night, Nelson, Jackson and [Baron] Davis talked strategy and life before the coach made a declaration.
"Nellie tells me and BD while we're drunk: ‘You guys are going to be my captains. You run this team, and we're going to have fun.’ ” Jackson said.
Run this team and have fun they most certainly did.
In Golden State's historic upset of the Mavs in the first round of the playoffs that season, Jackson and Davis were awesome:
-- Jackson = 22.8 points, 47.5 percent from deep 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.0 steals
-- Davis = 25.0 points, 45.5 percent from deep 6.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.8 steals
Jackson and Davis are legends in the Bay Area, and will be forever.