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Why Stephen Jackson, Baron Davis, Don Nelson got drunk together once

Why Stephen Jackson, Baron Davis, Don Nelson got drunk together once

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.

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Steph Curry loves idea of Draymond Green shooting more for Warriors

Steph Curry loves idea of Draymond Green shooting more for Warriors

Draymond Green's most prolific shooting seasons came in the two years before Kevin Durant joined the Warriors.

In 2014-15, the first year of the Warriors' historic NBA Finals run, Green averaged 9.7 shots per game. The next season he averaged a career-high 10.1 shots.

Once Durant arrived in 2016, Green became the fourth option for the Warriors and peaked at 8.8 shots per game in 2017-18.

But with Durant now in Brooklyn and Klay Thompson is on the mend, Green will likely get close to his career high again, and teammate Steph Curry is all for it.

“I love it,” Curry told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. “That’s what you want to see.”

Curry and new Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell will shoulder a bulk of the scoring until Thompson returns, but with so many young, unproven players on the roster, Green will need to score in order for the Warriors to win games.

For reference, Green averaged 8.3 shots in four preseason games. We know it's a small sample size and the Warriors were working on a lot of things during the exhibition season, but it would be beneficial for the Warriors if Green becomes more aggressive when the games start counting on Thursday.

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If players like Kevon Looney, Willie Cauley-Stein, Marquese Chriss, Glenn Robinson and Jordan Poole can pick up big chunks of the scoring load, it's possible that Green doesn't need to shoot as much. But all of those players come with question marks surrounding their health or experience.

So Green should heed Curry's words aim for 10 shots a game. The only time he reached that number, the Warriors won 73 games.

Nick Young predicts Warriors miss playoffs, Lakers win 2020 NBA title

Nick Young predicts Warriors miss playoffs, Lakers win 2020 NBA title

Nick Young has never been one to blend in with the crowd, and he's not about to change anytime soon.

Even though his NBA playing days are behind him, Young still is very much keeping tabs on the league, and -- this might shock you -- he has some noteworthy opinions. In speaking to Adam Caparell of Complex, Young offered some thoughts on the upcoming NBA season, and as you'd expect, he didn't shy away from hot takes.

One of those takes, in particular, concerned the Warriors.

When asked if he had one crazy prediction for the upcoming NBA season, Young provided a double dose.

"I will say either New Orleans making the eighth seed or Denver not making the playoffs," Young initially replied. "I don't think the Warriors going to make it this year. If they do, it's the eighth seed."

Predictions for the Warriors are all over the place, and Swaggy P is no different. ESPN projects Golden State as the third-best NBA team over the next three seasons, but some of the company's personalities have a considerably lower opinion of the Dubs.

[RELATED: Why center-by-committee is Warriors' best course of action]

Young won his one and only NBA championship as a member of the Warriors, but clearly, that's not biasing his predictions. As for who he thinks the 2019-20 NBA champion will be, however, he went with one of the other five teams he played for in his 12-year career.

"Lakers."

I suppose they can't all be hot takes.

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