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Warriors deny inviting Stephen Jackson to training camp

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OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 15: Stephen Jackson #1 of the Golden State Warriors is called for his second technical foul and is thrown out of the game by referee Tony Brothers against the Phoenix Suns during an NBA game on March 15, 2009 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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The Warriors reportedly had interest in hiring Stephen Jackson as a coach, but he wanted to make a comeback as a player.

Will they indulge him?

In a since-deleted tweeted, Rachel Nichols of ESPN relayed that Jackson planned to attend training camp with the Warriors. But, apparently, nobody told them.

Henry Wofford of CSN Bay Area:


Given the chain of reporting, I’m skeptical the interest in a training camp invitation is mutual. The Warriors are down to minimum contracts after clearing cap space to sign Kevin Durant, but they should have their pick of the best veterans willing to take the minimum.

That’s not Jackson, who’s 38 and hasn’t played in the NBA since 2013-14, when he played just nine games with the Clippers.

Still, Jackson’s intense confidence took him far in the pros after being a second-round pick (in 1997!). Maybe it’ll get him a tryout in Golden State.

There’d be something cool about connecting the “We Believe” team and the current juggernaut edition of the Warriors.