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Back-to-back NBA D-League defensive player of the year Stefhon Hannah is set to join the Santa Cruz Warriors as a returning player according to a source. Hannah most recently played with Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta, and averaged 9.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 19 games for the Italian club. D-League Digest

A first-round exit would certainly put Jackson in immediate danger. And you can probably do the math on how perilous things get if the Dubs miss the playoffs altogether. But the overwhelming support Jackson gets from his players, particularly Curry, is no small thing. ESPN.com

The clashes with Scalabrine and former top aide Mike Malone last season have doomed Jackson to unavoidable whispers about how he coexists with his assistant coaches. Skepticism about Jackson's tactical nous isn't going away either, until there's more than one impressive playoff run on his résumé. ESPN.com

Asked if it's safe to say that Jackson's ouster would be received in the locker as an unpopular choice if it comes to that at season's end, Curry didn't hesitate, saying: "To me it would. Everybody has their own opinion, but he's completely changed the culture here in three short years. I don't think there would be a lot of smiles if that went down." ESPN.com

Last week's reassignment of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine to Golden State's D-League franchise in nearby Santa Cruz has put Jackson and his Bay Area future in the crosshairs, mostly because it invites detractors to suggest that the curious timing of the move is symptomatic of more serious discord behind the scenes. "Now we're supposedly 'dysfunctional,'" Curry told ESPN.com an hour before tipoff Tuesday night, adding his own air quotes and insisting that you can't find anyone playing for Jackson who would make such a claim. The real deal? As Curry sees it? "Coach inspires every single person in this locker room," Golden State's franchise player said. ESPN.com

April 2, 2014 Updates

Reviews show that there is no question that the ball would have at least reached the rim. O’Neal insisted that he got his right hand on the ball before it started its descent, making it a legal block. “It was like a second away from goaltending, if you're too late, and I was on top of it,” said O’Neal, noting that Ellis dunked on him to finish an almost identical drive from the right wing in the fourth quarter. “I blocked it, grabbed it and outlet it. There's no way they could have called that. “When your hand is on top of the ball, that's a good block. I caught it like this, I didn't bat it, I caught it like this, so there's no way they could have called it goaltending.” ESPN.com

With reports of dysfunction and dissatisfaction swirling around the Warriors after coach Mark Jackson had assistant coach Brian Scalabrine reassigned to the team's development squad, the Santa Cruz Warriors (per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski), Jackson spoke to the team before Friday's crucial win over the Grizzlies. Veteran Jermaine O'Neal called it "one of the better speeches I've heard in my career. He started off kind of light-hearted and we weren't sure where he was going, but by the end you looked around the room and it was dead silent." Bleacher Report

April 1, 2014 Updates

As this final regular-season chapter unfolds, the good news for Jackson is that he clearly has the support of his players. Franchise centerpiece Stephen Curry and others responded to all the recent Jackson chatter with the strongest of praise and support, and former All-Star forward David Lee told USA TODAY Sports that Jackson "absolutely" has the backing of the entire locker room. "We have one of the best locker rooms, in my opinion, in the whole league," said Lee, the ninth-year pro who played his first five seasons with the Knicks. "I've been on teams that had awful chemistry and the coaching staff is constantly arguing with players and vice versa, and there has been none of that here. The word 'dysfunction' (which has been used in the media to describe the Warriors) is one that we've been laughing about, almost making a joke out of it, like are you serious? USA Today Sports

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