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October 10, 2014 Updates

Thompson can take statements like that right to the bargaining table, as the Warriors are three weeks away from the deadline to sign the emerging shooting guard to a contract extension or watch him become a restricted free agent next summer. "I hope it gets resolved, but it's not going to hold me back," Thompson said. "I'm still going to go out and do what I do. "Life is great." Oakland Tribune

Coach Steve Kerr said he recently spoke with Thompson about the contract issue and learned during the wellness check that it's not weighing on the 24-year-old. "In typical Klay fashion, he's like, 'Oh, no, I'm fine,' " Kerr said. "I don't think he's too concerned. He knows something really good is going to happen one way or the other." Oakland Tribune

After Thompson poured in 25 points in three quarters of a 120-105 preseason win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at Staples Center, Bryant noted that there weren't many players in the NBA who can shoot, post up, go to his left and go to his right. "He has the whole package," Bryant said of Thompson, who grew up in Southern California idolizing the Lakers star. Oakland Tribune

October 9, 2014 Updates

Thompson is seeking a max deal, or something close – at least $15 million per year – while the Warriors, according to sources, hover around $13 million per. That's because Warriors CEO Joe Lacob has yet to conclude that Thompson is worth a deal that yields the salary being paid to David Lee – $15.01 million – this season. CSNBayArea.com

Marcus Thompson: I've been told "no discounts" MT @SherwoodStrauss: Klay can sign at a discount this season or sign at a likely rookie max next year Twitter @ThompsonScribe

October 8, 2014 Updates
October 7, 2014 Updates

Andre Iguodala'S TV used to cackle into the early morning, the laugh track of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air echoing in the semidarkness of his master bedroom. For years, this was the All-Star swingman's post-midnight routine: watch reruns around 2 a.m.; pass out around 4; wake up around 8; drag self to gym; repeat. Iguodala traces the insomnia back to the University of Arizona, where he'd toss and turn over his pro future. But it was only last season, with his 30th birthday staring him in the face, that the newly hired Warrior surrendered his problem to an employer. "I told them that I needed to see a sleep therapist ASAP," Iguodala says. "And it's funny: Keke told me he'd been thinking about the same thing." Keke Lyles, Golden State's director of athletic performance, had already been researching what amounts to an open secret about NBA slumber: Players sleep as lightly as undergrads during finals week but nap harder than Spanish plutocrats. Iguodala's typical game-day siestas, for example, ran three to four hours. "Even if they've been out all night," says Grizzlies trainer Drew Graham, "most of them take naps and think that's enough. They see the other guys do it." ESPN.com

Such is the line, precarious as it is, that NBA teams are pledging to walk. And such is the line that players, whose union will have biometrics on its list of priorities during collective-bargaining-agreement talks in 2017, might ultimately refuse. But to hear the proponents of this revolution tell it, they're not so much sprinting toward Orwell as they are grinding their way to incremental improvements. "That's what the reality is," Lyles says. "We want to fine-tune things. If we do minor, little tweaks here and there, maybe a guy doesn't pull his hamstring." Or maybe, at the end of the fourth quarter, a foul defending a game-winning shot instead becomes a block. That much optimization, the upside of so much technocracy, is the carrot currently incentivizing the 30-year-old Iguodala as he staves off departure from the game he dearly loves. In the meantime? "I just hope we don't become robots," Iguodala says, "where they're feeding us the same thing, every day, and then it's time to flip the switch and go to sleep." ESPN.com

October 6, 2014 Updates
October 5, 2014 Updates

Darren Erman’s exit from the Warriors was controversial; he was fired by coach Mark Jackson for apparently recording private conversations after feeling betrayed by the rest of the coaching staff. But he has received nothing but positive reviews in his return to the Celtics as an assistant coach, replacing Ron Adams. “Darren’s really a great defensive coach,” Stevens said. “He’s more than that. He is as detail-oriented as detail-oriented gets. If your hands aren’t in the right place as you’re guarding the pick-and-roll or if your body positioning is not at the right angle, he’ll stop it and he’ll correct it. He’s really studied the game and I think that adds another good, young, ambitious guy that’s really excited to help these guys get better.” Boston Globe

October 4, 2014 Updates
 

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