Trans. Oct 21 11:05 ET (Oct 21 11:05 ET ) The Golden State Warriors cannot be criticized for lacking ambition. Mark Jackson led the franchise to the playoffs in two consecutive seasons (out of his three total), a feat that made him their most successful head coach since the first Don Nelson era. His reward was a speedy dismissal. For whatever tensions existed between Jackson and his bosses — and there were many , to the point where a disaster may have loomed — it is fairly apparent that the people in charge of the Warriors expect to challenge for titles, not to lose out on homecourt advantage in the first round and take one playoff series every couple years. Owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber want one of the league's preeminent franchises. The question isn't only if they have the roster to get them there, but whether they have hired the right man for the job. Former Phoenix Suns general manager, TNT commentator, and golfing buddy Steve Kerr has no coaching experience of any kind, just like Jackson when he was hired in 2011. Yet there's no guarantee that the Warriors will get lucky twice, even if Kerr has a sterling reputation and has said all the right things so far. The Warriors have taken a gamble, again, and Kerr may not connect with his players as well as Jackson did in his three seasons with the club. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] However, Kerr and his staff (which includes Alvin Gentry, his coach in Phoenix) can improve the team in other ways. It will take some work to match last season's third-ranked defense (by points allowed per possession), but there is a clear opportunity to best a No. 12 offense that belied Golden State's reputation as an especially potent group. While Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson strengthened their status as the best outside-shooting duo in the NBA, the offense as a whole often became stagnant and went away from its strengths, especially when eschewing the pick-and-roll. With versatile players like Andre Iguodala, David Lee, Draymond Green, and Andrew Bogut in the lineup, there's no glaring reason why Golden State can't become a better offensive team. Failure to do so would be the clearest sign that Kerr did not have a particularly impressive first season in Oakland. Then again, it's not entirely clear how Kerr and the franchise will define success. Is it enough for him to set the team on a course toward achieving the results that Jackson didn't, or will he need to exceed them now? It's not necessarily prudent to set such rigid standards before the team even plays a regular-season game. Nevertheless, controversial coaching changes require fairly exacting analysis. The outcome of such gambles reflect upon the franchise well beyond win-loss record. 2013-14 season in 140 characters or less: A coach pit himself and his team against the world, winning a few battles and losing the war. Did the summer help at all? The answer to this question depends largely on your belief in Kerr and his abilities relative to those of Jackson. As previously noted, those opinions will vary and can't be discussed with any certainty for at least a few months. If we stick to the roster, then the Warriors should be a little better. For one thing, they lost only Jermaine O'Neal, a quality reserve big man who missed several months and may be of limited use at 36 years old. They added Shaun Livingston as a much-needed backup point guard who can defend bigger guards when teamed with Curry; Brandon Rush, who performed well with Golden State as a reserve wing in 2011-12; and Leandro Barbosa, unlikely to match his years in Phoenix but still a speedy guard with explosive tendencies. Plus, reserve center Festus Ezeli returns after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Go-to offseason acquisition: Livingston is still iffy for opening night , but when he's in the lineup he will give the Warriors options that they lacked last season. Though not the world's most adept floor leader, Livingston can contribute in many areas (8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals in 26 minutes per game for the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-14) while freeing up other members of the team to excel. The Warriors lacked playmakers other than Curry and Iguodala, and they figure to be heavily dependent on those two for the same qualities this year. But Livingston provides some cover for a team that can use the help.
David Lee posted two points, four rebounds and two assists in 11 minutes vs. the Rockets on Sunday, while Andrew Bogut chipped in two points and two boards in nine minutes.
The Scoop:Lee, Bogut and Andre Iguodala all sat out the second half of Sunday's game as a precaution, while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got the night off entirely. Head coach Steve Kerr rested his veterans and delved deeper into his roster, so there's no need to adjust any fantasy expectations after tonight's fluky boxscore.
The Scoop:He played 21 minutes on Sunday and looks to be over his hip issue. Bogut's minutes will likely be limited to help his chances to stay healthy, but he should still have his fair share of double-doubles with some blocks. He's only a late-round target, though.
Andrew Bogut (hip) played 21 minutes against the Lakers on Sunday, scoring three points with seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.
The Scoop:He had a hip injury at practice on Thursday and appears to be fine. Bogut's assists look like they'll get an uptick this season and coach Steve Kerr has said he's been impressed with the Aussie's low-post passing. He'll be worth of a late-round target as long as you're OK with cutting him at the first sign of injury trouble.
Andrew Bogut filled up the stat sheet against the Lakers on Thursday with four points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and four blocks in 24 minutes.
The Scoop:Coach Steve Kerr has discussed using Bogut in more of a passing role and the first two games have supported his claim. Bogut is certainly going to be valuable while he's in the lineup, but missing so many games in his career will cause him to slide in drafts. He also suffered a minor injury tonight and seemed to be fine.
The Scoop:He suffered a very minor injury during Thursday's preseason game vs. the Lakers, but it appears that this is going to be a non-issue moving forward. Bogut can be a great asset to have (while healthy) as a shot blocking and rebounding specialist, however his negative contributions to the free throw category, partnered with his inability to stay healthy make him a late-round flier at best.
Andrew Bogut scored 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting vs. the Clippers on Tuesday, while grabbing seven rebounds and handing out two assists.
The Scoop:Bogut didn't block any shots but he added one steal in just 17 minutes of action. He's expected to have a bigger role offensively, after averaging 7.3 points on 5.6 shot attempts per game last season, but fantasy owners are more interested in his ability to stay healthy for more than 70 games.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Andrew Bogut saw Marreese Speights driving to the rim during a pickup game at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility a couple weeks ago and never second-guessed what to do next.
The Scoop:Bogut missed the Warriors' final nine playoff games due to concerns that his fractured rib might puncture a lung if he tried to play, but he's fully healed after a restful offseason. Warriors coach Steve Kerr intends to use Bogut more offensively, but he's also likely to limit his playing time to protect him from injuries. His risk and reward balances out to late-round value for fantasy owners in need of boards and blocks.
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Thompson scores 35 points, Warriors beat Nuggets (The Associated Press) (1 Day Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) Klay Thompson is ready for the regular season. Thompson scored 35 points in nearly 36 minutes to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 119-112 on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams. ''Our offense is going good and tonight is a good indication of what we can do,'' Thompson said. ''After eight preseason games we are all ready for the real thing.'' Thompson was 13 of 26 from the field. More...