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7 Golden State Warriors
Jack McCallum
October 29, 2007
Starting anew as captain, this Jack vows to be as nimble as he was last spring
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October 29, 2007

7 Golden State Warriors

Starting anew as captain, this Jack vows to be as nimble as he was last spring

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Jackson and power forward Al Harrington arrived in the Bay Area after a midseason trade from the Pacers that seemed to leave the Warriors with a set of unpredictable mismatched parts. Most observers saw them as a 10th-place team, at best, in the West, but they came together late in the season and eliminated the Mavericks in one of the most entertaining playoff series in history. Jackson, who won't play until the eighth game of the season because of an NBA-imposed suspension for the felony conviction, insists that the Warriors will build on that momentum. "We're going to have a full season together, and all the nonsense is behind me," Jackson says. As evidence of the latter, Jackson explains the church-gun tat thusly: "I pray I never have to use it [the gun] again." Some teams might worry about that explanation, but to the Warriors, it is a pronouncement worthy of a Captain Jack.

ENEMY LINES An opposing team's scout sizes up the Warriors

In the playoffs they discovered the style they need to play to be successful, but it's going to be a big challenge to maintain that kind of energy for 82 games. . . . Rebounding should be a concern when they go small, but think about it this way: How many teams can go big against them and make it work? Not many. . . . Baron Davis brings emotion to this team. He plays with a lot of passion and he's not afraid to battle--and his guys can sense that. . . . A lot of teams would like to have Stephen Jackson if he were more of a professional on and off the court. The Warriors' style is good for him, because he's not a structure-type player. Jackson is a long body who can cause a mismatch, and Don Nelson likes that. . . . Al Harrington is important because he can play that power forward spot with a small forward skill set, another staple of Nellie's teams. . . . I was amazed how much Matt Barnes's shooting has improved. He's not afraid to work hard at either end, and he doesn't have that star mentality, which is a good thing.

FAST FACT

Last year the Warriors allowed a league-high 106.9 points per game (the most in the NBA since 1996-97) and still made the playoffs. The previous time Golden State gave up that many points (110.9 in '92-93), it went 34-48.

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