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Warriors, on mission to 'change the culture,' draft Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green

Bob Myers talking to ESPN (courtesy @dmar)

After listening to Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli over the loudspeakers during their conference calls at Warriors headquarters, and knowing what Draymond Green brings to the table, one thing is clear — the Warriors are more than slightly interested in character and intelligence. They were also keen on bringing in a small forward and improving their defense and rebounding, but attitude and mental acuity weren’t far behind.

With the 30th pick of the NBA Draft…

Ezeli, a very good shot-blocker and defender at Vanderbilt who also happens to have a wingspan over 7′ 5″, graduated from high school in Nigeria when he was 14. He moved to Sacramento to live with his uncle, a pediatrician. At least based on what people are saying here, a Cliffs Notes version of Ezeli’s scouting report might look like this:

“Bigger Ekpe Udoh, only less in the way of offensive skill.”

That’s not an insult. Udoh’s defense was more than welcome during his short Warriors tenure, and he had the plus/minus numbers to prove it. Ezeli’s length makes him a true backup center, however, while Udoh was a power forward based to play the 5 due to circumstances beyond his control (the Warriors’ only other center was Andris Biedrins). Like Udoh, Ezeli doesn’t quite bring the rebounding numbers one might like (about 9 rebounds per 36 minutes throughout his college career).

Hopefully for the Warriors, Ezeli brings the best of Udoh’s game without the worst of Adonal Foyle’s.

What about Jeremy Tyler, you ask? I agree with Tim Kawakami’s analysis: “I think (Ezeli) immediately comes in ahead of Jeremy Tyler and it’s up to Tyler to win any minutes in the rotation.”

With the 35th pick of the NBA Draft…

Green, a SF/PF who grabbed 10.6 rebounds per game last year for Michigan State, has the “high basketball IQ” label the Warriors seem to be looking for. Green’s also a good passer, averaging about 4 assists per game during his junior and senior seasons. He also comes in behind Barnes and David Lee, and he’s aware of that fact. “I’m probably going to come off the bench, but that’s fine,” Green said on his conference call.

The Warriors also chose Ognjen Kuzmic with pick No. 52, a center from Bosnia and Herzegovina who the Warriors will allow to continue playing in Spain. Last season Kuzmic averaged 10.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.2 bpg for Clinicas Rincon (Spanish LEB Gold).

One of the more interesting parts of this little extravaganza here in Oakland was when Bob Myers went on ESPN, presumably to talk about the Warriors’ draft picks. Myers talked about how they’re smart players, “high character” guys, all that. He talked about how they’re trying to “change the culture” in Golden State. Then Rece Davis finished the interview by asking Myers about the report today that came out of The Smoking Gun.

For those who haven’t heard, “Mark Jackson was the target of a recent extortion plot allegedly hatched by an ex-stripper with whom he carried on an extramarital affair and shared photos of his genitalia.” Yep, another Monta Ellis situation (only without the workplace harassment element). Myers responded through gritted teeth that he knows Jackson personally, and will always stand by him. Interview over.

The Warriors have to be happy that they added athleticism and scoring (Barnes), defense and size (Ezeli), a smart rebounder (Green), and a Euro to stash overseas (Kuzmic). But the interview showed one thing — it takes more than new faces, righteous words and good intentions to change what people say about the Warriors.

But you already knew that.

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Daniel
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Mark Jackson has given the Warriors a perfect out. Let’s hope they handle this opportunity better than last seasons amnesty option

Stan
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KNBR and Radnich?..Haven’t said a word about Jackson. I thought little of Radnich before..and now subtract more. Meyers? That’s whats wrong with somebody his age..he cant connect the dots. Jackson should have been fired. His own church’s deacon is a drug dealer..and Jackson didn’t suspect a thing? or maybe he tried to cover that up by having his “friend” at the presscon of Jackson’s hiring? So Jackson..who must be a dufus..has the Warriors backing?…like Monta? Coaches of Jackson’s level are a dime a dozen..even on the court Jackson didn’t know what strategy to use ..like in his personal life. This… Read more »
lime
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lime

Let Jackson walk, make Malone the new head coach…

Stan
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Stan

Meyers talks of a team of higher moral character and changing the culture…and with Jackson’s sin right in his face,Bob Meyers does nothing. Nothing.

formerKNBRemployee
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formerKNBRemployee

Mark Jackson should be fired. He has showed very poor judgement- and if you want character guys- it starts at the top. Jackson is all talk that he can’t back up and it’s all fake.

John Sports
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“Change the culture”??? Back your Head Coach after something like this??? Maybe I’m so used to having this Team lose…But I just keep waiting for the next shoe to drop…Something Kriedler brought up this morning about the Jackson Incident that I found Interesting. They make this public on the same day as the draft…back page news…Then you have the Weekend…news all but forgotten by Monday.

Message to Mark Jackson, If you want to have an affair on your wife that’s your business..But quit acting holy-er than HELL!!! TOTAL HYPOCRITE!!

Stan
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Stan

Some employers fire you because they found out you don’t have the degree in Paleontology as claimed. Or,you said something not nice on Facebook.
The Warriors find out their head coach uses the church as a coverup for strippers and drug dealing friends..then tell kids “Come to our games-we are family”!
I cant believe Joe Lacob..I can’t. Literally and figuratively.

Stan
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Radnich: Look in the mirror?..I do ..and I don’t see any extortion plots and my friends are hard working people Gary. And they go to church.
and Btw,When you say “Your not avoiding..:”..then follow that with “We wont take any calls about it”..!! THAT’s called avoiding it.

Stan
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What I like about my friends is -they are better people then me!

Stan
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Stan

Raddy seems upset that anybody would call Jackson and the Warriors out. Ralph could use some of that indignation Gary.
Yeah,I thought so.

Dan
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Dan

Do you ever shut up?

Stan
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Stan

As long as there are ignoramuses like you KNBR Dan..no.

Stan
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Stan

Damn,Dan gives up easily!..I had more clever insults waiting..hee. Hey,don’t tread on me ,I don’t tread on you..
Unless your a public persona..then you tread on us all!

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Pretty pathetic today on KNBR.

Krueger ” The Mark Jackson issue isn’t a sports story.”

Both he and Radnich didn’t bring up the story for the rest of the show.

I like Jackson but if this happened to the Knicks or Lakers they would be talking it all morning long.

Absolutely, totally pathetic.

Stan
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Stan

When Larry couldn’t shut up in glee over Ozzie’s Castro quotes…Larry was in his Latino’s get his wrath mode again.
Radnich and Kreuger must have went to clown college bro.

Stan
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Stan

And it isn’t a case of “He who is without sin”..blah,blah. That is a cop out of lowest order.
Jackson has lied,has friends “with dirty hands” as lawyers would say-ask Marty Lurie.
And worst of all..he’s supposed to be somebody kids can admire as a NBA coach.
He failed at all that.

Butcherboy415
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Butcherboy415

It is a privilege to be one of 32 head coaches in the NBA, thus mark you made your bed now you have to go! Especially since he is a leader of young men who need maturing! I am shocked espn has said nothing either! What do you expect from raddy it’s like the kettle calling the pot black! Mark Jackson should be fired now! Our kids shouldn’t have to ask us what extortion and strippers have to with our local teams coach.

Stan
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And BB, Jackson sold himself as “The no excuses coach”..He’s done nothing but make excuses. From claiming he had nothing to do with releasing Lin..to ugly sex scandals.
I wonder what goes through Meyers head expounding and preaching about high moral character?
The janitor better not make a pass at the secretary..then Bob will show him!

Stan
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Dang,I forgot to listen to D.Bruce. Anybody know what he said about Jackson? BB?

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I think the podcast of his show today might be up by now. Damon pretty much talked about the whole Mark Jackson thing for a lot of his show yesterday. He said he didn’t know what to believe anymore as far as Mark Jackson goes, since he is such a religious guy. He pretty much felt the way you guys did regarding that, and he also felt that the Warriors should fire him, and have Mark Malone be the new head coach. Damon also talked about how sending nude pics of yourself, can get you in trouble, basically, which we’ve… Read more »
Stan
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If Lacob was a stand up guy,then hiring Malone sounds like a good idea. To read what Lacob said about Jackson was weasel like.
All Jackson has done..is make excuses. Amazing..even that he could make Beidrens a player again..
If Jackson had any real morals..he would resign.

Stan
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So far the defenders of Jackson have pretty much gone the way of “Hey,at least he didn’t eat the face of a homeless man”.
Its times like this when big business morals are sickening.

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