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The Newest Warrior, Jarrett Jack: “That Defensive Philosophy is the Mentality We’re Really Going to Have to Master”

We sat down with the newest Warrior, Jarrett Jack, Friday at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. One thing was clear when the 20-minute interview was done: Jack is a veteran.

The Warriors’ biggest offseason move has something to say and he doesn’t seem to hold his tongue. He talked about toughening up the Warriors, about Dwight Howard’s corny behavior, about his eagerness to play before the storied Warriors fan base, about Brandon Rush’s afro, and about what what he’d do if the Warriors signed Kenyon Martin.

Ladies and gentleman, Jarrett Jack.

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The Black Falcon Lights It Up in Summer League Debut

LAS VEGAS — A couple hours before his summer league debut, Warriors rookie forward Harrison Barnes was asked how many points he thought he’d score. Mustering a slick smile, he said he’d “see” if he could get 20.

Try 23. Barnes did what he does best Friday — score — as the Warriors’ summer league squad blew past its Los Angeles Lakers counterpart 91-50. And it didn’t look too hard for the No. 7 overall pick.

“I was talking to coach Mark Jackson, and he was telling me to be aggressive, so I was trying to do the best I can,” Barnes said. “Whatever you do, he said, do it aggressively.”

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Warriors live chat here today at noon

Join Warriors beat writer Marcus Thompson II for a live chat on Friday at noon from Las Vegas as he covers Golden State in the Summer League.

In addition to discussing the Warriors’ Summer League players, Marcus will also talk about the latest in the team’s pursuit of a free-agent big man.

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Warriors Eyeing Carl Landry … Can Bob Myers Pull it Off?

Golden State, still on the market for a power forward, are looking to put a cherry on top of a nice offseason by signing free agent Carl Landry.

According to league sources, the Warriors’ talks with Landry are progressing. But the Warriors have limited funds to offer, so signing Landry is going to take a rabbit-out-of-a-hat move by Warriors general manager Bob Myers.

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Charles Jenkins in a Comfortable Position – Needing to Prove Himself

Last October, Charles Jenkins built a bond with Tim Pickett in training camp. Their lockers were next to each other. They talked a lot, shared laughs and motivated each other.

Then, one morning, Jenkins arrived at his locker for practice. He was slapped by the reality of the NBA.

“He was gone,” Jenkins said. “His locker was empty and there was another name there. Freaked me out. That just shows you can’t relax. You can’t take your foot off the pedal.”

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Warriors PG Stephen Curry Says He’s “85 to 90″ Percent Healthy; Welcomes Addition of Jarrett Jack

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said his surgically repaired right ankle is at “about 85 to 90 percent.” He said he is expecting to be 100 percent by training camp.

Curry had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle on April 25, performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel inSouthern California. The surgery revealed Curry’s ankle, which caused him to miss 40 games last season, had no structural damage. Dr. Ferkel cleaned out scar tissue and a few bone spurs.

Since then, Curry has gotten good news in two check-ups and has a meeting set for the first week of August with Dr. Ferkel.

“I still have a little work to do with range of motion,” Curry said in a phone interview fromCharlotte. “But everything is right on schedule, even a bit ahead of schedule.”

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Jarrett Jack on Warriors: “I’m Happy to Be Part of That Situation”

The Warriors are close to acquiring point guard Jarrett Jack from the New Orleans Hornets, league sources confirm. The deal is not official, one source warns, but Jack has already Tweeted his goodbye to Hornets fans.

Late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the reported trade that sent small forward Dorell Wright to Philadelphia morphed into a three-team trade withNew Orleans. Wright still goes to the 76ers. But the Hornets get the rights to Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic and a $5.5 million trade exception. And the Warriors get one of the most-respected, little-known guards in the league.

“I’m happy to be part of that situation,” Jack, 28, said in a phone interview. “They traded for Andrew (Bogut). They drafted Harrison Barnes. Klay Thompson was the second-best rookie last year. It definitely looks like they’re serious about winning. I think we can make some noise.”

Jack has one year left on his deal, paying him about $5.5 million. The trade it seems leaves Golden State with about $3 million left to spend before reaching luxury tax zone. The Warriors are likely to look for front court help.

In many ways, Jack is exactly what Golden State needs. Last season with New Orleans, Jack averaged 15.6 points with 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 34 minutes — all career-highs.

He’s experienced, having started nearly half of his 532 career games over seven seasons with Portland, Indiana, Toronto and New Orleans. He can play both guard positions, so he can feasibly fill holes behind point guard Stephen Curry and shooting guard Klay Thompson.

He’s 6-foot-3, 202 pounds and reputed for being tough and playing hard. Most important, he’ll be able to defend both positions.

“I didn’t know I was a combo guard until I came into this league,” Jack said. “I just play hard. People know my M.O. As long as I’m on the court, I’m cool. I’m going to do whatever it takes.”