The Warriors officially introduced big man Marreese Speights, who signed his three-year, $11 million contract on Friday. He will be wearing the No. 5 – “My Memphis number.” – and hoping to fill the void left by forward Carl Landry, who signed with Sacramento.
What do you think you bring to this team?
“I bring another big man who really knows the system, knows how to run the court. I bring some toughness, a guy who wants to win.”
You felt like this was this the best fit?
“I talked to my agent about it and we feel like this is a great fit. A good group of guys they’ve got right now and a great coach. So you can’t get better than this.”
You went from a playoff team in Memphis to Cleveland. Looking forward to being back on a team expected to make the playoffs?
“That’s what you really dream for when you’re in the league, to be on a team that makes the playoffs. A great city like this, and a great organization, a great coach, and a great group of guys — that is always a great fit.”
What would you say is your best attributes?
“I’m competitive and want to win. I feed off the fans.”
You ready to play center?
“I play both (center and power forward). It doesn’t matter to me.”
Carl Landry got a lot of open mid-range jumpers. You look forward to getting your share?
“Carl, he’s got a pretty good game. He kind of plays like me a little bit … But I like to shoot my midrange when it’s open. I like to roll to the basket too when that’s open.”
The Warriors will need some inside toughness and scoring
“I bring that. I bring more, too, so I just can’t wait.”
Can you contribute defensively?
“Through my career in the NBA, I’ve been growing, trying to play better defense. I learned from those guys in Memphis. They taught me a lot. So I feel like I bring some defense here, too.”
Golden State and Memphis are expected to be two of the better teams in the West?
“Yeah, it’s going to be weird because all those guys (in Memphis) are like my brothers. But it’s the league and time passes.”
Your thoughts on playing with a fellow Florida Gator in David Lee?
“It’s going to be fun to play with him. He’s competitive. He wants to win. He’s a good guy. So it’s going to be fun playing with him, knowing he played for the same school I did.”
When you two talked, what did he tell you?
“How the fans are so great. How the organization and coach Mark Jackson is. So I’m just excited to get ready.”
You look forward to playing with Steph?
“Oh yeah. That’s one of the best guards in the league now. It was so fun to watch him play in the playoffs. You wonder how it feels to play on his team.”
How different of an environment is Oracle?
“It’s different because it’s a little older and the fans are right on top of you. And it’s always sold out. I’ve never seen it not sold out. The fans are always there and loud. They let you have it, too.”