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Toney Douglas Officially a Warrior: “I can seize the moment”

Guard Toney Douglas officially inked his one-year, $1.6 million deal with Golden State on Thursday in Las Vegas. He said the Warriors are the perfect fit for him when I caught up with him for a phone interview.

DOUGLAS: “It’s an uptempo team. They have a great coach in Mark Jackson. They added Andre Iguodala, Marreese Speights and Jermaine O’Neal. They whole starting five back. For the team this year, the sky’s the limit. Go far in the playoffs, that’s the goal. … Now it’s about (making) the Western Conference Finals and getting an NBA championship.”

Douglas said watching Jarrett Jack’s role on the team last season has him excited about the prospects facing him with the Warriors. With Jack now in Cleveland, Douglas sees himself as bringing to the table some of what Jarrett Jack did.

Jack averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists in 29.7 minutes off the bench last season. Douglas has never played that much in his four years in the NBA. But he did average 10.6 points and 3.0 assists in 24.3 minutes off the bench for the New York Knicks in 2010-11.

DOUGLAS: “He was a big key to the team. I’m able to do the same things – make plays with  the ball and also defend both guard positions.”

Another important role for Douglas will happen in practice. Known as a good defender, he will match-up against star guard Stephen Curry regularly. Douglas’ physical and relentless ball pressure caused problems for Curry when the two faced off in games. Douglas said he will help Curry get ready for the steady diet he will receive during the season.

DOUGLAS: “He’s a great shooter, a great player. He’s going to face a lot of teams being physical with him. I can help him out with that.”

But Douglas, a Florida State product who was drafted 29th overall by the Lakers in the 2009 draft and traded to the Knicks, said he is more than a defender. He’s a career 37.9 percent 3-point shooter if you take away one dreadful year from behind the arc in New York. And at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, he is quick and slithery enough to get into the lane.

Most have forgotten, but Douglas said he can get buckets.

DOUGLAS: “Oh yeah. Of course. I definitely can still do that.”

He said he looks forward to playing against Houston, his former team. He said he still has a lot of friends on that team and expects the Warriors-Rockets rivalry to reach new heights.

The teams developed a healthy amount of bad blood last season as Houston won the season series 3-1. Now the Rockets have Dwight Howard and both teams are expected to contend for a top seed in the Western Conference.

DOUGLAS: “It was a rivalry because the records were close and the things that happen. But it was all about basketball. It’s going to be heated because the rivalry that is budding.”

He said he got calls from several former Rockets teammates congratulating him on signing with the Warriors. Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and others told him he landed in a good spot.

He said he looks forward to reuniting with them on the court. The heated, intense, competitive games are where he thrives.

DOUGLAS: “I love it. Love it. I can seize the moment.”

Marcus Thompson

  • Harp’s Dubs

    Welcome Toney Douglas. Please defend like we know you can and be able to penetrate and either finish at/near the rim or make a smart pass to any of our gifted scorers. Don’t try to do too much!

  • Incredible

    Welcome to the team. We are one ankle tweak away from him being the starter!

  • Niners in 2012

    Douglas made the same # of 3pters as JJack last year, at a decent 39%, and he played fewer minutes. He’s a lockdown defensive guy. And Iguodala avg’d the same amount of assists as JJack. We’ve made a major upgrade defensively without losing anything.

  • marko

    Really like his comment about playing tight D in practice! Could be a real benefit.

  • Grey Warden

    Please no Mike Miller!

  • wupuck

    is it time for the season to start yet? I don’t ever remember the W’s having more promise then the Sharks (old now), Giants Or Niners!

  • Justin Credible

    if Curry and bogut can stay healthy by playoffs.
    they will be a scary deep team with 2 defensive additions Iggy and Douglas. that can guard CP3, Parker, Durant and Harden.

  • gw

    I like this pickup more and more. He’s saying the right things and the fact that he can truly bring the D is great. Is this really the team Chris ‘Boo Me Baby’ Cohan recently owned and ran so deep into the ground they were lost on all radar maps?

  • tonedeezy

    yup. two-year turnaround. amazing what a little competence in the front office can do.

  • rio kid

    We also have the left playing well in summer league. I like the fact that Bazemore and Douglas will be fighting to earn minutes. Sizemore is lighting it up in summer league… yes I know it is summer league… I don’t see Bazemore as a 1 but more of a 2 but I think to get playing time he will need to prove he can run the point. He can guard, he can run, slash. His jumper is functional. I can see Douglas at 1 allowing curry to play off the ball however I have difficulty visualizing Bazemore in the same role.

  • http://ContraCostaTimes.com Jetstar300

    Surely indeed! I’m salivating and drooling to see them again with this new look GSWarriors team and with all the additions to the club; SKY IS THE LIMIT. Should we say Western Conference Champion yet? Love It! Love It!