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Warriors’ Steve Kerr on his season-opening starting lineup: ‘I’ll tell you later’

SACRAMENTO – Warriors coach Steve Kerr named Andre Iguodala as a Warriors team captain along with Stephen Curry on Wednesday, but will Iguodala start in the season opener?

“No, I’m not telling you guys who’s starting,” Kerr said at shootaround, smiling. “I’ll tell you later. You’ll find with everybody else. Yeah, good question, though. You almost got me on that.”

David Lee (hamstring strain), Shaun Livingston (toe surgery recovery), Brandon Rush (sacral stress reaction) are not expected to play while Draymond Green takes Lee’s spot in the lineup.

“We don’t change one thing with our offense when Draymond plays rather than David. We still are who we are.”

Curry, Lee and Andrew Bogut served as the team captains last season for Mark Jackson.

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NBA: No further action on Warriors’ Peter Guber, no reason to believe use of ‘inappropriate language’ intentional

OAKLAND — The NBA has no plans to take further action after speaking with Warriors co-owner Peter Guber about the circumstances of an email he sent to team employees that used “hoodish.”

“We don’t have any reason to believe that Peter intended to use inappropriate language in his correspondence and have no plans for any further action,” league spokesman Mike Bass said Tuesday.

The Warriors confirmed the authenticity of Guber’s response to an email from vice president of communications Raymond Ridder, who had celebrated the fact that a third of the team’s roster to begin the season – Andrew Bogut, Leandro Barbosa, Festus Ezeli, Ognjen Kuzmic, Nemanja Nedovic – consisted of international players.

“I’m taking rosetta stone to learn Hungarian Serbian Australian swahili and hoodish This year. But it’s nice,” Guber wrote Monday in the response obtained by Yahoo Sports.

Guber, who is Jewish, later explained that he meant to type “Yiddish” in his phone rather than “hoodish.”

The Warriors on the eve of their season opener at Sacramento threw their support behind Guber, who was part of an ownership group to purchase the team in 2010.

“I know him personally and talk to him, and it doesn’t sound like something he would say,” guard Stephen Curry said. “I know that to me it sounds like an honest mistake. I’ve read a couple emails from him, and he has a little quirkiness about how he types and that kind of deal.

“Hearing how his reaction to when he found out what exactly happened seemed genuine.”

Wrote Guber in a follow-up email: “Someone just brought to my attention that an email I responded to earlier contains the word ‘hoodish,’ which I don’t even think Is a Word, and certainly not the one I intended to use,” Guber wrote. “I intended to type Yiddish. Either my mobile fone autocorrected or it was typed wrong. In any event I regret if anyone was unintendedly offended.”

The emails from Guber came after Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson announced last month he would sell his controlling interest in the team and apologized for focusing on race in an August 2012 email.

The NBA also banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life in April after a recorded comments surfaced of him asking a friend not to bring black people to games. The Clippers, who were playing in a first-round playoff series against the Warriors at the time, were eventually sold.

“I believe Peter when he says it was a typo,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I’ve known him for several years. I make typos all the time on my phone. I’m going to take him at his word. I don’t think there was anything malicious by any means. I don’t think it’s a big deal.”

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Warriors co-owner Peter Guber expresses regret after ‘hoodish’ appears in email to team employees

Warriors co-owner Peter Guber wrote to team employees Monday that he regretted if anyone was offended by his unintentional use of “hoodish” in an email, according to Yahoo Sports.

The Warriors confirmed the authenticity of Guber’s response to an email from vice president of communications Raymond Ridder, who had celebrated in an email that a third of the team’s roster to begin the season – Andrew Bogut, Leandro Barbosa, Festus Ezeli, Ognjen Kuzmic, Nemanja Nedovic – were international players.

“I’m taking rosetta stone to learn Hungarian Serbian Australian swahili and hoodish This year. But it’s nice,” Guber wrote in an email response obtained by Yahoo Sports.

Guber, who is Jewish, later wrote that he meant to type “Yiddish” in his phone rather than “hoodish.”

“Someone just brought to my attention that an email I responded to earlier contains the word ‘hoodish,’ which I don’t even think Is a Word, and certainly not the one I intended to use,” Guber wrote in an email obtained by Yahoo Sports. “I intended to type Yiddish. Either my mobile fone [sic] autocorrected or it was typed wrong. In any event I regret if anyone was unintendedly [sic] offended.”

“Peter’s email clarifications to employees late last night are self-explanatory,” Ridder said Tuesday. “He noted the word he intended to use and thought he used and regretted if anyone was unintentionally offended.”

Guber did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment.

The emails from Guber came at a time when other NBA owners have seen consequences come from making racial statements. after Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson announced last month he would sell his controlling interest in the team and apologized for focusing on race in an August 2012 email.

The NBA also banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life in April after a recorded comments surfaced of him asking a friend not to bring black people to games or publicly associate with them. The news led to talk of a boycott of games as the Warriors were playing in a first-round playoff series against the Clippers, a team that was eventually sold.

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Warriors’ Shaun Livingston ruled out for season opener, but returns to practice

OAKLAND – The Warriors saw positive developments on the injury front as point guard Shaun Livingston returned to practice Sunday and swingman Brandon Rush has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday’s season opener.

Livingston after missing the majority of training camp while recovering from offseason toe surgery will not play at Sacramento in the opener, but practiced on a limited basis, according to coach Steve Kerr.

“Shaun has progressed steadily over the last few weeks,” said Kerr, who was still unsure of when Livingston would be ready to play. “Hopefully he’ll be out on the court scrimmaging in this next week or two, and we’ll see how it goes from there.”

Rush went through a limited practice as well after having missed the past two preseason games with a sacral stress reaction.

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Justin Holiday claims final Warriors roster spot

OAKLAND – Guard Justin Holiday has claimed the 15th and final Warriors roster spot after the rest of the training camp invitees were waived Friday.

Holiday, a 25-year-old University of Washington product, last played in the NBA two seasons ago with Philadelphia, appearing in nine games.

After playing in Hungary last season, he was a standout on the Warriors’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas. In the preseason, he averaged 5.8 points, making 7 of 19 3-point attempts.

“I want to thank Coach (Steve) Kerr and the Warriors organization for giving me this opportunity,” Holiday tweeted. “I am excited to be playing for the best fans In the NBA and with one of the best teams. This will be a fun year. Most importantly I want to thank God, couldn’t have done it without him.”

The Warriors will look to send Aaron Craft, Sean Kilpatrick, James Michael McAdoo and Mitchell Watt – if they clear waivers — to their NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz.

Veteran guard Jason Kapono has said he would return to his Danville home if he did not make the team.

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson has confidence boosted by father, Mark Jackson saying he deserves max contract

OAKLAND – The deadline is a week from Friday for the Warriors to give Klay Thompson a contract extension or watch him become a restricted free agent in the summer.

His father, Mychal Thompson, has said on his radio show Klay is deserving of the maximum-salary contract he is asking for. Then ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson supported the cause while on an ESPN conference call Wednesday with fellow broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy, who said he thought Thompson would get the max.

“You can take the ‘think’ out,” Jackson said. “He’s going to get it.”

Thompson said Friday he was hopeful a contract would come before the deadline and didn’t disagree with what his father and former coach said.

“It’s good to hear from guys like that because they both played in the NBA, and both were successful in the NBA and been around the game for so many decades,” Thompson said. “So if they think I’m that quality type of player, it makes me think highly of myself as well, you know?

“I know it’s my dad, Mychal Thompson, ‘yeah, whatever.’ But at the end of the day, he was a monster on the court when he played, so he knows what he’s talking about.”

Thompson’s teammates have also kidded him about his upcoming pay day, with Andrew Bogut and Stephen Curry using their fingers to make money signs as he was introduced to the Oracle Arena crowd at Thursday’s open practice.

“Those guys are good teammates, man,” Thompson said. “They’re just looking out for me.

“Contract aside, I’m just going to go out there and try to be a better player than I was last year…As far as contract stuff, I try not to worry about it because then it’ll affect your game.”

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Warriors point guards Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston pay tribute to Steve Nash

OAKLAND – Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said he was shocked that Los Angeles Lakers counterpart Steve Nash would miss the rest of the season with a career-threatening back injury.

Both were small-school guards who beat the odds and have become All-Stars in the NBA.

“He’s a guy that I looked up to heavily when I was in college, kind of studied a lot going into my NBA career,” Curry said Thursday. “We had a lot of similarities in how we played the game. But he changed a lot about how the point guard position is played. Obviously two MVPs, he got it done after not really being known coming out of college, so that’s a lot of similarities.

“You hate to see that career end like that, but I’m sure he’s happy with how things turned out after Santa Clara. It’s a pretty impressive resume and definitely a first-ballot Hall of Famer, a guy that we all benefitted from watching him play and playing against him.”

The Warriors’ Shaun Livingston took to Twitter to give his thoughts on Nash.

“Man, to hear the news on @SteveNash is tough!” Livingston wrote. “To win 2 MVPs in this league with his athleticism is a true testament to how skilled he was…

“Most impressively was how he brought people together. A true team player and winner! Point guards, if you want to learn how to run a team, watch clips on Steve Nash. Honor to compete against one of the best to ever run the position! #Salute.”