Here is the beginning of my column on the Warriors Jarrett Jack. This column would have been better if the Warriors didn’t get stomped by the Clippers, but daily journalism is like that. I hope you still enjoy it and find value in it:

OAKLAND

Jarrett Jack had a jumbo rubber band around his ankles.

It was green and thick, and Jack ran forward and backward the other day at the Warriors’ facility, the rubber band inhibiting his movement. He ran because he’s getting over a stress fracture in his right foot and he’s trying to increase his explosiveness.

Jack isn’t one of the two most important players on the Warriors — David Lee and Stephen Curry are.

But 6-foot-3 Jack is one reason the Warriors are a team on the rise.

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