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Kevin Durant: Nothing's Changed Except For My Jersey

Sep 27, 2016 10:36 AM

Kevin Durant is anticipating a quick adjustment period with the Golden State Warriors.

“I’m going to be who I am, and approach the game like I’ve always done it. Nothing’s changed on my end, except for my jersey,” said Durant.

Durant wants to win as part of a brotherhood with his new teammates.

“I don’t want to go out there and play upset with everybody else,” Durant said. “I want to play my game, and enjoy the game of basketball like I’ve always been enjoying it, and everything else will work itself out.”

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Scott Wood Signs With Warriors

Sep 23, 2016 9:40 PM

Scott Wood has signed with the Golden State Warriors.

Wood spent the past three seasons in Spain with UCAM Murcia, averaging 8.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game.

Wood played in Summer League in 2013 with the Clippers and in 2014 with the Lakers.

Wood went undrafted in 2013 out of N.C. State.

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Zaza Pachulia Sacrificed 'Significant' Money To Be 'All In On This Year'

Sep 23, 2016 11:28 AM

Zaza Pachulia agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million contract with the Golden State Warriors to become the starting center for a title contender.

“Of course money is important,” Zaza says. “Very important. Important to everybody. If I said it wasn’t, I’d be lying. Especially because it’s not like I’ve made hundreds of millions of dollars in my career.”

Pachulia has never made more than $5.2 million in a single season.

“A pretty significant amount,” Pachulia said when asked the exact dollar amount he left on the table. “Don’t want to get into the details. But a pretty significant amount. I’ll be a free agent next year, so we’ll see again. But first of all, I’m not thinking about next year. I’m all in on this year. That’s the reason why I sacrificed financially. It’s not because of next summer. It’s because of this season.”

Bob Myers almost reluctantly reached out to Pachulia figuring he'd be out of their price range.

“I didn’t really want to call his agent,” Myers joked. “Because I didn’t think it was going to happen.”

Steve Kerr helped close the deal with Pachulia.

“We closed the deal basically after I talked to coach,” Pachulia said. “He’s a good salesman. Good guy. You can tell from interviews what kind of person he is. Trustable. Honest. You can tell from his tone, from his manners. After our phone conversation, I knew I wanted to be part of it.”

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

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Warriors Expecting To More Frequently Rest Players

Sep 23, 2016 11:24 AM

The Golden State Warriors will more actively rest players this season after winning 73 regular season games in 15-16.

“The last two years I think have taught all of us within the organization that, everybody says it’s a marathon, but it really is,” Bob Myers said on Thursday. “We realized last year that mile 24 — I haven’t run a marathon, maybe some of you have — but they say that once you hit mile 20 or 21, the last five miles are the worst. And I think we learned last year that you gotta have something at mile 24, gotta have something at mile 25. I think we all have to take, us and the organization, have to take the approach that it’s a long road. We gotta have some juice.”

Developing comfort and on-court chemistry will be important early in the season.

“Last year, I know I said there was no way we’d win 73 games and we did,” Myers chuckled. “But I don’t see us being 24-0. I don’t see it. And it’s completely fine. I hope we see growth. I hope we see development. But getting to know each other is going to be the challenge.”

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

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Kevin Durant Disagreed With Criticism Of His Character Following Decision

Sep 22, 2016 3:56 PM

Kevin Durant was asked about a narrative that emerged when he signed with the Golden State Warriors that he's impressionable and that he had people pushing him to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"It did," said Durant when asked if it bothered him. "I can't go in a studio and express myself through words and it be a normal day. If I were to come out and Tweet something or Instagram or whatever, a video of me disagreeing with what a write said would be career suicide."

Durant announced his decision on July 4th in the Players Tribune.

"Once I made the decision, I knew I had to take a lot of stuff on the chin. I knew I had to keep rolling iwht the punches. It upset me. It upset me coming from people I spent time with. Obviously they were upset.

"When they called me weak, I think I'm the total opposite. There was plenty of times I could have quit in this whole life. There's plenty of times when I lost, I could have just said 'well, that's it for me, let me move on.'

"How am I weak if I'm at the elite level of my profession and I chose to play for a different team."

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Stephen Curry Still Hasn't Gotten Over Game 7 Loss

Sep 20, 2016 8:05 PM

Stephen Curry had 17 points, two assists and four turnovers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, a loss he still hasn't recovered from.

“I still haven’t gotten over Game 7,” Curry said. “That’s something that will stay with me pretty much forever, for good and bad reasons. Obviously you hated the feeling, but it’s also a motivator to come back even stronger and try not to have that feeling again.

“I’m at that point now where I can try to fuel any kind of terrible nightmares or thoughts about Game 7 into motivation for how I’m going to prepare myself for this year.”

Curry and the Warriors below a 3-1 series lead.

“Starting with that night (of Game 7), it kind of was like a surreal feeling at home, kind of like, ‘What just happened?’ because we were so confident we could get it done,” Curry said. “Human nature kind of took in, where I was a little down — kind of naturally. But I was able to kind of just get away, go on vacation with the family (in Hawaii), get in front of the next generation at a couple (basketball) camps, still be around the game but not be depressed at all and understand we’re playing for the Finals and hopefully get another chance at it next year.”

Sam Amick/USA Today

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Oddsmakers Have Warriors At 66.5 Wins, Nets At NBA-Low 20.5

Sep 20, 2016 6:28 PM

The Golden State Warriors are projected to win 66.5 games by the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, 10 more than the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs at 56.5.

The Warriors' number is the highest win total oddsmaker Jeff Sherman has ever posted prior to the season and attracted early money on the under from sharp bettors.

"Basically, the sharps are liking the under [on Golden State] and the public is liking the over," Sherman said.

Several teams that missed the playoffs last season are projected to make significant improvements. 

Full List
Warriors: 66.5
Cavs: 56.6
Spurs: 56.5
Clippers: 53.5
Celtics: 51.5
Raptors: 49.5
Jazz: 47.5
Blazers: 46.5
Pistons: 45.5
Thunder: 45.5
Hawks: 43.5
Pacers: 43.5
Grizzlies: 43.5
Wizards: 42.5
Rockets: 41.5
Wolves: 41.5
Hornets: 39.5
Mavericks: 39.5
Bucks: 39.5
Bulls: 38.5
Knicks: 38.5
Heat: 36.5
Pelicans: 36.5
Magic: 36.5
Nuggets: 34.5
Kings: 32.5
76ers: 27.5
Suns: 26.5
Lakers: 24.5
Nets: 20.5

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Warriors Give Promotions To Bob Myers, Travis Schlenk, Kirk Lacob

Sep 20, 2016 2:48 PM

The Golden State Warriors have promoted Bob Myers to the role of president of basketball operations/general manager among a number of other front office moves.

Travis Schlenk has been promoted to vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager while Kirk Lacob has been named vice president of GSW Sports Ventures/assistant general manager.

Larry Harris is now assistant general manager/director of player personnel.

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Dunc'd On: GSW Season Outlook w/ Ethan Sherwood Strauss, DEN Season Outlook w/ Adam Mares

Sep 19, 2016 12:46 AM

Dunc'd On's Season Outlook for the Golden State Warriors with Ethan Strauss of ESPN. We analyze how the Warriors will look after the acquisition of Kevin Durant and the 3-1 collapse in the Finals, how their new additions fit in, potential breakout and regression candidates, overrated and underrated players, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and finally give our predictions for the Warriors season.

At 1:12:00, we give the same treatment to the Denver Nuggets with Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs. 

Subscribe via RSS feed or iTunes.

More Season Outlook episodes from the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast.

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Stephen Curry Supports Anthem Protests But Will Likely Continue To Stand

Sep 14, 2016 9:38 PM

Stephen Curry previously "applauded" Colin Kaepernick for his protest during the national anthem before San Francisco 49ers' games to raise awareness of racial injustice in the United States.

Curry was asked this week if will also kneel during the national anthem.

“I’ll most likely stand,” Curry said. “Colin, if you follow the way he talks, the message he’s trying to send with his act, he’s not, from his mouth, disrespecting the veterans or the military. That’s not his intention. He’s obviously continued the act to create the conversation for more social justice and things of that nature. I’ve been a part of certain conversations off the grid, finding different ways to make our community better, especially for African-Americans. That’s not the way I’ll do it. But I support him in his attempt to start the conversation or continue the conversation.”

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

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Warriors Sign JaVale McGee, Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey, Elgin Cook
JaVale McGee played in just 34 games last season with the Mavericks.

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Kevin Durant On Russell Westbrook: We're Still Cool
Kevin Durant said in early July he and Russell Westbrook's relationship "probably won't ever be the same again."

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Chris Haynes Leaves Plain Dealer For ESPN
Chris Hayes covered the Cavaliers for two seasons after previously covering the Blazers.

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Larry Sanders Received Serious Interest From Warriors, Cavs
Larry Sanders will not return to the NBA until he feels mentally healthy enough to do so.

Mike Piellucci/Vice

Kevin Durant Voted Favorite Player Of Rookie Class For 3rd Straight Season
Kevin Durant's popularity grew from 21.2 percent up to 29.7 percent this season as he returned from injury and signed with the Warriors.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

Russell Westbrook In 'Some Run, Some Make Runways' Ad For Air Jordan
Russell Westbrook stars in a new ad that could be referring to Kevin Durant.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver
Host Danny Leroux, Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated break down the Pacific Division including an offseason review and regular season preview.

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Billy Donovan Appreciated How Kevin Durant Handled Free Agency During Season
Billy Donovan coached Durant for just one season, joining the Thunder from Florida in the 2015 offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kevin Durant Describes 2016 Team USA Experience As 'Therapy'
Kevin Durant isn't sure if he'll return for Tokyo in 2020.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Kevin Durant: I'm At My Best When I Don't Care If We Win Or Lose
Kevin Durant typically writes, "Have Fun" and "Smile" on his sneakers but forgot to scribble that reminder before facing Argentina.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan Have Grown Closer During Team USA
Kevin Durant considers DeAndre Jordan one of his best friends in the NBA.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Phil Pressey Agrees To Camp Deal With Warriors
Phil Pressey could conceivably give the Warriors depth at point guard.

David Pick

Cavs-Knicks, Warriors-Spurs Featured On 16-17 Opening Night
The Cavs also hosted the Knicks in LeBron James' first game back in 2014.

Matt Moore/CBS Sports

Willie Green Hired By Warriors As Assistant Coach
Willie Green played 12 NBA seasons and was a teammate of Andre Iguodala for six of them.

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Kevin Durant's First Game Back In Oklahoma City Scheduled For Feb. 11th
Kevin Durant will first play the Thunder on Nov. 3rd in Oakland.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavs To Host Warriors On Christmas Day
The Warriors and Cavaliers met in each of the past two Finals, as well as Christmas Day in 2015.

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Kevin Durant Happy For Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City
Kevin Durant hasn't had a chance to actually sit down with Russell Westbrook to discuss the situation.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Klay Thompson Doesn't See Need To Change Game With Addition Of Durant
Klay Thompson doesn't believe the individual games of the Warriors have to change due to the addition of Kevin Durant.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Warriors Hire Willie Green As Assistant Coach
Willie Green spent 12 seasons in the NBA.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

JaVale McGee Signs Make-Good Deal With Warriors
JaVale McGee will have the chance to win a roster spot in training camp.

Marc Stein/ESPN