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Kevin Durant Describes 2016 Team USA Experience As 'Therapy'

Aug 22, 2016 11:11 AM

Kevin Durant ended an emotional summer in which he left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors by winning a gold medal in the Olympics.

USA Basketball provided Durant a sanctuary, playing basketball while bonding with new and old friends.

“It was therapy for me after making a big change in my life,” Durant said. “It made my life easier … I knew [a backlash] was coming. It was definitely different for me, but to come here in an environment where people accepted me and didn’t care about anything except being my buddy, that’s what I needed.”

Durant isn't sure if he'll return for Tokyo in 2020.

“I can’t say right now,” Durant told The Vertical. “I’ll be 31, going on 32 …”

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Kevin Durant: I'm At My Best When I Don't Care If We Win Or Lose

Aug 19, 2016 12:56 PM

Kevin Durant feels like he's at his best as a player when he is more concerned with the process rather than the outcome.

“I was telling myself before I left my room that I’m at my best when I don’t care if we win or lose,” Durant said after his best game of these Olympics with 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists against Argentina. “It might be different for other players, but for me I’m more free and more aggressive in games and it’s more fun for me if I don’t care about the outcome.”

Durant typically writes, “Have Fun” and “Smile” on his sneakers but forgot to scribble that reminder before facing Argentina.

“It’s always embedded in me, always knowing that’s why I play the game. I had fun playing as a kid, so why change it?” Durant said. “I always try to tell myself, just smile out there and have fun. My smile is contagious and my energy and enthusiasm is contagious and I try to spread that to my teammates.”

Durant is pursuing his second gold medal.

“I know if I go out there and be who I am, the outcome will dictate itself,” Durant said. “Because I know I put the work in. I love the game. I study the game. So if I go out there and let that stuff take over instead of me getting in my own way mentally, good results will come out of it. I’m not saying I don’t care about winning and losing. Obviously, I prepare the right way. I work hard and I love playing the game with my teammates, but I can’t overthink the game too much.”

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Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan Have Grown Closer During Team USA

Aug 16, 2016 11:36 AM

Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan have continued to forge a meaningful friendship this summer as members of Team USA.

Durant considers Jordan one of his best friends in the NBA.

“If I were to get married today, he’d be in my wedding,” Durant told The Vertical about Jordan. “That’s how it is. That’s my brother.”

When relayed Durant’s comments about being in his whenever wedding, Jordan nodded and told The Vertical, “For sure, he’s going to be in mine.”

Durant first met Jordan shortly after he committed to Texas and tried to convince Jordan, who was a year younger, to join the program. Since Durant has begun making his offseason home in Los Angeles, the two have grown closer.

Jordan tried to help convince Durant to sign with the Clippers.

“I tried every day,” Jordan told The Vertical. “We had a shot. And if you ask him, he’d say we had a shot. People can be happy for him, mad at him, but at the end of the day, he did what was best for Kevin, and he can live with that.”

After the Olympics are over, Durant and Jordan will return to being rivals.

 

“We’ve always been cool,” Jordan told The Vertical. “We compete against each other four times a year. We hang out in the summertime, go on trips together, so it’s great to be on the same team together now.”

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Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Phil Pressey Agrees To Camp Deal With Warriors

Aug 16, 2016 11:26 AM

Phil Pressey has agreed to join the Golden State Warriors for training camp.

Pressey could conceivably give the Warriors depth at point guard. 

Pressey played 23 games last season combined for the 76ers and Suns, averaging 3.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 12.3 minutes per game.

Pressey also played in 25 games in the D-League, averaging 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists. in 35.6 minutes per game.

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Cavs-Knicks, Warriors-Spurs Featured On 16-17 Opening Night

Aug 11, 2016 4:58 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the New York Knicks on opening night when they collect their 2016 championship rings on October 25th.

The Cavs also hosted the Knicks in LeBron James' first game back in 2014.

The Golden State Warriors will host the San Antonio Spurs in the second game of the opening night doubleheader.

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Willie Green Hired By Warriors As Assistant Coach

Aug 9, 2016 1:27 PM

The Golden State Warriors have hired Willie Green as an assistant coach/player development on Steve Kerr's staff.

Green played 12 NBA seasons and was a teammate of Andre Iguodala for six of them.

Green last played in the NBA in 14-15.

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Kevin Durant's First Game Back In Oklahoma City Scheduled For Feb. 11th

Aug 8, 2016 4:11 PM

Kevin Durant is scheduled to make his first return to Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 11th.

Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors this offseason.

Durant will first play the Thunder on Nov. 3rd in Oakland.

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Cavs To Host Warriors On Christmas Day

Aug 8, 2016 4:09 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Golden State 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

Aug 4, 2016 7:08 PM

Kevin Durant was happy to see Russell Westbrook decide to sign a three-year, $85 million extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“I’m happy to see any player in this league do whatever they want to do,” Durant said. “As long as he wasn’t pressured to do anything and felt like he did everything he wanted to do. And that’s how I feel about every player in this league. It’s good for him, man. It’s good for his family. It’s good for the people in Oklahoma City that love to watch him play and love to have him on their team.

“I got nothing but positive energy and vibes for everybody. I don’t have no beef with anybody or wish no ill will on anybody. So if he did what he wanted to do, that’s better. That’s great for him.”

Durant hasn’t had a chance to actually sit down with Westbrook to discuss the situation.

“That’s a touchy deal. I don’t know,” Durant said. “It’s easy for someone else to tell me what I should do, but you guys don’t know how that whole thing [went down]. I don’t know, man. I’ll see after this is over and once everything dies down. Like I said before, at some point we’ll sit down and talk. But I don’t know when.”

While he respects Westbrook for staying, Durant has no regrets about joining the Warriors.

“I felt good when I made the decision. It’s just the outside noise that I just kept hearing, kept getting louder and louder. It was hard to ignore it. And it’s hard to shut it off,” Durant said. “But as time goes on, things get better. It’s still a little different to me. … I haven’t settled down in the Bay yet. I haven’t been around my teammates yet. So all that stuff, I’m still trying to figure out how to make it work and how new it’s going to be. It’s basketball at the end of the day. I can mesh with anybody. And I can play any game. And I can fit into any system. So it’s just a matter of me going out there and getting used to it.”

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Klay Thompson Doesn't See Need To Change Game With Addition Of Durant

Aug 1, 2016 7:30 PM

Klay Thompson doesn't believe the individual games of the Golden State Warriors have to change due to the addition of Kevin Durant.

“I feel kind of disrespected that people keep using the term sacrifice to describe me and describe us,” Thompson told The Vertical. “We all want to see each other do well. But I’m not sacrificing [expletive], because my game isn’t changing. I’m still going to try to get buckets, hit shots, come off screens. I want to win and have a fun time every game we play.

“The NBA season can get mundane; 82 games are so long and there can be some boredom. Now, we can embrace being the hated team and getting everyone’s best, and adding some tension every night. It’ll be a fun experience going into arenas on the road, with opposing fans hating what we’ve built.”

Durant also wants Thompson to avoid change.

“We want Klay to stay Klay,” Durant told The Vertical. “We don’t want him to change. The games dictate where the shots come from. I may shoot 12 shots one night; Klay may shoot eight or nine shots one night, and Steph may shoot 25 shots one night. And it could be a different flow another night.”

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

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

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Kevin Durant Dismisses Speculation He Changed Course Once Free Agency Started
Kevin Durant refuted a report that was later clarified about telling Russell Westbrook or giving him the impression he planned to re-sign with the Thunder.

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Clippers Were Told They Were In Top-3 On Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant was reportedly "blown away" by the presentation of the Clippers.

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ESPN Clarifies Report Of Durant Telling Westbrook He'd Re-Sign With Thunder
Royce Young has clarified a remark made in a podcast on Tuesday about what Kevin Durant supposedly said to Russell Westbrook during their dinner before the start of free agency.

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Draymond Green Didn't Recruit Kevin Durant During Playoffs
Draymond Green admitted there would have been no chance of Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors had the Thunder won the Western Conference Finals.

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Report: Kevin Durant Told Russell Westbrook He'd Re-Sign With Thunder
Russell Westbrook reportedly feels betrayed by the departure of Kevin Durant.

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Durant's Agent Focused On Whether Klay Thompson Would Be Willing To Sacrifice Shots
Klay Thompson hadn't seriously considered the possibility of Kevin Durant joining the Warriors until just days before the start of free agency.

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Russell Westbrook 'Angry, Hurt' By Kevin Durant's Departure
Russell Westbrook thought Kevin Durant was going to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder and found out his decision online as did everyone else.

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Kevin Durant Was Looking For New Home In OKC One Week Before Free Agency
Kevin Durant reportedly "assured people he was coming back."

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Draymond Green Agrees To Plea Deal On Assault Case
Draymond Green's plea deal reduces the charge to a civil infraction, which carries a penalty of a $500 fine and $60 in jail restitution.

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Harrison Barnes Braced For Warriors' Exit After Years Of Trade Rumors
Harrison Barnes was involved in trade rumors for Dwight Howard and Kevin Love before the Warriors pivoted to pursue Kevin Durant.

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Kevin Durant Cites 'Shoe War' As Factor In Withdrawing From 2014 World Cup
Kevin Durant's decision to pull out of the 2014 FIBA World Cup following the injury to Paul George received scrutiny.

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Westbrook's Own Free Agency Wasn't Discussed During Durant Meeting
Kevin Durant insists Russell Westbrook wasn't a factor in his decision to leave the Thunder.

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Kevin Durant Didn't Leave His Bed For Two Days After His Decision
Kevin Durant is currently preparing for the Olympics with his Team USA teammates.

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Kevin Durant Believes Lakers Were 'Couple Years Away' From Where He Wanted To Be
Kevin Durant explained his decision not to meet with the Lakers in free agency.

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Anderson Varejao Won't Accept Cavs' Championship Ring
Anderson Varejao is eligible to receive a championship ring from the Cavaliers since he began the season with the team.

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Zaza Pachulia Was Discussing Two-Year, $20M Deal With Wizards Before Taking Warriors' Offer
The Wizards were non-committal to the deal and Zaza Pachulia ended up on a one-year, $3 million deal with the Warriors.

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Former NBA Great Nate Thurmond Dies At 74
Nate Thurmond died on Saturday after a brief battle with leukemia.

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Warriors Seeking NBA's Highest Fee For Jersey Sponsorship
The Warriors are seeking $15 million to $20 million per season for the rights to sponsor their jersey.

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