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Draymond Green Critical Of NBA's Interpretation Of 'Unnatural Act'

Dec 3, 2016 9:29 PM

Draymond Green said he believes he's being unfairly targeted for his frequent high kicks.

Green was assessed a flagrant foul for his kick of James Harden in the Golden State Warriors' loss on Thursday.

"I just laugh at it because it's funny how you can tell me how I get hit and how my body is supposed to react," Green said Saturday after the Warriors' shootaround. "I didn't know the people in the league office were that smart when it came to your body movement. I'm not sure if they took kinesiology and all this stuff for their positions to kind of tell you how your body is going to react when you get hit at certain positions.

"Or you go up and you got guys that jump to the ceiling, and I'm sure a lot of these people that make these rules can't touch the rim. Yet they tell you [that] you are way up there in the air and which way your body [is supposed to react]. I don't really understand that. That's like me going in there and telling them, 'Hey, you did something on this paperwork in here wrong.' Like, I don't know what your paperwork looks like. It is what it is. I think they made the rule and make your rule. Like, I don't care."

Green coincidentally brought up Harden.

"If you're going to say it's an unnatural act, no offense to James Harden, but I've never seen nobody up until really James start doing it in my life that shoot a layup like this under your arm," Green said. "That's really not a natural act either. It's not a natural basketball play either.

"So, if you're going to make a rule, make a rule. But if you're going to take unnatural acts out the game, then let's lock in on all these unnatural acts and take them out the game if that's what we're going to do. I don't know. Let them keep telling people how their body reacts, I guess. They need to go take a few more kinesiology classes though. Maybe they can take a tape in class, functional movement classes and let me know how the body works because clearly mine doesn't work the right way."

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Steve Kerr Admits Marijuana Use To Treat Chronic Back Pain

Dec 2, 2016 8:26 PM

Steve Kerr has acknowledged using marijuana to treat his chronic back pain.

“I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I’ve been going through this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with,” Kerr said Friday on The Warriors Insider Podcast.

“(After) a lot of research, a lot of advice from people and I have no idea if maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don’t even know if I’m subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA.”

During the summer of 2015, Kerr underwent two surgeries on his back, the latter procedure in part to alleviate the pain from the first. 

Kerr took a leave of absence to begin the 15-16 season and didn't return until January of 2016.

“I’m not a pot person; it doesn’t agree with me,” Kerr said. “I’ve tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin. And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal.”

Marijuana has been legalized in some form by 26 states and the District of Columbia. 

“There’s this perception in our country that over-the-counter drugs are fine, but pot is bad,” Kerr said, explaining that some folks continue to resist the notion that pot is somehow more treacherous than, say, alcohol, while others have studied the subject and become advocates.

“I would hope,” Kerr said, “especially for these NFL guys, who are basically involved in a car wreck every Sunday – and maybe four days later, the following Thursday, which is another insane thing the NFL does – I would hope that league will come to its senses and institute a different sort of program where they can help these guys get healthier rather than getting hooked on these painkillers.”

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Tyronn Lue, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month

Dec 2, 2016 7:16 PM

Tyronn Lue and Steve Kerr have been named the NBA's Coaches of the Month for October and November.

Lue guided the reigning NBA champion Cavaliers to an Eastern Conference-best 13-3 record during October and November, matching the best 16-game start in franchise history.  Cleveland, which began the season with six straight victories, ranked second in the NBA in scoring (111.3 points per game), three-point field goal percentage (39.0) and three-pointers made (13.8 per game).  The Cavaliers sank a team-record 21 three-pointers in a 137-125 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 23.

Kerr led the Warriors to an NBA-best 16-2 record in October and November, including 12 victories in a row entering December.  Golden State paced the NBA in scoring (117.6 ppg), assists (31.1 apg), field goal percentage (50.2) and blocked shots (6.6 bpg).  The Warriors notched at least 30 assists in 10 consecutive games, the longest streak in franchise history, and they registered a team-record 47 assists in a 149-106 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 23.

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Kevin Durant Finding, Appreciating 'Small Things' With Warriors

Dec 1, 2016 11:34 AM

Kevin Durant has acclimated himself with the Golden State Warriors extremely well with the logistics of the relocation process being most difficult. After nine years in Oklahoma City, Durant had to find a new place to live despite spending the summer with Team USA.

"There's a lot that goes into it. It's not just what people think," Durant told ESPN. "Obviously, we're blessed enough to have the wealth to be able to kind of bypass some of those things that a normal person would [go through], but at the same time there's a lot of people depending on you to make their transition smooth too."

Durant is renting a home in Oakland.

"It's the unknown," Durant said. "When I rented my house, I didn't see it until I moved in. All I seen was pictures. And I'm so used to knowing the route to get from the airport, to my house, to the practice facility, to the arena, to grab food. Just anything. I had my routine and I had how I operated [in OKC], but the unknown of that was a little nerve-wracking because I didn't know anyone. I didn't know who to call if I needed something in the city.

"I had to start over. But that's the stuff you don't really see, but at the same time, it's an adjustment. It's an adjustment for whoever moves."

The ease with how he's made the move has confirmed Durant made the right decision.

"It's kind of crazy because you can see how life and sports are kind of parallel, because there's small things on the court where I was like, 'Wow, I didn't know it was supposed to be done this way,'" Durant said.

"The best part about it is that you find little small things that you didn't know about that you can learn every single day if you're looking for it."

One microcosm for how Durant has adjusted to the Warriors is how he engages with their two-step dance in the pregame huddle after player introductions. When Durant was with the Thunder, he typically moseyed up to the huddle with a deadpan expression.

"Man, dancing ain't my thing, but you know I'm a team player," Durant said.

"Am I going to be the only one out there not dancing? That's not how I roll. Whatever my team wants to do, I'm with it. Even if it means me getting out there dancing."

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Warriors Win Court Battle On New Arena, Expected To Break Ground Soon

Nov 29, 2016 8:40 PM

The Golden State Warriors won a court battle on Tuesday that could lead to the franchise breaking ground on a new arena in San Francisco within the next few months.

An appeals court rejected a last bid to keep the Warriors from relocating to the Mission Bay area of San Francisco.

"We’re very pleased by the Appellate Court’s ruling," said Rick Welts in a statement. "We engaged in an extensive public planning process and we were approved by every board, agency and regulatory body we went before.

"Now our project has been upheld by the trial court and the court of appeals. This decision clears the path for us to build a new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue and bring the Warriors back home to San Francisco.

"We look forward to breaking ground soon.”

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Stephen Curry: It's Hard To See Myself Anywhere Else

Nov 29, 2016 6:04 PM

Stephen Curry said the Bay Area feels like home to him just a few months before he's set to become a free agent for the first time in his career.

“It’s hard to see myself anywhere else,” said Curry.

Curry will come off a four-year, $44 million extension signed in 2012.

While Curry is confident he'll re-sign with the Golden State Warriors, he did also say "curveballs happen all the time."

Kevin Durant will also likely join Curry in free agency.

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Kevin Durant, Kevin Love Named Players Of The Week

Nov 28, 2016 3:09 PM

Kevin Durant and Kevin Love have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 21st and Nov. 27th.

Durant averaged 24.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.7 blocks during the week while the Warriors went 4-0.

Love averaged 30.7 points and 9.7 rebounds as the Cavaliers went 3-0.

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Draymond Green: The Better You Get, The More Enjoyable It Is

Nov 27, 2016 2:51 PM

Draymond Green is attempting 1.2 fewer field goals and 1.2 fewer free throws per game, and his shooting percentage is down overall and on 3-pointers. But he's become even more committed on defense to continue being an invaluable part of the Golden State Warriors' core even with Kevin Durant.

“It’s been fun from Day 1,” he said. “The one thing we knew coming into this is we’d get a lot of criticism, where it’s one guy, two guys, the entire team, there’s going to be criticism. The way we look at, if it’s one guy then it’s all of us. It’s something that we expected and it’s happened, but we enjoy each other. It continues to get better and better as we jell more. The better you get, the more enjoyable it is.”

Green also understood he would likely be the one singled out for criticism as potentially divisive.

“It didn’t really [tick] me off because one thing I know is people don’t know me anyway and I don’t expect them to know me,” he said. “I wouldn’t necessarily say it [ticked] me off because everything they judge on me is wrong anyway. And I don’t expect them to judge that one right.”

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Draymond Green Injures Ankle, X-Rays Negative

Nov 26, 2016 11:03 AM

Draymond Green suffered a left ankle contusion in the Golden State Warriors' 109-85 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Green left the game and did not return, but X-rays came back negative.

The incident occurred when Green went up to contest a shot by the Lakers' Louis Williams and landed on teammate Ian Clark, who was under the basket.

Both players stayed on the floor for several minutes.

Green did not finish the last game against the Lakers on Wednesday after suffering a left corneal abrasion.

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Warriors Learning How To Protect Rim In Different Ways

Nov 22, 2016 1:04 PM

The Golden State Warriors have lost their traditional rim protection with the trade of Andrew Bogut and the free agency departure of Festus Ezeli, but they are now getting production in the area from multiple players.

“Our block shots sort of come in different ways now,” Steve Kerr said. “They used to come from (Andrew) Bogut and (Festus) Ezeli. Now they come from KD, Draymond (Green), Andre (Iguodala). It’s a long, active perimeter that ends up with a lot of the shot blocks. So it is different.”

The Warriors are averaging 6.1 blocks per game, tied for fourth in the NBA and equal to their average last season.

Durant has 25 blocks this season compared to 10 in all of last season by Harrison Barnes.

“It hasn’t really surprised me,” Kerr said. “We watched it up close for seven games last year in the playoffs. He did that to us a lot. When Kevin is engaged defensively, he’s an excellent defender and causes a lot of problems.”

“It’s not quite the same as it was,” Draymond Green said. “But I still think we have a great defense, a lot of good defenders. We fly around and do what we can, try to cover for each other.”

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Damian Jones Assigned By Warriors To D-League
Damian Jones has been recovering from a torn right pectoral muscle.

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Steve Kerr Fined $25,000 For Blooper Reel Comments About Refs
Steve Kerr publicly criticized the quality of referees.

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Under Armour Stock Falls As Sales Slow On Stephen Curry's New Shoe
Foot Locker CEO Dick Johnson said the Curry 3 "started off a bit slower than the previous models," causing a sell-off in the stock market.

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Draymond Green: Booing Durant 'May Scare Free Agents Away' From Boston
Kevin Durant was greeted with loud boos from Celtics' fans in Friday's 104-88 win by the Warriors at the TD Garden.

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Isiah Thomas Concerned NBA Becoming Homogenized Perimeter Game
Isiah Thomas praised the Warriors but said they have "completely twisted the boundaries in terms of what an acceptable shot is in our sport.

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Kevin Durant Feels 'No Attachment To Boston At All' Months After Free Agency Meeting
Jae Crowder was openly annoyed Kevin Durant didn't choose to sign with the Celtics.

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Klay Thompson Hadn't Heard About Trade Rumor Until Bob Myers Called
Bob Myers attempted to remove any doubt about the future of Klay Thompson with the Warriors.

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Draymond Green: I'm One Of The Best Players In The NBA
Draymond Green doesn't see deferring to others as a scorer is a sign he is no longer an All-Star talent.

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Warriors Dismiss Klay Thompson Trade Rumors
A trade rumor had the Warriors considering trading Klay Thompson to the Celtics for Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and the Nets' 2017 first round pick.

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Kevin Durant Defends Greg Oden On 'Biggest NBA Bust' Comments
Greg Oden said he was "one of the biggest busts in NBA history" and that "it would only get worse as Kevin Durant continues doing big things."

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Steve Kerr: JaVale McGee 'Gives Us Dimension We Don't Have'
JaVale McGee was given rotation minutes by Steve Kerr and the Warriors for the first time this season.

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Andrew Bogut: Thunder Exposed Warriors Little Bit With Their Big Lineup In WCF
Andrew Bogut spoke about his exit from the Warriors ahead of his first return to Oracle Arena as a member of the Mavericks.

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Harrison Barnes Didn't Expect To Re-Sign With Warriors
Harrison Barnes knew after his exit interview with the Warriors that he had likely played his final game with the franchise.

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Stephen Curry Breaks Single Game Three-Pointer Record With 13 (Vine)
Stephen Curry shot 13 of 17 from beyond the arc in his seventh career game with double-digit 3s.

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Klay Thompson Doesn't Believe Shooting Slump Related To Kevin Durant
Klay Thompson has shot just 19.6 percent on three-pointers for the Warriors over their first six games.

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Warriors Asking Kevin Durant To Play More Like Big On Defense
Kevin Durant has been asked to provide more rebounding and rim protection with the Warriors than he typically did with the Thunder.

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Draymond Green Explains How Warriors Using Durant Differently Than OKC
Kevin Durant scored 39 points in 31 minutes on 15-for-24 shooting from the floor and 7-for-11 shooting on three-pointers in his first game against the Thunder.

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Warriors' Durant Recruitment May Have Began Super Bowl Weekend
Russell Westbrook arrived to play Kevin Durant and the Warriors dressed as a field photographer, which was interpreted as a dig at Durant.

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Durant, Westbrook Don't Acknowledge Each Other In First Game
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook never spoke or physically acknowledged each other during the evening, including the 10-minute chapel session they each attended.

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Dunc'd On: Thunder/Warriors + Which Players Added New Skills
Kevin Durant's first game against his old team, then a look at some players who may have added skills to their game over the offseason.

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