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Steve Kerr Believes He Can Participate In Practice, Film Sessions

Apr 24, 2017 10:34 AM

With Steve Kerr dealing with ongoing headaches and nausea, he is prepared to let Mike Brown coach game nights as the Golden State Warriors continue in the playoffs. 

Kerr believes he can participate in practice and film sessions regardless.

“I don’t know if he can do this very much longer,” one NBA associate close to Kerr told The Vertical on Sunday. “He hasn’t enjoyed this one bit. Even if we haven’t talked in a bit, I can see the pain on his face.”

The fact that the Warriors have become such a special title contender has led Kerr to try to power through. His relationship with Bob Myers has also helped.

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Steve Kerr Out Indefinitely With Back Issues

Apr 23, 2017 6:33 PM

Steve Kerr says he won't be on the sidelines for Game 4 on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kerr still experiences lingering symptoms from complications following two back surgeries. Kerr said it's possible he won't coach again in the playoffs.

Kerr missed the first 43 games last season dealing with symptoms such as headaches, nausea and an aching neck.

"This past week for whatever reason, things got worse, and my symptoms got worse," Kerr said Sunday.

Kerr hadn't missed a game this season before Game 3.

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Steve Kerr's Illness Cause Remains Unknown

Apr 23, 2017 9:28 AM

Steve Kerr missed the Golden State Warriors' 119-113 win in Game 3 over the Portland Trail Blazers due to an undisclosed illness. There is no timetable for when he will return to the bench.

The Warriors have yet to determine whether Kerr's symptoms are related to the headaches, nausea and other complications he has endured for much of the past two seasons since his back surgery in July 2015 caused a fluid leak in his spine.

Mike Brown served as acting head coach in Kerr's place.

Kerr needed to have fluids replenished on Saturday before remaining at the team's hotel. Kerr had been feeling ill all week and appeared to give a glimpse of discomfort in Game 2 when he removed his jacket.

Stephen Curry grabbed the game ball to give to Kerr.

"‎Our coach is going through a lot right now, physically," Curry told Adande. "He told us this morning this is a situation where we need to rally and go out and win a game for him. But we felt that the way the game had gone, we had to fight and do it for him ... and the way that he said it was that we had to win one for the Gipper. So, shout out to Coach Kerr.‎"

Marcus Thompson of the Mercury News reported that Kerr had been in excruciating pain all week and could barely walk.

Kerr could miss the remainder of the first round.

“Oh no,” one source told Thompson about Kerr returning this series. “He thinks like a player does, wanting to get back. But he’s got to get right.”

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Kevin Durant Ruled Out Of Game 2 With Strained Left Calf

Apr 19, 2017 8:39 PM

Kevin Durant has been ruled out for Game 2 with a strained left calf.

Durant sustained the injury in Game 1.

Durant missed approximately six weeks with a knee injury before returning during the first week of April.

Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes are also sitting out the game.

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Stephen Curry Deletes All Social Media Apps From Phone For Playoffs

Apr 19, 2017 12:06 PM

Stephen Curry has deleted all social media apps from his phone for the playoffs.

Curry said this is the third consecutive year he has taken this approach. 

“When you’re really trying to zone in and keep your focus, you don’t want to have any unnecessary distractions during this point of the season,” Curry said. “We have goals to accomplish, and you want to make sure you’re giving your all.”

LeBron James has become known for doing the same thing before the postseason.

“I didn’t do it because he did it. I’m not reinventing the wheel,” Curry told ESPN. “It’s just a way to help me keep my focus on what’s important.”

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Kevin Durant Questionable For Game 2 With Strained Left Calf

Apr 18, 2017 5:18 PM

Kevin Durant is questionable for Game 2 due to a strained left calf.

Durant experienced some cramping during Sunday's Game 1, a 121-109 win in which Durant finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds.

Steve Kerr said Durant didn't practice on Tuesday, noting, "If he didn't practice, there's concern."

Durant previously missed 19 games with a strained MCL and a bone bruise in his left leg.

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Andre Iguodala Likely To Re-Sign With Warriors

Apr 17, 2017 8:30 PM

If the Golden State Warriors are able to retain Andre Iguodala's Bird Rights, they are almost assured of re-signing him. 

The Warriors would need Kevin Durant to take a 20 percent raise from this season's salary of $26.5 million up to $31.8 million to not need to fit him into cap space in order to re-sign Iguodala above and beyond their cap.

An NBA source said the only real open question for Iguodala to re-sign is the number of seasons on the deal with the Warriors.

“The people that need to know, they know the situation, and there’s not going to be any issue,” Iguodala said this month on Tim Kawakami's podcast.

“I didn’t say that,” Iguodala said. “But Bob and I have conversations all the time about different scenarios and different things, not just about me, but about the rest of the team..

“So I don’t see it being a big problem at all. And here right now will probably be the best place.”

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Curry Would Have Left Under Armour If They Weren't Aligned With 'Core Values'

Apr 17, 2017 10:48 AM

Stephen Curry reportedly considered walking away from his Under Armour endorsement deal worth $32 million per year through 2024 following Kevin Plank's comments about Donald Trump.

Curry spent an entire day on the phone with various Under Armour personnel, “pursuing clarification about what was going on” and “making sure everybody knew where everybody else stood on the issue.” 

Curry was satisfied with what he was told to remain with Under Armour.

“If I had come to the conclusion that the leadership of the company was not in line with my core values, and vice versa, I would have jumped off that platform,” said Curry to GQ.

Curry questioned himself on how he responded to Plank's assertion that Trump was "a real asset for the country" by saying “I agree with that description—if you remove the ‘et.’ ”

“Even then, I was worried that I had messed up—that having a playful attitude had detracted from the serious point I felt I needed to make,” Curry says. “I'm not gonna pretend that I have some long history as an activist. But I'm definitely in the camp that when it comes to athletes, whoever has a microphone in front of their face, they ought to use it.

“You know,” he adds, “I did get a lot of feedback from other believers who were disappointed in the aggression of my statement. They thought it was un-Christian of me to call [Trump] a name. Now, I understand that Jesus probably wouldn't have used that term. But He was in that temple going crazy, flipping tables.… I think that sometimes, you have to remember who you are and what you stand for and not be ashamed of that.”


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Warriors, Spurs Only Teams In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive Efficiency

Apr 13, 2017 10:50 AM

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs and are the two teams to rank in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive Efficiency to finish the 16-17 NBA season. The Warriors and Spurs also rank first and second in net rating.

At the halfway mark, the Warriors, Spurs and Clippers ranked in the top-10 in both categories. At the 1/4 mark, the Warriors, Clippers and Utah Jazz ranked in the top-10 in both categories. At the 1/8 mark, the Clippers, Spurs and Chicago Bulls ranked in the top-10 in both categories. 

The Toronto Raptors were the closest team to also being in the top-10 on both sides, as they rank sixth in offense and 11th in defense. The Jazz are 12th in offense and third defensively, while the Clippers are fifth in offense and 12th defensively.

The Rockets finish the season ranked third in Net Rating with the second ranked offense and 18th ranked defense.

Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Warriors, Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Clippers and Spurs finished in the top-10 on both sides of the floor.  

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Draymond Green Sees Similarities In His Defense To Free Safety

Apr 10, 2017 1:24 PM

Draymond Green has been one of the best defensive players in the game over the past three seasons and was asked about how he cultivates his instincts.

"Definitely. It’s film, but even more than just film, it’s just being a student of the game," said Green.

"I watch basketball all day every day. So when I’m watching the games, I watch it–I just enjoy watching basketball–but when I’m watching other people play, I’m really just watching as a student trying to figure different things out.

"You tend to figure out guys’ moves, you figure out their go-to moves, you figure out their tendencies; if this happens, what they like to do in certain situations.

"And then also, while playing them, you just kind of get a feel of what they’re doing that night. So as the game goes on, it gets easier and easier to defend someone, because you know what they’re going to."

Green was also asked if there's any similarities in his defense to an NFL player.

"It is, it is. It’s definitely that," said Green.

"Like a free safety, where you’re just roaming, you’re kind of watching the quarterback’s eyes, you’re just reading the whole situation. It’s definitely that.

"And probably because I love football, I love watching football. It’s definitely more of a free safety type mentality, for sure."

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Kevin Durant Cleared To Return, Expected To Play Saturday
Kevin Durant has missed the last 19 games.

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Warriors Clinch Homecourt Advantage For 3rd Straight Season
The Warriors have clinched homecourt advantage throughout the 2017 NBA Playoffs with their 120-111 win over the Suns.

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Kevin Durant Targeted To Return From Knee Injury Saturday
Kevin Durant went through a five-on-five scrimmage for the first time since his injury on Sunday.

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Jimmy Butler, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week
Jimmy Butler helped the Bulls to a 3-0 week behind averages of 32.5 points (second in the East) and 6.0 assists, propelling Chicago to seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

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Draymond Green Admits Retaliating To James Harden By Punching His Wrist
James Harden jammed his left wrist on March 18th.

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Kevin Durant Sees Superstars Being Singled Out On Rest Issue
While Kevin Durant empathizes with fans over NBA teams resting players, he doesn't believe Adam Silver should be seeking the involvement of team owners on the issue.

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Kevin Durant Progressing From Knee Injury, Will Be Re-Evaluated In 7-10 Days
Kevin Durant has made significant progress since injuring his knee four weeks ago.

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Warriors Had Interest In Trading For Kyle Lowry In 2013
The Warriors were unwilling to include Festus Ezeli with a pick in their offer for Kyle Lowry.

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Warriors Clinch Homecourt Advantage For Finals If They Advance
The Western Conference representative has had homecourt advantage in every Finals since 2014.

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Matt Barnes Wants To Beat Kings 'By 50'
Matt Barnes signed a two-year deal in the offseason to return to his hometown.

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Warriors Optimistic Kevin Durant Will Return Before Playoffs
Kevin Durant is roughly at the halfway point of his recovery but the Warriors are encouraged by the progress he's made.

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Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry Dispute Report About OKC's Treatment Of Durant
Steve Kerr said "emotional returns or farewells" in the NBA have become "routine" because "guys get traded, they get cut, they sign elsewhere as free agents."

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Warriors Were Upset At Thunder Leadership During Kevin Durant's Return Game
The Warriors felt Kevin Durant should have been acknowledged or thanked in a news conference setting for his time with the Thunder.

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Unnamed Warrior: We've Got Problems And It Ain't Basketball
The Warriors have already lost five more games this season than they did in all of 15-16 and the joy in which they've played the game hasn't been as prevalent.

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Stephen Curry Refuses To Use Word 'Slump'
Stephen Curry has made just 18 of his past 76 three-pointers, a percentage of 23.7.

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Andre Iguodala Fined $10,000 For Comments After Wolves' Loss
Andre Iguodala has been fined $10,000 for his comments during a postgame interview.

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Matt Barnes, Kings Mutually Made Decision On Release
Matt Barnes received interest from the Warriors, Clippers, Rockets, Spurs and Cavaliers.

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Warriors Resting Curry, Green, Thompson, Iguodala Against Spurs
Steve Kerr said his decision was strictly due to health concerns and the fact the Warriors will have been on the road for seven of their past eight games.

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Kevin Durant Optimistic About Return From Knee Injury
Kevin Durant declined to give any details about his possible return date.

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Steve Kerr 'Won't Run Guys Ragged' To Get Warriors No. 1 Seed
The Warriors and Spurs have two more meetings remaining this season.

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