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Klay Thompson Sits In Crunch Time In Favor Of Ian Clark

Dec 9, 2016 11:08 AM

Klay Thompson did not play in crunch time of the Golden State Warriors' 106-99 win at the Utah Jazz.

Ian Clark remained in the game down the stretch as Thompson shot 5-for-13 over 28 minutes. Thompson scored 60 points in 29 minutes earlier in the week.

Clark had two big three-pointers in the final five minutes of the game.

“I just thought Ian was playing well,” Steve Kerr said of sticking with Clark over Thompson. “And he was really getting after it defensively and it made sense to keep him out there.”

The Warriors had a 25-point first half lead but were sluggish in the second half.

“A loss of focus,” Kerr assessed when asked what happened in the second half. “You know, our first quarter was great -- pushed the ball, our defensive intensity was fantastic -- and then I think we let down. We started turning it over.

"Some careless, purposeless plays where we didn’t really have an idea of what we were trying to accomplish.”

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Bob Myers: Andre Iguodala Was Really The GM Of His Sign-And-Trade In 2013

Dec 8, 2016 6:51 PM

The Golden State Warriors drafted well between 2009 and 2012 in adding Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes, but Bob Myers' bold sign-and-trade in 2013 for Andre Iguodala began to move the team in their current direction.

Iguodala had spent one season with the Denver Nuggets following his trade from the Philadelphia 76ers.

"There were a lot of particulars to that transaction," said Myers. "Like anything, there's a confluence of events. Andre wanting to play for us, that was big. We had just played [Denver] in the playoffs, and it's interesting. He saw something in us maybe that we didn't even see in ourselves. He saw a chance to be a part of something special. He intuitively was willing to wait. He forewent some other opportunities as far as money. But as far as I knew it wasn't going to happen. I knew he was going to sign somewhere, I just didn't think it would be with us. Joe [Lacob] was constantly supportive. Jerry West, as someone who has done a lot of big things, was always encouraging. All of us combined to do our part, but Andre, to be fair, he was the visionary in that area.

"Getting the deal done was extremely difficult. Moving $24 million in that era was even harder than it would be now because the salary cap wasn't what it is now. It represented more than a third of a team's entire salary. I'd only been GM for a year, and it taught me a lot about what can be done, what can be accomplished even if you didn't think it can happen, so it was a lesson. If it hadn't worked, we would've been OK in the fact that we would've given everything we had to get it done, but I kept thinking it wasn't going to work.

"What it showed people outside of our organization was, wow, somebody actually went to the Warriors on their own accord! Andre has a great reputation throughout the league as a player, as a person, so for him to take that step was big for us. It was somewhat transformative.

"He was really the GM of that move more than any of us. I told him, "Go take something else because we can't do it." He said, "Well, give me a little more time." I said, "Don't lose anything."

"If you would have heard the conversations, you would have thought Andre and Rob [Pelinka, Iguodala's agent] were being irrational by waiting. The last thing we wanted to do was mislead them and leave them hanging, so I kept telling them, "We can't do it, we can't do it, take whatever else you have." He kept saying he'll wait a little bit longer, one more day, one more hour."

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DeAndre Jordan: Durant Took Aftermath Of Free Agency Decision Hard

Dec 8, 2016 3:07 PM

Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan first became friends when Texas was recruiting Jordan. The pair began spending more time together over the past few summers and their bond grew playing for the United States this past summer.

Durant leaned on Jordan for support after he signed with the Golden State Warriors and was receiving criticism for the decision. During the previous offseason, Jordan backed out of his agreement to sign with the Dallas Mavericks in order to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers, which produced a similar type of scrutiny. 

“He took that (expletive) hard. I was like, ‘Man, at the end of the day, you made a decision that was for Kevin.’ It wasn’t for anybody else,” Jordan said. “You’re going to have one city, one team that’s going to hate your guts. Some other people, they’re going to dislike what you did. But at the end of the day, you’ve got a base that loves you to death. That’s what you have to focus on.”

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Kevin Durant: I Value My Shots A Little More Now

Dec 7, 2016 12:01 PM

Kevin Durant is averaging 27.0 points on just 16.9 shots per game while also averaging career bests in rebounds (8.4), steals (1.48) and blocks (1.76).

"He's even better than he was billed to us," said Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser, Durant's frequent workout partner. "He can go out and get 50 easy. He's that good. And in our environment, no one would get upset.

"You can see our guys trying to get KD the ball more at times. But he's chosen to blend in, learn and try to do it the right way."

Said Steve Kerr: "I knew he was good. He's kicked our ass for years. I just felt our style of play would suit him. He was brilliant in OKC, but the way they play, there's a lot more isos. It was sort of take turns: Russell (Westbrook) would go, then KD would go. I think KD understands he's going to have the ball in his hands less [with Golden State], but he'll be in more advantageous positions to score. I think he's really embracing the style. I think he likes making plays for other guys, and vice versa. It's a fun way to play."

Said Kerr: "He's playing more 4 here than he played in OKC, so we're asking him to anchor the paint at times. It doesn't come naturally to him. He's really more of a guard than he is a big. But he's adapting, and he's getting better. When he's locked in, he's an all-league defender. But it's an awful lot to ask a guy to score 27, 28 a game and be locked in for 48 minutes."

"I look at it like, if I shoot 15-16 shots a night, 13 of 'em gotta be solid, and the rest can be some pull-up 3s or fadeaways that I kind of work on that I wouldn't mind if I make or miss those," Durant said. "I look at those other shots like heat checks -- just trying stuff.

"But I know what our offense is. So when I get those shots that I get, I know that I gotta be patient with 'em. And I know I also gotta be ... they're precious. I think, my shots now, I value them a little more than I did before 'cause I might not shoot 30 shots whenever I want. And that's not a bad thing. I'm not saying that's a bad thing. That's just how we play here ... especially when you got two other guys on the perimeter that can go off and score 30 any night as well.

"It's a different situation. When I won MVP in 2014, I was playing differently. I had the ball in my hands a lot more. I was playing the point forward role, more like how LeBron [James] plays in Cleveland. And it was fun, but it was a lot. I had to do a lot out there on the floor. And I got rewarded for that by winning MVP, but it taught me a lot about the game. That was a huge year for me.

"I felt like I made Thabo Sefolosha better. I made Kendrick Perkins better. I made Serge Ibaka better. And it wasn't because I was just scoring. I think my leadership ... we were down. Russell was out most of the year, so I had to step into a different role. I felt like that was one of the better years for me all around. This year, I just feel like I'm trying to fit in but also still be myself. I know that I can't just run and go grab the ball and clear everybody out. Coach wants me to sometimes, but it's not going to be like that most of the time."

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Spurs, Warriors Tried To Trade Up In 2011 For Jonas Valanciunas

Dec 6, 2016 11:29 AM

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs walked away from the 2011 NBA Draft with Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard, but both teams were looking to trade into the top-5 to select Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas fell to the Toronto Raptors at No. 5 as he wasn't planning on coming over to the NBA for one more season.

Bob Myers suspected the Spurs' Plan B in trading up ahead of the Warriors at No. 11 was to select Thompson, the player they were targeting with their lottery pick.

The Milwaukee Bucks also liked Thompson and they were picking 10th, but they moved out of the spot following a trade with the Sacramento Kings, who wanted Jimmer Fredette.

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Klay Thompson Scores 60 Points In 29 Minutes On 11 Dribbles

Dec 6, 2016 10:27 AM

Klay Thompson scored 60 points in just 29 minutes of floor action but he actually held the ball in his hands for just 90 total seconds.

Thompson touched the ball 46 times and dribbled just 11 times on his 21 field goals.

Thompson shot 21-for-33 from the floor, 8-for-14 on three-pointers and 10-for-11 at the line.

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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."

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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

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

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

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

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Draymond Green Injures Ankle, X-Rays Negative
Draymond Green landed on teammate Ian Clark while trying to block a shot.

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Warriors Learning How To Protect Rim In Different Ways
Kevin Durant has 25 blocks so far this season compared to 10 in all of last season by Harrison Barnes.

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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
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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
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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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