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Harrison Barnes Calls Kevin Durant Report 'Part Of The Business'

Feb 2, 2016 7:11 PM

Harrison Barnes seemed genuinely surprised to hear the Golden State Warriors intend to pursue Kevin Durant to replace him this offseason.

“Oh man, that’s part of the business,” Barnes said on a phone call before the team’s plane left New York for Washington, D.C. “He’s a great player. If that’s the move they want to make, you know, hopefully, it works out.”

Barnes will be a restricted free agent this offseason after he was unable to agree upon an extension with the Warriors.

“It’s always something, right?” Barnes said. “The first summer it was Dwight (Howard). The next summer it was Kevin Love. Every single year, there’s always been somebody who the Warriors wanted or somebody who wanted to come here. That’s part of the business. That stuff happens.

“If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, great. At the end of the day, I’ll still get the chance to be in NBA and still get to play.”

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Interested In Hiring Steve Nash As Head Coach

Feb 1, 2016 1:14 PM

The Phoenix Suns have strong interest in hiring Steve Nash for their recent head coaching vacancy.

Nash is not ready to jump into coaching on a full-time basis at this time.

Nash signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency in 2012 and retired last season.

Nash was hired by the Golden State Warriors as a part time consultant last offseason. Nash is also general manager of the Canada National Team.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Festus Ezeli Undergoes MRI On Left Knee, Results Inconclusive

Jan 30, 2016 5:04 PM

Festus Ezeli missed his second straight game Saturday because of a sore left knee.

Ezeli tweaked his knee during a 10-minute stretch Monday against San Antonio, and he had an MRI exam Tuesday.

The results were inconclusive and the Golden State Warriors' doctors will confer about next steps.

Ezeli is averaging 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots in 17.8 minutes this season. He missed the 2013-14 after surgery on his right knee.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Festus Ezeli, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Stephen Curry: Spurs Are The Standard

Jan 23, 2016 7:03 PM

The San Antonio Spurs play the Golden State Warriors for the first time this season in a highly anticipated game between the two best teams in the NBA.

The Spurs have a +15.4 Efficiency Differential compared to +12.1 for the Warriors.

“I know them pretty well,” Steve Kerr said. “It’s remarkable to me that I’m 50 years old and have been retired for 13 years, and they have three guys and a coach who are still on that team.

“It makes no sense. The continuity and the program they’ve built is amazing.”

The Spurs have won five titles between 1999 and 2014.

“That’s why they’re legends or why they’re going to be legends when they’re done,” Stephen Curry said. “Obviously, those three guys and Coach Popovich are the main foundation of that, but they’ve been able to add pieces as they’ve gone through their careers and stay at a high level. It’s a lot about the tone and atmosphere and expectations that they set.

“When you wear a Spurs uniform, you better be ready to elevate your game to their level. That’s the most impressive thing. … They’re the standard.”

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

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Warriors Enjoying Luke Walton, Anticipate He'll Soon Be Head Coach Candidate

Jan 23, 2016 2:50 PM

Luke Walton is expected to be a candidate for head coaching jobs after he did so well filling in for Steve Kerr on an interim basis.

The Golden State Warriors are enjoying having him on the bench in the meantime.

“Luke was the right guy to guide the ship, and he’s got the right temperament,” Kerr said Friday. “He obviously will be a head coach before long on a more permanent basis, but I’m hoping we can keep him around here for a lot longer.”

“It’s kind of frustrating, because Luke’s my guy, and now, he’s going to be gone next year - if any GMs are smart,” Draymond Green said. “I’ve got to cherish these last 40 games of the regular season and then the playoffs, because they’re about to take my guy.”

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

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Steve Kerr Returning To Bench Friday Against Pacers

Jan 22, 2016 2:08 PM

Steve Kerr will return to the bench for the Golden State Warriors' game on Friday against the Indiana Pacers.

Kerr has missed the entire season to date as he recovers from complications following his back injury.

Luke Walton was 39-4 as interim head coach of the Warriors in Kerr's absence.

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Kawhi Leonard, Carmelo Anthony Get Final ASG Starter Spots

Jan 21, 2016 7:08 PM

Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard are the five starters for the Western Conference in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

Leonard beat out Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green for the final frontcourt spot. Pachulia overtook Green in the voting before the final return.

LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Kyle Lowry are the Eastern Conference starters.

Western Conference
Frontcourt
1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,891,614
2. Kevin Durant (OKC) 980,787
3. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 782,339
4. Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 768,112
5. Draymond Green (GS) 726,616
6. Blake Griffin (LAC) 651,860
7. Enes Kanter (OKC) 534,499
8. Tim Duncan (SA) 431,087
9. Anthony Davis (NO) 400,688
10. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 364,270
11. DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 269,427
12. LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 268,003
13. Dwight Howard (Hou) 219,761
14. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 173,317
15. Harrison Barnes (GS) 155,289

Guards
1. Stephen Curry (GS) 1,604,325
2. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 772,009
3. Chris Paul (LAC) 624,334
4. Klay Thompson (GS) 555,513
5. James Harden (Hou) 430,777
6. Manu Ginobili (SA) 226,289
7. Rajon Rondo (Sac) 200,518
8. Tony Parker (SA) 195,472
9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 181,142
10. Damian Lillard (Por) 158,360

Eastern Conference
Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (Cle) 1,089,206
2. Paul George (Ind) 711,595
3. Carmelo Anthony (NY) 567,348
4. Pau Gasol (Chi) 566,988
5. Andre Drummond (Det) 515,296
6. Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 473,579
7. Chris Bosh (Mia) 351,420
8. Kevin Love (Cle) 332,685
9. Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 301,362
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 84,617
11. Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 73,079
12. Joakim Noah (Chi) 48,509
13. DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 46,044
14. Marcin Gortat (Was) 43,496
15. Paul Millsap (Atl) 41,654

Guards
1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 941,466
2. Kyle Lowry (Tor) 646,441
3. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 580,651
4. Jimmy Butler (Chi) 564,637
5. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 444,868
6. John Wall (Was) 368,686
7. Derrick Rose (Chi) 302,389
8. Jeremy Lin (Cha) 195,920
9. Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 153,642
10. Reggie Jackson (Det) 76,688

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Steve Kerr Has Ramped Up Involvement, Warriors Optimistic On Return

Jan 20, 2016 7:41 PM

The Golden State Warriors are optimistic Steve Kerr will be back on the bench as head coach soon.

“More and more, the further we go into the season,” Luke Walton said Wednesday of Kerr’s involvement at the end of his longest road trip of the season. “It’s daily talks now that he’s with us on the road. It’s matchups. It’s bouncing ideas off of each other. Besides not being the coach on the bench during games, he’s very much involved in the decisions and the prep work.”

Kerr started a leave of absence on Oct. 1.

“He does look a lot better lately. It’s great having him on the road, and you can see his energy looks better.”

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

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Stephen Curry No. 1 On Jersey Sales List, Kristaps Porzingis No. 4

Jan 20, 2016 11:10 AM

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors retained top honors on the NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise lists.

Results are based on NBAStore.com sales from October 2015 through December 2015 and reflect a record-breaking holiday shopping season. NBAStore.com had its largest Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30) in history, with combined sales up 20 percent from the previous year.

Rounding out the top five players are the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (No. 2), the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (No. 3), the New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (No. 4), who earned a spot on the list for the first time after a sensational start to his rookie year, and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant (No. 5).

The Warriors once again emerged as the top-selling team, followed by the Chicago Bulls at No. 2, the Cavaliers at No. 3, the Lakers at No. 4 and the Knicks at No. 5.

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Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, NBA

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Warriors Score Season High 139.2 Points Per 100 Poss. Against Cavs

Jan 19, 2016 11:33 AM

The Golden State Warriors scored 139.2 points per 100 possessions in their 132-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, which is their best offensive game of the season (full list).

In their previous meeting, the Cavaliers held the Warriors to just 92.8 points per 100 possessions. In the two games combined, the Warriors have scored 115.5 points per 100 possessions.

During last year's Finals, the Warriors scored 105.8 points per 100 possessions.

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Cavs Feel Stephen Curry's Champagne Quote 'Disrespectful'
The Warriors won the championship last season at the Cavaliers, making Quicken Loans Arena a special place for the team.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Warriors Push Back San Francisco Arena Opening To 2019
The Warriors claim the California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit is a last resort brought on by what they are calling an "anonymous SuperPAC."

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Kobe Bryant To Warriors: Make History
Kobe Bryant was asked if it is a passing of the torch to the Warriors.

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Michael Malone: Curry Is NBA's MVP But Draymond Green Might Be Warriors'
Draymond Green is currently a projected starter for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle.

Draymond Green May Sit Next Two Games
Draymond Green didn't practice on Tuesday.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Stephen Curry To Channel Messi With New Shin Guards
Stephen Curry plans to play on Friday after being fitted for new shin guards.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Brandon Jennings Believes Draymond Green Better Than Blake Griffin
Brandon Jennings continued his campaign for Draymond Green to start for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game, Tweeting he's better than Blake Griffin.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Warriors' Arena In San Francisco
The group argues that the city failed to properly consider alternative locations for the arena and environmental impacts on traffic, air quality and noise.

San Jose Mercury News

Klay Thompson Expected To Be Picked By Bucks In 2011
The Bucks traded the pick to the Kings, who picked Jimmer Fredette while they ended up with Tobias Harris at No. 19.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Lowe, Windhorst Believe Mark Jackson Will Struggle To Get Another Head Coaching Job
Mark Jackson led the Warriors to the playoffs in two of his three seasons with the franchise.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Stephen Curry Not Considering Sitting Four Weeks To Let Shin Heal
The Warriors have been experimenting with different shin pads to protect Stephen Curry.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chroncile

Warriors, Spurs, Cavs, Thunder Have Only Played 3 Of 17 Scheduled Games Against Each Other
Games between the Warriors/Spurs, Warriors/Thunder and Cavs/Spurs have yet to happen despite approaching the midway point in the season.

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Draymond Green, Brook Lopez Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Draymond Green averaged 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 9.5 rebounds , including two of his league-leading six triple-doubles.

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Stephen Curry Leaves Game With Left Shin Contusion
Stephen Curry had missed the previous two games due a right calf injury.

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Kevin Looney Expected To Make D-League Debut By End Of January
Kevin Looney was the Warriors' first round pick in 2015 and underwent right hip surgery in August.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Warriors Receiving Some Buzz As Destination For Kevin Durant
According to the speculation of some of "those around league" that have spoken with Chris Broussard, the Warriors are a possible destination for Kevin Durant.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Dan Feldman/Pro Basketball Talk)

Steve Kerr Could Return This Weekend
Steve Kerr joined the Warriors for their two-game trip to Texas.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Stephen Curry Undergoes MRI On Lower Left Leg
The Warriors will start Shaun Livingston at point guard if Stephen Curry is unable to play.

Diamond Leung/Mercury News

Stephen Curry Could Sit Multiple Games With Injured Leg
Stephen Curry didn't participate in Tuesday's light practice after limping through the Warriors' win on Monday.

Diamond Leung/Mercury News

Curry Amused, Confused By Mark Jackson's Comments About 'Hurting' Game
Mark Jackson said the three-point oriented game of Stephen Curry is "hurting" basketball.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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