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Stephen Curry Doesn't Let Shoe Rivalry Get In Way Of Friendship With Durant

Dec 12, 2017 4:42 PM

Stephen Curry claims he and Kevin Durant don't let their sneaker rivalry impact their friendship and work relationship.

"I mean, don’t get me wrong, everybody wants to have the hottest known shoe. That is why you are in the business, you want to be known as the best. But when it comes to me and KD and us being on the same team—him with Nike and me with Under Armour—that doesn't get in the way of our personal relationship and what we do on the floor," said Curry.

"I be looking at his shoes and he looks at my shoes and we be cracking jokes on them all of the time and all that kind of stuff—I’m interested in what colorways he's got coming out and he is interested to see what we are bringing to the table, so all that stuff is part of being aware and interested in the sneaker game. At the end of the day, we all want to play well on the court, we all want to win and we all want to sell shoes, and I think we can accomplish all of that."

Curry was asked if he's feels added pressure being Under Armour's only major NBA player.

"Nah, not really. I embraced it from the jump. I knew when I got my first signature sneaker back in 2015, I was the only one (at Under Armour) to have one so it’s been that way forever. The goal is to continue growing the stable with high-level basketball players in the UA basketball category and hopefully they see what I am able to do with my product, and that is the situation for now but I highly expect that to change."

Curry was also asked how he wants his signature line to be remembered.

"That I shocked the shoe game. For one, I think the business that we created with the SC brand and Under Armour—and it is almost unprecedented—from starting with nothing and growing it to what it is now and hopefully what it becomes in the next five to 10 years. I take a lot of pride in what I do on the court and the opportunities that come out of that, especially with people wearing my name on their feet and their body with all of the product that we make. I took a chance with UA and UA did the same and we created something special and hopefully it lives long beyond my playing career."

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Victor Oladipo, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Dec 11, 2017 4:17 PM

Victor Oladipo and Kevin Durant have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Oladipo led the Pacers to four straight wins last week, averaging 30.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.8 steals. Oladipo shot 51.2 percent from the field and 47.5 from 3-point range over the four games.

Durant led the Warriors to a 3-0 record on the week, capping off a perfect six-game road-trip, and in the process becoming just the 11th team in NBA history to have a 6-0 record on a road-trip. He averaged 30.0 points to go with 9.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.00 steal and 2.67 blocks in 36.4 minutes per game. 

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Warriors Projected To Spend $1.1B On Salary, Tax Between 2017-2021

Dec 6, 2017 9:49 AM

The Golden State Warriors are projected to spend more than $1.1 billion in player salary and luxury tax payments between the 17-18 season and 20-21.

"Finances are the only thing that will break up this Warriors team," said one league executive.

While Stephen Curry is signed for four more seasons, Kevin Durant can become a free agent again this offseason. Durant could sign a four-year, $158 million deal in 2018 or wait for 2019 when he would be eligible for a five-year, $219 million contract when the Warriors attain full Bird rights on him.

Draymond Green and Klay Thompson could potentially become eligible for Designated Veteran Player Extensions, but they only have one slot remaining as Curry already signed one.

Thompson can become an unrestricted free agent in 2019 while Green's contract is up in 2020.

The Warriors project to be a repeater tax team for 19-20 and 20-21.

Golden State is expected to have a record-high $225 million in tax penalties and $178 million in team salary in 19-20. 

"There are 29 owners that would take this Warriors roster even if the cost was $495 million in luxury tax penalties," said one executive.

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Stephen Curry Suffered No Structural Damage To Ankle

Dec 5, 2017 5:52 PM

Stephen Curry suffered no structural damage on his injured right ankle, according to MRI results.

Curry, however, has significant swelling and there is no timetable for his return.

Curry suffered the ankle injury in Monday's win by the Warriors at the Pelicans.

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Kevin Durant Ejected For 3rd Time In 18 Games

Dec 5, 2017 10:00 AM

The Golden State Warriors have had a number of emotional outbursts during their current road trip.

On Monday, Draymond Green was nearly ejected following a verbal tirade on referee Derrick Stafford. Kevin Durant was also assessed a technical foul early in the game.

With just over a minute left in the game, Durant and DeMarcus Cousins were both ejected following an on-court confrontation when they exchanged words and needed to be separated.

“It’s absolutely too much,” Steve Kerr said. “We’re not composed out there. We’re a championship team. We have to be poised and we have to execute out there. We’re getting way too emotional, myself included.

“I’ve got to do a better job of that, too. But we’ve got to show some poise when things aren’t going our way, stop worrying about everything else and just worry about the game.”

The Warriors have had a player ejected in three straight games with Durant recording three ejections in the past 18 games after just four in the previous 810.

“Every time I got ejected, I make sure it’s late in the game,” Durant said. “I’m not messing up like that in the first, second quarter. I make sure it’s late in the game if I want to do something.

“But I’ve got to be more poised. I can’t let anybody take me off my game. I’ve been in the league too long. Especially somebody like Cousins. You know that he’s feisty, you know that he’s emotional, you know that he plays that way. I can’t get involved with that. That’s just who he is, I gotta be me.”

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Stephen Curry Set For MRI On Severely Sprained Right Ankle

Dec 4, 2017 11:58 PM

Stephen Curry left the locker room of the Golden State Warriors on crutches after twisting his right ankle during the Warriors' win at the Pelicans.

Curry's x-rays on the ankle were negative but he will undergo an MRI on Tuesday. Curry's ankle remains significantly swollen.

Curry has undergone numerous surgeries on his ankle before eventually moving past them and remaining free of issues.

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NBA Suspends Shaun Livingston, Referee Courtney Kirkland

Dec 4, 2017 5:21 PM

The NBA has suspended both Shaun Livingston and referee Courtney Kirkland for their confrontation on Sunday.

As part of the incident, Livingston and Kirkland bumped heads. Livingston was ejected from the game.

Livingston will be suspended one game while Kirkland will be suspended for one week.

Livingston will miss Monday's game against the Pelicans.

Kirkland’s suspension will begin on Monday and run through Sunday, Dec. 10.  He will be eligible to return to game action on Monday, Dec. 11.  

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Kevin Durant: I Own Some Property On Waiters Island

Dec 4, 2017 10:05 AM

Kevin Durant and Dion Waiters were teammates with the Thunder, and Durant continues to believe in the shooting guard's ability.

“I got a mansion,” Durant said. “I own some property on ‘Waiters Island.’ It’s just me and him that live there. He knows where it is. We both know.”

Waiters missed Miami's earlier game against the Warriors.

“It’s gonna be fun. He’s playing great basketball, and I’m so proud of him. I know it’s going to be a fun matchup between him and I," said Durant. "I don’t wanna call him my little brother, but he’s my brother of a younger age. I learned a lot from him. He learned a lot from me. It was a great, great relationship that we had and it’s gonna be a fun matchup.”

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Kevin Durant To Miss Another Game, Warriors Admit He Should Have Sat At OKC

Nov 25, 2017 2:17 PM

Kevin Durant has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans with a left ankle sprain.

Durant also missed Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls.

Steve Kerr admitted the Warriors should have sat Durant in Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"We probably shouldn't have played him Wednesday," said Kerr. "I thought he was fine but then he got a little sore afterward."

The NBA had designated the game as one of its "marquee" matchups for national television.

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David Lee Announces Retirement From NBA

Nov 20, 2017 10:02 AM

David Lee has announced his retirement from the NBA.

Lee spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs and had remained unsigned this season.

Lee played for the Golden State Warriors from 2010 to 2015 where he played the best basketball of his career.

Lee was a two-time All-Star.

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Kevin Durant Out For Sunday's Game With Sprained Ankle
Kevin Durant is ruled as day-to-day, although the injury is not believed to be serious.

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Kevin Durant Has Moved To Better Place With Feelings Towards Thunder
Kevin Durant spoke about how he's finally moved on past his negative feelings towards the Thunder.

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Kevin Durant Feels More Comfortable With Stephen Curry Being Face Of Warriors
Kevin Durant's transition to California and the Warriors has gone as well as one could have expected.

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Kevin Durant Felt LeBron 'Passing The Torch' With His Game 3 Shot
Kevin Durant's shot in Game 3 over LeBron James stands out as a defining moment of his career.

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Steve Kerr: Boston Looks Like The Team Of The Future In The East
Steve Kerr complimented the Celtics for how they've worked in younger players while continuing to play excellent basketball at the top of league.

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Kevin Durant Striving To Be All-NBA Defender
Kevin Durant had made significant improvement over the past few seasons as a defensive player.

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Steve Kerr Expected To Sign Extension With Warriors In Offseason
Steve Kerr signed a five-year, $25 million deal in May of 2014.

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Draymond Green Declines To Respond To Mark Cuban's Comments
Draymond Green decided not to reply to Mark Cuban's response.

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Mark Cuban Offended By Draymond Green Wanting To Stop Using 'Owner' Term
Mark Cuban says NBA owners own equity and not people.

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Steve Kerr: This Year Will Be A Lot Harder Than First Year
The Warriors have been to three straight Finals and are widely expected to reach their fourth this season.

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Stephen Curry Was Unsuccessful In Seeking No-Trade, Player Option In New Deal
Stephen Curry wanted a no-trade clause and a player option in his $201 million contract.

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Warriors Were Willing To Max Out Stephen Curry In 2013 RFA If He Stayed Healthy
The Warriors could have signed Stephen Curry to a four-year, $61 million deal or a five-year, $78.9 million deal.

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Warriors Decline Option On Kevon Looney, Pick Up Damian Jones'
Kevon Looney would have been owed $2.2 million next season.

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Draymond Green, Bradley Beal Ejected Following Scuffle
Bradley Beal slapped Draymond Green in the face from behind, which led Green to grab Beal.

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Stephen Curry Fined $50,000 For Throwing Mouthpiece
Stephen Curry threw his mouthpiece in the direction of a game official.

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Stephen Curry Denies Throwing Mouthpiece At Referee
Stephen Curry was ejected late in the Warriors' 111-101 loss at the Grizzlies.

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Draymond Green MRI On Left Knee Negative
Draymond Green landed awkwardly on his left knee.

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Draymond Green To Undergo MRI On Left Knee
Draymond Green suffered the injury during the Warriors' opening night loss.

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Warriors Agree Upon Two-Way Deal With Quinn Cook
Quinn Cook was released last week by the Hawks.

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Stephen Curry: I'm The Best Version Of Myself To Date
Stephen Curry hopes to be in the conversation for MVP this season.

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