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Kevin Durant On Westbrook: I Don't Want Problems With Nobody

Apr 24, 2018 3:31 PM

Kevin Durant is attempting to move forward from his past with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but incidents such as when he accidentally liked an Instagram post critical of Russell Westbrook bring back old issues.

"I know what it is nowadays," Durant said after shoot-around Tuesday. "I know what the truth is. It is what it is. I don’t want problems with nobody."

In September, Durant responded twice — both times in the third person — to a tweet asking for "one legitimate reason for leaving (Oklahoma City) other than getting a championship." The first response read, "He didn’t like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan. His roster wasn’t that good, it was just him and russ." The second tweet only made things worse: "Imagine taking russ off that team, see how bad they were. Kd can’t win a championship with those cats."

Durant's relationship with Westbrook has seemingly improved over the past few months.

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Durant Likes Comment Describing Westbrook As OKC's Problem By 'Total Accident'

Apr 23, 2018 5:17 PM

Kevin Durant claims he accidentally 'Liked' a comment on Instagram that blames Russell Westbrook for why the Thunder were unable to win a title.

Durant apparently spoke with Royce Young after the initial post.

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Stephen Curry's Unanimous Media Partners With Sony

Apr 23, 2018 3:31 PM

Stephen Curry has partnered with Sony Pictures Entertainment for his newly formed production company Unanimous Media. 

The shingle is named for Curry's unanimous Most Valuable Player award in 2016.

The first-look film and TV deal also will extend to opportunities in partnerships, electronics, gaming and virtual reality. Curry’s production headquarters will be located on the Sony Pictures studio lot in Culver City.

“I’ve been blessed to have this platform and I want to use it to affect the world positively,” Curry said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Partnering with Sony to share inspiring content with a global audience was a foregone conclusion."

The production company will focus on faith and family-friendly content as well as sports-themed projects.

Curry founded Unanimous Media with Jeron Smith and Erick Peyton, who serve as CEO and CCO, respectively. 

“Steph is a transcendent figure in current culture. His wide-ranging content creation interests overlap well with our varied businesses and we have been equally impressed with his team,” Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. “We are honored to have been drafted and now we know how lucky Golden State feels every day.”

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Kevin Durant Doesn't Expect To Miss Any Time With Tweaked Ankle

Apr 20, 2018 5:02 PM

Kevin Durant doesn't expect to miss any time with his tweaked left ankle.

Durant suffered the injury late in Game 3 of Golden State's win over the Spurs.

"I'm good," Durant told ESPN's Chris Haynes. "It's nothing."

Durant called it "a quick roll."

"It didn't completely turn," Durant told ESPN. "I'm fine."

 

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Stephen Curry Unlikely To Return Before Game 3 Of 2nd Round

Apr 19, 2018 10:04 PM

Stephen Curry is still not close to returning from his sprained MCL.

Curry isn't in the final stages of his rehabilitation and will be evaluated again on Friday.

Curry is expected to take the full six weeks of his 4-6 week timeline.

The injury Curry suffered this year was more severe than the one he suffered in 2016.

A six-week recovery would put Curry back for May 4th, which means he could be ready for Game 3 of the second round should the Warriors advance.

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Mike Brown Wants To Be Head Coach Again But Will Be Selective

Apr 18, 2018 11:31 AM

Mike Brown remains interested in becoming a head coach again but he's enjoying his current role as Steve Kerr's lead assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

“I want to be a head coach again," said Brown. "But if I hadn’t experienced that already and if I wasn’t in a situation that I’m already in right now, maybe the itch might be there more,” Brown said. “Maybe I might be focused more on that than the task at hand. But I’m really excited about trying to do what I can and do my part in helping us win again.”

Brown served as interim head coach for 12 games during last year's playoffs when Steve Kerr had to take a medical leave.

The New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets have vacancies but Brown is only interested in teams with proven rosters and front office synergy.

“I enjoy working for this organization. We have a chance to win, not just this year, but we have a chance to win for many years with the makeup of this team,” Brown said. “I enjoy winning. So because of that, it’s easy for me to want to stay.”

“He’s a really creative coach. He likes to think the game,” Gregg Popovich said of Brown. “He likes to think out of the box. He likes wine. That was enough for me. He’s a really enjoyable guy.”

Mark Medina/San Jose Mercury News

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Stephen Curry Leads NBA In Jersey Sales For 3rd Consecutive Season

Apr 17, 2018 11:03 AM

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors lead the NBA's list of most popular jerseys and team merchandise, marking the third consecutive regular season Curry and the defending NBA Champions have earned top honors. Rankings are based on NBAStore.com sales since the beginning of the 2017-18 NBA season.

Rounding out the top five players are the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (No. 2), the Warriors’ Kevin Durant (No. 3), the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 4) and the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (No. 5). Irving climbed seven spots from his ranking on the most recent list (January 2018).

The Warriors are followed by the Cavaliers at No. 2, the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 3, the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 4 and the Celtics at No. 5.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
8. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
9. James Harden, Houston Rockets
10. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
11. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
12. Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
15. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
1. Golden State Warriors
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. Boston Celtics
6. Milwaukee Bucks
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. New York Knicks
9. Chicago Bulls
10. Houston Rockets

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Steve Kerr: Our Default When Not Running Offense Is KD

Apr 17, 2018 9:23 AM

Kevin Durant carried the Warriors' offense in the first half of their Game 2 win over the Spurs as they were taken out of their normal flow.

“I thought in the first half they took us off everything, and so our default when we are not running our offense is go to KD, because he's our best player,” Steve Kerr said.

“I give them credit for taking us out of our offense. You know, we got disjointed there. But I thought we did a much better job in the second half. We only had four turnovers and the ball started to move, and I thought we just stayed with it.”

Durant was asked if he takes pride in scoring a quiet 32 points.

“Yeah, I mean I'm not a big screamer anymore,” Durant said. “I don't beat my chest anymore. So after every shot, I just run down the court and get back on defense. I can make it a loud 32 if I really wanted to, I guess, but that would take a lot of energy out of me.

“I'm not really flashy with how I play anymore. I just try to look for the best shot and be simple and easy with my game  I guess fly under the radar a little bit. But I'm glad I can put points on the board for our team and try to help our team as much as I can.”

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NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules

Apr 13, 2018 1:29 PM

The following graphics show the Net Rating, Offensive Rating and Defensive Rating rankings for all 16 teams in the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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Stephen Curry Targeting Second Round Return

Apr 13, 2018 1:08 PM

Stephen Curry is targeting a return at some point during the Western Conference Semifinals if the Warriors advance past the Spurs.

Curry will have his three-week evaluation on Saturday.

Curry is returning from a sprained MCL.

Steve Kerr had previously said there was no chance of Curry returning during the first round.

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Draymond Green Warns Warriors On Danger Of Breaking Up Core
The Warriors could expedite a reshuffling of their roster if they don't reach The Finals this season.

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Kevin Durant To Become Free Agent, Seek New Deal With Warriors
Kevin Durant took a discounted two-year, $51 million deal last offseason.

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Quinn Cook Signs Two-Year Deal With Warriors
Quinn Cook's deal with the Warriors is fully guaranteed.

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Warriors Waive Omri Casspi
The Warriors need to create a playoff roster spot for Quinn Cook.

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Patrick McCaw Will Be Re-Evaluated In Four Weeks
Patrick McCaw did not suffer any neurological damage in his back.

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Quinn Cook, Warriors Discussing Multi-Year Deal
Quinn Cook has been on the Warriors this season on a two-way contract.

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Warriors Will Keep 'Golden State' With Move To San Francisco
The franchise was called the San Francisco Warriors when they relocated from Philadelphia

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Kevin Durant: I Don't Think We Would've All Been MVPs In OKC
The Thunder will have had three future MVPs on their team that reached the 2012 Finals.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Warriors, Rockets Now Have Equal Odds To Win Finals
The Warriors had been overwhelming favorites for most of the season but they have had a host of injuries.

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Patrick McCaw Stretchered Off Court Following Scary Fall
Patrick McCaw took an awkward fall and appeared to land on his backside.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Kevin Durant Blames Technicals On Desire To Repeat
Kevin Durant had only one ejection in his first 10 years in the league before this season.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Kevin Durant Ejected In First Game Back From Rib Injury
Kevin Durant argued with referee Tre Maddox, claiming he was fouled as he drove to the basket.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Steve Kerr: No Way Stephen Curry Will Play In First Round
Stephen Curry's re-evaluation date is April 14.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Quinn Cook, Warriors Have Yet To Discuss Extending Season
If the Warriors decide to retain Quinn Cook for the playoffs, his contract would be converted into a minimum deal.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Stephen Curry Out Three Weeks With Grade 2 MCL Sprain
Stephen Curry has already missed 21 games and could return near the start of the playoffs.

ESPN

Stephen Curry Set For MRI On MCL Sprain
JaVale McGee fell on the left leg of Stephen Curry during Friday's game.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Stephen Curry Targeting Friday Return From Ankle Injury
Stephen Curry has suffered four ankle injuries this season.

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Joe Lacob: We'll Build Around Core Until We Decide Maybe We Shouldn't
Joe Lacob said he discusses contingency plans for endless best- and worst-case scenarios "every day" for the Warriors.

Mark Media/San Jose Mercury News

Kevin Durant Out Two Weeks With Rib Injury
Kevin Durant suffered the injury in last Sunday's loss to the Wolves.

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Klay Thompson Out Several Games With Sprained Right Thumb
Klay Thompson is expected to return by the end of the month.

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