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Stephen Curry Feels He's Better Now Than Unanimous MVP Season In 2016

Feb 21, 2019 12:43 PM

Stephen Curry won two straight MVPs in 2015 and 2016, but he's largely been out of the conversation since the Golden State Warriors added Kevin Durant in 2016.

Curry, however, feels he's a better player than he was when he was a unanimous MVP in 2016.

“I definitely feel like I’m better than I was three years ago,” Curry said. “It’s a good feeling knowing successes I’ve had personally don’t get in the way of progress with the team, getting better and finding ways to expand your game. Experience, more maturity and being challenged in new ways definitely helps.”

Curry then paused before going through the list of players who have won three MVPs.

“How many guys have three? Michael, Bird, LeBron …”

Curry's voice trails off before the rest of the elite company is revealed: Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Moses Malone.

“If it happened, you could add me to that list,” Curry said. “Anybody who’s had one knows the feeling of what it’s like to hold that trophy up the first time, and the next time. You know how driving of a force that can be.”

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Warriors Lift Minutes Restriction For DeMarcus Cousins

Feb 21, 2019 12:25 AM

DeMarcus Cousins will no longer be placed on a minutes restriction, according to Steve Kerr. 

Cousins had been averaging 23.4 minutes per game after coming back from his Achilles tear.

"I don't think we'll change the plan too much in terms of how we're going to play him in the rotations and all that, but I think once we get back into the rhythm we can absolutely play him for longer stretches...now we're entering a different phase of the season. We'll see how it goes, but nothing's set in stone," said Steve Kerr.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Andre Iguodala Replaces LeBron James As VP Of NBPA

Feb 19, 2019 9:32 AM

Andre Iguodala has been elected as vice president of the National Basketball Players Association.

Iguodala has served as vice president of the Executive Committee since 2013. He will replace LeBron James in his new role.

"I am honored to be chosen by my peers to step into this position and take on a larger responsibility within the NBPA," Iguodala said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing my work with (NBPA executive director) Michele (Roberts), Chris Paul and the Executive Committee to accomplish the best possible outcomes for the union and our future members."

In other elections, Milwaukee's Malcolm Brogdon, Boston's Jaylen Brown and Charlotte's Bismack Biyombo were elected to serve as vice presidents on the Executive Committee.

 

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Steve Kerr Fined $25K Following Ejection

Feb 14, 2019 8:32 PM

The NBA fined Steve Kerr $25,000 for "verbally abusing and confronting" an official during Golden State Warriors' 129-107 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kerr was ejected after throwing down his clipboard while he argued a flagrant foul call on Draymond Green late in the 4th quarter.

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Stephen Curry To Be Featured On Facebook Watch Docuseries

Feb 12, 2019 3:01 PM

Stephen Curry will be featured in a six-episode docuseries called "Stephen vs The Game" to air this spring on Facebook Watch.

The series will be similar to "Tom vs Time" starring Tom Brady that was on Facebook Watch last year.

The new series follows Curry over the past year, beginning during last year’s playoff run and subsequent championship with the Golden State Warriors.

“We believe that athletes are their own media companies,” Dan Reed, Facebook’s vice president of global sports and media partnerships, said in an interview. “And via social platforms like ours, we’re really focusing on athletes being able to take advantage of this medium in ways that weren’t possible before.”

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NBA: Refs Missed Kevin Durant's Double-Dribble On Final Possession Versus Heat

Feb 12, 2019 12:54 AM

The NBA announced that Kevin Durant should have been called for a discontinued dribble in what turned out to be the Golden State Warriors final possession in a 120-118 win over the Miami Heat.

The Warriors hit two free throws after the missed call to win the game.

Durant seemingly dribbled the ball off of Justise Winslow, although a replay confirmed that the ball did not touch Winslow.

"It's a double-dribble. Everybody can see it. Those are tough calls to make but everybody saw it. It's right there in front of everybody. That should be a violation and you can't miss those calls. But we had our chances. Like I said, it was back and forth. The officials -- so let's be clear about it, so I do not get fined -- that's not why we lost," said Erik Spoelstra after the game.

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Kevin Durant's Thirty Five Ventures Moving Into New York Office

Feb 11, 2019 5:59 PM

Kevin Durant has used his basketball career, fame and capital to participate in a number of business ventures.

"My platform is hoops," Durant said. "Billions of people are watching, so why not leverage it to do the cool stuff that we like to do?"

Durant has been working with Rich Kleiman for the past six years. They have invested in 50 companies as Thirty Five Ventures, including Postmates and a drone company called Skydio.

Durant and Kleiman refer to each other as "my best friend" and sometimes even "brother."

"We just met at, like, the perfect point," Durant said of Kleiman. "We both hit our peaks at the same time."

Thirty Five Ventures has 10 employees at the moment and is moving into a new office building in New York City.

Durant will be a free agent this offseason and has been linked in the media with the New York Knicks.

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Knicks Delete Image Of Kevin Durant In Pitch To Season Ticket Holders

Feb 11, 2019 9:39 AM

The New York Knicks used an image of Mitchell Robinson alongside Kevin Durant in a pitch to season ticket holders to renew, but later deleted the photo to avoid the perception that there was an ulterior motive using Durant's image.

Durant will be a free agent this offseason and the Knicks are expected to pursue him.

"Game action photos are used all the time for marketing purposes, but given everything going on, we took the precaution of taking the photo down," the Knicks said in a statement Sunday night. "To be clear, it was one of several rotating photos on the website."

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Kevin Durant After Getting Picked 1st By LeBron James: What Else Is He Supposed To Do?

Feb 9, 2019 1:49 PM

Kevin Durant was not surprised to be LeBron James' first pick in the All-Star Game draft for the second straight year.

"What else is he supposed to do?" asked Durant following the Warriors' 117-107 win over the Suns.

Durant has come under media scrutiny recently after saying that he doesn't trust the press.

DeMarcus Cousins came to Durant's defense.

"It's a credit to his mental toughness. I don't think he gets enough credit for how much bulls--- he deals with on the daily. He has his personal life. He's probably top-two, top-three guys in the league when it comes to ... just dealing with media -- him, Bron, maybe Steph [Curry]. It's a tough life -- always having a camera in your face, never really having privacy -- and it's obvious how much he gets attacked just on the social media and from a fan standpoint. He deals with a lot, he has a lot coming at him, and he's still able to block that out and come out and produce on a nightly basis. So that's a credit to him. Like I said, I don't feel he gets enough credit for it," added Cousins. 


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Kevin Durant Breaks Silence, Tells Media To 'Grow Up'

Feb 7, 2019 2:46 AM

Kevin Durant spoke to the media for the first time in 9 days following the Golden State Warriors' 141-102 win over the San Antonio Spurs, saying "I don't trust none of y'all".

"Every time I say something, you try to twist it up. I just want to play ball, go to the gym and go home. Is that a problem?” Durant asked.

Durant then touched on rumors linking him to the Knicks this summer before walking out of the press conference.

“I have nothing to do with the Knicks, I don’t know who traded Porzingis. It ain’t got nothing to do with me. I’m trying to play basketball. You come in here every day and ask me about free agency. Then when I don’t want to talk to you all, it’s a problem with me. Grow up. Grow up. It’s not me. I try to be the best player I can be.”


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Kevin Durant Expected To Be Viewed As NBA's Best Player After Beating LeBron In 2017
Kevin Durant voiced how he was "tired of being second" all the way back in 2013.

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Kevin Durant Potentially Signing With Knicks 'Has Never Felt More Real' To Warriors
Rival executives believe that the Knicks have good inside information about their ability to sign both Durant and Kyrie Irving this summer.

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Kevin Durant Has Avoided Post-Game Interviews Since Kristaps Porzingis Trade
The Warriors haven't provided an official explanation.

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Joe Lacob: No Team Will Outspend Warriors
Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green will all be free agents within the next two years.

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Steve Kerr: DeMarcus Cousins Got Warriors Through Tough Days
Kerr credited Cousins for giving the Warriors a new energy and helping Draymond Green reach another level.

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Klay Thompson To Look At Lakers If Not Offered Max By Warriors This Summer
Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant will be free agents at the end of this season, with Draymond Green's contract up in 2020.

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Steph Curry After 50th Game Of Season: 'This is Playoff Mentality Time'
The Warriors have won 10 straight road times while scoring over 110 points in each game.

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Anonymous Warriors Player: Gordon Hayward Is Liability On Both Ends Of Court
Hayward had just 2 points in the Celtics' loss to the Warriors.

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Steph Curry: Warriors Can Still Get Better
The Warriors have had a winning streak of at least 10 games in a row for 6 straight seasons.

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Steve Kerr Becomes Fastest NBA Coach To Win 300 Games
Kerr won his 300th game after coaching in 377 games.

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Kevin Durant Opens After-School Facility In Hometown
The after-school facility will provide scholarships, tutoring, and financial aid to help students get into college.

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Kevin Durant: Lakers Were Figuring Out Identity Before LeBron James' Injury
The Warriors spoke positively about the Lakers after Monday's game.

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DeMarcus Cousins: Warriors Are The Most Hated Team In Sports
DeMarcus Cousins is set to make his debut with the Warriors on Friday.

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Warriors Projecting Nine-Figure Annual Increase In Revenue With San Francisco Move
The Chase Center will open up before the start of the 19-20 season.

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Steve Kerr: DeMarcus Cousins On Schedule For Friday Debut
Cousins will be in the Warriors starting lineup upon his return.

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NBA Clears Cavaliers Of Wrongdoing On Patrick McCaw Contract
The Cavaliers signed Patrick McCaw as a restricted free agent to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet.

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Warriors Prefer Sustainable Success Over Amorphous Dynasty Label
When players on the Warriors are asked about how long they expect their dynasty to last, they say they haven't thought about it.

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Steve Kerr: DeMarcus Cousins Will Start Immediately
Kerr added that Cousins may make his return as early as next Wednesday against the Pelicans.

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Tyson Chandler Considered Warriors Before Signing With Lakers
Chandler said that the opportunity of playing with LeBron James and Rajon Rondo brought him to the Lakers.

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DeMarcus Cousins To Return On Jan. 18th At Clippers
DeMarcus Cousins is recovering from a torn Achilles.

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