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Warriors, Kings To Play Preseason Game In Seattle

Feb 21, 2018 6:27 PM

The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings have scheduled a preseason game in Seattle next season on Oct. 6th.

The NBA hasn't played a game in Seattle since the Sonics relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008.

Kevin Durant began his career in Seattle with the Sonics, while the Kings nearly relocated to Seattle in 2013.

The contract to play the game in Seattle has yet to be completed.

The Warriors have also recently played a preseason game in Vancouver.

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Steve Kerr: I've Never Been Part Of Team More In Need Of Break

Feb 21, 2018 10:51 AM

Steve Kerr has compared the 17-18 Warriors to the 97-98 Bulls in terms of how they're suffering from fatigue after multiple trips to The Finals.

“1996 was the 72-win team,” Kerr said. “Then, '97 we picked up where we left off, won 69 and it just never felt like we hit a wall. We had some injuries, maybe some speed bumps, but it never felt like we hit a wall.

“We hit a wall in '98. You could feel it, exactly what I'm talking about (right now with the Warriors), you could feel us losing focus, losing momentum.”

The Warriors don't have the same things to prove as they did last season when they had to bounce back from blowing a 3-1 lead while also incorporating Kevin Durant onto the roster.

“By far the most needed break for any team I've ever been a part of — GM, coach, player, however many years that is,” Kerr said. “I've never felt a situation like this where it felt so necessary to get away for a little bit.”

Kerr recently allowed his players to coach a blowout win over the Suns.

“It's a team-wide thing, but stars always set the tone,” Kerr said. “There's a reason they get the most money. They have the biggest impact on winning and losing. When we're locked in at the beginning of games, it shows. There's no coincidence that when we've been in this bad stretch the last month, we're losing first quarters night after night. It sets a tone.”

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Stephen Curry On Klay, Green: We've Set Standard Of Excellence In NBA

Feb 18, 2018 9:54 AM

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have combined for 8,470 minutes on the court together since 2012. The trio has already logged more minutes than the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

“We've kind of set a standard of excellence in the league.” Curry said Saturday. “That's pretty cool to think about sustaining that high level of play for so long.”

While the hierarchy has changed due to the addition of Kevin Durant, the trio realizes they will always be the core that started their run.

“We've all grown together,” Green said. “When I first came into the league, Steph wasn't the Steph of now, Klay wasn't the Klay of now, and I clearly wasn't in the position I'm in. My first year we went to the second round (of the playoffs) and then lost in the first round (the following season). We've kind of taken off from there. Obviously, all being drafted to the Warriors, growing that way and becoming who we've become, it's been great. To be part of it is awesome.”

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Klay Thompson Wants To Retire With Warriors

Feb 15, 2018 5:55 PM

Klay Thompson confirmed he wants to remain with the Golden State Warriors as he gets closer to free agency in 2019.

“Absolutely,” Thompson said. “I’ve always said that. Playing for one team your whole career is definitely special. Only so many guys have done it in professional sports, so it’ll be a goal of mine. Hopefully it all works out.”

Thompson signed an extension with the Warriors in 2014.

“It’s so far away,” Thompson said of his pending free agency. “Anything I can do to stay with the Warriors is first and foremost. God willing, it happens. If not, I don’t even think about that.”

“He’s certainly shown his worth here,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said of Thompson. “It’s pretty undeniable how important he is. There’s not a lot of guys that can do what he does and be as humble and selfless as he is.”

Mark Medina/San Jose Mercury News

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Patrick McCaw Out Four Weeks With Fracture In Left Wrist

Feb 14, 2018 3:51 PM

Patrick McCaw out four weeks with fracture in left wrist.

McCaw's playing time with the Warriors has decreased in recent weeks.

McCaw was a second round pick in 2016.

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Apple Working On Scripted Series 'Swagger' Based On Kevin Durant's Early Life

Feb 13, 2018 2:46 PM

Apple has announced they are partnering with Kevin Durant's Thirty Five Media and Brian Grazer's Imagine Media to create a new scripted series called "Swagger." The series will be based on Durant's early life.

“Working with Imagine Entertainment on this project is an unbelievable opportunity for our company, Thirty Five Media,” Durant said in a release tied to the announcement. “They hold a well-respected place in the industry and have such a proven track record, that they’re going to do an amazing job collaborating with Reggie to bring this idea to life. I’ve lived and breathed basketball since I was a kid, and the idea for the show draws not just from my knowledge of that world, but the unique personalities involved and the drive that makes young players’ stories so compelling.”

Durant also recently secured a deal with YouTube on short form sports and documentary content.

Apple also has shows in pre-production with Reese Witherspoon, Damien Chazelle and Steven Spielberg.

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Steve Kerr Lets Warriors Coach Themselves In Blowout Win Over Suns

Feb 13, 2018 9:01 AM

Steve Kerr allowed several of his players to coach during Monday's blowout win by the Warriors over the Suns.

“They have to take ownership of it,” Kerr said. “As coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction and guide them. We don’t control them, They determine their own fate.”

Kerr believes the Warriors have struggled with inconsistency in part because they're tired of hearing his voice.

Kerr had Andre Iguodala organize morning shootaround, while JaVale McGee led the film sessions on his computer.

Kerr handed his clipboard to Iguodala during the first timeout of the game.

“We just figured it’s probably a good night to pull a trick out of the hat and do something different,” Kerr said. “The players responded really well. I just feel like when we’re focused, we are really tough to beat.”

David West, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry also took turns taking over the huddle.

Green eventually took the most predominant role.

The players responded well to the experiment even if it will only last for one game.

“You appreciate the process of being a little bit more thoughtful of controlling the game and the game plan,” Curry said, “and locking in on tendencies with the Phoenix players and just getting your mind right to play.”

“Let’s not get carried away; I like it here,” Kerr said. “I want to stay. I like this job. I’d like to stay on the job. But tonight they needed a new voice.”


Mark Medina/San Jose Mercury News

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Draymond Green Fined $50,000 By NBA

Feb 9, 2018 5:17 PM

Draymond Green has been fined $50,000 for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred at the end of the second quarter during the Warriors’ 125-105 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Oracle Arena.

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Joe Johnson To Receive Interest From Celtics, Warriors On Buyout Market

Feb 8, 2018 3:07 PM

Joe Johnson is expected to negotiate a buyout from the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings acquired Johnson as part of a three-way trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz.

Johnson is expected to receive interest from the Celtics and Warriors.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion

Feb 7, 2018 10:47 AM

The New York Knicks remain the NBA's most valuable franchise for the third straight season, according to Forbes' annual report.

The Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, which is an increase of nine percent from 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers rank second at $3.3 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics round out the top-5.

The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago. 

Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

“Investor interest in the NBA is enormous right now,” said Forbes’ senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, “thanks to the league’s strong current economic environment, as well as the international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

1. Knicks: $3.6 billion (+9%)
2. Lakers: $3.3 billion (+10%)
3. Warriors: $3.1 billion (+19%)
4. Bulls: $2.6 billion (+4%)
5. Celtics: $2.5 billion (+14%)
6. Nets: $2.3 billion (+28%)
7. Rockets: $2.2 billion (+33%)
8. Clippers: $2.15 billion (+7%)
9. Mavericks: $1.9 billion (+31%)
10. Heat: $1.7 billion (+26%)
11. Spurs: $1.55 billion (+32%)
12. Raptors: $1.4 billion (+24%)
13. Kings: $1.375 billion (+28%)
14. Wizards: $1.35 billion (+35%)
15. Cavaliers: $1.325 billion (+10%)
16. Blazers: $1.3 billion (+24%)
17. Suns: $1.28 billion (+16%)
18. Thunder: $1.25 billion (+22%)
19. Magic: $1.225 billion (+33%)
20. Jazz: $1.2 billion (+32%)
21. 76ers: $1.18 billion (+48%)
22. Pacers: $1.175 billion (+34%)
23. Hawks: $1.15 billion (+30%)
24. Nuggets: $1.125 billion (+26%)
25. Pistons: $1.1 billion (+22%)
26. Bucks: $1.075 billion (+37%)
27. Wolves: $1.06 billion (+38%)
28. Hornets: $1.05 billion (+35%)
29. Grizzlies: $1.025 billion (+30%)
30. Pelicans: $1 billion (+33%)


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Steve Kerr: Guys Are Dying To Get To The All-Star Break
The All-Star Game is later this year in addition to the regular season starting earlier.

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LeBron James Calls Warriors Report 'Non-Story'
LeBron James pleaded with reporters to no longer ask him questions about other teams as it pertains to his free agency.

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Source: LeBron James Hasn't Talked About Meeting With Warriors
A source says LeBron James would take questions about the report on Friday.

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DeMar DeRozan, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Month
DeMar DeRozan ranked second in the Eastern Conference in scoring (25.3 ppg) and added 5.9 assists as the Raptors went 10-5 in January.

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Warriors, Spurs, Heat Atop LeBron James' List, Won't Rule Out Lakers, Rockets, Cavs
LeBron James reportedly has the most respect for the Warriors, Spurs and Heat.

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Stephen Curry Doesn't Regret Not Getting No-Trade Clause
The Warriors didn't want to establish a precedent of giving no-trade clauses.

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Warriors Interested In Trading For Kyle O'Quinn
The Warriors and Knicks both have an excess of centers.

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Warriors Not Concerned With Rockets Despite Dropping Season Series
Kevin Durant did say he is impressed with the new Houston squad.

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Clint Capela: We're Better Than The Warriors
James Harden said Houston's Saturday night win was important "for our swag."

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Exec: Number Of Big Men In NBA Could Be Cut In Half By 2020
Jordan Bell represents where the center position is largely heading.

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Kevin Durant Has Increased Interest In Owning NBA Team
Kevin Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman have taken numerous meetings with existing owners and tech CEOs to gather information about the endeavor.

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Kevin Durant Doesn't Want To Be ASG Captain
Stephen Curry is ready to take the responsibility of picking a side in the All-Star Game.

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Kevin Durant Feels He'll Still Be Able To Play In NBA At 40
Kevin Durant was extremely healthy during his first seven seasons and hasn't had a recurrence of his foot issues from the 14-15 season.

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Stephen Curry Out With Sprained Right Ankle
Stephen Curry sustained a sprained right ankle during shootaround.

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Warriors Believed To Have Anthony Davis As Long-Term Target
Tim Kawakami suggests the Warriors have likely begun to target Anthony Davis in their long-term decision-making.

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Draymond Green Fined $25,000 For Criticizing Referees
Draymond Green proposed that the NBA should start fresh at the officiating position.


DeMar DeRozan, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week
DeMar DeRozan and Stephen Curry have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Warriors Respect Houston's Moves, Not Singularly Focused On Them
Draymond Green said the Rockets are just one of many threats to the Warriors.

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Dwane Casey, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month
Dwane Casey guided the Raptors to an Eastern Conference-best 11-3 record during December.

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Stephen Curry Expected To Return From Ankle Injury On Saturday
Stephen Curry went through practice Thursday.

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