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Kevin Durant Impressed By Zion Williamson, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Dec 12, 2018 7:34 PM

Kevin Durant said Zion Williamson is a "once in a generation athlete" and that he's "never seen anyone like that before" on The Bill Simmons Podcast.

Durant described Williamson's impressive leaping ability, saying he's never seen a left-handed player "who can dunk like that with his right hand, and cock the ball back so far, and jump so high off two feet".

"I've seen people jump high, but not that way", Durant added about the Duke forward.

Durant went on, saying that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the rookie that's impressed him the most this season.

Of Gilgeous-Alexander, Durant said "he's got the mid-range down. His mid-range is so good. He shoots it with a high release so it's hard to block at 6'6" with a point guard on him, so you gotta put a two-guard on him. And he's still shooting over two-guards...Once you learn how to shoot the mid-range, I feel like the three-ball is going to be easier for you to shoot". 

Durant also shouted out Ja Morant of Murray State and Bol Bol of Oregon.

 

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Kevin Durant Says Warriors Will Be 'Bay Area Legends' If They Three-Peat

Dec 12, 2018 2:06 AM

Kevin Durant said he thinks about the significance and historical impact of the Warriors' legacy if they three-peat this season. 

Speaking on Chris Haynes' podcast, Durant said "I know for a fact that we'll all get our jerseys retired. We'll probably all get statues here in front of the Chase Center. We'll be Bay Area legends forever, meaning that people will recognize this team and this run forever in this area. I think about 50 years from now when they have our whole team on the Chase Center floor, or wherever the arena is at that point, all the fans will be cheering for us and reminiscing on those days."

A free agent at the end of this season, Durant is averaging 28.8 points per game, his highest average since 2013.

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Kevin Durant: You Lean On Your Love For The Game In Times Of Adversity

Dec 11, 2018 2:51 PM

The Golden State Warriors realized they needed to give Kevin Durant some space following his Nov. 12 altercation with Draymond Green.

“I just try to stay focused on ball and lose myself in the game,” Durant told The Athletic. “There were times where I don’t shoot the ball well, times where the game doesn’t go my way, but I try to get lost in the game to get through a time like that. Adversity happens everywhere, happens to teams, and we rallied around it. It happens, and you lean on your love for the game.

“Over the course of the year, sometimes it’s tough to go to practice, tough stretches on long road trips. You run into obstacles and you just get through it.”

Durant's old coaches and friends told him to focus on his work.

“People I lean on told me to stay centerfield with my thoughts and my feelings,” Durant explained. “I received so many people reaching out; my former coaches saying to stay centered, stay measured, stay pushing forward and keeping my foot on the gas. At that time, we were losing games, and people were banged up, so it’s easy to go the other way when you’re searching for answers. It was about staying positive and going to work.

“As players, we’re artists. How we express ourselves is on the basketball court. When you’ve played ball so long for so much, it’s about continuing to find ways to express myself verbally instead of always using the basketball court. Every ballplayer speaks and tells you what they’ve been through through how they play on the basketball court. That’s the beauty of the game, what I’m in love with.

“I like basketball 100 percent. The other (expletive) is aight.”

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Warriors Receive Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson Of The Year Award

Dec 11, 2018 2:28 AM

The Golden State Warriors were named Sport Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year for 2018.

They are the fourth team to receive the SI award, alongside the 1980 U.S. hockey team, the 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup squad, and the 2004 Boston Red Sox.

"There is something transcendent about the team where the sum of their parts was apparent from the beginning," said SI editor-in-chief Chris Stone. "What they have built into a dynasty is a function of empirical success. They're really a generational team. I don't know if, in my lifetime, there has been a team where the pieces have blended so beautifully together."

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DeMarcus Cousins Scrimmages With Warriors G League Affiliate

Dec 11, 2018 1:55 AM

DeMarcus Cousins began scrimmaging with the Golden State Warriors' G League affiliate in Santa Cruz as he enters the final phase of his recovery process from last season's Achilles tear. There is still no timetable for his return, although he could return later this month. 

There are no plans for him to play in a G-League game. He is scheduled to practice with Golden State on Tuesday before going back to Santa Cruz for another scrimmage. 

Cousins said "I feel like if my life depended on it at the moment, yeah, I could go out and play a game. I want to be 100 percent or as close to 100 percent as I can be when I do return. I want my body in tip-top shape. It is not even about the Achilles, it's just about my other body parts and making sure everything is fine-tuned and in the best shape possible to go out and play a full game."

Of his rehab process, Cousins added that "it's been extremely humbling. It's really tested me as a person, as a man, as an athlete. I've had a lot of dark days, a lot of good days. I've questioned myself a lot. But I found a way to overcome all those bad feelings. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am extremely excited to get back on the floor. The sooner the better. I can see the light. I am extremely excited about that."

Cousins hasn't played since last January. He signed a one year, $5.3 million contract with the Warriors in the offseason. 

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Bradley Beal, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week

Dec 10, 2018 3:06 PM

Bradley Beal and Stephen Curry have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 8.

Beal averaged 30.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game as the Wizards went 2-1.

Curry averaged 30.7 points and 5.7 assists per game as the Warriors went 3-0.

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Draymond Green Returning From Injury Still Aiming For Defensive Player Of The Year

Dec 10, 2018 9:33 AM

Draymond Green will return from his toe injury on Monday against the Wolves.

Despite missing several weeks, Green isn't giving up on the possibility of winning Defensive Player of the Year. Winning that award would make Green eligible for a supermax extension this offseason.

“I just got to come back and lock the league up,” said Green. “Which I’m more than capable of doing.”

“He’s the best defensive player in the league,” said Steve Kerr. “I think our defensive efforts have reflected that in terms of not being as efficient. Not being able to cover as much ground.”

Four seasons ago, Kawhi Leonard beat Green for the award despite playing in just 64 games.

“It’s still on my mind and I’ma get it done.”

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Jason Terry To Remain Retired Unless Lakers, Warriors Or Mavs Have Interest

Dec 9, 2018 10:56 AM

Jason Terry said he will remain retired unless he receives a call from one of three teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors or Dallas Mavericks.

"Then I'll answer the phone," said Terry on the Mavs' broadcast on Saturday.

Terry played for the Milwaukee Bucks last season.

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Kevin Durant 'Would Love' To Own NBA Team In Seattle

Dec 6, 2018 2:49 AM

Kevin Durant said that it would be a "great story" if he owned an NBA team in Seattle after his playing days are over. 

Durant, who was drafted by the SuperSonics in 2007, has previously discussed his desire to see the NBA return to Seattle. He and business partner Rich Kleiman have met with current NBA owners and tech CEOs over the past two seasons to understand the inner workings of the league. 

"It's just the fact that I played there and I get so much love there," Durant said. "More than any city in the league probably. Look, it would be a great story. But it would be a lot of hard work, it won't be easy because it's Seattle...I know people want to tie me into Seattle a lot, and I love being part of that".

The NHL recently awarded Seattle an expansion team set to begin play in the 2021-22 season. 

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Kevin Durant Talks About Issues Superstar Players Could Face Joining LeBron James

Dec 5, 2018 2:21 PM

Kevin Durant spoke candidly about the issues in having another superstar play with LeBron James.

Durant himself will be a free agent next offseason and has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers. Durant has more strongly been linked to the New York Knicks over the past few months than the Lakers.

"It depends on what kind of player you are," Durant said. "If you're Kyle Korver, then it makes sense. Because Kyle Korver in Atlanta was the bulk of the offense, and he's not a No. 1 option at all, not even close. So his talents benefit more from a guy who can pass and penetrate and get him open.

"If you're a younger player like a Kawhi (Leonard), trying to pair him with LeBron James doesn't really make sense. Kawhi enjoys having the ball in his hands, controlling the offense, dictating the tempo with his post-ups; it's how he plays the game. A lot of young players are developing that skill. They don't need another guy."

Durant also noted how the media attention James commands is also an issue.

"So much hype comes from being around LeBron from other people," Durant said. "He has so many fanboys in the media. Even the beat writers just fawn over him. I'm like, we're playing basketball here, and it's not even about basketball at certain points. So I get why anyone wouldn't want to be in that environment because it's toxic. Especially when the attention is bullshit attention, fluff. It's not LeBron's fault at all; it's just the fact you have so many groupies in the media that love to hang on every word. Just get out of the way and let us play basketball."

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Kevin Durant's Basketball Series Picked Up By Apple
'Swagger' is inspired by Durant's experiences on the AAU basketball scene.

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Steph Curry Says Comparisons With Trae Young 'Getting Old'
Curry also added that Young will carve out his own lane in the league.

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David West's Cryptic Comments Referred To Meningitis Scare Faced By Warriors
The majority of Warriors players and some members of the basketball operations staff took vaccination shots in response to the medical threat.

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Kobe Bryant: Lakers Will Win Title 'Before You Know It', Be 'Laughing At Warrior Fans'
Kobe Bryant is confident that the Lakers will quickly return to their championship glory.

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Draymond Green Ruled Out For Rest Of Road Trip
The Warriors are 5-6 without Green this season.

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DeMarcus Cousins Making Progress, Could Scrimmage 5-On-5 This Week
DeMarcus Cousins is making progress in his return from a torn Achilles tendon.

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Damian Jones Out For Season With Torn Pectoral Muscle
Damian Jones was averaging 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds this season.

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Steph Curry 'Antsy' In Return, Scores 27 Points In Loss
The Warriors went 5-6 in 11 games without Curry.

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Warriors Insist Fallout From Draymond Green Suspension Worse Than Actual Incident
The incident between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant revealed that even the Warriors have issues and that became a story of its own.

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Stephen Curry Will Return From Groin Injury Saturday
Stephen Curry was 'dying to play' in Thursday's potential Finals preview against the Raptors.

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Stephen Curry Making 'Very Good Progress'
Steve Kerr also said Stephen Curry is "anxious" to return.

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LeBron's Return To Cleveland Generates ESPN's Highest Rating Since 2016
The telecast was the highest rated regular season game on ESPN since the Warriors won their 73rd game in April of 2016.

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Kevin Durant: Incident With Draymond Green Won't Be Factor In Free Agency
Kevin Durant seems most upset by how the situation has become a big story and a distraction.

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Kevin Durant Fined $25,000 For Inappropriate Language Toward Fan
Kevin Durant has been fined $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan.

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Steve Kerr: Warriors Now In Real NBA
The Warriors are facing interpersonal issues between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green while also playing without Stephen Curry and Green.

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Warriors Deny Choosing Sides Between Kevin Durant, Draymond Green
Joe Lacob said it hadn't occurred to the Warriors that it may appear as though they're choosing sides.

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Draymond Green Dared Kevin Durant To Leave Warriors In 2019
Sources say there was a point in the argument when Kevin Durant cringed and that it went from basketball to personal.

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Kevin Durant Has No Interest In Trade From Warriors
Because Kevin Durant is on a one-plus-one contract, he would have to approve any trade.

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Source: Only Draymond Green Is Bothered By Kevin Durant's Free Agency Situation
Draymond Green and Kevin Durant were spotted walking into the Toyota Center for shootaround together and generally appeared to be back to normal with their interactions.

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Draymond Green: I Am Never Going To Change Who I Am
Draymond Green offered a lengthy statement about Monday's incident with Kevin Durant and subsequent suspension from the Warriors.

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