Golden State Warriors WiretapFebruary 2016 Golden State Warriors Wiretap

Draymond Green Apologizes To Teammates For Halftime Tirade

Feb 29, 2016 5:52 PM

Draymond Green apologized to his teammates on Monday for his halftime tirade in which he reportedly said "I am not a robot."

In a lengthy statement, he admitted he made a mistake and said he let his "emotions get the best of me."

"You know I made a mistake, I admitted my mistakes to my teammates, my coaching staff. I apologize to my teammates, my coaching staff, this organization. That wasn't the right way to handle what needed to be handled.

"As a leader of this team, I can't do that because it sets a bad precedent for how everything is ran around here, for how everything should be ran, for how everything has been ran, and how everything will be ran going forward. It won't happen again.

While he acknowledged his emotions "kind of got ahead of me," he said any reports that he quit on his team are incorrect.

"I will never quit on my coaching staff, I will never quit on this organization. This organization has given me everything that I can ask for. So I support and represent this organization to the best of my ability. That's not who I am. That's not who I've been and not who I will become."

Steve Kerr brushed off the tirade, saying: "We don't care."

"This is the way life is these days. There's 24-hour sports talk shows on radio and on TV. We're in the spotlight because of our record. So it doesn't bother us that everyone's talking about it. We know, handled it internally, and we all love each other and we're all good," he said.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Feb 29, 2016 3:03 PM

Stephen Curry and Kyle Lowry have been named the NBA's Players of the Week. 

Curry had point totals of 36, 42, 51 and 46 last week for the Golden State Warriors, including a 12-for-16 three-point shooting game against the Thunder.

Lowry led the conference in scoring last week averaging 28.7 points, while shooting 28-for-47 (.596) from the field and 7-for-17 (.412) from three-point range. He also ranked second in the conference averaging 8.7 assists in three games for the Raptors.

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Draymond Green During Halftime Outburst: I'm Not A Robot

Feb 28, 2016 11:40 AM

Draymond Green had zero points on three shots at halftime of the Golden State Warriors' win at the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Green went on a profanity-laced tirade in the locker room, according to Lisa Salters.

“I am not a robot. I know I can play. You have me messed up right now. If you don't want me to shoot, I won't shoot the rest of the game.”

“Was Lisa in the locker room?” Steve Kerr asked. “Things get emotional occasionally and we were all angry at the way we played in the first half."

Green finished the game with two points but also had 14 rebounds, 14 assists, six steals and four blocks.

Kerr said the outburst was “very unusual” from Green.

“But that's all I'm gonna say about it, because it's our private business,” Kerr said. “But since everybody heard all the yelling, you guys can write whatever you want. But I'm not gonna comment on that.”

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Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Stephen Curry Tired Of Criticism From Retired Players

Feb 27, 2016 1:29 PM

Stephen Curry has become annoyed by the criticism the Golden State Warriors have received from retired players such as Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Stephen Jackson and Cedric Ceballos.

"It's starting to get a little annoying just because it's kind of unwarranted from across the board," Curry said on the "Warriors Plus/Minus" podcast by the Bay Area News Group on Friday. "We have a very competent group, and we have fun when we're out there on the floor, and it shows, obviously.

"We enjoy what we do. But for the most part, you don't hear us talking about, you know, comparing ourselves to other great teams and 'We could beat this team, we're better than this team.' We're living in the moment."

Steve Kerr has also had enough of the talk comparing yesteryear to today.

"Because athletes, you know, 50 years ago, were much bigger, stronger and faster, more finely tuned," he told reporters Thursday. "So Steph might not have made it in the league."


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Stephen Curry's Added Strength Extending Range Without Changing Mechanics

Feb 26, 2016 11:10 AM

As Stephen Curry has become stronger physically, he has been able to extend his range.

“I've heard people say you need to take his space,” Curry’s trainer Brandon Payne said via phone after Curry's 51-point game against the Orlando Magic. “Well, if you get up tight on him, that's actually what we want you to do. We want you to get up tight on him because then it's going to open lanes to the basket when he plays off the high post.”

Payne discounts the notion that Curry wouldn't be as successful in a more physical era.

“To say that you would completely shut him down or render him not effective with more physical defense, I don't think that's accurate. He just has too many things he can go to.”

Payne believes Curry is just entering his prime 

“The strength that he has is allowing him to step further and further back without changing his mechanics," Payne said. "He's able to create any look that he wants because he's able to get backward away from pressure.” 

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Warriors Release Jason Thompson

Feb 22, 2016 9:49 AM

The Golden State Warriors have waived Jason Thompson to create a roster spot for Anderson Varejao.

The Warriors will spread Thompson's $2.68 million for the 16-17 season over three seasons with the stretch provision.

The Warriors acquired Thompson in an offseason trade with the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Tags: Jason Thompson, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Anderson Varejao Agrees To Sign With Warriors

Feb 21, 2016 9:29 PM

Anderson Varejao has reached agreement with the Golden State Warriors on the veteran's minimum for the remainder of the season.

Varejao was waived by the Portland Trail Blazers after his trade by the Cleveland Cavaliers for Channing Frye. 

Varejao has averaged 10.0 minutes per game in 31 appearances this season for the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers signed Varejao to a contract extension in 2014 worth $9.6 million in 15-16, $10.3 million in 16-17 with $9.3 million in guaranteed money and $10 million in non-guaranteed money in 17-18. The deal also included a trade kicker worth $626,825.

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Woj: Lakers Not 'Real Significant Factor' For Kevin Durant

Feb 21, 2016 11:37 AM

Adrian Wojnarowski doesn't believe the Los Angeles Lakers are a legitimate potential free agent destination for Kevin Durant.

Wojnarowski's reporting has indicated the Golden State Warriors are the favorites for Durant should he decide to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder. Stephen A. Smith has reported about the possibility of the Lakers being in play for Durant.

"The Lakers are not front-runners for Kevin Durant, he wants to win a championship," said Wojnarowski. "If he leaves Oklahoma, he may end up staying there and I've written that. Golden State is a team that is worrisome for Oklahoma City -- that's a team that has Kevin Durant's attention. Kevin Durant wants to win a championship right away and either he wants to do that in Oklahoma City with the group they have or he's going to go somewhere where he can win a title right away.

"Kevin Durant doesn't care if they have the first pick, the second pick, third pick; no free agent cares. No free agent of his stature cares what draft pick a team has because that guy is not going to help them win championships in the next two or three years. And if Kevin Durant leaves Oklahoma, he wants to be ready to win a championship right away. He's at a point in his career where he cant wait two or three years and hope that it happens. I think part of his criteria, sources tell me, will be, 'Is that team good enough to beat Golden State with me on it? Or is it Golden State? Or can I stay in Oklahoma and continue to be able to do that and compete for a championship?

"Listen, I just don't think that the Lakers are a real significant factor for Kevin Durant."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Fox)

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors Emerge As Favorites For Anderson Varejao

Feb 21, 2016 11:19 AM

The Golden State Warriors have emerged as the favorites to sign Anderson Varejao.

Varejao was waived by the Portland Trail Blazers following his trade by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs are also interested in Varejao.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Thunder, Spurs, Warriors Interested In Anderson Varejao

Feb 20, 2016 2:10 PM

Anderson Varejao is drawing interest from the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Varejao was waived by the Portland Trail Blazers after he was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers in their deal for Channing Frye.

Varejao has averaged 10.0 minutes per game in 31 appearances this season for the Cavaliers.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Draymond Green Believes He's Top-5 Player In NBA
Draymond Green is currently fourth in the NBA in Real Plus Minus.

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Gregg Popovich: I Get Very Envious Of Warriors
Gregg Popovich offered extremely high praise of the Warriors.

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Some Warriors Think They'll Sign Kevin Durant In Free Agency
Chris Broussard says Kevin Durant's attraction to the Warriors goes beyond just improving his odds of winning a championship.

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Stephen Curry Has Best Pre-ASG PER Since Jordan In 87-88
Stephen Curry heads into the All-Star Game with a NBA-leading PER of 32.0, which is the best pre-ASG mark since Michael Jordan's 32.4 PER in the 1987-88 season.

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Steve Kerr Still Having Complications From Spinal Fluid Leak
The Warriors have an 11-0 record since Steve Kerr returned on Jan. 22 and a 48-4 record overall.

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Stephen Curry, Warriors Credit Ankle Scares For Reaching MVP Level
Stephen Curry signed a four-year, $44 million extension with the Warriors in 2012, which was seen as a gamble on the team's part at the time due to his ankle issues.

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Festus Ezeli To Undergo Left Knee Surgery
Festus Ezeli missed the entire 13-14 season with right knee surgery.

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Luke Walton, Brian Shaw Considered Top Long-Term Candidates For Knicks
Brian Shaw and Luke Walton are considered the top long-term candidates for the Knicks to replace Derek Fisher.

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Kevin Durant: Focus On Basketball, Haven't Thought About Free Agency
Kevin Durant was asked about his free agency ahead of Saturday's game against the Warriors.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Harrison Barnes Calls Kevin Durant Report 'Part Of The Business'
Harrison Barnes seemed genuinely surprised to hear the Warriors intend to pursue Kevin Durant to replace him this offseason.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Suns Interested In Hiring Steve Nash As Head Coach
Steve Nash is not ready to jump into coaching on a full-time basis at this time.

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