Golden State Warriors WiretapJanuary 2019 Golden State Warriors Wiretap

Steve Kerr: DeMarcus Cousins Got Warriors Through Tough Days

Jan 30, 2019 9:18 PM

Steve Kerr credited DeMarcus Cousins with giving the Golden State Warriors a fresh energy during their 11-game win streak.

"No dog days this year. It's been nice. I think he personally got us through what would normally be the tough stretch. Let's face it: We had some tough days earlier in the season, between injuries and some drama and all that stuff. So it doesn't feel like a normal January, February point of the schedule. It feels fresher, and a lot of that has to do with DeMarcus," said Kerr.

Kerr also added that Cousins' presence in the post freed up Draymond Green.

"He's playing as well as I've ever seen him play. The assist-to-turnover ratio is spectacular, kind of unheard of. And it's not just the assist, it's the push, it's the constant pressure he's putting on the defense. And then picking up the ball if nothing's there and moving it on. It's a highly underrated skill in the NBA," said Kerr of Green's recent play.

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Klay Thompson To Look At Lakers If Not Offered Max By Warriors This Summer

Jan 29, 2019 7:41 PM

An unrestricted free agent after this season, Klay Thompson would be interested in the Los Angeles Lakers if the Golden State Warriors do not offer him the max and the Lakers trade for Anthony Davis, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

“The best-case scenario for the Lakers is that they add Anthony Davis and then Golden State doesn’t offer Klay Thompson a max contract. They try to get Klay to take a little bit less than the max. And if that happens, I’m told Klay’s attention will be on the Lakers if they have Anthony Davis," said Wojnarowski on Sportscenter.

Thompson and Kevin Durant are free agents at the end of this season, with Draymond Green's contract expiring in 2020. 

Thompson has previously stated that he wants to finish his career with the Warriors.

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Steph Curry After 50th Game Of Season: 'This is Playoff Mentality Time'

Jan 29, 2019 3:18 PM

Following the Golden State Warriors' 132-100 win over the Indiana Pacers, Steph Curry said that the Warriors are turning up the intensity following their 50th game of the NBA season. 

"Coach hit us with what game this is -- I think it's 50. And you think about how quickly that springs on you. You get back from All-Star break, you still have 30 games and you're like, 'All right, this is playoff mentality time,' and you start to ramp it up, so we're starting early."

The Warriors have won 11 straight games, and have also won 10 straight road games while scoring at least 110 points in each game. 

Curry added that DeMarcus Cousins continues to improve within the team. 

"Every game, he's looking a little bit more athletic, more confident. Got a little bit more of a rhythm. Understanding where he's going to get his touches. Just the way he runs in transition defensively, the effort he's bringing on that end of the floor, as well."

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Anonymous Warriors Player: Gordon Hayward Is Liability On Both Ends Of Court

Jan 27, 2019 8:43 PM

Following the Golden State Warriors' 115-111 win over the Boston Celtics, an anonymous Warriors player told Jeff Goodman that Gordon Hayward was hurting the Celtics on both ends of the court.

“I talked to a Warriors player who told me, ‘listen, Gordon Hayward is not Gordon Hayward right now. He’s hurting them. He’s a liability on both ends of the court'," reported Goodman on the Garden Report.

Hayward finished the game with just 2 points on 0-5 shooting.  

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Steph Curry: Warriors Can Still Get Better

Jan 27, 2019 8:26 PM

Steph Curry stated that the Golden State Warriors can still improve following their 115-111 win over the Boston Celtics. 

The win over the Celtics was their 10th straight on the season, and also the 6th straight season they've had a winningest streak of at least 10 games.

Curry added that the return of DeMarcus Cousins gave the Warriors an edge.

"Probably the best thing we're doing now is taking care of the ball. Playmakers are making the right decisions more times than not, getting shots up -- that's obviously when the talent takes over. Our defense has been better. People are settling into rotations with DeMarcus, and we got an edge about us. It hasn't been perfect, and we know we can still be better. We've talked about putting a run together for a while now, and we're right in the middle of a really good one. You want to create good vibes, especially with the All-Star break coming up, and continue to build momentum the second half of the season."

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Steve Kerr Becomes Fastest NBA Coach To Win 300 Games

Jan 27, 2019 1:17 PM

Following the Golden State Warriors' 115-111 win over the Boston Celtics, Steve Kerr became the fastest coach in the NBA to win 300 games.

Kerr reached the record in just 377 games. The previous record-holder was Pat Riley, who achieved the mark after 415 games.

Kerr is also the fastest coach to reach 300 wins in all four major sports leagues. 

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Kevin Durant Opens After-School Facility In Hometown

Jan 24, 2019 2:31 AM

Kevin Durant opened the College Track at The Durant Center, an after-school facility, in his hometown of Prince George's County, Maryland.

The facility features a $10 million endowment from Durant and will provide scholarships, tutoring, and emotional and financial support to help students get into college.

The inaugural class had 69 students. 

“As a basketball player, it’s easy for us to say, ‘Let’s create an AAU team or let’s do a camp.’ As you get older, you start to look for bigger ways to impact. I see my peers, and not just NBA players but athletes in general, but just trying to push the future forward, push the youth forward,” said Durant. 

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Kevin Durant: Lakers Were Figuring Out Identity Before LeBron James' Injury

Jan 22, 2019 7:00 PM

The Golden State Warriors blew out the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday by a final score of 130-111. The win came just under a month after the Warriors lost on Christmas Day when LeBron James was injured.

“They’re a team trying to figure out their identity, and I think they were figuring it out before Bron got hurt,” Kevin Durant said.

The Warriors have faced James' teams 32 times since the 14-15 season.

“I think here, with his injury, it kind of threw a wrench into the chemistry with the team because I think they were in a good groove, especially when they killed us on Christmas,” Durant said. “I think they’re going to be a team to be reckoned with in the playoffs.”

“I don’t know that they’ve played enough games together to even judge it. I know they’ve got some good talent on that team,” said Draymond Green.

“I ain’t going to add nothing to what’s already been said,” Stephen Curry said. “He’s one of the all-time greats. He makes them better. The rest is to be seen.”

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DeMarcus Cousins: Warriors Are The Most Hated Team In Sports

Jan 17, 2019 10:46 AM

DeMarcus Cousins is set to make his debut with the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

Cousins signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Warriors in the offseason as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon.

"I don't really pay attention to storylines," Cousins said. "I mean, they're gonna say what they have to say. They're gonna add their opinions. We're the most hated team in sports."

When Cousins said the Warriors are the most hated team in sports, Rachel Nichols asked about the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees.

"Well, put us up there. I would say the Warriors are for sure. You know they hate Kevin [Durant]. They hate me. I think the only guy they really like is Stephen [Curry]. Actually, they may hate him as well. They hate Draymond Green. But I mean, it is what it is. I can't worry about that."

Cousins is confident he'll return to his All-Star form in time.

"I'm back, and I'm not looking back," Cousins said. "I'm moving forward. I'm leaving it on the floor every night. And I plan on coming back for that top spot."

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Warriors Projecting Nine-Figure Annual Increase In Revenue With San Francisco Move

Jan 16, 2019 10:26 AM

The Golden State Warriors are projecting a nine-figure increase in revenues when they move to their new arena in San Francisco.

The Chase Center will open up before the start of the 19-20 season.

The Warriors, however, could have a combined payroll and luxury tax bill of over $300 million if they re-sign Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

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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.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

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

Marc Stein/New York Times

Kevin Durant Wishes Media, Fans Focused More On Games Than Transactions
Kevin Durant appeared to enjoy the back-and-forth with the media on Tuesday.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

NBA To Formally Review Cavaliers' Signing Of Patrick McCaw
The investigation comes at the request of the Warriors.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tyson Chandler Chose Lakers Over Warriors Due To Concerns Over Minutes When Boogie Returns
Tyson Chandler had interest in signing with the Warriors when he became a free agent earlier this season upon his buyout by the Suns.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Warriors, Kings Hit NBA Record 41 3-Pointers
It also marked the first time in league history where both teams made over 20 3's in the same game.

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Warriors Feel 'Pretty Strongly' About Need To Stagger Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant
The Warriors have attempted to stagger the minutes of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry as much as possible this season.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Hamptons 5 Lineup Only Has Net Rating Of +2 In 18-19
The Hamptons 5 lineup of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala has had only modest success this season.

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