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Exec: Number Of Big Men In NBA Could Be Cut In Half By 2020

Jan 17, 2018 11:58 AM

In an analytical piece about how the Golden State Warriors are using Jordan Bell as a small ball center, Jonathan Tjarks relays an anecdote about how the number of traditional bigs in the NBA will continue to decline.

"There’s a positive feedback loop happening with small ball: The more teams play it, the less valuable every traditional 5 in the league becomes," writes Tjarks. "I talked to one executive who thinks the number of big men in the NBA will be cut in half by 2020. Every team will soon be looking for its own version of Jordan Bell, if they aren’t already."

The Warriors acquired the draft rights to Bell from the Bulls, who fell to the second round. 

"The irony is that Bell is exactly the type of big man those teams need against Golden State," writes Tjarks. "He wouldn’t be as successful with less offensive talent around him, but a player with his skill set is inherently valuable."

The Warriors have a net rating of +14.9 when Bell has played this season, which is the fourth best mark on the team.

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Tags: Jordan Bell, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kevin Durant Has Increased Interest In Owning NBA Team

Jan 15, 2018 10:09 AM

Kevin Durant's desire to eventually own an NBA team has increased since joining the Golden State Warriors.

Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman have taken numerous meetings with existing owners and tech CEOs to gather information about the endeavor.

One source says "this is a genuine goal of his after he retires, to add another African-American in the position of majority ownership."

LeBron James also has interest in owning an NBA franchise while Michael Jordan is the only current African-American majority owner of an NBA team.

"MJ was the first big Nike athlete, the biggest star of his time, but if you don't have the trajectory, that path, that journey, it's going to be hard to do what he did," Durant said. "But you can still affect the NBA and the game of basketball in a different way. You don't have to be an owner. I think it should be more guys in the positions of power like general managers and scouts and coaches. Anything that involves the day-to-day operations of these franchises. I think more players and more experienced players should be in those positions."

Durant has investments in Rubrik (a cloud computing startup), Overtime (a sports technology media startup), the pizza chain Pieology, the app Acorns, Postmates (an on-demand delivery service), and Skydio (an autonomous drone startup).

"We're paid for what we can do on the basketball court and most players know these paychecks are not going to come on the first and 15th for the rest of our lives," he said. "If we get a big sum of money, why not try to help it grow? That's what entrepreneurs and Fortune-500 CEOs do. They get a crop of money and they try to grow it. They get a product and they try to grow it. We're our own business. Why not try to control that and why not try to leverage that to provide a better life after you're done playing? That's what it's about."

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA CBA

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Kevin Durant Doesn't Want To Be ASG Captain

Jan 12, 2018 9:34 AM

Kevin Durant is not interested in being one of the captains of the All-Star Game in which he would pick teams with the leading vote getter of the Eastern Conference.

“I don't want to do it,” Durant told The Athletic. “I'd rather somebody else do it. It's cool to be an All-Star, but all the extra stuff … I just want to go play in the game. (The new format)'s cool, a different way, a creative way that's good for the fans. But me, I'll let somebody else pick the teams.”

Stephen Curry is likely to finish with the most votes and actually be the captain of the Western Conference.

“Why not?” Curry told The Athletic. “I'll be the first to usher in the new system. I used to go to the playground all the time and you wanted to be the guy picking teams. That meant you were something on the court back in the day. It'll be a cool vibe to see how it all shakes out and how unique you can make the lineups.”

“Yeah, yeah, I'm definitely going to Twitter tonight to get those Steph Curry #NBAVotes in,” Durant laughed. “Because he'd be a perfect guy to pick teams. Me on the other hand, don't think I'll do so well.”

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Tags: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Kevin Durant Feels He'll Still Be Able To Play In NBA At 40

Jan 11, 2018 3:17 PM

Kevin Durant believes he can continue his playing career until he's 40 years old.

"Yeah, I feel like I can. I feel like I can. It’s just a matter of me – is my mind ready to play for that long? Because that’s 80 percent of the battle, in my opinion," said Durant.

Durant was extremely healthy during his first seven seasons and hasn't had a recurrence of his foot issues from the 14-15 season.

Durant was asked if playing is currently a grind.

"Is it a grind? No, I mean I’m having fun. I’m enjoying it. I’m still in my 20s, and I’m about to hit the golden year – 30 (laughs). I can’t wait for that. So I’m just excited where I am right now. But I know how exhausting it is mentally to be up every single day for a game, especially when you’re trying to be great at every part of the game. That’s mentally taxing. I’ve got nothing but love and respect dudes who play that long, so we’ll see. I feel like I’m doing something good in the world when I play basketball, so if I keep feeling that way then hopefully I (keep playing)."

Durant became the second youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points and was asked if he might be able to break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's scoring record.

"I mean it would be cool to do that, but I’m not concerned about that, man. If I start focusing on that, it’s going to take my focus on what I really want to do. But for me as a player, though, like even if (that sort of mark) is in the back of my mind I know how easy it is to get off what I want to do. I know myself. That’s what I’m saying."

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Stephen Curry Out With Sprained Right Ankle

Jan 10, 2018 3:39 PM

Stephen Curry sustained a sprained right ankle during shootaround and will miss Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

The Warriors will also be without Klay Thompson due to rest.

Curry was out for several weeks after spraining his ankle on Dec. 4th.

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Warriors Believed To Have Anthony Davis As Long-Term Target

Jan 10, 2018 2:10 PM

Tim Kawakami suggests the Golden State Warriors have likely begun to target Anthony Davis in their long-term decision-making.

The Warriors targeted Kevin Durant in the 2016 offseason for at least two years and when it looked like an absolute longshot.

Davis can become a free agent in 2020 and the New Orleans Pelicans could consider trading him before that offseason though they have yet to given any indication he will be available in the near or distant future.

The Warriors would almost certainly need to include either Klay Thompson or Draymond Green or potentially both to trade for Davis. Thompson will become a free agent in 2019 while Green will be a free agent in 2020.

When Kawakami interviewed Joe Lacob for his podcast a few weeks ago, the word he used was “differentiate” when he talked about moves the Warriors might make in the future.

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Tags: Anthony Davis, Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Draymond Green Fined $25,000 For Criticizing Referees

Jan 8, 2018 5:16 PM

Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of the officiating.

The comments were made following the Warriors’ 121-105 win over the LA Clippers on Saturday, Jan. 6 at Staples Center.

"It's bad," Green said. "It's horrible. It's really bad. I don't know why it is. But I think it's ridiculous. It's ruining the game. ... It should be one of, if not the main priority, to be solved. It definitely should."

Green proposed that the NBA should start fresh at the officiating position.

"They can get a new crop [of officials], a whole new crop," Green said. "Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don't work that way."

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DeMar DeRozan, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week

Jan 8, 2018 3:03 PM

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

DeRozan averaged an NBA-high 35.7 points, 6.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds during three games last week. He shot .557 (34-for-61) from the field, .550 (11-for-20) from three-point range and .933 (28-for-30) at the free throw line.

During the week, Curry averaged 35.3 points (2nd in the NBA) on 53.3 percent shooting from the field (32-of-60) and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc (18-of-39), 6.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.66 steals in 33.7 minutes per contest.

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Warriors Respect Houston's Moves, Not Singularly Focused On Them

Jan 4, 2018 10:45 AM

While beating the Warriors is the only thing the Rockets think about, it isn't reciprocated on Golden State's end so far.

"It's no disrespect, but we're not coming in every day saying we're just thinking about Houston," said Kevin Durant. "We know how great they are. We know it's a team that's going to be contending for a title along with us and couple other teams. But we're focusing on ourselves right now."

Draymond Green said the Rockets are just one of many threats to the Warriors.

"Every team's a threat," Green said. "You can lose to anybody."

The Rockets defeated the Warriors on opening night and they meet again on Thursday.

"You've got San Antonio, you've got Houston, you've got Boston, you've got Cleveland obviously, you've got OKC who I think is tough. ... You've got Minnesota," Durant told ESPN. "The great thing about this game is it's a matter of movement. Players can move and, boom, you're a contender. [Chris Paul] comes over there, and it changes the whole [Houston] franchise around. You've got to love it."

"My viewpoint as far as them making moves for us, I respect that," Green told ESPN. "The goal is to win a championship, and if you're not trying to win a championship, then what are you doing it for?

"So I respect that they're trying to make moves being that we're the defending champions. But I'm not going into Game 39 of the season talking about we got to beat the Houston Rockets because they've made moves to beat us. It's just another game, and we'll try to get better like we do every game."

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Dwane Casey, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month

Jan 3, 2018 4:38 PM

The Toronto Raptors’ Dwane Casey and the Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.

Casey guided the Raptors to an Eastern Conference-best 11-3 record during December, including a 6-0 mark at Air Canada Centre where the Raptors have tied a franchise record with 12 straight victories. Toronto outscored opponents by 8.6 points per game during December, good for second in the NBA behind the Warriors (9.3 ppg). The Raptors logged five December wins in which they scored at least 100 points while holding their opponent under the century mark. Six of Toronto’s top 11 players in terms of minutes played per game have three or fewer years of NBA experience.

Kerr led the Warriors to an NBA-best 13-2 record in December, despite being without Stephen Curry for 11 games due to a sprained ankle. It was the highest winning percentage (.877) for December in franchise history. In addition to leading in point differential, Golden State paced the NBA in field goal percentage (50.9), assists (30.9 apg), blocks (8.3 bpg) and opponents field goal percentage (42.5). The Warriors’ current seven-game road winning streak is tied for the fourth longest in franchise history and their 14 road wins are tied with the Boston Celtics for most in the league.

Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month were Chicago’s Fred Hoiberg, Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue, Houston’s Mike D’Antoni, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, Minnesota’s Tom Thibodeau, Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Washington’s Scott Brooks.

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

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Draymond Green Endorses Kevin Durant For Defensive Player Of The Year
Kevin Durant is second in the NBA in blocks per game at 2.3.

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Stephen Curry Making Progress, Remains Out Until At Least Friday
Stephen Curry went 4-on-4 on Sunday and has also been doing his own work on the court.

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Kevin Durant: Coming To Warriors Allowed Me To Unlock Parts Of My Game
Kevin Durant has become one of the NBA's better defensive players since joining the Warriors.

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Warriors Could Trade JaVale McGee
The Warriors have an excess of centers with the emergence of Jordan Bell.

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Daryl Morey: Beating The Warriors Is The Only Thing We Think About
The Warriors have reached The Finals in each of the past three seasons and eliminated the Rockets from the playoffs in 2015 and 2016.

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Steve Kerr Held Team Meeting After Stephen Curry's Ankle Injury
Steve Kerr conveyed a message to the Warriors that they would need to shift and sharpen their focus.

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Stephen Curry Ruled Out Of Christmas Day Game Against Cavs
Stephen Curry rolled his right ankle late in a road victory over the Pelicans.

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Stephen Curry: Kevin Durant's Arrival Gave Me A New Challenge
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have formed a partnership that may be used as an example for future superstar pairings.

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Stephen Curry Doesn't Let Shoe Rivalry Get In Way Of Friendship With Durant
Stephen Curry wants his signature line to be remembered by how he "shocked the shoe game."

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Victor Oladipo, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Victor Oladipo led the Pacers to four straight wins last week, averaging 30.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.8 steals.

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Warriors Projected To Spend $1.1B On Salary, Tax Between 2017-2021
Golden State is expected to have a record-high $225 million in tax penalties and $178 million in team salary in 19-20.

Stephen Curry Suffered No Structural Damage To Ankle
Stephen Curry has significant swelling and there is no timetable for his return.

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Kevin Durant Ejected For 3rd Time In 18 Games
Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins were ejected from Monday's game.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Stephen Curry Set For MRI On Severely Sprained Right Ankle
Stephen Curry's x-rays on the ankle were negative but he will undergo an MRI.

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NBA Suspends Shaun Livingston, Referee Courtney Kirkland
Shaun Livingston and Courtney Kirkland bumped heads.

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Kevin Durant: I Own Some Property On Waiters Island
Kevin Durant and Dion Waiters were teammates with the Thunder.

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Kevin Durant To Miss Another Game, Warriors Admit He Should Have Sat At OKC
Kevin Durant will miss another game with an ankle sprain.

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David Lee Announces Retirement From NBA
David Lee spent last season with the Spurs and had remained unsigned this season.

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Kevin Durant Out For Sunday's Game With Sprained Ankle
Kevin Durant is ruled as day-to-day, although the injury is not believed to be serious.

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