The defending champion Golden State Warriors have played a lot of games over the past four years, and it’s hard not to when you been to the Finals four straight seasons, which netted them three championships.
Last season was not very easy for the Warriors. They battled injuries to Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala in the postseason. Furthermore, if the Rockets’ Chris Paul does not get injured in the WCF, they may have been eliminated by Houston, but in the end, the Warriors found a way to get it done.
In the offseason, the Warriors might have gotten better. They added another All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins, who is expected to return midseason as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
However, next season, LeBron James will be in the Western Conference, Houston added Carmelo Anthony, and OKC retained Paul George. Therefore, the West will still be tough, but the Warriors still have five All-Stars, which according to former NBA player Jamario Moon, makes them the favorite in the Western Conference.
“You can’t bet against them guys,” Moon told Paul Gant.
Listen below as Moon talks Warriors, and asks whether we should call Kevin Durant a “Splash Brother.”
According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, LeBron James has reached to Warriors star Kevin Durant about joining him in Los Angeles with the Lakers.
Durant is expected to opt out his contract with the Warriors, but re-sign with the team.
Regarding LeBron, no one knows at this point where he may go, but according to reports, if the Lakers get Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs, LeBron could head to the Lakers.
Here is what Smith had to say on First Take today:
When Kevin Durant decided to sign with the Warriors in the summer of 2016, many believed that Golden State had a team that was going to be tough to beat for years to come, and at this point, that seems to be true.
The Warriors won a title with Durant last season, and are currently up 2-0 on the Cavs in the 2018 NBA Finals.
Game 3 is Thursday night in Cleveland.
According to reports, Durant, 29, is expected to opt out of his contract this summer, but will re-sign with the Warriors.
However, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith does not expect Durant to stay with the Warriors for the rest of his career.
Listen to what Smith had to say on First Take on Tuesday:
Kevin Durant was cooking yesterday as he scored 38 pts, including 20 points in the 1st half as the Warriors dominated the Pelicans 118-92 in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Sunday. Warriors lead the series 3-1.
After the game, Durant’s teammate Andre Iguodala compared Durant to Jordan, and himself to Scottie Pippen.
Take a listen:
Iguodala game is similar to Pippen’s game, but he is not on Pip’s level. In terms of Durant, he can score the ball, but he’s not Jordan.
Erin Popovich, who was the wife of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Spurs. She was 67.
According to ESPN, Gregg and Erin were married for four decades and had two children and two grandchildren.
Warriors star Kevin Durant reacted to the death of Erin Popovich:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gregg Popovich and his family.
Warriors F Kevin Durant is doing some big things off the court. Durant, who recently donated a court in New York City, has been donating courts all around the country through the “Build It And They Will Ball” initiative.
While KD gave back to NYC, he does not want to play there.
A fan asked Durant when he is coming to New York. Durant jokingly replied: “Never.”
Durant also called NYC “The so called Mecca of Basketball.” He believes Washington D.C. is the “Mecca of Basketball.” Quick reminder, Durant is from Maryland, so you would expect him to favor D.C.
Durant made a short documentary about his time NYC, and released it on Tuesday
Take a look:
The 25th annual ESPYS Awards is being hosted by former NFL QB Peyton Manning. As the host, Manning is full of jokes, including one directed at 2017 NBA Finals’ MVP Kevin Durant.
Watch Durant and Russell Westbrook’s reaction:
On July 4, 2016, Kevin Durant decided to take his talents to the Warriors. On July 3, 2017, Durant decides to re-sign with the Warriors for two-years, $53 million, according to ESPN. The contract has a player option after year one of the deal. Durant can opt out after year one of the contract. If Durant does opt out, which is expected, he can get a new max contract in the summer of 2018.
According to The Mercury News, Durant will get $25 million next season, which around $9 million less than what he could have received, which is around $34 million. By taking less money, the Warriors were able use those resources to retain Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala.
For Durant, it’s not about the money. KD is trying to do whatever he can to keep this championship caliber roster together. He knows that Livingston and Iguodala give the team depth and versatility.
According to ESPN, the Warriors have committed over $325M to 5 free agents so far this offseason. All 5 were on the team last season.
Steph Curry: 5 yrs/$201m
Kevin Durant: 2 yrs/$53m
Andre Iguodala: 3 yrs/$48m
Shaun Livingston: 3 yrs/ $24m
David West: 1 yr/$2.3m
What a summer for the Warriors!
Things are looking up for the Philadelphia 76ers! The days of “tanking” are over, and now it’s time for the harvest. After drafting Washington’s Markelle Fultz with the number one overall pick on Thursday, 76ers C Joel Embiid went to Twitter to announce the new nickname for 4 members of the team. They came up with “FEDS,” which stands for (Markelle) Fultz, (Joel) Embiid, Dario (Saric), and (Ben) Simmons.
Warriors star Kevin Durant gave his take on the nickname “FEDS”
KD probably has a point!
You agree with KD?