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As Warriors Round into Form, Kevin Durant Can (Also) Do What He Wants

November 3rd, 2016
The dissolution of the basketball ties that bound Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for eight seasons in Oklahoma City was messy, emotional and fraught with narratives centered on the presumption that its aftermath resembled a zero-sum game: Westbrook can finally do what he wants, while Durant must integrate his skill set ...

Warriors Learn Nothing Comes Easy After ‘Slap in the Face’ to Start NBA Season

October 26th, 2016
OAKLAND, Calif. — There will come a time during the 2016-17 NBA season when the Golden State Warriors are racking up wins with regular ease, where the offense is smooth and the defense smothering. At their best, they’ll change the way we think a basketball game plan can be conducted. But there ...

Warriors Insider: 20 Projections and Predictions for the 2016-17 Season

October 20th, 2016
For as much sheer talent that is on the Golden State Warriors’ roster, and considering the basketball intelligentsia is predicting nothing short of a title, there’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding this team. How much effort will they put into the regular season? How much will head coach Steve Kerr ...

Draymond Green’s Defense of Kevin Durant Reveals a Hidden NBA Truth

October 14th, 2016
Ever since Kevin Durant announced July 4 that he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors—the same Warriors who had just knocked the Thunder out of the Western Conference Finals in seven games—the criticism has been constant and unyielding. From that day more than three months ago until ...

Warriors Insider: For a Budding Superteam, Chemistry Means Everything

October 13th, 2016
OAKLAND — There are moments in every basketball game that are imperceptible to those of us at a distance. It’s the look a point guard might give a teammate to start the machinations of a screen, or the eye contact a big gives to inform the ball-handler he’s going to ...

Warriors Insider: Defensive Guru Ron Adams Has Ultimate Weapon in Kevin Durant

October 6th, 2016
OAKLAND, Calif. — Few coaches in the NBA know Kevin Durant the way Ron Adams does. As head coach Steve Kerr’s defensive-minded assistant, Adams was tasked 13 times over the past two seasons with figuring a way to limit Durant’s offensive impact. But he’s also been on the other side, having ...

Warriors Notebook: Why Steph Curry Could Be Better Than Ever with Kevin Durant

September 29th, 2016
After the most scrutinized and pressure-packed season any NBA team has ever endured, there was a visceral sense at media day that something loomed large.  It had been 100 days since the crushing blow of losing Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, but the Warriors are a much different team as ...