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Durant encouraged by recovery, but not pushing it: 'When I get back...'

Durant encouraged by recovery, but not pushing it: 'When I get back...'

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant is feeling good enough to send his spirits soaring.

Two weeks after sustaining a bone bruise to his left tibia and spraining his medial collateral ligament, Durant said he finally is able to resume a few of the functions normally taken for granted.

“I’m just feeling good about getting back and doing normal things, like walking up and down the stairs and driving a car,” he told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday while sitting in the locker room 90 minutes before tipoff of Warriors-76ers at Oracle Arena.

Though there still is no timetable, there are signs of appreciable progress.

“Kevin was out there shooting today, on the floor,” coach Steve Kerr said, referring to the team’s morning shootaround. “Set shots. But that’s a big step. A few days ago he was shooting from a chair and now he’s standing up and taking set shots. Before long, it’ll be jump shots.”

Clearly encouraged by his recovery, Durant concedes he has to resist the temptation to push himself. It’s his natural inclination, but while monitoring pain levels and stability, he realizes he has to find a balance between caution and determination.

“When I get back, I want to be all the way back,” he said. “I want to be able to do all the things I normally can do.”

Stretched out before his cubicle, Durant also conversed on a variety of other topics, including the NCAA Tournament. (He is leaning toward Villanova.)

What was evident, though, was his sense that the worst is behind him and he is on the way back. He is scheduled for re-evaluation in two weeks. There is hope, but no assurance that he can return in time for the playoffs.

“I don’t bother him or ask him how he’s doing all the time,” Kerr said. “I just trust the training staff to get him healthy. And we’ll welcome him back when he comes back.”

 

Klay Thompson randomly interviewed on local NYC news about scaffolding

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Klay Thompson randomly interviewed on local NYC news about scaffolding

With a big break until their next game, the Warriors spent a couple days in New York City.

Klay Thompson spent part of his Monday walking around the city.

And as only Thompson could, he wound up appearing on a local news report. But he wasn't talking about basketball. Not even close.

Courtesy of Twitter user @MP_Trey, Thompson was interviewed on Fox 5 NY to talk about ... scaffolding.

"I usually observe if the piping and stuff is new. Sometimes, you know, something looks like it's been there a while, I try to avoid that," Thompson said in the report.

You can watch the odd video here:

The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

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The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

Remember when Mark Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors?

During a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Warriors GM Bob Myers shared the following story:

"I made a mistake with Mark one time -- after a game we lost, I went up to him right after we lost and asked him -- I think Curry had been having a big game and he ran a play for Carl Landry to take a shot to win the game; and it was a good play and it was a good shot.

"And I went up to Mark and I went, 'Did you think about Curry?' And he looked at me, and you could tell he was kind of containing himself, and he said, 'It was a good play. It was a good play.' And I look at him and I thought, 'I will never do that again.' If I don't trust the decisions the coach makes, then he's not the right coach.

"The coach gets to decide, right? I learned that lesson with Mark that I was completely out of line in asking him. And I apologized, and I'll never forget that lesson that I learned for myself ... I was wrong. And I learned that. So you learn more from mistakes sometimes. I don't do the debriefing with my coach after the game. Win or lose."

The Warriors fired Jackson a couple days after dropping Game 7 to the Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller