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Ex-Warriors All-Star David Lee announces his retirement from the NBA

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Ex-Warriors All-Star David Lee announces his retirement from the NBA

In the span of about 16 days, David Lee has made a lot of changes to his life.

On Nov. 3, he announced that he got engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

On Sunday, the former Warriors All-Star forward announced his retirement from the NBA with a post on Instagram.

"An epic night celebrating my retirement with my friends and family! Thank you to my amazing fiancée @carowozniacki for planning the surprise!" Lee wrote as the caption for a photo of him with all his friends.

Former teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were among those that "Liked" the posted. Curry even left a comment.

"They'll still always have trouble with the pitch and follow man Man! Congrats," Curry wrote.

Acquired in July of 2009 from the Knicks, Lee played five seasons with the Warriors. During his time in Oakland, he averaged 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds.

Lee was named to the Western Conference All-Star team during the 2012-13 season. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game that season.

The 34-year-old capped off his tenure with the Warriors by winning an NBA championship in 2015. After the playoff run, the Warriors traded Lee to Boston. He spent last season with the Spurs and appeared in 79 games.

Gameday: Kevin Durant vs Brandon Ingram on Kobe Bryant night

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Gameday: Kevin Durant vs Brandon Ingram on Kobe Bryant night

While the basketball world on Monday turns its eyes on Kobe Bryant Night, the Warriors will try to lock in on a Lakers team that tends to put up a real challenge against them in Los Angeles.

Despite being beset with multiple injuries -- three starters that have missed most of the games this month will be out once again -- the Warriors (23-6) behind Kevin Durant have held it together well enough to achieve an eight-game win streak.

After a four-game road trip during which they went 2-2 against Eastern Conference foes, the Lakers (10-17) return to Staples Center to host the retirement of the two jersey numbers, 8 and 24, worn by Bryant during his legendary 20-year career.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place at halftime, which has been expanded from the usual 15 minutes to 21.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 5.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant vs. Brandon Ingram: Ingram, in his second season, is often compared with Durant, who admits seeing similarities between the “small” forwards. Ingram, 20, is averaging 16.2 points per game, second among Lakers and in his last game torched the Cavs for 26 points, six rebounds and six assists. Durant has spent the last four games -- since Stephen Curry was knocked out of action -- rampaging through opponents. It’s reasonable to expect a few teacher-student moments.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain), F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness), G Shaun Livingston (L knee soreness) and C Zaza Pachulia (L shoulder soreness) are listed as out.

Lakers: No injuries listed.

ROSTER NOTE

C Damian Jones has been activated by the Warriors from G-League Santa Cruz.

LAST 10

Warriors: 9-1. Lakers: 3-7

GAME OFFICIALS

Bill Kennedy (crew chief), Curtis Blair, Leon Wood

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors needed overtime to win the first of four meetings this season, 127-123, on Nov. 29 in LA. They won three of four last season and have won 12 of the last 15 meetings overall.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE POINT MEN: With Curry and Livingston out, the Warriors are forced to rely on third- and fourth-string point guards against heralded Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. Given Ball’s 6-foot-7 height, the logical option to start is 6-7 Pat McCaw, with 6-2 Quinn Cook slotted for backup minutes at the point. There will be others, such as Andre Iguodala and Durant, taking turns initiating the offense.

THE GIFTS: Only three teams commit more turnovers than the Warriors (16.2 per game), and one of them is the Lakers (17.1). The Lakers through giveaways are handing opponents an average of 19.3 points per game (third-highest in the league). The Warriors are gifting an average of 18 points per game, eighth highest. Put another way, the loser of this game is almost certain to bemoan turnovers.

THE POMP: With the Hollywood atmosphere sure to come with Bryant’s jerseys being hoisted into the rafter, it will be an emotional night. The experienced Warriors, having played in three consecutive NBA Finals, are accustomed to high-magnitude events. How will the Lakers, some of whom played with Bryant, handle it?

Santa Cruz Warriors acquire former first-round pick, Rockets forward

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Santa Cruz Warriors acquire former first-round pick, Rockets forward

The Santa Cruz Warriors acquired Terrence Jones off waivers, the team announced on Monday morning.

The Rockets selected Jones with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Over 76 games (71 starts) during the 2013-14 season, Jones averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds, while shooting over 54 percent from the field.

He was limited to 33 games the following season, but still averaged 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest.

Against the Warriors in the 2015 Western Conference Finals, he scored 12 points in Game 2 and 14 points in Game 4.

The 25-year old appeared in 54 games (12 starts) for New Orleans last season, averaging 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in 23.5 minutes.

The Pelicans waived Jones soon after they acquired DeMarcus Cousins.

He opened this season playing in China, but was released in late November.

Keep in mind -- Jones will play for Santa Cruz but his contract is through the G League.

Any NBA team can sign the forward at any time.

The Golden State Warriors do not have an open spot on the 15-man roster, or a two-way contract to offer (Quinn Cook and Chris Boucher are on two-way deals).

Jones will be active for Santa Cruz's next game on Friday against the Reno Bighorns.

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