Kerr, Curry fire back at the former players who keep diminishing Warriors

Kerr, Curry fire back at the former players who keep diminishing Warriors

Over the last three seasons, people from all over the basketball world have criticized the Warriors and tried to diminish their success.

"They're all right. They would all kill us," a sarcastic Steve Kerr told reporters on Friday after shootaround. "The game gets worse as time goes on. Players are less talented than they used to be. The guys in the 50s would have destroyed everybody...

"It's weird how human evolution sort of like goes in reverse in sports. Players get weaker, smaller, less skilled. I can't explain it."

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When the Warriors won 67 regular season games and the championship in 2015, many called the Warriors "lucky."

Last year, when the Warriors broke the Bulls' record and won 73 games, Scottie Pippen claimed that the 1995-96 Bulls would sweep the Warriors.

Horace Grant said that any of the Bulls' six title teams would sweep Golden State.

Even former Warrior Stephen Jackson guaranteed that the "We Believe Warriors' would beat the 2015-16 Warriors.

Steph Curry became the first unanimous MVP in NBA history, but according to Oscar Robertson, his success was a result of coaches not understanding basketball.

Earlier this week, Magic Johnson said that the "Showtime Lakers" would probably sweep this year's Warriors.

"Kind of comedy for me because the hypothetical game is never one I've played and I don't want to be in that situation where you're having to argue that," Curry told reporters on Friday. "You can obviously have those barber shop type debates, ranking all-time greats and teams and things like that -- which is fun in certain settings -- but at the end of the day, you can't discredit what a certain team is doing based on trying to compare them to a team in the past because you really can't.

"You're not gonna suit up and play; there's no way to simulate that situation ... I respect every great team that's come before us, every great player that's come before us. I hope to be 20 years down the line, when the next great team comes up, to hopefully give them praise, too."

If the Warriors beat the Cavs on Friday night, they will become the first team to ever go 16-0 in the playoffs.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut


Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut

OAKLAND -- Like much of the NBA and everyone with an interest in the Warriors, Omri Casspi has watched the emergence of Quinn Cook, who came out of the G-League and is making a strong bid to make the postseason roster.

Casspi, out since spraining his right ankle last Friday against Sacramento, happens to be at or near the top of the list of the tiny group of players that might be dropped should the Warriors decide to add Cook.

The 6-foot-9 veteran forward has heard the chatter.

“First of all, it’s you guys talking,” Casspi said, referring to media. “I don’t really feel it from the organization. At the end of the day, I’m focused on getting healthy and playing. That’s all I can control.

“I feel like the team needs me and know what I can do for the team. My focus is on getting healthy and playing.”

The Warriors have until April 11 to submit their playoff roster.

Casspi’s roster spot is in danger for three reasons.

One, he has lost confidence in his long-distance shooting, which was influential in the team’s decision to sign him to a one-year minimum contract last July.

Two, his defense has been a glaring weakness, with teams attacking him at every opportunity.

Three, he had fallen out of the rotation when the team was fully healthy and didn’t return until after succession of injuries. Casspi exceeded 10 minutes of playing time in only one of the 12 games before injuries to several teammates became a factor.

Stephen Curry’s ankle woes this season, along with Cook’s impressive play, are making a persuasive argument for adding the third-year point guard.

For now, Casspi is determined to get back on court after missing the last two games.

“With my role on this team, when I’m healthy I want to go out there and play, maybe not 100 percent healthy, but close to it,” he said. “That’s what I’m focused on, on feeling good and running up and down and being able to cut and move and be out there again with the guys.”

As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay


As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all worked up sweat Wednesday, putting the Warriors ever closer to being whole again.

Only Draymond Green did not full participate in the non-contact practice session, but he’s expected back in a matter of days.

So while the Warriors are a little more than a week away from possibly having the full squad available, they’re starting to feel a little less vulnerable.

“They’re all kind of day-to-day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is closer to playing than KD and Klay.”

Curry has not played since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle. He missed the last six games. Durant (rib cartilage injury) and Thompson (right thumb sprain) sustained their injuries on March 11 at Minnesota, though Durant played one more game, March 14, before receiving a diagnosis. Durant missed the last three games, Thompson the last four.

Green sustained a pelvic contusion Monday night at San Antonio, but believes he will be available this weekend, either Friday against Atlanta or Sunday against Utah.

Curry, though, is fully cleared for all activities.

“Steph looks great,” Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. But we’ll see how he responds in the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.”

Durant loathes acknowledging pain or injuries, and his return will be dictated by his ability with withstanding the contact inevitable in the course of a game.

“I don’t expect KD to play this week,” Kerr said. “It’s not like a timetable . . . just sort of a feel thing. It’s symptomatic with him.”

Thompson seems, at this point, the furthest away from full activity.

“Klay did some stuff," Kerr said, “but not full participation.”