Kevin Durant glad Warriors lost to Cavs in NBA Finals

Kevin Durant glad Warriors lost to Cavs in NBA Finals

On June 19, the Warriors lost Game 7 of the NBA Finals at home.

On July 4, Kevin Durant announced he was going to sign with the Warriors.

Had Golden State outlasted Cleveland and captured its second straight title, would Durant be living in the Bay Area right now?

“I was telling one of my friends, Rich (Kleiman, his agent), who’s here, we were watching Game 7," Durant explained on Monday night at Stanford University. "Well, as it started to unfold, it was, ‘No question, no way could you go to this team.’ And I was just like a kid, like, in a candy shop.

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"I’d get wide open 3s, I could just run up and down the court, get wide open layups. I was basically begging him. I was like 'Yo, this would be nice.' So as I was thinking about my decision and who I was gonna play for, this team came to mind. You know, as they lost, it became more and more real every day. You start to think about it even more. To see if I would fit.

"Then once I sat down with these guys, everything that I wanted to know about them they kinda showed me. But we don’t have to talk about it though because they didn’t get the job done and they came after me and who knows what would’ve happened.

"But I guess you could say I’m glad that they lost.”

Two weeks ago, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was a guest on "The Lowe Post" podcast, and was asked the following two questions:

Lowe: "Have you ever had a conversation with Kevin Durant in which you address the idea of 'Would he have actually come there if you guys had won the championship?'"

Kerr: "I haven't asked him that. My sense is no but it's not coming from him. It's just kinda my gut, my instinct. But I think more than anything, for Kevin, he just wanted a change of scenery. I honestly sort of chuckle when people say 'he's chasing rings.' He's not chasing rings. He's been on one of the best teams in the league for many years and they've had their opportunities and it hasn't happened. And they've had some horrible luck with injuries. But I just feel players are just like people, like human beings in the real world. Every person out there who's lucky enough to have a career where they can make it more than about just paying the bills. You have a career, you get some opportunities, you get some choices. Maybe you want to live in a different city, maybe you want to do something else, maybe you want to try a new role. Maybe you get a promotion, you move cities. I think people can relate out there. You get a boost, you get kind of a jumpstart. You get a second life. I know for me, I felt that way when I left broadcasting and went into coaching. It was just kind of time. I wanted to do something different. Honestly, and again this is not coming from Kevin, this is just sort of my synopsis having gotten to know him a little bit and seen the situation -- I just think he wanted a change. I think he really enjoys our guys, I think he's gonna enjoy our style; such a great playmaker. I think he's really looking forward to just something new, and something different."

Lowe: "Its trite, but I have to present you with the hypothetical: Do you as Steve Kerr -- God comes to to you the day of Game 7, and says 'Here's your choice, Steve. You win this game and you don't get Kevin Durant but you get your second consecutive championship and whatever else happens. Or you lose but you get Kevin Durant. What are you choosing?"

Kerr: "You had to ask me that. Well. Why don't you ask me the same question five years from now and I'll see how we did. And then I can hypothetically in reverse look back  ... You have no idea what's gonna happen. We won 73 games last year and didn't win the title. 3-1 lead in the Finals. You have no idea what's gonna happen in life, in basketball, anything. So this was a helluva way to rebound off of the disappointment of that loss. But I honestly can't answer that question. Hell yeah we wanted to win that title. It would have been awesome back-to-back. Hell yeah we're excited to get KD. I just can't rank these things. I hate to tell you but I'm not gonna give you that answer." 

Four things we learned while Steph Curry dealt with fourth ankle injury

Four things we learned while Steph Curry dealt with fourth ankle injury

UPDATE (2:40pm PT on Tuessday): Steph Curry has been cleared for full team practices with the goal of playing this week, the Warriors announced.


The Warriors’ usual late-spring sprint toward the postseason, already slowed to a limp, deteriorated into a forlorn crawl Monday night in San Antonio as they were losing for the fourth time in six games.

Draymond Green, the only “healthy” member of the team’s All-Star quartet, left the game in the second quarter with a pelvic contusion and did not return.

Though Green said after this 89-75 loss to the Spurs that he doesn’t consider this a serious injury, it’s abundantly clear reinforcements can’t arrive soon enough.

Stephen Curry, a profoundly superior reinforcement, may return as soon as Friday.

Curry’s tender right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which the Warriors will establish a timeline for his return. He could, according to team and league sources, be back in the lineup Friday night when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena.

That would provide a massive injection of talent for the Warriors, who lost of three games during a four-day stretch in which they were forced to rely heavily on reserves and role players.

“We’re already shorthanded and then we lose another All-Star, the glue to our team, Draymond, at halftime,” said Quinn Cook, who in scoring 73 points over the past three games did an admirable job of trying of producing Curry-like numbers.

As good as Cook was on Monday, scoring 20 points, it’s a bit much to ask Cook to lead the Warriors past a San Antonio team fighting to extend its 20-year streak of consecutive playoff appearances.

The Warriors are built around their four All-Stars -- Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Curry and Green. They usually can withstand the loss of one, and they can often are OK missing two. But when it’s three, and possibly four, the defending champs are a home without a foundation.

As the Warriors were losing four of six games, and two of the last three, we have learned four things:

1) Cook is an NBA keeper.

The point guard from Duke, who turns 25 on Friday, has proved not only that he belongs in the league but also that he can survive in the rotation of a championship contender. He’s considerably more effective than Pat McCaw. Even if everybody were healthy, it would be hard, maybe foolish, to deny Cook minutes.

2) Kevon Looney continues to smooth the rough edges of his game.

The Warriors opened the season uncertain what they could expect from a forward that has undergone surgery on both hips. Month after month, though, he has done most everything they could have asked. He operates well in their switching defense, is effective in traffic and now he’s blocking shots and raining jumpers. At this rate, the Warriors would be delighted to have him back next season.

3) David West and Jordan Bell are in search of rhythm.

West was reliably excellent, at both ends, prior to missing five games with a cyst on his right arm. Since returning last Friday, there have been visible signs of rust. He’ll be OK in time, but at 37 likely needs another game or two to rediscover his touch.

Bell missed 14 games with a left ankle sprain, returned briefly, sustained a sprain of his right ankle and missed three more games. In the three games since his return, he has yet to look comfortable. It’s not just rust; it’s also the team around him. He’s at his best when supporting the stars. It may take him a while before he shines again.

4) Postseason minutes may be scarce for Nick Young

The Warriors hired Young to score while not embarrassing himself on defense and he has had good moments on both ends. But his inconsistency -- partly attributed to unspectacular conditioning -- grates on coaches and sometimes teammates. As much as he wants to enjoy the postseason, he’s playing his way toward an insignificant role unless injuries dictate otherwise.

Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return


Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return

UPDATE (2:25pm PT on Tuesday): The Warriors announced that following an examination by the team's medical staff, Steph Curry has been cleared to participate in full team practices beginning on Wednesday. The goal is for Curry to "play later this week."

The Warriors return to action Friday when they host the Hawks. They face the Jazz on Sunday in Oakland.


The Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for six full games and all but the first two minutes of a seventh. The last three were less out of medical necessity than an abundance of caution.

Curry could, however, return as soon as Friday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena, multiple sources disclosed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday night. ESPN, citing league sources, was first to report the team’s plan.

The two-time MVP’s right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which time a firm return date is expected.

Curry was physically able to play -- and actually pushed to return -- last weekend, according to league sources. But the Warriors, looking ahead to the playoffs and seeing diminished value in the remaining regular-season games, opted to continue rehabilitation in hopes of maximizing support for the area around his ankle.

The Warriors have described Curry’s injury not as a sprain but a “tweak,” implying less severity.

Though the Warriors won the game in which Curry was hurt, 110-107 over the Spurs on March 8, they have since lost four of six, including 89-75 on Monday in San Antonio.

The Warriors arrived early Tuesday morning and won’t practice Tuesday afternoon and are contemplating skipping an official practice on Wednesday.

The Warriors, averaging a league-leading 115.5 points per game this season, saw that figure drop to 103.3 during Curry’s six-game absence.