Kevin Durant, savior to the Washington football name game


Kevin Durant, savior to the Washington football name game

Kevin Durant, who has become a veritable media industry this summer (he crushed a critic on Twitter who mocked his language as a function of his education at Texas by saying, “I dropped out. I had a job opportunity”), shared an idea with Bill Simmons of The Ringer about the troublesome nickname of the Washington franchise in the National Football League.
He suggests “Body Snatchers.”
And I like it.
Not only does it have contemporary music as its base (Rare Essence, 1996, fellow hepcats), it has a bit of historical irony given how cruelly the Native Americans got played in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
But Durant, a Maryland kid gone global, also admitted that he preferred the Washington basketball team’s nickname when it was Bullets rather than Wizards, a name deemed problematic because of the high gun-related violence rate in the D.C./Baltimore area in the late ‘90s.
As we all know, going back in time typically results in ruining your mental transmission, but we long ago lost the ability to give proper nicknames to our teams, especially in the NBA. The best ones remain throwbacks – Lakers and Knickerbockers and Pistons and Celtics, from the era that also gave us Steam Rollers and Stags and Zephyrs. Indeed, the last cool NBA nickname was SuperSonics (with the second capital “S” for extra pizzazz), before Clay Bennett ruined that by schlepping the team to Oklahoma City and giving it the germane nonsense name “Thunder.”
Durant is on to something here. “Raptors,” from the momentary dinosaur craze of two decades ago, is awful, “Heat” was always a miss, and even “Spurs” should probably revert to its original “Chaparrals.”
And Warriors? That logo used to be a barefoot and grinning Indian brave dribbling a basketball. No wonder we have a bridge now.
As for “Body Snatchers?” Well, it has one great advantage to go along with the difficult sell of making a logo out of two guys with shovels in a graveyard. Even with that, it’s still better than the one they’ve got now. Kevin Durant is our guide and our beacon.

Gameday: Curry out for payback against Conley, new-look Grizzlies


Gameday: Curry out for payback against Conley, new-look Grizzlies

When the Warriors set foot in FedEx Forum on Saturday, they’ll find a very different atmosphere as well as a barely recognizable team of Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grindhouse is not the same. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter have left the building. So, too, has the “Grindfather” himself, Tony Allen.

So in their only trip to Memphis this season, the Warriors will focus mostly on point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol, the remaining core members of the team that reached the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons.

The Warriors (1-1) will be playing for the second night in a row, while the Grizzlies (1-0) have not played since their season opener Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Warriors by 8.5

Stephen Curry vs. Mike Conley: Curry has a long memory, and he will remember not only that the Warriors last season lost twice to the Grizzlies but also that Conley’s 27 points and clutch play offset Curry’s 40 points and led Memphis to an overtime win in Oakland. It won’t matter to Curry that the Warriors posted double-digit wins over the Grizzlies in the last two meetings last season. He may want to take over.

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) is listed as questionable.

Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green (L ankle sprain), G Ben McLemore (R foot surgery) and G/F Wayne Selden Jr. (R quad injury) are listed as out.

The Warriors have won five of the last seven in Memphis and 10 of the last 13 meetings overall.

BREEZE OR WHEEZE: Coach Steve Kerr has expressed some concern about the team’s conditioning level. On the second night of their first back-to-back set -- with the Warriors arriving at the hotel at 2:30 a.m. -- it could provide a glimpse of their progress. Kerr said he would consider resting one or two players. Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, both coming off injuries, would seem logical candidates.

GEORGIA VS. SPAIN: The Republic of Georgia’s Zaza Pachulia and Spain’s Marc Gasol know each other well, having spent years battling internationally and in the NBA. There will be no surprises, but Pachulia will have to avoid foul trouble to remain a part of his team’s defensive rotation against one of the league’s best big men.

HOT KLAY: Klay Thompson is off to a torrid start, shooting 11-of-18 from beyond the arc through the first two games. And now he won’t have to worry about Allen, who relished in opportunities to defend the Warriors All-Star. Memphis replaced Allen with Andrew Harrison, who is not in the Grindfather’s class as a defender.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts


Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

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Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

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