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On Lopez-Ellis, Warriors cap space, Bogut

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On Lopez-Ellis, Warriors cap space, Bogut

Sometimes you need more than 140 characters on Twitter toexplain yourself. Here is expansion on some of my recent tweets:THE TWEET: There obviously must be"other stuff" involved in Ellis-Lopez. That "other stuff"to me, anyway, determines deal.THE EXPLANATION: Its importantto acknowledge that the Warriors cant trade Monta Ellis for Brook Lopez, despitethe rumors that are out there in the N.Y. Post. For that particular transaction,the move would likely involve at least one more team and possibly two.In addition, because the salaries of the two players dontmatch up, there would have to be other playerssalaries either coming orgoing.My point is that the other players included -- or notincluded -- in the deal would likely determine whether the deal is made or not.THE TWEET: And never forget, kids ...With cap space comes responsibility.
THE EXPLANATION: There is a school ofthought regarding the Warriors that advocates the team starting over orblowing up the roster.The idea would be for the Warriors to get way under the capand then go after some big-name free agents.If only it were that easy.The bottom line is the Warriors have never been asignificant factor when it comes to free agency. And when theyve had money,theyve failed to use it in a way that dramatically alters the shape of theteam.Two recent examples:After Baron Davis left for the Clippers, the Warriors had awindfall of cap space. They used 50-plus million on Corey Maggette, which wasan awful move.More recently, this past offseason the Warriors had capspace. But they struck out in their quest for Tyson Chandler, then made anunwise and failed offer to DeAndre Jordan.The reality is that creating cap space doesnt guaranteeyoure going to land a star. In fact, thats never been the case in Warriorshistory.THE TWEET: I understand Andrew Bogut's hadinjury stuff. But that's kind of guy you take chance on in my book. Not unlikeDavis back in day.THE EXPLANATION: I think a center such asAndrew Bogut is a much better fit for Golden State than Brook Lopez. Bogut is abetter rebounder, better defender and significantly better passer.Yes, Bogut has had injury issues in recent years, but thatcould work to the Warriors advantage. To me, acquiring Bogut would be a movesimilar to the acquisition of Baron Davis back in 2005.Thats when the Warriors took a chance on an out-of-shapeand disgruntled Davis for Dale Davis and Speedy Claxton and it paid off in abig way.THE TWEET: Last point on Ellis. He's --by far -- toughest, gutsiest player on team. If he goes, Warriors will becomeeven nicer, softer than now.
THE EXPLANATION: For all the Warriorsfans out there who want to trade Monta Ellis, I offer these words of caution.Who will take the teams big shots? Who will get the Warriors tough basketsdown the stretch of a game when the offense breaks down?The reality is that for all of Ellis flaws, if the Warriordont get the right player back, theyre going to get worse. Ellis is notafraid to take the tough shots and that cant be said for everyone on theteam.

Playing in OKC is no longer a big deal for Durant: 'Just a regular game'

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Playing in OKC is no longer a big deal for Durant: 'Just a regular game'

Kevin Durant in his first season with the Warriors faced three benchmark games, two of which were against the Cavaliers and, specifically, LeBron James. The third was his return to Oklahoma City, where Durant created his NBA legend.

With all eyes on him, Durant aced all three exams. He was individually better than LeBron, twice, and when he arrived in Oklahoma City last February, with thousands of emotionally wounded fans targeting him for ridicule, he ravaged his former team.

Durant totaled a team-high 34 points (12-of-21 shooting, including 3-of-6 from deep, 7-of-7 from the line), nine rebounds and three assists in a 130-114 rout.

So there will be no such dramatic backdrop Wednesday when Durant takes the floor at Chesapeake Energy Arena, and it is anticipated his sprained left ankle will have healed sufficiently enough to allow him to play. Regardless of whether he plays, hHs return this time simply will not generate the tremendous local turbulence it did last season.

“It was a pretty fun moment to be a part of,” Durant told reporters at practice Tuesday. “You always respect the players on the court. And the people that have stuff to say about what’s going on on the court, they really don’t matter.

“So I just tried to go out there and think about that. Just realize that the players on the court are the most important and I know if I don’t focus and lock in, I won’t play to the best of my ability. I tried to block out all the nonsense and the BS and just go out there and play.”

There should be considerably less BS and nonsense this time around, for this is a more evolved Durant and this is not the OKC team he left behind, shattered in a dozen little pieces scattered around a new solo act that was Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook now has two fellow All-Stars at his side. OKC general manager Sam Presti navigated offseason deals to acquire both Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. There is a sense that the reloaded Thunder can make some playoff noise, and that matters in the wake of a steep drop last postseason.

Having spent most of a day interviewing locals in advance of the Warriors-Thunder game last season, it was apparent those folks were heartbroken by KD’s departure but perhaps more crestfallen about what little was left of their beloved team.

Durant, who remains connected to some of his personal causes in OKC, seems to recognize that. It’s enough to assuage any unease he may have felt for the fans that once adored him.

Asked Tuesday if there was any lingering sentiment about returning to the place where he spent eight seasons, Durant barely hesitated.

“No, it’s just a regular game for me now,” he said. “I learned how to tune out the crowd. I learned how to tune out the b------t and just play. Just keep it at basketball and I’ll be all right.”

It has been 16 months since Durant woke up on the morning of July 4 and announced his decision to sign with the Warriors. Durant has adapted to the Bay Area. He drives the local streets, rides BART every so often and has his favorite spots. He has his hands all over the high-tech industry that drives so much of the energy here.

Durant has moved deeply into the next phase of his career and has his eyes on his post-career options. OKC was home for most of his NBA life, but he now lives elsewhere.

Kevin Durant is in a good place, in most every way, and he likes it.

“I’ve been in the league for this long and been in every situation as a basketball player: losing games, winning games, overtime games, winning a championship, losing a championship, MVP, coming in second in the MVP,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been through everything in the league as an individual player. All those experiences have given me knowledge and given me insight on the game and what it’s about.

“It’s pretty simple when you think about it. You work, you work, you work. You gain experience, you gain knowledge and when it’s time to give it to somebody else you do it. When it’s time to apply it to your game, you just apply it when you play. “

When KD steps on the floor Wednesday and sees George and Anthony behind Westbrook, he can’t help but feel the difference. He has moved on and so have the Thunder.

There is reason, good reason, to believe the man when he says going back this time is just another game.

JaVale McGee wins fun bet with Steph Curry over Nevada-Davidson game

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JaVale McGee wins fun bet with Steph Curry over Nevada-Davidson game

UPDATE (9:01pm PT): It's fanny pack time for Steph Curry.

His Davidson Wildcats lost to JaVale McGee's Nevada Wolf Pack 81-68 on Tuesday night, meaning the Warriors' point guard will have to wear a fanny pack to at least three games.

McGee and his alma mater wasted no time celebrating their big victory.

No response from Curry yet. We'll find out Wednesday if he makes good on his obligation to wear the fanny pack.

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When your alma mater plays the alma mater of your teammate, you have to put a wager on the outcome of the game.

That's exactly what Steph Curry and JaVale McGee have done for Tuesday night's clash between the Davidson Wildcats and Nevada Wolf Pack.

But money isn't on the line. Public embarrassment is, though.

Curry and McGee shared the wager on Twitter ahead of the 7pm PT tip-off.

If Curry's Wildcats win, McGee has to serve as his caddie for one round of golf and the Warriors center can't use a golf cart. He has to walk and carry Curry's clubs. Curry originally suggested three rounds, but lowered the number to one,

If McGee's Wolf Pack win, Curry has to wear a fanny pack to at least three games. McGee is famous for always having a fanny pack around his waist.

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