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Order up: Durant invests in Pieology

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Order up: Durant invests in Pieology

Kevin Durant is hoping you're down for a slice of pizza or two. 

Durant Co., the business branch of the Golden State forward's brand, has invested in Pieology -- an assembly-line style, on-the-spot pizza company -- according to a report in ESPN

Pieology has Bay Area locations in Oakland, San Leandro, Pleasant Hill and San Jose among their more than 140 franchises. 

"I went to a one of them and saw how quickly they did it and was really impressed with the quality. I just felt like, given how fast our lives our these days, we don't want to wait for our pizza anymore."

"We recognize what KD can bring to us as a partner and investor and through the brand equity he adds, especially with his social following," said Pieology CEO Carl Chang. 

Durant has 17 million followers on Twitter and 8.8 million followers on Instagram.

Of course, comparisons will be made between Durant's investment and LeBron James, who invested in another pizza company, Blaze, back in 2012. 

"This isn't about me versus LeBron," Durant said. "I think we do have different interests and we handle things differently, but the respect for each other is there. I do think we, as athletes, have realized the value of our stock these days, of the control that we have over what makes us valuable, including our social media accounts."

Steve Kerr uses playing cards as his latest pregame prop for Warriors news

Steve Kerr uses playing cards as his latest pregame prop for Warriors news

For his latest trick, Steve Kerr brought out a deck of cards Friday night in Oakland. 

With Kevin Durant and Draymond Green out against the Bulls, Kerr was ready to announce who would replace them. Get your phones ready reporters.

"You guys ready to tweet?" Kerr asked reporters. "We're gonna start Omri and Jordan Bell." 

Kerr then began to shuffle his deck of cards and said, "As soon as you're down tweeting, we'll resume human contact. But in the meantime, stare at your phones, ignore me, I'm just practicing my shuffling." 

Casspi, in his first year with the Warriors, is averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game through 15 games. The rookie Bell has played in 12 games and is averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. 

Friday night is Bell's first career start. 

Kerr's pregame prop list now includes a nail clipper, a Rubbik's cube, a slinky, and playing cards. 

Bell, Casspi to start in absence of All-Stars

Bell, Casspi to start in absence of All-Stars

OAKLAND -- The massive task of replacing All-Star forwards Kevin Durant and Draymond Green in the Warriors lineup Friday night against the Bulls falls to veteran Omri Casspi and rookie Jordan Bell.

It’s the first career start for Bell, who was a healthy scratch in each of the last three games. He will be facing the team that drafted him last June specifically to sell his rights to the Warriors for $3.5 million.

“I’ve been wanting to get him active and play him anyway,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said prior to tipoff. “But with Draymond out, to me, it’s a pretty easy choice.”

Bell indicated he would not be particularly motivated against the team that drafted him, adding that he won’t be seeking any sort of vindication.

“They made it clear that they didn’t want me, so I don’t take it to heart,” Bell said after shootaround Friday morning. “They didn’t draft me and sell me. They just drafted me for the Warriors.”

Though Durant is out to rest his left ankle, sprained last Saturday in Philadelphia, Green simply has been given the night off. Kerr indicated there will be other occasions for which he will rest Green.

Durant missed only one game last week but returned Wednesday at Oklahoma City. His ankle did not respond well in the wake of that game, so he gets another day off.

Casspi replaced Durant in the starting lineup last Sunday at Brooklyn, producing 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks over 23 minutes.

This is the first absence of the season for Green. It won’t be the last, as Kerr plans to rest all starters at various points of the season.