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The true and enduring response to why Durant left Oklahoma City

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The true and enduring response to why Durant left Oklahoma City

So Kevin Durant apparently got his Twitter feeds crossed (and what the hell is he doing with multiple feeds anyway?) and said some mean things about the Oklahoma City Thunder to the world.

Swell. Now what else have you got?

Durant has been feeling his intercommunicative oats all summer, getting his own back after being cuffed around by the Keyboard Irregulars for leaving his old team for fame, fortune, and then more fame and fortune.

[RELATED: Durant deletes tweets critical of Thunder, OKC players, Billy Donovan]

But now it’s gone on awhile, and he picks up trolls and responds back at a serious rate, giving off a vibe that he is General Ulysses Grant trying to re-litigate the Civil War after he already won it and is standing on Robert E. Lee's head.

That’s the thing here. He’s won it, all of it. He has a ring he would not otherwise have. He has regular VIP access to the largest economic engine on the planet. He lives in a place where a thunderstorm is big news rather a sign that it’s 4:30 in the afternoon. What is left for him to fight about?

The answer used to be to silence critics who could not see 2 + 2 without wanting it to be 7. Now, though, it seems to be to demonstrate that his skin is probably thinner than it needs to be.

Maybe this is just him muscle-flexing after years of being quiet. Maybe this is him falling in love with the sight, sound and feel of his own thoughts. Maybe he has a lot more resentment about the hysterical reaction to this move thing than he ever let on.

But we’ve well and truly reached the “okay, okay, we get it” stage. The true and enduring response to why he left Oklahoma City is “Because he is a knowledgeable man.” If he didn’t like Russell Westbrook, fine. If he liked Russell Westbrook but didn’t like head coach Billy Donovan, fine again. If he liked both of them but didn’t like the rest of the roster, fine one more time. If he liked it all but was charmed by Joe Lacob and Bob Myers in a way that Clay Bennett and Sam Presti could not, fine squared.

No matter what the reason or reasons, the point has been made. Championship, awards, acclaim, jewelry, parade, business opportunities – he’s run the table, especially if you want to get pointlessly granular and say he has the better shoe company.

But the idea that you must repave the same road every chance you get doesn’t change the fact that the road is being traveled too much. Kevin Durant is the winner, so engaging the stubborn and dim to prove it seems, well, like there’s a shark on the horizon and he’s giving some thought to jumping it.

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

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With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.

 

Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

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Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...