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Warriors' roster, schedule set for 2012 Summer League

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Warriors' roster, schedule set for 2012 Summer League

The Warriors announced their NBA Las Vegas summer-league roster on Thursday, and, as expected, their three rookies Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green will participate. The Warriors fourth first-round selection, Ognjen Kuzmic, will not play for the team.Also participating for the Warriors are second-year guard Charles Jenkins, second-year forward Chris Wright and second-year forward Jeremy Tyler.Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, who is in Vegas practicing with the U.S. Select team, is also on the roster, though it is unknown whether or not he will play. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said last week that nobody is going to stop Klay if he wants to play, but that the team wasnt going to require him to do so.Myers said Kuzmic, who was selected with the No. 52 pick, will skip summer league because its too quick of a turnaround for him to come to the United States, then return to play for his national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Completing the Warriors roster are: Old Dominions Kent Bazemore, St. Johns Justin Burrell, Tulsas Justin Hurtt, Ohio States Dallas Lauderdale, New Mexico States Wendell McKines, Wichita States Joe Ragland, Cal State Fullertons Frank Robinson, Fairfields Rakim Sanders, Oregons Garrett Sim, North Dakota States Andre Smith, DePauls Dar Tucker, Villanovas Maalik Wayans, Missouri States Kyle Weems and Clemsons Andre Young.ROSTER:
NO PLAYER POS HT WT BORN COLLEGEFROM LAST PLAYED FOR 40 Harrison Barnes F 6'8" 210 5301992 North Carolina North Carolina 20 Kent Bazemore GF 6'5" 195 711989 Old Dominion
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25 Justin Burrell F 6'8" 244 4181988 St. Johns Yokohama BC (Japan) 31 Festus Ezeli C 6'11" 255 10211989 Vanderbilt Vanderbilt 23 Draymond Green F 6'7" 230 341990 Michigan State Michigan State 18 Justin Hurtt G 6'5" 205 1031988 Tulsa M. Hainaut (Belgium) 22 Charles Jenkins G 6'3" 220 2281989 Hofstra Golden State Warriors 52 Dallas Lauderdale F 6'8" 260 9111988 Ohio State PGE Turow (Poland) 35 Wendell McKines F 6'6" 230 8181988 New Mexico State New Mexico State 21 Joe Ragland G 6'0" 185 11111989 Wichita State Wichita State 7 Frank Robinson G 6'4" 220 611984 Cal State Fullerton B.C. Habikaa (Isreal) 50 Rakim Sanders F 6'5" 228 781989 Fairfield Fairfield 6 Garrett Sim G 6'2" 185 7101990 Oregon Oregon 45 Andre Smith F 6'8" 242 2211985 North Dakota State Otto Caserta (Italy) 11 Klay Thompson F 6'7" 220 281990 Washington State Golden State Warriors 32 Dar Tucker G 6'4" 205 4111988 DePaul Aix Maurienne Savoie (France) 3 Jeremy Tyler F 6'10" 260 6211991 San Diego HS Golden State Warriors 9 Maalik Wayns G 6'2" 200 521991 Villanova Villanova 34 Kyle Weems F 6'6" 226 8231989 Missouri State Missouri State 33 Chris Wright F 6'8" 226 9301988 Dayton Golden State Warriors 19 Andre Young G 5'9" 170 3161990 Clemson Clemson
SCHEDULE:

DATE OPPONENT TIME LOCATION TV Friday, July 13 L.A. Lakers 5:00 p.m. COX Pavilion NBA TV Saturday, July 14 Denver Nuggets 3:00 p.m. COX Pavilion NBA TV Wednesday, July 18 Miami Heat 7:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Center NBA TV Friday, July 20 Chicago Bulls 5:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Center NBA TV Saturday, July 21 New Orleans Hornets 3:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Center NBA TV

Report: KD wants to own an NBA team

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Report: KD wants to own an NBA team

Kevin Durant figures to have a good chunk of his career ahead of him, but he's already thinking of his next move.

Durant is only 29-years-old, but is already in the midst of his 11th NBA season. For his post-basketball life, the reigning Finals MVP has his sights set on NBA ownership.

Over his last 18 months as a member of the Golden State Warriors, Durant's increasingly yearned to own an NBA team, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Haynes. 

"[This] is a genuine goal of his after he retires, to add another African-American in the position of majority ownership," a league source told Haynes under the condition of anonymity. 

Currently, Michael Jordan is the only African-American majority owner in the league. Durant said he would also like to see more African-Americans in front office roles. 

"[Jordan] was the first big Nike athlete, the biggest star of his time, but if you don't have the trajectory, that path, that journey, it's going to be hard to do what he did," Durant told ESPN. "But you can still affect the NBA and the game of basketball in a different way. You don't have to be an owner.

"I think it should be more guys in the positions of power like general managers and scouts and coaches. Anything that involves the day-to-day operations of these franchises. I think more players and more experienced players should be in those positions."

Durant and his business partner, Rich Kleiman, have met with multiple tech executives and team owners in order to "learn the lay of the land," Haynes wrote. 

He's not the only former MVP on the Warriors with ownership aspirations, either. Stephen Curry tweeted last month he wanted in on Sean "Diddy" Combs' prospective bid for the Carolina Panthers, and Curry told ESPN last month he's "really serious" about the opportunity. 

Gameday: Intensity, fury rages as Warriors visit Cavaliers in rivalry's next chapter

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Gameday: Intensity, fury rages as Warriors visit Cavaliers in rivalry's next chapter

The Warriors will have their full squad available Monday when they wrap up their season series with the longtime rival Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The teams have met in the last three NBA Finals, with the Warriors winning twice.

The Warriors (35-9) are coming off an impressive back-to-back road sweep, winning at Milwaukee on Friday and at Toronto on Saturday. Their regular starting lineup -- Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green -- will be together for only the fourth time in the last six weeks.

The Cavaliers (26-16) have stumbled lately, losing seven of their last nine. Isaiah Thomas, acquired in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston in August, made his debut on Jan. 3 and will be playing his fourth game as a member of the Cavaliers.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 5.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James: The top two forwards, and conceivably the two best players, in the game today. The Warriors are 5-2 against Cleveland since Durant was acquired to offset James. James is No. 3 in scoring (27.1 per game), Durant No. 5 (26.3). Both are efficient scoring machines. James is rebounding better (8.0-7.0), Durant blocking more shots (2.14-1.07). When these two clash, it’s hard to take your eyes off them. Durant asks to defend James and won the battle when the teams met on Christmas Day in Oakland.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (low back soreness), F Andre Iguodala (hip flexor strain) and G Shaun Livingston (L shin contusion) have been upgraded to available.

Cavaliers: G Derrick Rose (L ankle sprain) and G Iman Shumpert (L knee surgery rehab) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Cavaliers: 3-7.

GAME OFFICIALS

Scott Foster (crew chief), Marat Kogut, Eric Lewis

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won the first of two meetings this season, 99-92, on Christmas Day in Oakland. The teams split two meetings last season. The Warriors have won five of the last seven regular-season meetings and 11 of the last 14. They have won 11 of 18 NBA Finals games played in the last three years.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE POINT MEN: Neither Curry nor Thomas played on Christmas Day, so it’ll be intriguing to see them renew a battle that dates back to Thomas’ days in Sacramento. Curry generated dominated the matchup, though Thomas has since made the leap from good to great offensive player. One thing remains, though: Thomas remains among the league’s worst defenders.

INTENSITY LEVELS: Because of the history, the air crackles with fury when these teams meet. That won’t change anytime soon. But the Cavaliers, having beaten the Warriors only once in the last seven meetings, should be particularly fierce. This game means more to Cleveland than it does to the Warriors. Will the Warriors be able to match the intensity they’ll face inside the Q?

THE ARC: The 3-ball almost certainly will be crucial in this game. The Cavs are third in 3-pointers made (513), while the Warriors are fifth at 505. But the Warriors are more accurate, shooting at 38.9 percent to Cleveland’s 37.2. The Warriors are slightly better at defending the arc and, on the other end, can use ball movement to stress the Cavs’ relatively slow defenders.