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Bowman welcomes longtime friend Durant to Bay Area

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Bowman welcomes longtime friend Durant to Bay Area

NaVorro Bowman went to social media on Monday to welcome Kevin Durant to the Bay Area.

Durant announced he is leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Warriors as a free agent.

The 49ers’ All-Pro linebacker and Durant have a friendship that dates back to when they were 8 years old and basketball teammates in Maryland.

"We played on the same middle school basketball team," Durant said of Bowman during NBA All-Star weekend in 2013. “And, surprisingly, he was the best player on the team. I was kind of like his sidekick. I really thought he was going to the NBA, but he didn't grow."

Bowman, who regularly attends Warriors games, disclosed that he will never feel torn when Golden State plays Oklahoma City.

“Every time the Warriors and Thunder played Warriors fans got UPSET because I would cheer for the Thunder & my longtime friend,” Bowman wrote on Instagram. “Now there's no more issues.”

 

Every time the Warriors and Thunder played warriors fans got UPSET because I would cheer for the Thunder & my longtime friend. Now there's no more issue's lol..... #letsgodubs#TurnUp

A photo posted by navorro_bowman (@navorro_bowman) on Jul 4, 2016 at 10:06am PDT

Kyle Shanahan, 49ers focused on big picture, not 1-6 record and injuries

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Kyle Shanahan, 49ers focused on big picture, not 1-6 record and injuries

SANTA CLARA -- Kyle Shanahan isn't taking the 49ers' five-game losing streak in stride, but he's also realistic about the current state of his team.

“We knew when we came here it was going to take some time," the coach said Monday, one day after the 49ers dropped to 1-6 on the season with a 39-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Expectations were high for the 49ers to open the 2018 season. They finished 2017 with a new franchise quarterback and a five-game winning streak.

Fast forward to Week 7, and the team only has one win. Their two top players on the offense -- quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon -- have been on injured reserve for several weeks with torn ACLs.

While the record is bleak, Shanahan said he hasn't lost confidence in the 49ers' long-term plan.

“Our record right now doesn’t impact the big picture to me,” Shanahan said. “It’s tough to deal with, it’s frustrating. We are all working extremely hard and want much better results. But just because the record doesn’t show, that isn’t going to make yourself doubt yourself and go rip up your plans and do something totally new.”

Shanahan and 49ers general manager John Lynch both were very tempered in their expectations during the offseason. When they received compliments and congratulations from colleagues after the 49ers' strong finish, their responses were in the vein of, “We are still a 6-10 team.” Now, their responses seem even more appropriate.

“We knew when we came here it was going to take some time,” Shanahan said. “And we want that to be as fast as possible, there’s no doubt about that, but you also don’t want to make stupid decisions because of that.

“We are trying to be smart in everything we do. We are not just trying to do it in a quick, easy-fix way. We are trying to build this thing to last, and to do that, it does take some time. We planned on it going faster, and it hasn’t so far.”

Even though the 49ers' progress has been stunted by injuries, Shanahan has this perspective: “That doesn’t make me lose any confidence in what we are doing and the people that we have here. I know we need to continue to work, and continue to get better. We’re going through a tough time right now, but that doesn’t change anything to me in where I feel we are going.”

49ers place Adrian Colbert on injured reserve, re-sign Tom Savage

49ers place Adrian Colbert on injured reserve, re-sign Tom Savage

49ers free safety Adrian Colbert’s season came to a disappointing end Sunday when he sustained a high ankle sprain in a 39-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Colbert was placed on injured reserve with an injury that is expected to keep him out of action for six to eight weeks. Colbert is not a candidate to return to the team later in the season, Shanahan added.

Rookie D.J. Reed is expected to step in to start in Colbert’s place. Reed played most of the second half after Colbert sustained his right ankle injury after awkwardly landing following a collision with cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, as the two were covering a deep Jared Goff pass.

Teams are allowed to designate two players off injured reserve. Rookie safety Marcell Harris returned to practice last week after spending the first six weeks on injured reserve. The club also plans to activate outside linebacker Dekoda Watson off injured reserve.

The 49ers re-signed veteran quarterback Tom Savage with the roster spot that opened with Colbert’s injury. Savage spent most of last week on the team’s 53-man roster. The 49ers released him Saturday to promote defensive back Tyvis Powell from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.