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Kevin Durant greatly respects the Rockets, 'you hear a lot from their GM'

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Kevin Durant greatly respects the Rockets, 'you hear a lot from their GM'

Back in mid-June, Daryl Morey told ESPN's Zach Lowe that the Warriors "are not unbeatable."

In late December, the Rockets GM told ESPN Radio that Houston is obsessed with thinking of ways to try to beat Golden State.

After the Blazers beat the Warriors on Feb. 14, Morey tweeted:

Houston (51-13) leads Golden State (50-14) in the race for the top seed in the West.

“We respect the hell out of them," Kevin Durant recently told Yahoo's Michael Lee. "We respect all those guys and we know -- you hear a lot from their GM -- but James, and CP and Trevor Ariza, those guys knuckle down and play.

"They leave the talking up to the GM and whoever else."

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One person Durant is likely referring to when he says "whoever else," is Clint Capela.

In case you forgot...

After the Rockets beat the Warriors on Jan. 20, the center made his feelings clear:

"We know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them ... we are better than them."

Durant fired back soon thereafter:

"You hear that from guys like Capela -- who's usually catching the ball and laying it up from CP (Chris Paul) or James Harden. His job is not as hard. When your job is that hard, you know you can't come out there and just say sh*t like that. 

"I don't expect that from CP and James and Ariza and the rest of the guys because they know how hard it is to come out there and do that every night. Capela -- catch and dunk every night so it's pretty easy for him."

If you aren't rooting for a Warriors-Rockets Western Conference Finals, then something is wrong with you...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Aaron Rodgers hits fan jumping off a boat in Tahoe in stride with perfect throw

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Aaron Rodgers hits fan jumping off a boat in Tahoe in stride with perfect throw

Green Bay Packers quarterback (and former Cal Golden Bear) Aaron Rodgers is known for his downfield accuracy. 

Rodgers has three successful Hail Marys to his name. The first, on Dec. 3, 2015 against the Detroit Lions, kept his team's playoff hopes alive. Another, on Jan. 16, 2016 against the Arizona Cardinals, sent the Divisional game to overtime, and a third came en route to a Wild Card game win against the New York Giants on Jan. 8, 2007. 

At the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe on Friday, Rodgers added another notch to his belt.

His latest effort won't be confused with the other three, but it's not like any of those receivers landed in a body of water, either. 

The real question? Whether or not that's a catch under the NFL's new rules. 

Bay Area native Joey Chestnut eats record 74 hot dogs for 11th title

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Bay Area native Joey Chestnut eats record 74 hot dogs for 11th title

Defending champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut chomped down a record 74 franks and buns to take home his 11th title at the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

The renowned competitive eater from San Jose, California, takes home the coveted Mustard Belt and surpassed the previous mark of 72 dogs and buns he downed last year.

The heat wasn’t a factor; the National Weather Service put the temperature at 83 degrees with a heat index of 91 degrees.

Miki Sudo said after eating 37 dogs and buns that the heat may have slowed her down in winning the women’s competition.

That didn’t stop the Las Vegas eater from easily beating out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.