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DeMarcus Cousins' ACL injury has Draymond Green 'at a loss for words'


DeMarcus Cousins' ACL injury has Draymond Green 'at a loss for words'

The emotion Draymond Green felt when he heard former Warriors teammate DeMarcus Cousins had torn his left ACL likely is the same emotion you felt Thursday morning.

"Really just sadness," Green told ESPN's Marc J. Spears

Cousins signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, and he was looking to bounce back after he ruptured Achilles in Feb. 2018 and tore a quad muscle in Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round NBA playoff series against the Clippers in April.

Instead, Cousins is looking at missing a full season as he recovers from another devastating injury.

"One of my goals coming into this season was for DeMarcus to just destroy everybody," Green told Spears. "And come back and show how great of a player he really is and get what I think he deserves. Obviously to have this injury ... I'm really at a loss for words about it. It's one that really hurt me for sure."

As Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday, the NBA is a small community. Green and Cousins are brothers. Just last week, the two players, along with Wizards guard John Wall and Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe, crashed a pick-up basketball game in the Bahamas.

"I saw DeMarcus last week, looking very slim [and] in shape," Green told Spears. "I said, 'Wow, you're like Kentucky Boogie!' Just to see the work that he's been putting in and obviously to have this injury, like ... like what's next? You go through that same process again, eventually it becomes tedious. Obviously wishing him all the best, and [I will] offer all the support that I can."

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Cousins made it back from both the Achilles and quad injuries, but he's got a long road ahead of him now. Three serious leg injuries in 18 months is crushing. But Green believes Cousins' background will help him overcome this battle.

"He made it out of Mobile, Alabama," Green said. "The NBA is tough. It's very tough to get to. It's very tough to stay in. But he made it out of Mobile, Alabama. If he can do that, he can do anything."

Radar-gun guy Nathan Patterson strikes out side in A's organizational debut

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Radar-gun guy Nathan Patterson strikes out side in A's organizational debut

Two weeks after signing a contract with the A's, Nathan Patterson had a night to remember in his organization debut on Thursday.

Pitching for the A's Arizona League Gold team against the Cubs affiliate in Mesa, Ariz., Patterson struck out all three batters he faced.

While MiLB's Gameday box score indicated that Patterson completed an immaculate inning (three strikeouts on nine pitches), Patterson confirmed after the game that he in fact threw quite a few more pitches.

Patterson's story is well-documented at this point. At the beginning of 2018, he decided to do the speed-pitch challenge at a Triple-A game in Nashville, and blew his own mind with how hard he was throwing.

"I honestly thought it was a joke," Patterson told the media on a conference call last week. "I thought they just jacked up the gun to make you pay another dollar to throw another ball. I think I threw about five balls and the last one I threw was 96 mph. I blew my own mind, honestly."

At that point, Patterson hired an agent and began working with former A's pitcher Jarrod Parker. This past offseason, he conducted a pro day in front of major league talent evaluators.

Then, the infamous video of Patterson doing the speed-pitch challenge at a Colorado Rockies game earlier this season made its way around the internet.

Soon, the A's, who were at Patterson's pro day, made the contract offer to the 23-year-old.

If Patterson can make it up to the major leagues, his story will certainly be turned into a movie. But even if he doesn't, it's still an incredible story.

Steph Curry reflects on Kevin Durant's Warriors tenure, move to Nets

Steph Curry reflects on Kevin Durant's Warriors tenure, move to Nets

For three seasons, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant formed one of the most dominant duos in NBA history.

Warriors fans were hoping the partnership would continue for a few more years, but Durant decided to sign with the Brooklyn Nets when free agency opened in July.

Now, Curry is left to reflect on his short but sweet time with Durant.

"We won two championships and I think we both got better throughout the process as basketball players and as people," Curry told the media at a Warriors Camp event in Oakland on Monday night. "With the demand every single night to be great, all that that comes with in terms of media attention, scrutiny, the criticism, the praise, it's a lot to handle and I think, me and him, especially on the level, can connect."

The Warriors went to the NBA Finals all three years Durant was a member of the team. That should have brought the two-time NBA Finals MVP happiness, but after the 2017-18 title, Warriors employees reportedly were concerned about Durant's lack of joy.

With all the chaos surrounding Durant's impending free agency, it was easy for most observers to tell Durant wasn't having much fun during his final season in the Bay.

Curry, better than anyone, seems to understand what went into Durant's choice to leave the Warriors for the Nets.

"Obviously, at the end of the day, him going to Brooklyn, is just trying to make sure he's happy and going to a place where he feels like he needs to be," Curry said. "At the end of the day, you gotta be happy about that for him. That's what every player in this league [wants], to be in a situation where they can decide where they want to play."

Durant doesn't play in the Bay Area anymore, but his place in Warriors history won't soon be forgotten. Just because he left doesn't mean he won't be celebrated whenever he comes back. This isn't like the situation in Oklahoma City where he left on bad terms and was booed each time he returned.

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Durant helped raise two banners to the Oracle Arena rafters, and Curry is looking forward to the days after their careers are over when they can come together and celebrate what they achieved.

"We'll always remember the three years we had," Curry said. "Like he said, we'll probably be back here down the road to celebrate those [titles] like they did the 74-75 team. So, it'll be cool when that happens."