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Ex-Warriors Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala chime in on double-team debate

Ex-Warriors Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala chime in on double-team debate

We're talking about pick-up.

Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. We're talking about pick-up.

Ah, yes, the doldrums of the NBA offseason. We have officially arrived. You can tell because the NBA world's focus has drifted to a rather ridiculous topic over the last 24 hours.

It all started when video surfaced of Suns guard Devin Booker getting visibly frustrated as a result of being double-teamed in a pick-up game featuring several other NBA players, including Ben Simmons, Joakim Noah and Trey Lyles.

"Hey bro, we're not doubling in open gym," Booker can be heard saying. "I see that s--t all season. Come on, man. Let's work on our games."

"Yeah, we are," Noah retorted. "It's part of the game." 

On Wednesday morning, Hawks guard Trae Young voiced his thoughts on the subject, aligning himself with his pal Booker.

Young's thoughts have since made the rounds, with numerous former and current NBA scouts and players chiming in. Ex-Warriors star Kevin Durant couldn't resist.

Apparently, this isn't the first time Durant has expressed such feelings. Two of his now-former teammates got under his skin doubling him in a practice (warning: NSFW language).

It's a bit ironic that Iguodala mentioned it being right after the All-Star break, as Twitter detectives have tracked down visual evidence of Durant himself participating in a double-team against Steph Curry in what technically was an exhibition -- the NBA All-Star game.

Durant responded to that tweet, pointing out how that double-team was drawn up by coaches, whereas there aren't typically any in your average pick-up game. That's a fair point, but here's the problem with his reasoning: Bonafide NBA players like Simmons, Noah and Lyles don't need a coach to tell them when, who or how to double-team.

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If Booker wants to work on his offensive game in open gym, others should be allowed to work on their defensive game, too, right? And, frankly, wouldn't Booker benefit more in the long run from working on his game against the same kind of defense he actually faces?

If you want to work on your NBA game, then don't be surprised when you encounter NBA defense. Anything else is simply batting practice.

NBA rumors: Lakers to work out ex-Warrior Mo Speights, Dwight Howard

NBA rumors: Lakers to work out ex-Warrior Mo Speights, Dwight Howard

The NBA offseason really never sleeps.

Following DeMarcus Cousins' torn ACL, the Lakers now are in search of another big man as the new season approaches.

The Lakers currently have Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee on the roster, but Rob Pelinka, Frank Vogel and Co. reportedly will work out former Warrior Marreese Speights, Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah this week, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday. Marcin Gortat reportedly also is under consideration.

Not a lot of enticing options in that bunch.

Speights, who last played in the NBA in 2018, played for the Guangzhou Loong Lions in China last year. During the 2017-18 NBA season -- his last in the league -- Speights averaged 7.7 points per game on 36.9 percent shooting for the Orlando Magic.

Howard currently is under contract with the Grizzles, but they would be more than happy to buy him out should the Lakers be interested in a reunion. The 33-year-old played in just nine games last season for the Washington Wizards due to a gluteal injury. In his last healthy season, Howard averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets during the 2017-18 campaign. 

Noah, a known LeBron James antagonist, had his moments last year for the Grizzlies, averaging 7.1 points in 42 games for Memphis.

Of course, none of these options will fill the void left by Cousins' devastating injury. All three are nothing more than end-of-the-bench role players and likely only would play a small role in the Lakers' quest to unseat the Warriors from atop the Western Conference.

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With their big depth now a question mark, Vogel and the Lakers might have to talk Davis into playing center (something he doesn't want to do) and have James play the four. This, coincidentally, likely is their best lineup construction, with Kyle Kuzma at the three, Danny Green at the two and (insert someone here) at point guard. 

It's unclear if Speights still has the bucket-getting ability he had during his run with the Warriors. If he does then he might be the Lakers' best option. During his three seasons in the Bay, Speights was a solid bench scorer who became a fan favorite. He averaged 10.4 points per game on 49.2 percent shooting while playing a vital role in helping the Dubs capture the 2015 NBA title, the first of their dynastic run.

And who could forget Mo Buckets dropping 32 points on the 76ers in 2014 and being serenaded with "MVP" chants from the Oracle Arena crowd? A true Warriors legend.

Of course, a reunion with a now "humbled" Howard would be great for the possible, albeit unlikely redemption story. 

Report: Warriors interested in former Defensive Player of the Year

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Report: Warriors interested in former Defensive Player of the Year

Joakim Noah has only played seven games this season, but the Warriors are reportedly interested in adding the veteran big man to their bench. 

Noah, who turns 33 in two days, has not suited up in a game since Jan. 23. That game was a Knicks loss... to the Warriors. He played 4 minutes and 31 seconds, scored two points and grabbed one rebound. 

The veteran may never play again for the Knicks and could be a buyout option. If that does happen, the Warriors, Thunder and T'Wolves are all interested in Noah, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. 

In the seven games that he has played, Noah is averaging 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in New York. Back in 2012-13 and 2013-14, Noah was an All-Star with the Bulls and was named the 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. 

Noah has been out of the rotation and off the court ever since an altercation with head coach Jeff Hornacek one month ago in Denver. The issue reportedly first came to fruition the night before in Oakland after the team's loss to the Warriors.