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2019 NBA Draft preview: How to watch Warriors, Kings show live online

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2019 NBA Draft preview: How to watch Warriors, Kings show live online

The 2019 NBA Draft finally is here! While many other NBA teams tanked their way to top draft selections, the Warriors and Kings will have to wait a while before they're on the clock.

The Warriors own the No. 28 and No. 58 overall picks, where they hope to find a player or two who can help fill out their injury-ravaged rotation. NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole outlined 10 players the Warriors should target at No. 28, including Stanford forward KZ Okpala and Belmont sharpshooter Dylan Windler.

Meanwhile, the Kings, despite missing the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season, do not have a first-round pick. Their selection, which would have been No. 14 overall, is owned by the Boston Celtics because of the 2015 Nik Stauskas trade

However, the Kings do have three second-round picks: Nos. 40, 47 and 60. NBC Sports California's James Ham described eight ways for how the Kings should use their flurry of second-rounders, such as trading a pick or two or "drafting and stashing."

NBC Sports has collected basketball talent from around the country to look ahead to the draft in the NBA Draft Preview show, which you can stream online and on the MyTeams App at 9 a.m. PT and noon PT.

Poole and Ham will join experts from the NBC Regional Sports Networks to break down what to expect for each team during the 2019 NBA Draft.

Here are the guests for each show, in the order that they will appear:

9 a.m. PT show 

Ian Begley (Knicks)
A. Sherrod Blakley (Celtics)
Paul Hudrick (76ers) 
Mark Schanowski (Bulls)
Chris Miller (Wizards)
Monte Poole (Warriors)
Dwight Jaynes (Blazers)
James Ham (Kings)

Noon PT show

Ian Begley (Knicks)
Monte Poole (Warriors)
Jamie Hudson (Blazers)
James Ham (Kings)
Mark Schanowski (Bulls)
Chris Miller (Wizards
Chris Forsberg (Celtics)
Serena Winters (76ers)

Here's how you can watch NBC Sports' NBA Draft Preview show live online:

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. PT and noon PT
MyTeams: Download app
Desktop: Warriors stream // Kings stream

Kevin Durant can return for NBA playoffs if healthy, Adam Silver says

Kevin Durant can return for NBA playoffs if healthy, Adam Silver says

The NBA is prepared to come back on July 31.

Is Kevin Durant?

Durant hasn't played in a game since rupturing his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last year. That was his last game with the Warriors before signing with the Brooklyn Nets last summer, and his only competitive on-court action has come in scrimmages with his new teammates. Brooklyn general manager Bobby Marks called the status of Durant's return "a $110 million question" last month, but Marks left the door open for his return.

So did NBA commissioner Adam Silver in an interview with Turner Sports "Inside the NBA" on Thursday, telling panelist Charles Barkley he didn't think it was unfair that players who sustained what were thought to be season-ending injuries to come back when the season restarts.

"We're gonna allow it," Silver said. "And I'd only say, Charles, that this has been the back-and-forth with our teams. There's so much here that's not fair, and we're choosing among multiple bad alternatives given the (coronavirus) pandemic we're dealing with. ... I think, ultimately, to the extent a team has a healthy roster and those players are able to come back, they are eligible to play."

Kevin Durant said last October on ESPN's "First Take" that he didn't expect to play during the 2019-20 season. Durant wasn't set to travel with the Nets when they were scheduled to visit the Warriors at Chase Center on March 12, but the rest of the Nets never played there, either. The NBA suspended its season on March 11 due to the pandemic.

The Nets, as well as the 21 other teams who will make the trip to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, will play eight regular-season games to determine seeding before the playoffs begin. Brooklyn, currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, would have to play in a play-in series with a slip to eighth or ninth in the conference.

Durant wouldn't be at the peak of his powers after not playing in any games, let alone those with seeding and (eventually) playoff elimination on the line. Inserting a two-time Finals MVP into the lineup would represent a slight improvement, however, as would getting point guard Kyrie Irving, who hasn't played since Feb. 1, back on the court.

[RELATED: Kerr issues message to Warriors fans about his lineups]

Rich Kleiman, Durant's agent, couldn't envision the superstar returning when he was asked about the possibility in March. Nearly three months have passed since then, and close to four will have passed when the Nets would begin training camp in Orlando under the NBA's plan.

If Durant's able to come back, he has the NBA's blessing to do so.

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Steve Kerr issues message to questioning Warriors fans about lineups

Steve Kerr issues message to questioning Warriors fans about lineups

Over Steve Kerr's first five seasons as head coach, the Warriors reached the NBA Finals every year and won three titles.

Despite the unprecedented success, certain corners of the fan base have been vocal (on Twitter mostly) in criticizing some of the eight-time NBA champion's rotations and/or five-man combinations.

Kerr was a guest Wednesday on "The TK Show" podcast with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, and addressed that topic during a conversation about "The Last Dance" documentary on the Chicago Bulls.

"Phil (Jackson) was the guy who was never afraid to play anyone in any situation," Kerr said. "So when Warriors fans are up in arms about the lineup that I throw out there, they should really blame Phil because that's where I learned it. (laughter)."

Now that's some funny stuff right there.

The franchise adopted the "Strength in Numbers" mantra the moment Kerr arrived in May 2014, and the Warriors' depth definitely played a part in the team's incredible success from 2015 to 2019.

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Without diving too deep into it, Dub Nation certainly questioned some of Kerr's decisions in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. But we will leave it at that.

As for Kerr's philosophy, this is what he said back in early May:

[RELATED: Why Kerr calls '14 Dubs memory one of best feelings of life]

The 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year absolutely is right about this. That dynamic is very powerful and helps build a strong culture.

No coach is perfect. In the end, Warriors fans should trust Kerr's judgment and decision making.

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