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All-Stars weigh in on Warriors, chance at breaking Bulls' record

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All-Stars weigh in on Warriors, chance at breaking Bulls' record

The Warriors are represented by three players -- Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green -- at the 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto. And, the reigning NBA champions have been the talk of the town north of the border. 

While Golden State looks to repeat with another NBA title, they are also chasing the 1995-96 Bulls and their 72-10 regular-season record. 

Through 52 games, the Warriors own a 48-4 record, the best in NBA history. Currently, they're on pace to break the Bulls' 20-year record. 

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So, how have they been so successful one year after winning their first title in 40 years?

Several NBA All-Stars weighed in after practice in Toronto Saturday on what makes them so difficult to beat and if they can actually end the season with the greatest record of all-time.

LeBron James

"Consistency and no complacency. I think they've used last year to take them to another height.

"With Steph and Draymond and Klay, they spearhead the whole thing, but everyone falls into place. From Iggy to Barbosa to Barnes to Bogut, all the way down, those guys fall into place and know their role."

On beating the 72-10 Bulls record: "It is possible. Records are meant to be broken, so it is possible."

John Wall

"Their second unit can kill you and their first definitely can. It's a team that just plays freely and with so much flow."

On beating the 72-10 Bulls record: "It's all up to them, they have a great chance at doin' it, but it's easier said than done."

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Dwyane Wade

"They've been more consistent than I've ever seen, than we've ever seen since the 72-10 Bulls team. You look at them play and it looks like they all enjoy playing together, they don't really care who gets the shine, and you need that.

"When we played them, I told Iguodala 'Man, enjoy this, you know, and don't take it for granted.' ...I miss having the teams that we had when had them. I miss winnin' 27 games in a row. When you have the juice like they have right now, enjoy it." 

On beating the 72-10 Bulls record: "I think it's tough to compare generations, it's unfair, but it's what people do.

"Golden State right now in this era is a dominant team, but you can't compare them until it's all said and done. You can't compare Golden State as they're in the middle of their journey." 

Chris Bosh

"They're continuing to raise the bar and are exceeding expectations. It's like we expect them to win by 20 or 15 points. ...You can tell how confident they are playing at a high level."

DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

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DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30pm PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

DeMarcus Cousins isn't exactly on the best of terms with the New Orleans Pelicans organization. 

The four-time All-Star was hoping to re-sign with the franchise that traded for him back in February 2017, but things didn't work out. There is still some bad blood.

Cousins will make his Warriors debut on Friday against the Clippers. Apparently, he could have suited up against the Pelicans but opted to remain on the sideline.

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"I wasn’t going to return against them,” Cousins told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports before the Warriors' victory. “I didn’t because I didn’t’ want to give (the media) a storyline. Straight up. You can ask Bob (Myers) that.

"I didn’t want to give y’all a storyline. That’s why (my return) is Friday.”

Cousins is right in that if he made his debut against the Pelicans, the emotions would have been off the charts. He made the right decision to wait two extra days.

At his introductory press conference with the Warriors back in July, the big man implied that New Orleans GM Dell Demps didn't offer him a contract.

"I’m gonna put it like this: Only me and Dell Demps know what was said on the phone that night," Cousins declared. "We both know the truth. And I’ll leave it at that."

If you like drama, then mark April 9 on your calendar because that's when Cousins and the Warriors will face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in New Orleans...

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

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In April 2012, Steph Curry underwent surgery on his right ankle. The surgeon was Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.

In late January 2018, DeMarcus Cousins underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon. The surgeon was ...

... Dr. Richard Ferkel, who certainly will be watching when the Warriors big man takes the floor Friday night in Los Angeles.

[RELATED: Cousins’ debut means Warriors will face 10 crucial questions]

He recently spoke with NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh about Cousins' rehab process and acknowledged that keeping the six-time All-Star's weight down has been a top priority.

"The stress they're putting on is a little different than for somebody who is a 6-foot point guard," Dr. Ferkel said. "It probably extends the rehab a bit longer in bigger people than in smaller people.”

Cousins isn't a small person, and at various points throughout his career, he has needed to shed some pounds. At this point, that isn't an issue because he truly looks to be in very solid shape -- not elite-level "game shape," but he definitely passes the eye test right now.

But Warriors fans shouldn't expect a seamless assimilation. It will take Cousins some time to shake off the rust and get fully comfortable. He'll have to adapt to the Warriors' high-octane pace and style.

“I think it’s important for people to understand that even if he’s released, we, as part of DeMarcus’ team, feel this current release (to play) is really the final phase of his rehabilitation," Dr. Ferkel added. "We’re not saying he’s 100 percent like he would be if he was uninjured.

"He’s done everything he can do but be in a game situation with elite players.”

Buckle up and enjoy the ride ...

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