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Andre Iguodala believes Warriors will 'have another run' at NBA title

Andre Iguodala believes Warriors will 'have another run' at NBA title

We're not sure if you heard the news, but the Lakers now are seen as the favorites to win the NBA Finals next season after pulling off a trade for Anthony Davis. 

With the Warriors nursing their wounds from a grueling Finals loss to the Raptors that saw both Klay Thompson (torn ACL) and Kevin Durant (ruptured Achilles) go down with severe injuries, the rest of the Western Conference is ready to pounce. 

The Lakers are the sexy team at the moment, but Andre Iguodala wasn't shocked by the blockbuster deal. 

"I expected them to make a lot of moves," Iguodala said Friday on ESPN's "First Take." "Rob Pelinka, my old agent, I knew he would use that brain of his, that Michigan brain. And then, you got LeBron, he's in the later stages of his career. He wants to win now."

The pairing of James and Davis will be a formidable one, but Iguodala isn't ready to dump dirt on the Dubs just yet, especially since he expects Thompson to come back even better than before his knee injury. 

"It's going to be interesting," Iguodala said. "With LeBron, they gave us some troubles last year, and they really took it to us with that core. I thought Luke Walton did a really good job, I got to say that. I thought he did a really good job his entire tenure there ... But with the Lakers, with LeBron, you got a chance at a championship.

"You got to respect what he's done throughout his whole career. Talk about living up to expectations and exceeding expectations from a high school kid. That's just an amazing achievement in itself. He was deemed the second-greatest basketball player of all time in high school. How many of those guys fizzle out?

"But I'm confident in us. Klay will be back in February I hope. He's a fast healer. We're going to have another run at it. It's not over."

The Warriors will have an uphill battle next season, especially until Thompson returns from his torn ACL. (This also assumes that Thompson will re-sign with the Dubs, which appears to be a near-lock.)

As the Finals loss to the Raptors showed, the Dubs are in need of shooting and wing depth in order to put an effective supporting cast around Steph Curry. They drafted Michigan guard Jordan Poole in the first round on Thursday, but will need to find some more complimentary pieces in order to make it through the grueling West without Thompson.

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James and Davis will look to capitalize on the Warriors' misfortune, but the Lakers have their own issues to deal with.

Don't write the eulogy on the five-time defending Western Conference champions just yet.

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Every Warriors fan remembers exactly where they were when Klay Thompson saved Golden State's season in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City.

I was in Nashville, Tenn., for a cousin's wedding, unable to watch the thriller on TV. I had to follow along on Twitter.

With the 73-win Warriors on the verge of being eliminated by the Thunder, Thompson went thermonuclear with a single-game NBA playoff record 11 3-pointers. He finished with 41 points, and "Game 6 Klay" was born.

It's one of the most iconic performances in Bay Area sports history.

But does it belong on the Mount Rushmore of best Bay Area performances? Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes so, and he explained why Friday during an interview with 95.7 The Game.

"Just one of the most incredible, clutch performances in such a desperate moment," Kerr said on the "Damon, Ratto and Kolsky" show. "We were really dominated for most of those series, and we were just hanging on for dear life in that game, down eight or 10 for most of the game. I've watched that game several times since, and it's almost impossible to fathom what Klay did and what he was able to do individually in that game to pull the game for us. It was just an amazing performance."

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Thompson's performance allowed the Warriors to return home for a Game 7, where they knocked off the Thunder to advance to a second straight NBA Finals.

In terms of best Bay Area performances or moments, I would lock in Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC, Madison Bumgarner's Game 7 relief outing against the Kansas City Royals in 2014, and the Joe Montana-Dwight Clark "The Catch" from the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The fourth member of this list is open for debate. Could it be Travis Ishikawa's pennant-winning homer in 2014? Steph Curry's 37-point performance in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals? Kevin Durant's dagger 3-pointer in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers? Montana's Super Bowl XXIII-winning pass to John Taylor? Montana's five-touchdown performance in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIV win? Steve Young's six-touchdown effort in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX win over the San Diego Chargers? Edgar Renteria's two-run homer in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series? Cal-Stanford's "The Play" in 1982? Something else?

[RELATED: Dub Nation loves 'Game 6 Klay']

Bay Area sports fans, tell us which four individual postseason performances or moments you would carve into your Mount Rushmore.

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Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

The last decade was littered with some of the greatest MVP seasons in NBA history.

From Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 becoming the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to LeBron James taking his game to new heights during the 2012-13 season, there was no shortage of singular campaigns to remember. Of course, Warriors star Steph Curry was plenty unprecedented on his own, becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2015-16 and the only player other than James to win the award multiple times in the 2010s.

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Curry's MVP wins will stand the test of time, but where do those campaigns stand among his award-winning peers' in the last 10 years? Here's how I ranked the MVP-winning seasons of the 2010s, starting with arguably the biggest outlier among the bunch. 

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