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CJ McCollum not taking motivation from Kevin Durant's offseason dig

CJ McCollum not taking motivation from Kevin Durant's offseason dig

SAN FRANCISCO -- Last summer, during an appearance on CJ McCollum's "Pull Up podcast," Kevin Durant told the Trail Blazers star guard that Portland "wasn't going to win a championship" and not to "worry about what goes on at the top of things."

McCollum told the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP that the Blazers would meet the Warriors at the top.

Here we are.

On Sunday, McCollum scored 37 points in the Blazers' Game 7 win over the Denver Nuggets to set up a date with the Dubs in the Western Conference finals.

So, how does McCollum feel about Durant's dig at the Blazers 10 months later?

"Past is the past man," McCollum said Monday at his Western Conference finals media availability. "I think it's funny. Obviously, you don't think that's going to be relevant at the time. You know, when it's summertime and you're in a hotel room joking around, and then it happens. It's a nice soundbite. I hope you're subscribing to my podcast. You know what I'm saying? If you're going to use the soundbite, I hope you actually subscribe to the Pull Up podcast. But hey, that's dumb. Don't nobody get no extra motivation for the Western Conference finals. If you need to listen to some stuff then you got some serious issues."

Durant (right calf strain) reportedly will miss Game 1 of the series and is "unlikely" to play in Game 2. If McCollum and the Blazers can get one of the first two games at Oracle Arena, it could force the Dubs to tense up and try and get Durant back sooner than expected. 

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The Blazers went 2-2 against the Warriors this season, including a win at Oracle Arena. Damian Lillard, McCollum and the Blazers won't be scared of the two-time defending champions, especially given the odds they've faced to get to their first conference finals in 19 seasons. 

McCollum said he would meet KD at the top and he did.

No matter what happens next, Durant's next appearance on the "Pull Up podcast" should be something. 

Who Warriors fans think Steph Curry should team up with in 'The Match'

Who Warriors fans think Steph Curry should team up with in 'The Match'

Sunday’s “The Match” featuring Bay Area native Tom Brady, former NFL MVP Peyton Manning and PGA stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson seemed to be a smashing success for the sport of golf. Not only was $20 million raised for coronavirus relief in the United States, but sports fans were glued to their televisions to watch golf, something the sport forever has struggled with.

Warriors star Steph Curry tweeted during the event that he wanted to participate in the next iteration of the “The Match.” So we asked, who would Warriors fans like to see Steph team up with the next time this event is organized and got some interesting responses.

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John Daly no doubt would be an interesting partner for Curry, but the two aren’t likely to be a match made in heaven. Daly’s partying and off-the-course exploits were infamous during his days on the tour, something Curry never has gotten wrapped up in.

Another commenter mentioned Jordan Spieth, who is a fellow Under Armour athlete with Curry. These two likely have played together numerous times over the years, and Spieth has been known to provide a good sound byte.

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Another name to consider would be Justin Thomas, the No. 4 player in the world. Thomas joined the TNT telecast for Sunday’s event and was a great on-course reporter, including this somewhat-NSFW dig at Charles Barkley.

Thomas and Curry together would provide some incredible laughs.

Whoever it is, having Steph mic’d up for an entire 18 holes should make for some magnificent content.

Ex-Warrior Andrew Bogut not retiring yet but won't re-sign with Sydney

Ex-Warrior Andrew Bogut not retiring yet but won't re-sign with Sydney

Back in mid-April, former Warriors center Andrew Bogut said he would make a decision on his basketball future in May.

With a handful of days left in May, Bogut has made a decision.

Sort of.

The 35-year-old Australian tweeted a statement Sunday and said he won't re-sign with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League right now, or any other professional basketball team for that matter.

Bogut made it clear that it wasn't a "retirement note." He said due to the uncertainty surrounding sports because of the global coronavirus pandemic, it was too difficult to make a decision right now.

He also did mention that he hopes to be back on a basketball in the "near future."

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Bogut last appeared on an NBA court in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals when the Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena.

Since then, he had been play with Sydney before the pandemic forced all sports leagues to pause their seasons. Bogut was averaging 8.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in 21.5 minutes over 25 games for Sydney.

For now, Bogut will let his body rest and spend time with his family.

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If the former No. 1 overall pick decides later not to play another professional basketball game, he leaves the sport with a decorated NBA career: Champion, an All-NBA Third Team selection, and an All-Defensive Second Team selection.