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Colin Cowherd offers wild LeBron James-Kevin Durant Warriors comparison

Colin Cowherd offers wild LeBron James-Kevin Durant Warriors comparison

We're in that four-week period where it's a complete dead zone for all things NBA.

Free agency has wrapped up, stars are bailing on Team USA training camp, Steph Curry is busying stomping on internet trolls and perfecting his long-iron game on the golf course. So, what is there to talk about in the NBA world on July 22?

Have no fear, basketball fans, Colin Cowherd is here.

The popular FOX Sports radio host has been known to rip off an odd take and quirky comparison from time to time, and July is the prime time to unleash those.

When discussing the similarities and differences between LeBron James and Kevin Durant, Cowherd pointed to KD's exit from the Warriors as a prime example of how the two stars differ.

Confused? Me too.

According to Cowherd, had James been a member of the Warriors alongside Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, he would not have decided to leave because he has "too great of a sense of himself and too great a sense of history in the league" to leave the Warriors while Curry, Thompson and Green still are in their primes.

I mean, that's just like your opinion, man.

Durant leaving the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets was an odd decision but one that wasn't all that surprising. After winning two NBA titles with the Warriors, the superstar reportedly wasn't as happy as the Dubs thought he would be. There were constant whispers about Durant's insecurity with the Warriors being Curry's team and not both of theirs. So the departure honestly was expected.

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As for the comparison with James, if we've learned anything about the three-time NBA champion, it's that he -- like Durant -- will do whatever he wants to do when it comes to his career.

NBA rumors: D'Angelo Russell committed to Warriors before Wolves meeting

NBA rumors: D'Angelo Russell committed to Warriors before Wolves meeting

The Timberwolves went all-in on signing D'Angelo Russell last summer.

They came up short, as D-Lo ultimately signed a four-year, $117.3 million max contract with the Warriors (although he technically signed the deal with the Nets and then was traded to the Dubs).

In July, we learned some details about Minnesota's pursuit of the 2019 Eastern Conference All-Star. And through a recent conversation between Russell and Anthony Slater of The Athletic, more information has come to light.

Spoiler alert -- the following anecdote might make you cringe a little:

Russell, sources said, had verbally agreed to the deal with the Warriors before he went to the meeting with the Wolves. There was no knowledge of how extravagant of a pitch Minnesota had planned. It wasn’t a quick in-and-out.

The Wolves — with all their power players present, including owner Glen Taylor — took Russell on a helicopter ride over Los Angeles, before delivering him to a private locale for a recruitment presentation they’d been planning the previous month.

On the helicopter trip back, good vibes in the air, news broke of Russell’s near agreement with the Warriors. Phones buzzed. The mood in the cabin changed. The rest of the date sounded quite uncomfortable.

“An awkward goodbye on the tarmac,” one source said.

Sheeeeesh, that's pretty brutal.

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And then to makes matters worse for the Timberwolves, Russell torched them for 52 points back on Nov. 8 (but Minnesota did win the game in overtime).

Still, the fans at Target Center got an-up close glimpse at what could have been. And they'll get one more opportunity to watch Russell in person this season, as the Warriors play in Minnesota again on Jan. 2.

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Warriors' Steve Kerr hopes to ease Jordan Poole's G League transition

Warriors' Steve Kerr hopes to ease Jordan Poole's G League transition

SAN FRANCISCO -- Warriors rookie guard Jordan Poole has struggled mightily in his first season in the Bay Area. In an effort to combat his troubles, Golden State plans to send the guard to its G League affiliate at an undetermined date. 

"There's nothing set in stone yet," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said following practice Tuesday morning. "He'll eventually be there. That's a big part of our development process. Santa Cruz has been a big asset over the years. A lot of players go back and forth, so it'll happen for Jordan at some point."

The Warriors' decision -- first reported Monday by NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole -- comes as Poole's early season is in peril. Over his first 24 appearances, he's shooting just 25.8 percent from the field. In Golden State's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, he collected his first "Did Not Play -- Coach's Decision" distinction, watching all 48 minutes from the bench. 

Poole's playing time this season has come as injuries have mounted. With much of the backcourt -- including All-Star guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson -- out of the lineup, Poole is averaging 24 minutes per game,

Kerr admitted he didn't plan for that strategy when the first-round pick was drafted in June. 

"We've thrown too much at him too fast," he said. "But that's because we've had no choice." 

Last month, Poole shot down any notion that he was concerned with his play, telling NBC Sports Bay Area, "Doing that got me here. Why would I change?" 

However, Kerr had a different tone Tuesday afternoon. When asked wht contributed to Poole's struggles, he cited the 20-year old's age in relation to fellow rookies Eric Paschall (23) and Ky Bowman (22). 

"It's a hard transition from college to pro, but particularly when you're 20 years old and only played two years of college ball," Kerr said. "You're still getting stronger, you're growing, you're maturing. It's easier for a four-year guy like Eric Paschall or (three-year college player) Ky Bowman to come into the NBA. Those few extra years are a big difference.

"That first year it's about figuring everything out, shot selection, defense. Different actions that you have to guard. The speed and strength of your opponent. It's all brand-new.' 

Golden State has had success sending players to the G League in recent years. Last season, guard Jacob Evans averaged 11.3 points. 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 21 appearances with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Former Warriors Jordan Bell, Quinn Cook and Patrick McCaw also spent time in Santa Cruz when they were with Golden State. 

"It's a good wake-up call," Kerr said. "It's not all chartered planes and Four Seasons. You've got to grind through the G League schedule, which is not easy. That's important for young players to feel, too. It's a good situation for us and really for the whole league."

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As for Poole, Kerr said the rookie has been working hard despite his bad play. Following Monday's loss, he went through an hour shooting workout in the team's practice facility inside Chase Center. Prior to games, he frequently watches film with assistant Chris DeMarco, giving Kerr optimism Poole can get out of his slump. 

"He's figuring it out and we're helping him along and he's going to grow," Kerr said. "This is going to be a very productive year for him."