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Curry talks Durant, Warriors 'will be more prepared' playing villain

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Curry talks Durant, Warriors 'will be more prepared' playing villain

Now that Kevin Durant will be donning a Warriors uniform next season, Golden State is the heavy favorite to win the title in 2017.

Although there are still many people outside the Bay Area who will be rooting for the Warriors, a large number of basketball fans will be passionately hoping Golden State falls short of a championship.

Can Steph Curry and his teammates handle being hated?

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"In most arenas, we had a strong contingent of Warriors fans," Curry told Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. "But as far as being hated, all the noise stays out of our locker room. We focus on what we have to do.

"We have experience dealing with it. We were the villains (in the Finals) so we will be more prepared. But all that matters is what goes on in our locker room."

At his introductory press conference on Thursday, Durant explained how he felt a "genuine, organic, real, authentic" connection during his meeting with the Warriors last Friday in The Hamptons.

"We were just ourselves," Curry told Thompson. "All we did was pretty much talk. We told him how things would be, how we operated and how he would fit in. He would fit right in. He’s a team guy. That’s who he really is. We told him he wouldn’t have to change anything and we wouldn’t have to change anything for him. He just fits right in.

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"We just told him to do what is best for you. We wanted him, that’s why we were all there. But we wanted him to do what was best for him. At the ed of the day, he made a decision that he thought was best for him."

This won't be the first time Curry, Durant and Andre Iguodala are teammates. The three played together for Team USA during the summer of 2010. They formed a strong bond and it lasted over the past six years.

"In 2010, playing on the world team in Turkey, I always admired the way he (Curry) moved, the way he approached the game, the way he loved the game and the way he approached his teammates and no ego involved," Durant told CSN Bay Area's Jim Kozimor. "It drew me to him -- him and Dre (Iguodala) -- that summer we were kind of together all the time.

"We either found our way to eat at the same table, or go shoot at the same court, or go to chapel. It just felt like that relationship was so natural and felt good to be around great people like that."

What about the whole "villain" thing?

"We live in this superhero, comic book world, where you're either a villain or you're a superhero in this position, and I know that," Durant explained. "I know I haven't changed as a person. I don't treat people any different because I made a decision to play basketball in another city."

NBA rumors: Executives doubt DeMarcus Cousins will land contract he wants

NBA rumors: Executives doubt DeMarcus Cousins will land contract he wants

It's extremely difficult to get a read on what the Warriors' roster will look like next season, given all of the marquee players destined for free agency, some of which will be recovering from serious injuries.

DeMarcus Cousins knows that existence all too well. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent on June 30, having spent a large portion of the past season working his way back from a torn Achilles and torn quadriceps.

The Achilles injury was a major factor in bringing Cousins to Golden State. As it turns out, the quadriceps injury, as well as the ruptured Achilles and torn ACL suffered by Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, respectively, could prove to be major factors in keeping him there for at least another season.

While Cousins flashed his pre-injury form sporadically throughout his first season with the Warriors, his consistency was severely lacking, and certain areas of his game were clearly diminished. His shortcomings were exposed in the Finals against the Raptors, and while there's a lot of money available to be spent in free agency, some believe that Cousins won't receive the kind of deal he's been hoping for.

"I doubt he gets what he wants," one anonymous NBA executive told Bleacher Report's Yaron Weitzman.

If that's the case, and Cousins doesn't get an offer that blows him away, could he return to the Warriors for the inaugural season at Chase Center?

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about the potential of bringing Cousins back for another season last week, and was very open to the idea, but didn't expect it to be a realistic possibility.

"I would say the hope is, frankly, that he can do a lot better financially than what we could offer him. But who knows? Every year is different," Kerr said. "We have to figure out our own situation, particularly with Klay [Thompson] and Kevin [Durant] and how all that shakes out.

"But I could absolutely foresee a place for DeMarcus here if he wanted to come back," Kerr continued. "It's just a question of what are his goals? What's out there for him?"

If the anonymous executive is correct in his or her assumption, Cousins might not have a more appealing option than what the Warriors are able to offer. And, depending on what his goals are, a renewed partnership might be even more logical.

Let's say Cousins doesn't receive any offers in free agency to his liking. If he's then intent on proving his doubters wrong and putting himself in the best situation possible to showcase his resurgence, the Warriors would seem to make a ton of sense, just as they did a year ago.

With both Durant and Thompson expected to miss most or all of next season while recovering from their respective injuries, that's going to leave a massive void in the Warriors' scoring arsenal. Stephen Curry can't be expected to do it all on his own, and -- if healthy -- Cousins might be the perfect kind of complement to help carry the load.

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Of course, given how depleted Golden State's roster already is, the idea of placing a big bet on a big man still working his way back from a couple of major injuries is, well, a bit scary.

It's got to make sense for both sides. But it might work out that another year of Cousins in a Warriors uniform accomplishes exactly that.

NBA rumors: Steph Curry to play in celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe

NBA rumors: Steph Curry to play in celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe

Steph Curry is obsessed with golf.

And in a couple of weeks, he will be participating in a celebrity tournament he loves.

The Warriors superstar will play in the American Century Championship in Tahoe next month, Ron Kroichick of The San Francisco Chronicle has learned.

The event is from July 9 to 14 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and this will be Curry's seventh appearance.

Curry -- who came in fourth place back in 2017 -- finished in a tie for 11th last year, with former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo winning it all.

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Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (who is also an avid golfer) will be a part of the field for the first time since 2016, according to the tournament's website.

Curry is starring in a mini golf competition TV series this summer called "Holy Moley." He is also an executive producer on the show, which debuts on June 20 on ABC.

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