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DeMarcus Cousins baffled by technical foul for throwing shoe vs. Hornets

DeMarcus Cousins baffled by technical foul for throwing shoe vs. Hornets

DeMarcus Cousins has a history of technical fouls. A long history. 

The Warriors' center has 123 total techs to his name over his 10-year career, but Monday brought a new one. 

With 4:51 left in the Warriors' 121-110 win over the Hornets, Cousins was hit with a technical foul for a bizarre reason. Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb's shoe came off near the free throw line and the Golden State's big man calmly tossed it to the sidelines. Referee Brian Forte quickly T'd him up. 

Cousins, who missed nearly a year of action after tearing his Achilles last season, was upset by the decision. 

"Next time I'll just step on the shoe and roll my ankle, break it, tear an Achilles," Cousins said to reporters after the game. "Just leave it out there next time. I guess that's what they want. I'll keep that in mind."

So, why did he get the technical foul? The answer from the ref was simple: "Basically, you can't throw a shoe."

Cousins wasn't the only Warrior surprised by the call. Draymond Green couldn't believe it either. 

"I don't know if I've ever seen that," Green said. "But that's crazy. It's sitting in the middle of the floor. I don't know. We have all these rules for player safety. You can barely contest a shot without getting a foul, but you're supposed to leave a shoe sitting there.

"It's just kind of crazy to me, but it is what it is." 

Evidently, the NBA agreed with Cousins and rescinded his technical foul on Tuesday afternoon. 

Steph Curry, like always, took the lighter approach to a heated situation.

"He's got to be a little bit more delicate throwing it to the sideline -- like horseshoes," Curry said, "Just got to touch the line and sit down, not throw it in the stands. He's too strong, that's all. Too strong."

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The good news is, Cousins had his best game as a Warrior. He scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, one game after showing clear frustration with a rough stretch of play. 

When he plays like this, the Warriors are nearly unstoppable. And next time, just think horseshoes, Boogie.

How Warriors' Bob Myers found positive in final Kevin Durant meeting

How Warriors' Bob Myers found positive in final Kevin Durant meeting

When Kevin Durant elected to leave the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets when free agency opened June 30, many criticized the way in which the two-time NBA Finals MVP handled his move from coast to coast. 

Prior to his announcement to join the Nets, Durant had Warriors general manager Bob Myers fly out to New York so he could inform him of his decision in person, He did not, however, wait for Steph Curry's plane to land before word of his move to Brooklyn had leaked out. 

While some have been critical of Durant having a face-to-face with Myers just to tell him he would not be choosing to stay with the Warriors, Myers is glad the meeting/goodbye took place.

"Here's what I wanted," Myers told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on "The TK Show" podcast. "Some people I had seen write that he made me fly all the way out there. I enjoy sitting and looking at you. We had a relationship. I like hearing news. I don't think we do enough of this in life. Look at me and tell me what you're thinking. Good, bad, whatever. Let's do it that way.

"I think our relationship had earned that. So for me, even hearing that he wasn't coming back in person, I'd rather have that all day long. And I appreciated that. Some people will say 'Well, you flew to New York to hear he wasn't coming back?' Absolutely. I'd fly to China to talk to him about what he wants to do. He earned that. He deserves that. I wanted that. It also gave me some closure, as far as to hear somebody, to see their body language and hear their conviction and hear all of it, was better for me than what, a text message or an Instagram announcement or a phone call. I don't want that. So I didn't know it until then."

Myers was grateful Durant wanted to talk with him face-to-face and was fully open about his decision to end his chapter with the Warriors.

"He told me to my face, which I appreciated," Myers continued. "I didn't know before then. I had a sense that it might go the other way. But part of me wanted to allow him ... this was a time, as it is with all the players, they don't owe us anything. This is their moment to be a free agent. He doesn't have to tell me. He didn't even have to say anything then. He could have said 'Tune in, I'll let you know' or he could have done whatever he wanted to do. He's earned that.

"So for me, I was hopeful that I'd get an answer and I did. And that's when he chose to give it, which was his prerogative. So when I got there, we talked about a ton of different things, but obviously, it got to that point and he said he wasn't coming back and I asked him for his thoughts and he told me what they were."

Durant's exit from the Bay closed one of the most historic runs in sports.

Since the 2014 NBA MVP arrived in Oakland, the Warriors nearly were unbeatable, winning two NBA championships before losing a third after Durant ruptured his Achilles and Klay Thompson tore his ACL. At full strength with Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green, the Warriors were the greatest collection of talent in NBA history. A runaway freight train that couldn't be stopped once it went into high gear. A unit that had no problem toying with opponents for long stretches due to sheer boredom before turning it on and blowing the other team away.

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Durant will spend the next year rehabbing his Achilles, hoping to make his return to the court in the 2020-21 season, while the Warriors enter the next season unsure of what the future holds. Can Curry, Green and new-addition D'Angelo Russell keep the Warriors alive until Thompson returns from his ACL rehab near the end of the season?

It's a new day in the NBA, but the Warriors and Durant always will have those three historic years.

Check out Chase Center's progress ahead of Warriors' home opener

Check out Chase Center's progress ahead of Warriors' home opener

If you haven't been paying attention to any progression photos for the new Chase Center, that's OK -- some people just want to be surprised when the Oct. 24 home opener comes around.

This post isn't for those people.

A photo recently surfaced to show that the new home of the Warriors is coming together nicely:

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Chase Center recently just added an outdoor video board and the word "huge" doesn't do it justice -- it covers an entire portion of the building.

And some internal views:

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A preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers will be played in the San Francisco arena Oct. 5.

The Warriors will host Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers in the regular-season home opener Oct. 24.