DeMarcus Cousins closer to making Warriors return than Kevin Durant

DeMarcus Cousins closer to making Warriors return than Kevin Durant

OAKLAND – It took nine seasons for DeMarcus Cousins to participate in an NBA playoff game, and he lasted all of 25 minutes before limping off the floor with a torn quadriceps muscle.

Less than five weeks later, he’s inching his way back to the Warriors. There is no timetable for his return, but coach Steve Kerr acknowledged Friday that the 6-foot-11, 265-pound center likely will return to the starting lineup before Kevin Durant.

“He’s working really hard and he’s been in the training room religiously over the last month,” Kerr said. “And now he’s getting out on the court. So he is ahead of Kevin, in terms of the ability to get out on the court and run and really get a good basketball workout.”

While Durant has not returned to the practice court, Cousins has been cleared for contact. It’s conceivable, if not likely, he could return should the Western Conference finals against Portland be extended deep into next week.

Both players are scheduled to be re-evaluated next Thursday.

Cousins made his postseason debut on April 13 in Game 1 of the first round against the Clippers and played 21 minutes before fouling out. Two days later, he started Game 2 and sustained the injury four minutes after tipoff.

Asked Friday if he might return “soon,” Cousins grinned, grunted and shrugged and stepped into the elevator.

As was the case early this season when he was rehabilitating his torn left Achilles’ tendon, Cousins’ frustration is as transparent as his eagerness to play.

“He’s a big guy, so conditioning is tougher for big guys than guards,” Kerr said. “He’s got to continue to work on the stuff he’s doing, which is going hard on the bike and getting sprints on the floor. When he’s ready, we’ll know he’s ready.”

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Following the initial diagnosis, it was expected that Cousins would miss at least six weeks, which falls on Memorial Day – one day after Game 7 (if necessary) of the conference finals and three days before the NBA Finals begin on May 30.

Jonas Jerebko thanks Warriors fans for first season with Golden State

Jonas Jerebko thanks Warriors fans for first season with Golden State

Jonas Jerebko cherished his first year with the Warriors. 

The Swedish big man thanked all of DubNation on Monday with an Instagram post saying, "Feel like ive been a warrior longer than 1 season." 

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Jerebko signed a one-year contract with the Warriors last July. At the time, he seemed like the perfect stretch-forward off the bench. And at times, he was. But at other times, he was far too inconsistent. 

The 32-year-old played in 73 regular-season games for the Warriors, starting in six contests. He averaged 6.3 points -- his most since the 2012-13 season -- and grabbed 3.9 rebounds per game. 

Jerebko was called upon as a 3-point threat but his shooting percentage from beyond the arc fell from 41.1 last season to 36.7 this season. In the playoffs, he shot just 26.3 percent on 3-point attempts.

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In his thank you to the fans, Jerebko said "Lets see what the future holds!" but this very well could have been his one and only season as a Warrior.

Former Warriors forward David Lee marries tennis star Caroline Wozniacki


Former Warriors forward David Lee marries tennis star Caroline Wozniacki

Just about every woman dreams of her wedding day. 

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki's recent nuptials to former Warriors forward David Lee were no different.

But imagine her union being planned on a Pinterest board. It would look something like this: 

- Jimmy Choo custom heels

- Custom Oscar De La Renta wedding gown

- Must take place in Italy at Castiglion del Bosco Hotel in Tuscany (the same venue in which Cy Young Award pitcher Justin Verlander and supermodel Kate Upton were wed)

- Tennis star Serena Williams to be a bridesmaid

- Fireworks

Ya know, something small and intimate. 

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According to TMZ Sports, those in attendance included NBA stars Pau Gasol and Harrison Barnes. NFL quarterback turned TV show host Jesse Palmer was also there along with tennis pros Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwańska and Urszula Radwańska. 

The two were engaged toward the end of 2017 in Bora Bora where Lee popped the question with an eight-carat stunner diamond because eight is Wozniacki's "lucky number."