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.

Steph Curry wears shoes designed by Riley, scores 32 in Warriors' win

Steph Curry wears shoes designed by Riley, scores 32 in Warriors' win

Nearly one month ago, Steph Curry debuted his latest signature shoe. 

The Warriors star point guard unveiled his Under Armour Curry 7 kicks on Sept. 23. On Oct. 19, he rocked a special pair of shoes that certainly have special meaning to him. 

In Golden State's final game of its preseason slate, Curry wore a yellow of pair of cheetah-print Curry 7s that his oldest daughter Riley designed. 

Steph didn't disappoint in the special shoes designed by Riley, too. Curry scored 32 points Friday night in the Warriors' 124-103 preseason win over the Lakers. 

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While the Warriors went just 2-3 in the preseason, Curry showed why many believe he could lead the league in scoring this season. The two-time MVP averaged 26.8 points over 24.5 minutes per game while shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point range. 

With a revamped roster that has less experience than years past, the Warriors might need Curry to make a run at MVP No. 3 if they want to make a run in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Believe it or not, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was once the worst player on his basketball team. That was at UCLA, but in his defense, he was one of the stand-outs in high school.

He was a star for the Monte Vista Mustangs and was recently part of the first Athletic Hall of Fame class.

Before the dinner honoring the group of inductees, he told his kids that he was being honored for being a good player, and they poked fun at him as they were confused about him being referred to as a talented athlete.

"But I'm in man, I got in -- they can't take it away," Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. 

His former school honored him with a plaque that he's sporting on his dashboard. He also got a license plate frame.

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Fitzgerald said he will be calling Myers "Hall of Famer" for the rest of the year.

Suppose that means it was worth it.