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DeMarcus Cousins won't play for Santa Cruz before Warriors debut

DeMarcus Cousins won't play for Santa Cruz before Warriors debut

DeMarcus Cousins is expected to make his Warriors debut next Friday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

And the Warriors center, who’s returning from a ruptured Achilles, will do it without any warm-up games.

Cousins made a brief surprise appearance on Warriors Outsiders prior to Friday's game against the Bulls at Oracle Arena, and was asked by hosts Drew Shiller and Grant Liffmann if he would team up with his younger brother Jaleel on the G League Santa Cruz Warriors before making his NBA return.

"Not at all," Cousins said.

Pressed on the issue, Cousins apologized.

"Sorry about that," Cousins said. "Nah, not this time around."

Jaleel, 25, played his college ball at South Florida and spent the 2016-17 season in the G League. In 13 games with Santa Cruz this season, Jaleel is averaging 1.7 points and 0.8 rebounds.

DeMarcus didn't rule out that the two could team up some day, possibly in the NBA.

"Maybe a couple years from now," Cousins said. "We'll see what happens."

Why Jalen Rose thinks Kevin Durant should leave Warriors in free agency

Why Jalen Rose thinks Kevin Durant should leave Warriors in free agency

Until he makes his decision this summer, Kevin Durant's future will be the talk of the NBA world. 

The Warriors star can opt out of his contract this summer, and many believe that despite the immense success Durant and the Dubs have had since his arrival in the summer of 2016, the two-time NBA Finals MVP will depart the Bay Area for a new challenge. 

The Knicks, Clippers and Lakers all have been mentioned as possible destinations for KD should he leave the NBA's behemoth. And while many pundits, analysts and fans question why Durant would want to leave such a great situation for the uncertainty in New York or chaos in LA, one former NBA star-turned-television analyst has landed on the other side of the debate. 

On Monday's episode of ESPN's "Jalen and Jacoby," Jalen Rose explained to co-host Dave Jacoby and Cassidy Hubbarth why he believes Durant should leave the Warriors.

"I believe he's going to leave," Rose said. "And as I watched the team a little bit further over this last month, I started to take it a step further and consider myself saying, 'These are the reasons he should leave.' How about being the kind of guy that puts up the numbers that he puts up and you're never going to be considered for the MVP? How about a guy that left the Oklahoma City Thunder to come to the Golden State Warriors, won Finals MVP back-to-back years, and that does not make him happy? How about when we talking about who the best players in the game is? He don't even get mentioned.

"We've diminished his greatness for him leaving OKC for the Warriors without realizing it," Rose continued. "And now that he's living it, it's almost like, 'Wait a minute, they not treating me like I'm No. 1.' I'm seeing him sparring a little bit with Steve Kerr and the media. I'm seeing him going back and forth with Draymond in the huddle. I'm seeing the team play better when he's not in the lineup but Steph is. The team really struggles when he's in the lineup and Steph isn't. In particular, against the Dallas Mavs."

Rose's read of the situation might not be far off.

Durant has accomplished everything he wanted to when he elected to join the Warriors, He's won back-to-back titles and Finals MVP awards, and the Warriors appear primed to win another title this season.

And yet, despite all Durant's success in the Bay Area, he hasn't been lauded and praised the way a two-time NBA Finals MVP normally is by both media and fans. Although he's clearly one of the NBA's best players, he isn't talked about in the same light as LeBron James, Steph Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo or James Harden. He should be, but he isn't because of the team on which he plays.

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Perhaps Rose is right. If Durant craves praise on a large scale, then it might be best for him to leave the Warriors and try to win another title elsewhere.

But if the Warriors win their third title in a row this season, it would be hard to see Durant turning down a chance to accomplish something Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron were unable to -- fourpeat.

Tim Hardaway strongly defends Warriors fans everywhere -- here's why

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Tim Hardaway strongly defends Warriors fans everywhere -- here's why

The Warriors selected Tim Hardaway with the 14th overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft.

Over three seasons from 1991 to 1993, he averaged 22.7 points and 10.0 assists per game and was an All-Star all three years as a member of the Warriors.

His teams reached the playoffs in '91, '92 and '94 (Hardaway missed the whole year because of a knee injury), but fell short in '90 (37 wins) '93 (34 wins) and '95 (26 wins).

So he saw some great basketball and some not-so great basketball. Through it all, however, the Warriors' fans were always great.

Hardaway recently caught up with Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype and was asked the following question:

"Today, I hear some people say, “Oh, Warriors fans are a bunch of bandwagon fans.” I think Golden State’s core fans are really loyal and passionate. I saw that fan base show tremendous support year after year for struggling teams. Sure, there are some bandwagon fans in recent years, but that’s the case with any great team. Based on your experiences with Bay Area fans, how do you react when you hear people make comments like that?"

Warriors fans are going to love Hardaway's response:

"I take exception to that and that’s like a slap in the face. Warriors fans are not bandwagon fans. Warriors fans are just like Boston Celtics fans, just like New York Knicks fans, just like Los Angeles Lakers fans. These are really loyal fans who understand the game. They’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. They’ve seen some great teams and great players, but they’ve supported the team when they’ve struggled too.

They really understand the game – they know who can play, who can’t play, who’s dogging it. These fans are very logical and smart. They’re basketball people. When people say they’re bandwagon fans or say they aren’t loyal to the Warriors unless they’re winning, they’re just wrong and I take exception to that. That’s a slap in the face. It’s not right. These fans are loyal!

I’ve been there and I’ve seen it. They cared for us back when we were playing in the ‘90s and they helped us win games. They were always there for us and embraced us with open arms. Anyone saying those things is wrong. If you’re saying those things, you don’t know the Bay Area fans and you haven’t been out here enough."

Duh.

Dirk Nowitzki certainly agrees.

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