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Draymond Green believed ex-Cavs reporter covering Warriors was spy

Draymond Green believed ex-Cavs reporter covering Warriors was spy

The Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers faced off in four straight NBA Finals from 2015 to 2018.

As you can imagine, the rivalry was fierce. In fact, it was so intense that Draymond Green was skeptical of a certain media member.

"I remember when I went to Golden State, Draymond (Green) was a little bit iffy on me initially," Yahoo's Chris Haynes said Wednesday on "The Bill Simmons Podcast. "He was like, 'Oh, you're a spy. You were sent over here by the Cavs (laughter).'

"He was serious."

That truly is laugh-out-loud funny, and not surprising when it comes to the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year.

Haynes was the Cavs beat writer for Cleveland.com during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, and then he began covering the Warriors for ESPN soon after Kevin Durant joined the Dubs.

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Haynes admitted that he didn't want to take the job in the Bay Area because he was concerned about the perception of jumping ship to the Cavs' rival in the middle of the battle. He also told a hilarious story.

"I didn't hear from LeBron the whole time since I left to go cover the Warriors," Haynes said. "It was Christmas Day (2016) -- Warriors vs Cavs in Cleveland. I'm walking to the media room at halftime and LeBron is walking off the court going into the locker room.

"He sees me and yells, 'You trading a-- blah blah blah' (laughter). And then at the end of that game, I tried to go in the locker room. And LeBron's security was like, 'You can't go in.' I'm like, 'I can't go in? Isn't all the media in there?' He's like, 'Yeah. You can't go in. Bro, I'm sorry.'

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Haynes was able to track down a Cavs PR staffer, who let him inside.

"As soon as I walk in, Bron's just laughing," Haynes said.

That also is laugh-out-loud funny. Great stuff.

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NBA power rankings: Where 22 teams stand after one week in bubble

NBA power rankings: Where 22 teams stand after one week in bubble

After a 20-week hiatus forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA has come floating back into the lives of its fans. The virtual spectators give off an odd vibe, but the open-gym feel is offset by the reasonably high caliber of play.

Eight teams stayed home, leaving 22 to sweat through Florida’s indoor saunas and outdoor swamps. One team looks as if it has been scrimmaging five days a week, some look as if they’ve been meeting a couple of times a week and a couple appear to be meeting for the first time.

There are, however, powers to rank and for that we are thankful. For the first time since early March, the NBA hierarchy as we see it.

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Warriors' Steph Curry jokes about waking up in NBA's Orlando bubble

Warriors' Steph Curry jokes about waking up in NBA's Orlando bubble

Steph Curry is jonesin' to play basketball.

The Warriors superstar misses the game so much that when he woke up on a recent morning, he thought he was in the NBA's Orlando bubble.

OK, maybe not. Clearly, Steph needs to work on his acting skills. But the sentiment isn't too far off.

After five straight trips to the NBA Finals that saw Curry play roughly an extra 20 games a season, the two-time NBA MVP broke his hand in the fourth game of the 2019-20 season. He returned to play in one game in March, but a combination of Curry catching the flu and the coronavirus shutdown ended his season early.

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So between the end of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 13, 2019 and the potential start of the 2020-21 NBA season in December, Curry will have played five regular-season games in a year and a half.

So you can understand why Curry is dreaming of being in Orlando.

Alas, the Warriors finished the 2019-20 season with the worst record (15-50) in the NBA. They were one of eight NBA teams not invited to the NBA season restart at the Disney World complex in Orlando. The combination of Curry's injury, Klay Thompson's ACL injury and Kevin Durant's departure crushed the Warriors' hopes of a sixth straight NBA Finals appearance.

The bright side (of the bed) for Curry is that his body has been given an extended break, the longest of his professional career. After five long seasons, a long 18-month break could do Curry a lot of good.

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The Warriors are expecting Curry and Thompson to come back healthy and rested when the 2020-21 season starts, ready for a return to NBA title contention.

Based on the video Curry posted, he's getting plenty of rest.