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How Steve Kerr found out Kevin Durant was leaving Warriors to join Nets

How Steve Kerr found out Kevin Durant was leaving Warriors to join Nets

Kevin Durant and the Warriors had an unprecedented run together.

In the three years KD called the Bay Area home, the Warriors were unbeatable when fully healthy, winning two titles and only losing the 2019 NBA Finals when both Durant and Klay Thompson suffered catastrophic injuries.

Despite the historic time with the Warriors, Durant elected to bolt the Bay for Brooklyn this offseason, joining the Nets along with Kyrie Irving.

While Steph Curry reportedly learned of Durant's decision while on a plane to New York to meet with the two-time NBA Finals MVP, Steve Kerr learned of KD's exodus in the same way so many others did -- some loud stranger yelling.

Following the taxing Warriors season, Kerr told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan that he flew to Hawaii to decompress. Kerr decided to leave his phone in the hotel room to focus on reading his book on the beach, and that's when it happened. 

Via MacMullan:

He settled into his chair and opened his book, "Billion Dollar Whale," the true story of a social climber who pulled off one of the most incredible heists in the history of the financial industry. Kerr purposely left his cell phone in his resort hotel room, even though it was July 1, the start of the free-agent frenzy. He became momentarily lost in the text of his book, until a 30-something man not 30 feet away from the Golden State coach, who had not recognized Kerr, suddenly screeched.

"Oh my god!" he exclaimed to his buddy. "KD is going to the Nets!"

Dude! Spoilers much?

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With Durant's decision made, the Warriors acted fast, working out a sign-and-trade that sent KD to Brooklyn and D'Angelo Russell to the Bay.

The NBA power structure changed in a second -- and then changed a few more times over the summer -- and now Kerr and the Warriors enter a new season in a new building with a new roster hoping for similar results.

But don't count the Dubs out of the title picture just yet. That would be foolish. 

Klay Thompson gets trolled again by friend Zaza Pachulia on Instagram

Klay Thompson gets trolled again by friend Zaza Pachulia on Instagram

Death, taxes and Zaza Pachulia bashing on Klay Thompson.

Those are the guarantees in life. But it's all in good fun, even on matters of the heart.

Klay recently posted a cute photo while he was in France with Laura Harrier. It was so precious, but Zaza had to ruin the moment:

"Finally somebody loves you bro," Zaza commented.

Don't worry, they're close friends and do this from time to time.

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When Klay suffered his torn left ACL, Zaza posted a sweet video on Instagram to wish him a speedy recovery -- and only because he wanted to have a dunk contest rematch. 

That's what friends are for.

Team USA's 78-game international win streak snapped with Australia loss

Team USA's 78-game international win streak snapped with Australia loss

Don't bet on the B team. 

In stunning fashion, the United States Men's National Basketball Team had their 78-game international winning streak snapped on Friday with a 98-94 loss to Australia. The loss was Team USA's first defeat in a major international tournament or exhibition since the 2006 world championship semifinals. 

With the 2019 FIBA World Cup a week away, this depleted Team USA is far from winning gold. 

Kings forward Harrison Barnes is a veteran for Team USA and scored 20 points in the loss. He was Team USA's second-leading scorer behind Celtics point guard Kemba Walker, who dropped 22. Barnes also led Team USA with six rebounds and made three of his five 3-point attempts. 

Team USA, led by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr, had no answer for Australia's pesky point guard Patty Mills. The longtime Spurs guard, who Popovich is well acquainted with, scored a game-high 30 points and drained four shots from beyond the arc. 

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"As I told you all after the last game, Patty's a pain,'' Popovich told reporters. 

Team USA's next tune-up before the World Cup comes Monday in Sydney, Australia against Canada.