Kevin Durant was plenty talented when he decided to join the Warriors last offseason. But the chance to for extended 1-on-1 work with two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash has helped take KD's game to the next level.
Brief glimpses of the two working through curious drills on a sidecourt at the Warriors practice facility in Oakland tantalized media and fans alike this past season. Above all else, Durant credit's Nash for improving his balance and rhythym.
"He's probably one of the most skilled players ever," Durant said of Nash in "Still KD: Through the Noise" -- the latest documentary-style video posted to his YouTube account. "All the little run-through pull-up stuff, the pick-and-roll stuff. He texts me after most games and we talk about stuff we could work on -- balance.
"He's a guru out there. We call him Yoda. I got my Yoda working."
Nash knows he has his Skywalker in Durant.
"When we're working out, I don't really think about how good he is," Nash said. "I just try to plant seeds in his mind to remind him the little things that sometimes we forget about that can hopefully allow him to improve and reach his potential -- which he's already exceeded.
"When I watch him play the game, it's incredible to see how he puts in all together His size and skill set is something we've never really seen in this league. We've seen very skilled big guys before, tall guys, but not with his combination of size, skill, athleticism, agility, quickness, ability to play multiple positions, and to be as accurate as he is."
"Kids are saying he's a unicorn. I'll go with that."
Unicorn or Skywalker. Durantula or Slim Reaper. Kid Dynamite or Kevin Dominant. Call him what you want. But thanks in part to his work with Nash, you can also call him NBA champion or NBA Finals MVP.
Draymond Green just came back from a one-game suspension, but he won't play again Saturday.
The Warriors officially ruled Green out of the game against the Dallas Mavericks, as he continues to nurse a sprained right toe. Forward Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot soreness) also was listed as questionable.
Green returned to the Warriors' lineup in Thursday's 107-86 loss to the Houston Rockets after serving a one-game suspension stemming from his tiff with Kevin Durant. Sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that Green brought up Durant's impending free agency, and Green told reporters in Houston on Thursday that he and Durant were "moving forward."
"After playing 42 minutes against the Clippers, it was pretty sore that next day," Green said of his injured toe, and he then joked, "Thank God I got suspended. I was sore, really sore, so I sat there and iced the whole day. Did some treatment at home. ... Everything happens for a reason."
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Green did not play in the Warriors' two games preceding Monday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers because of his sprained toe. He played just 24 minutes Thursday, missing all three of his shots and finishing the night with zero points, five rebounds, five assists, and five turnovers.
With Green suspended Tuesday, Jonas Jerebko started in his place. He scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and 4-of-7 from deep. Jerebko finished a game-high plus-23, and he could start in Green's absence again Saturday, provided Warriors coach Steve Kerr likes the matchup against the Mavericks.
If McKinnie does not play, the Warriors would be down two forwards in their first look at Mavericks rookie forward Luka Doncic.
Kevin Durant didn't need a burner account this time.
With all the drama surrounding Durant and Warriors teammate Draymond Green, Colin Cowherd responded harshly on his show The Herd. As Green reportedly dared Durant to leave the Warriors in free agency, Cowherd believes Durant needs the Warriors more than the back-to-back champs need him.
To no surprise, Durant understandly didn't take the criticism too well. On his own personal Instagram account, Durant clapped back to the talk show host.
Durant says he's done talking about the feud he and Green got into during an overtime loss to the Clippers. But the more he engages on social media, the longer this story will have life.