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Kevin Durant becomes second youngest in NBA history to 20,000 points

Kevin Durant becomes second youngest in NBA history to 20,000 points

Kevin Durant is the 44th member of the NBA's 20,000-point club.

After missing the last three games with a right calf strain, Durant had been sitting on 19,975 points since Jan. 3.

He apparently wanted to get the milestone out of the way as quickly as possible.

In his first game back, Durant scored his 25th point of the game on a jump shot with 1:41 left in the second quarter Wednesday against the Clippers. He finished the half with exactly 25 points.

At 29 years and 103 days, Durant is the second youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points behind only LeBron James, who accomplished the feat at 28 years and 17 days. Kobe Bryant at 29 years and 122 days was previously the second fastest to accomplish the feat.

Upon returning to the locker room at halftime, Durant was greeted by an injured Steph Curry who was filming the whole interaction. He posted it to his Instagram Story.

"Hey congratulations big fella, I got the first video of the second youngest player with 20,000 points. Ahahahaha. Congrats big fella," Curry told Durant.

Durant, 44th on the NBA's all-time scoring list, is closing in on former Warriors forward Antawn Jamison (20,042) for 43rd all-time.

Before Wednesday's game, head coach Steve Kerr was asked about Durant as he approached the milestone.

"He can do anything he wants. He's one of those rare guys that has an answer for everything. He can go right around bigger guys, he can post up small guys, he can dribble into a 3, he can spot up for a 3, he can come off a pick. I mean, he can do anything against anybody. Coaching against him, that was the fear. You really didn't know what to do with him. And coaching him, that's the joy. You just plug him in," Kerr said. "I think the beauty of what Kevin has done for us here is that he understands that he doesn't have to be the man, that this has been Steph's team for many years. But there are times when he does need to be the man, like the Finals last year or when Steph goes out with an injury. And Kevin has this incredible, humble way about him where he could demand the ball and demand a bigger responsibility, but he doesn't necessarily need that. He just wants to be a part of it. He accepts that responsibility when we need him. He averages whatever he does, 25, 26 points a game, and Finals MVP and all this. But when he needs to step back, he just steps back. He's an amazing player, both in terms of skill and humility."

Durant never expected to see his name among the greats of the game.

"I had one goal when I came into the league, and that was for me to win Rookie of the Year, and I just kept building after that. My second year, I wanted to average 25. Every year I had a goal, but I never envisioned me with 20,000 points, 30,000 points," Durant told ESPN.

The next round number for Durant is 25,000 points. Only 20 players are currently part of that club, although Carmelo Anthony will get there soon. Vince Carter needs 344 points to get there.

Kevon Looney: Warriors training camp profile

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Kevon Looney: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

12TH IN A SERIES:

Player: Kevon Looney
Position: Center/forward
Height/weight: 6-9, 220
College: UCLA
Age: 22
Salary: $1.57M (one-year minimum deal, guaranteed, per Spotrac)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 71

2017-18 in review: The Warriors had no idea what to expect from Looney, who spent his first two seasons fighting through multiple hip surgeries. But he used his first fully healthy summer to grind himself into terrific shape. The result was the youngest player on the roster coming in and, over the course of the season, proving he is capable of playing of big minutes at significant times. The uncertainty has faded. Looney is an NBA player.

Key stats: 66 gams (four starts), averaging 4.0 points (58.0 percent FG, 54.5 percent FT), 3.3 rebounds, 13.8 minutes.

Season highs: Points (13), rebounds (11), blocks (six), assists (three), minutes (30).

2018-19 outlook: With new acquisition DeMarcus Cousins expected to rehab well into the regular season, there is open competition at center that includes Looney. Though he’s likely to earn some starts at center, he’s more likely to be used as a reserve big man in a small lineup. His offense has been spotty, but there is reason to anticipate improvement. He’s smart and operates well within the team’s switching defensive schemes, gaining the trust of his teammates. As long as he is healthy, though, Looney will get minutes.

Top 10 takeaways from the Warriors Outsiders' tour of the Chase Center

Top 10 takeaways from the Warriors Outsiders' tour of the Chase Center

Earlier this week, we were lucky enough to join in on an exclusive tour of the Chase Center with the entire Warriors basketball operations staff.

Joe Lacob, Bob Myers, Steve Kerr, Kirk Lacob and many others put on a hard hat and boots to check out the future home of the franchise.

Here were some of our takeaways from the experience:

1) They have thought of everything, and one key focus is transportation. Brandon Schneider -- the Warriors' Chief Revenue Officer -- showed us via detailed models and simulations exactly how long it will take fans from all over the Bay Area to arrive at the arena (whether you drive or use public transit). The reality is that getting to Chase Center won't take nearly as long as some people may think. In fact -- even for certain fans coming from the East Bay -- the commute will only be a few minutes longer than it currently takes to get to Oracle Arena. Specifically for those who will take BART from the East Bay, your route will be to get off at Powell and then hop on a Muni bus (which you will board below ground) that will drop you off right in front of the arena on 3rd Street. The Muni project is expected to be completed in December 2019 -- two months after the start of the season. The Warriors will have some underground parking beneath the arena, but the area is also littered with lots that take no longer than 10 minutes to walk to and from (How do we know that? They walked it and timed it just for you).

2) People who own season tickets at Oracle are buying up season tickets at Chase Center at an historic rate. Nearly 80 percent of fans who have attended an appointment at the Chase Center Experience (you have to do this, it's awesome) have purchased season tickets. Historically, teams have seen a renewal of 60-65 percent when migrating fans to a new building.

3) The suites are... really sweet. Dumb pun, we know (that was all Grant), but don't let that take away from the extravagance of the luxury suites. They are bigger, newer, fancier and there are more of them than before. 

4) Andre Iguodala was the lone Warriors player who joined in on the tour. Yes, he played a lot of golf this summer and his best round may or may not have been 75...

5) We look stupid in hard hats and construction gear. But the guys working on the arena don't, and they are doing a helluva job staying efficient yet safe. In fact, we were told they have had the least amount of injuries ever for a project that big.

6) There will be lots of bars and lounges for fans to enjoy, scattered throughout the arena. The concourses will be bigger, the food will be better, and there is a really cool open lobby in the entry way with a ticket office that resembles a hotel concierge, rather than bank tellers. You won't have your ticket scanned immediately upon entering the building, so you can hang out in the lobby if you are waiting for friends to arrive or if it's raining.

7) The last completely privately funded NBA arena was built for the Utah Jazz in 1991 for about $90 million. The Chase Center will be a little more than that. And by a little, we mean a ton.

8) The Chase Center sits between 3rd Street and what is now South Street. But that won't be the case for much longer. South Street will become "Warriors Way." When it was mentioned that the full address may be "1 Warriors Way," Iguodala quietly suggested "30 Warriors Way." Hmmmmm, not a bad suggestion.

9)  Holy s***, the Chase Center is going to be amazing.

10) We talked with Bob Myers and Steve Kerr and here is some of what they had to say:

-Myers: "Joe and the whole crew from the get go were very inclusive as far as what's most important to us. We're not picking out the color of the walls or the seats. But for us, it started out that we wanted two practice courts -- two NBA full courts with the hopes of having at least six baskets. The more baskets, the more space, is better ... easy ingress and egress out of the building for players. You don't want to have a practice facility where guys are so burdened in getting there that they just say, 'I'm not going to the facility. I don't want to workout.' It has to be easy for them to get from the practice facility into the arena, into the weight room, into their locker room -- so just the ease of use really."

-Kerr: "I was here like a year ago and it was kind of a big hole in the ground, and most guys haven't been here since. It's great to see the progress but it's also a reminder that our lives are gonna change and pretty much everybody on the coaching staff is gonna have to move. Sometimes that is exciting and sometimes that's unnerving -- probably a little of both. We're all just sort of watching this thing go up in awe and wondering where we are gonna live and how's this all gonna work, but we''ll figure it out."

Kerr also said that although he recently bought a house in San Francisco, he isn't moving in until next summer. So no, he hasn't mapped out his route to the arena just yet...