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Kevin Durant 'smiles,' roasts troll on four-year Warriors anniversary

Kevin Durant 'smiles,' roasts troll on four-year Warriors anniversary

Kevin Durant announced he would join the Warriors four years ago Saturday, and he commemorated the anniversary just about how you'd expect.

Durant fired off some tweets.

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The 31-year-old let an emoji and an image, respectfully, speak for himself in a pair of posts Saturday. Durant was all smiles in the first, responding to Bleacher Report's video commemorating the anniversary of Durant writing in The Players Tribune that he'd join the Warriors for his "next chapter."

Durant won two NBA championships in four seasons with Golden State, but his short time in the Bay Area is a stretch many basketball fans would like to forget. For the better part of four years, Durant has heard -- directly and indirectly -- that he ruined the league by joining a team that went 73-9 without him in 2015-16. Durant didn't have any time for a troll profanely suggesting he eat a cupcake this time around, and the Brooklyn Nets star trolled right back.

Warning: One of the below tweets contains NSFW language.

I know Durant is him, does him and chills, but I definitely didn't expect that to entail that meme.

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Durant is no stranger to feeding the trolls, and it's probably fairer to say he dines with them, too. It's not uncommon to see Durant engaging with fans, and even more common to see him converse with critics.

While Durant's responses aren't normally as simple as an emoji or a meme, that's all he needed to tweet this July 4.

Watch Warriors' Klay Thompson use dog Rocco for curls during workout

Watch Warriors' Klay Thompson use dog Rocco for curls during workout

Normally, Rocco just watches Klay Thompson when he's working out. But on Tuesday, the pooch got in on the action.

In a video posted by the Warriors shooting guard, he did 12 curls where he used Rocco as the weight.

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In early July, Thompson posted a video of Rocco providing moral support while he rehabbed his surgically repaired left ACL.

During the early days of Thompson's rehab, Rocco was at his side as he went through rigorous exercises with a trainer.

Thompson missed the entire 2019-20 NBA season after tearing his left ACL against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. He reportedly was medically cleared to start training without restrictions in June.

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Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Monday that Thompson and Steph Curry worked out together at some point over the last few months.

I think we can safely assume Rocco also was there for the Splash Brothers' workout.

Andre Iguodala discusses different approaches between Warriors, Heat

Andre Iguodala discusses different approaches between Warriors, Heat

In terms of proximity, the Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat are not close to each other.

And when it comes to certain components of how each franchise operates on a day-to-day basis, they are far apart as well.

“They take two different approaches," former Golden State forward Andre Iguodala recently told Mark Medina of USA Today Sports. "But they’re trying to get to the same place. Neither approach is wrong."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra come from different backgrounds, and don't share the same philosophies. There's nothing wrong with that whatsoever, as there is more than one way to build a culture that leads to success.

The 2015 NBA Finals MVP didn't shed too much light on how Golden State and Miami differ, but Medina provided some additional context.

"Iguodala has adapted to a completely different style than what he became accustomed to at Golden State," he writes. "He admittedly could pace himself during the season, while (Steph) Curry, (Kevin) Durant, (Klay) Thompson and (Draymond) Green handled most of the workload.

"The Warriors also had light practices because of their extensive trips to the Finals. In Miami, Iguodala has become exposed to harder practices and prolonged film sessions in hopes to accelerate the Heat’s development."

All of this makes perfect sense.

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But what does confuse some people at times is how to quantify Iguodala's impact, because he didn't consistently register big box-score numbers in a Dubs uniform and doesn't do that for the Heat either.

“You can’t put an analytic to his game with how many different ways he can impact your team in regards to winning,” Spoelstra told Medina. “You have to have him in your locker room and see him out on the floor to truly understand.

"Every coach in this league recognizes he is a winner because he does so many winning things.”

[RELATED: Why Bill Simmons believes Iguodala belongs in Hall of Fame]

These comments probably sound very familiar to Warriors fans, as we used this space over the years to highlight Iguodala's immense importance to the Warriors.

Yours truly can't wait to watch how the 36-year-old helps the Heat in the playoffs.

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