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Kevon Looney to have high school jersey retired in Milwaukee homecoming

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Kevon Looney to have high school jersey retired in Milwaukee homecoming

CLEVELAND -- Kevon Looney’s homecoming to Milwaukee for Friday’s Warriors-Bucks game will feature a sweet moment in his career. His alma mater, Hamilton High School, is retiring his No. 5 jersey while he’s in town.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Looney said, laughing. “I’ve been waiting on this moment.”

In 2014, Looney earned the title Mr. Basketball, an honor given by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. Looney also was Milwaukee’s AP and Gatorade Player of the Year. He averaged 27.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 8.0 blocks and 7.0 assists per game during his senior year.

“To see my jersey ... it’s always big for me to be a part of Milwaukee history and my school,” he said.

Looney invited his teammates to the jersey retirement ceremony Thursday. They’re planning on joining him at Hamilton after practice.

“The school is going to be crazy seeing the Warriors,” Looney said. 

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The ceremony is the happy part of the day, which will continue with a fundraiser for Sandra Parks, a 13-year-old Milwaukee girl killed by a stray bullet in November. Parks wrote an award-winning essay lamenting violence and shootings in Milwaukee. The bullet struck her in her bedroom.

“Hopefully it goes well and we help the family out,” Looney said.

He’ll also find some time to see his brother, Kevin, and his nephew. 

It’s always a special visit for Looney, who reps his hometown with an outline of the state of Wisconsin and the word Milwaukee tattooed on his leg.

Bob Myers addresses speculation Warriors will trade D'Angelo Russell

Bob Myers addresses speculation Warriors will trade D'Angelo Russell

Almost immediately after reports surfaced that the Warriors would acquire D'Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Nets, people began predicting that the Dubs would eventually trade the All-Star guard elsewhere.

On Monday afternoon, Golden State general manager Bob Myers was asked about that narrative.

"I know it's been written and speculated and that's fine -- that's what everybody's job is to do," the two-time NBA Executive of the Year told reporters in Oakland. "We didn't sign him with the intention of just trading him.

"We haven't even seen him play in our uniform yet and a lot of people already have us trading him. That's not how we're viewing it."

Is it possible that the Dubs trade Russell down the line if they have the opportunity to acquire a bigger star (we are looking at you, Giannis Antetokounmpo)? Of course. But that isn't imminent.

In fact, CBA rules prohibit the Warriors from parting ways with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft until Dec. 15 at the earliest.

"Let's just see what we have. Let's see what he is. Let's see how he fits," Myers said. "Part of our job in the front office and the coaching staff and the organization is, 'How does it all work?' I don't blame anybody -- this is maybe fan-driven -- but so much of our sport at least is, 'What are you doing next?' We gotta figure out what we're doing now.

"And that applies to a guy like D'Angelo. We haven't even seen him play ... and we won't even know until Klay comes back how that fits. We're just happy that we got a young player that has a lot of upside in our opinion."

When Kevin Durant announced that he was going to sign with the Nets, the Warriors didn't want to lose KD without getting something in return.

So they agreed to send Brooklyn a 2020 first-round pick (top-twenty protected), and also had to give up Andre Iguodala and a 2024 first-round pick (top-four protected) to make the financials work.

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If they didn't go this route, the Warriors' only path to acquiring someone like a 23-year-old All-Star would be by trading Klay Thompson or Draymond Green.

Now, Golden State has Steph Curry, Draymond, Klay and Russell under contract, and will be able to sign somebody really good next July using the $17 million trade exception created in the Iguodala deal.

As Myers said: "We're excited at the possibilities."

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Steph Curry likes Warriors rookie Jordan Poole's 'F you mentality'

Steph Curry likes Warriors rookie Jordan Poole's 'F you mentality'

Steph Curry is going to need all the help he can get at the start of next season, and the Warriors hope their first-round draft pick can help take some of the offensive load off the two-time NBA MVP's shoulders.

The Warriors drafted Michigan's Jordan Poole with the No. 28 overall selection in June. The young guard garnered a reputation as a gunner in college, and he has the shot-making ability to be an asset alongside Curry this season.

With Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston all gone, the burden will fall on Curry, Draymond Green and new-addition D'Angelo Russell to help the Dubs stay afloat in the newly revamped Western Conference. 

Poole can help by giving the Warriors some scoring pop off the pine, and Curry has liked what he's seen from the young gunner.

Via The Athletic's Marcus Thompson:

Curry said he watched some of the Warriors’ summer-league action. One of the players who jumped out at him was first-round pick Jordan Poole.

Curry loved the youngster’s confidence. He can already see how the Warriors can take advantage of Poole’s aggressiveness and creativity. Sure, the youngster will have his bumps as he learns the ropes. But Curry likes the idea of Poole’s “F you mentality” in the rotation.

Despite their rival alma maters, Green also should appreciate that attitude from Poole, as it's something the five-time All-Defensive selection has in common with the rookie.

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As the Warriors retool in the aftermath of a grueling NBA Finals loss, many are counting them out of the championship picture for next season. With the doubters multiplying, expect every Warrior to take on Poole's mentality, and look for the rookie to help them silence their skeptics.