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Kobe Bryant reveals what sets Warriors apart from other NBA contenders

Kobe Bryant reveals what sets Warriors apart from other NBA contenders

The Warriors have impressed just about everyone during their dynastic run, and Kobe Bryant is certainly part of the club.

Over the past five seasons, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant have flipped the NBA on its head and left the rest of the league searching for answers.

But what is it that makes the Warriors so deadly? You know, aside from pairing two of the best shooters in NBA history with a historically great player in Durant?

If you ask Kobe, it's the way the Dubs play that separates them from the rest of the league.

"I think Golden State plays with such intent," Bryant said when asked for an NBA Finals prediction, via The Athletic's Frank Isola.

"A lot of teams play accidental basketball where they just move the ball around, then they get a shot and take it. Golden State plays with purpose. They know how to exploit defenses. They have experience. (Kevin) Durant is a game-changer; his size and ability to get a bucket at the end of the shot clock.

"But you see, Houston is starting to do that too. They’re starting to figure out how to manipulate the defense and how to control the pacing of the game more. And then in the East, Boston is one good run away from kind of figuring it out. And if the game is close, Kyrie (Irving) is a problem."

Sign us up for a Warriors-Celtics NBA Finals.

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Despite a clunky regular season, the Warriors still appear primed for a fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance and will no doubt be the favorites to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy come June. 

While the Black Mamba clearly enjoys Golden State's brand of basketball, it must be killing him to see another team from the Western Conference atop the NBA hierarchy, while his Lakers have plummeted since the NBA All-Star break.

With the Lakers set to miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season, Bryant will just have to settle for watching the Dubs' beautiful brand of basketball during the playoffs as he dreams of the day LA can pair LeBron James with another superstar and return to the top of the Western Conference.

DeMarcus Cousins thanks Warriors fans, sends message about next season

DeMarcus Cousins thanks Warriors fans, sends message about next season

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins was feeling a little sentimental on Saturday morning.

So the big man posted the following message:

Hmmmmmmm ... 

Is Cousins telling Warriors fans that he will be trying to dominate the Dubs while wearing a different uniform next season? Or is he just saying that he is looking forward to crushing the opposition no matter where he signs?

It's unclear if there is a legitimate chance Cousins calls Chase Center his home next season.

He's about to become an unrestricted free agent and the maximum amount Golden State can offer him for the 2019-20 campaign is about $6.4 million.

But Warriors head coach Steve Kerr spoke to reporters on Friday and did leave the door open for a reunion.

"I think there's a chance," Kerr said. "I would say that the hope is that frankly he can do a lot better financially than what we could offer him. But who knows. Every year is different.

"We have to figure out our own situation -- particularly with Klay [Thompson] and Kevin [Durant] -- and how all that shakes out.

"But I could absolutely foresee a place for DeMarcus here if he wanted to come back. It's just a question of what are his goals, what is out there for him."

Free agents are allowed to begin negotiating with teams at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 30.

Cousins will turn 29 years old on Aug. 13.

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Drake told by NBA to not attend Finals Game 6 in Oakland, father says

Drake told by NBA to not attend Finals Game 6 in Oakland, father says

As the time ticked away during Game 6 of the NBA Finals, a familiar face was nowhere to be seen.: Drake.

And it turns out it's because the NBA reached out to the rapper/actor and asked him to personally not travel to Oakland for any remainder games that were to be played at Oracle Arena due to "security concerns," according to TMZ Sports

"We're told the league expressed concern about potentially angry Warriors fans doing something stupid like taunting Drake or throwing stuff at him ... which wouldn't just put Drake at risk, but also other people sitting near him."

Drake's dad, Dennis Graham, spoke to TMZ and agreed it was better if he stayed away from the game that ultimately crowned the Toronto Raptors as NBA champions.

"When people see you in Toronto and you're making sideline things like that you have to be careful," Graham told TMZ. "With the rowdy fans, you can't take chances."

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The back and forth between Drake and the Warriors created some drama and plenty of tension so this was definitely a smart move on the NBA's part.

He ended up leading a Finals watch party at Jurrasic Park and it appeared the Raptors' "global ambassador" had a great time celebrating accordingly.