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NBA rumors: Kevin Durant could leave Warriors due to Steve Kerr's 'prodding'

NBA rumors: Kevin Durant could leave Warriors due to Steve Kerr's 'prodding'

It's been almost two weeks since we've seen Kevin Durant on a basketball court and it's unlikely we see the Warriors star again until the start of the 2019 NBA Finals

With Durant rehabbing his right calf strain while the Warriors handle the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals, it's time to go back to focusing on KD's future and the possibility that he leaves the Bay for the New York Knicks.

Most wonder why Durant, who has won back-to-back NBA Finals MVP awards with the Warriors, would want to leave a team as set up for continued success as Golden State is, especially for an organization as dysfunctional as the Knicks. 

There have been a number of reasons bandied about for why Durant -- should he choose to opt out of his contract this summer -- might want to see his time in the Bay come to an end.

The latest whispers involve Steve Kerr.

While at the NBA Scouting Combine, Newsday's Steve Popper reportedly spoke to an NBA executive who revealed that he's heard Durant has become annoyed with Kerr's coaching style and also wants to leave because he will never be "the centerpiece" of the team. That, of course, is Steph Curry. 

via Popper:

But one front office executive said that Durant has been unhappy with the prodding from Steve Kerr and the feeling that he never can be — no matter how great he performs and how many individual honors he compiles — the centerpiece of a team that holds Steph Curry in the hearts of the franchise.

Sounds like the Master of Whispers has been working overtime in the NBA.

Perhaps Lord Varys wasn't actually burnt to a crisp, but rather just had to leave Westeros in order to run the Kevin Durant rumor mill, which is working overtime at the moment.

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As for Durant's reported jealousy of Curry and issues with Kerr's coaching, only KD knows the answer to that.

There have been no real signs of issues between the Warriors' two superstars, and Durant, by all accounts, is the type of player who wants to be coached hard because he wants to play basketball at his highest possible level.

So this is most likely just a whisperer passing on whispers he's heard along the way.

Should KD head for the Big Apple this summer, it seems unlikely these are the reasons for his departure.

Why LeBron James didn't win his rivalry with the Warriors in any way

Why LeBron James didn't win his rivalry with the Warriors in any way

Another day, another crazy comment on the Internet.

On Thursday morning, Robin Lundberg of Sports Illustrated said the following:

"In a way, LeBron James won his rivalry with the Warriors. Sure, he was just 1-3 against them in the Finals. But with the Dubs done and the Lakers looking like contenders, it appears his dynasty has outlasted theirs -- which is something that once seemed unimaginable, considering James was in the midst of a fifth straight Finals trip when they first met, and since a 73-win team added KD before the rubber match.

"And what James said about missing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in 2015 has some validity. Of all their meetings, none will have the meaning of 2016. The comeback from 3-1 to vanquish what would have been the greatest season in NBA history must still sting in a way LeBron losing with Matthew Dellavedova as his wingman won't.

"And I don't think anyone believed it was reasonable for James to conquer Golden State plus Durant after that. Now the Warriors are in the lead for the lottery while the Lakers are on top of the West with LeBron on an early MVP campaign and leading the league in assists."

First and foremost -- the Warriors beat LeBron and the Cavs in the NBA Finals three times out of four. So no -- in no way, shape or form did LeBron win his rivalry against Golden State.

We could just end this article right now, but let's continue a little longer.

Yes, LeBron is off to a terrific start this season and the Lakers -- who beat Golden State by 26 points Wednesday night -- are rolling at 9-2.

But what if Los Angeles doesn't win the championship this year? We have no clue how things are going to play out.

Even if the Lakers ultimately win the 2020 title, it will not be an indictment whatsoever on the Warriors -- who have been decimated by injuries.

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Now, it would be a different story if a healthy Lakers team beat a healthy Warriors team in the playoffs, but that won't be happening this year.

Hopefully we get to see a Warriors-Lakers matchup sometime in May 2021. That would be great for the NBA and basketball fans everywhere, and actually could be used as "evidence" when discussing the "LeBron-Warriors rivalry."

Until then, it's silly to make any sort of judgments.

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Potential Warriors NBA draft target James Wiseman declared ineligible

Potential Warriors NBA draft target James Wiseman declared ineligible

Today is a bad day for college basketball and its fans.

Memphis star freshman James Wiseman -- the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft -- was declared ineligible.

The school issued the following statement:

University of Memphis student-athlete James Wiseman has decided to withdraw his lawsuit against the NCAA and the University. The University supports the decision, as it believes it is in James' and the men's basketball team's best interests to resolve his eligibility issue expeditiously through the NCAA process.

In order to move the matter forward, the University has declared James ineligible for competition and will immediately apply for his reinstatement. Pending that notification, James will be withheld from competition but will continue to practice with the team.

The NCAA is fully aware of the unique nature and challenges in this particular case, and the University is confident that the NCAA will render a fair and equitable decision consistent with its mission. 

Spoiler alert -- it will be shocking if the NCAA renders a fair and equitable decision.

Sorry Warriors fans, but you probably won't be able to watch the 18-year-old phenom again this season. Neither will Golden State's front office:

Wiseman -- who is listed at 7-foot-1 and 240 pounds -- averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in his first three games with the Tigers, while shooting 77 percent overall and over 70 percent from the free throw line.

The Warriors currently sport a record of 2-10, and it's not inconceivable that they end up in position to draft Wiseman in June.

So why is he ineligible exactly? As ESPN's Jeff Borzello writes:

The school acknowledged last week that [Penny] Hardaway, before he became the Tigers' head coach, provided $11,500 in moving expenses for Wiseman and his family to move from Nashville to Memphis in the summer of 2017. At the time, Hardaway was Wiseman's AAU coach and would then coach him at Memphis East High School. Hardaway, a Memphis alum, was considered a booster due to a $1 million donation he gave the school in 2008 to build a sports Hall of Fame.

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Wow. Hardaway is nothing short of a monster and Wiseman should never be allowed to play basketball again.

That's obviously a joke, and it's a complete joke that Wiseman can't suit up for Memphis right now.

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