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NBA rumors: Kevin Durant not close to 100 percent in NBA Finals Game 5

NBA rumors: Kevin Durant not close to 100 percent in NBA Finals Game 5

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday at 4 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

When Kevin Durant took the floor in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night in Toronto, it was his first game action in nearly five weeks.

We can all agree that if this was the regular season, he wouldn't have been in uniform. But it was the NBA Finals and the Warriors were on the brink of elimination.

And unfortunately, KD is paying the price as all reports indicate he sustained a torn right Achilles tendon.

The reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP wanted to play against the Raptors and he was medically cleared. But as Chris Haynes of Yahoo writes, Durant wasn't completely healthy:

Over the past two weeks, Durant fought valiantly to push up his return date. Even though he was cleared for Game 5, Durant was not anywhere close to 100 percent, sources said.

The individual workout sessions and the light practice session on Sunday could not simulate the rigors of an ultra-competitive championship game.

It's absolutely incredible that Durant was able to score 11 points (3-for-5 from the field) in 12 minutes, and do stuff like this on the defensive end:

A lot of people in the basketball world are blaming the Warriors for allowing KD to suit up, despite the fact they don't know all of the details that went into allowing him put on a uniform again.

"He was cleared to play tonight -- that was a collaborative decision," Golden State general manager Bob Myers told the media after the Warriors' 106-105 win. "I don't believe there's anybody to blame, but I understand in this world, and if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department. 

"The people that worked with him and cleared him are good people. They're good people."

[LISTENWarriors Outsiders Podcast: Dubs win Game 5, but lose KD]

Sadly, this story is only beginning as more and more information will eventually come to light.

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Gareth Bale uses Steph Curry golf story to defend his playing of sport

Gareth Bale uses Steph Curry golf story to defend his playing of sport

European soccer fans take the sport very seriously. Very seriously.

So seriously that they have a problem with Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale's desire to play golf on his down time. Apparently, this is a big point of controversy across the pond.

In an interview with Erik Anders Lang, Bale was asked about the complicated relationship he has with golf, and citied Warriors star Steph Curry's love for the game as a reason why it should be OK for him to play whenever he wants.

"Well, you wouldn't think it would be, but yeah, a lot of people have problems with me playing golf," Bale said recently. "I don't know what their reason is because I've spoken to doctors and this, that and the other and everybody's fine with it. But, especially the media have this perception that it's not good for me, you should be resting, it can cause injuries. I've looked in America, for example, I know Steph Curry plays maybe on the morning of his game."

What is Bale referring to?

On Dec. 4, 2019, former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala appeared on Anders Lang's podcast and revealed that Curry played 18 holes of golf in Phoenix before scoring 42 points against the Suns later that day. Oh, and the Warriors had played in Oakland the previous night, where they beat the Minnesota Timberwolves.

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

Curry played nearly 30 minutes against the Timberwolves, played a round of golf the next morning, and then played 35 minutes against the Suns. All in less than a 30-hour span.

"Like, we got a game tomorrow and it's important for him to play well," Iguodala told Anders Lang. "If I don't play well, it's whatever they ain't going to blame me. But he played great that day. He shot in the 70s like he always does ... I shot OK. I shot in the 80s so I was happy around that time. So I might have broke 90 that day and I was happy. I didn't play well that night because I was like, 'Whatever.'

"But he had like 40 that night. He had 40 that night. He killed them. And I was joking with him, 'If anyone on our team knew what we did today ...' Because nobody knew. Steve [Kerr] knew though. Steve was like, 'You guys better play good today.' Then he was like, 'Steph you should play golf every day."

In the win over the Timberwolves, Curry didn't play particularly well, finishing with 19 points on 7 of 18 shooting. So maybe he needed to hit the links to clear his head.

It clearly worked because he went 15 of 25 in the win over the Suns.

Ironically, Curry didn't play three days later when the Warriors hosted the New Orleans Pelicans.

[RELATED: Steph wants in on next "The Match"]

I'm not one to tell a professional athlete in peak physical condition what they can or cannot do, but Curry's golf outing came a few days before the start of the 2017 NBA playoffs. If he had pulled a muscle and missed postseason games, Kerr might have had a different reaction.

But Curry and Bale should be able to play a little golf on their down time. Fans everywhere need to relax and let these athletes live their life.

Was Don Nelson convinced not to sign Steve Kerr to Warriors in 1993?

Was Don Nelson convinced not to sign Steve Kerr to Warriors in 1993?

Warriors coach Steve Kerr nearly played for Golden State in the 1993-94 season?

Avery Johnson was a guest on KNBR 680 last Thursday and told the following story:

"Pop (Gregg Popovich) was on the plane with Nellie (Don Nelson) during the preseason and Tim Hardaway got injured and blew out his knee. Pop called me and said, 'Look, if I can convince Don Nelson on this flight to sign you instead of Steve Kerr, you're gonna have a job.' I was out of a job.

"And fortunately, I got a call at six o'clock in the morning and Pop -- who was an assistant on that staff -- said, 'Pack your bags, you're coming to Golden State.'"

Hardaway -- who averaged 21.5 points and 10.6 assists in 1992-93 -- sustained a season-ending knee injury during practice on Oct. 18, 1993, and Johnson (who ended up starting 70 games that year) signed with the Warriors a week later.

Kerr, meanwhile, signed a contract with the Chicago Bulls on Sept. 29, according to BasketballReference.com. So unless the Warriors were going to trade for Kerr, something isn't adding up here. Or perhaps Nelson and Popovich didn't know Kerr already was on a team?

When KNBR host Tom Tolbert relayed Johnson's story to Kerr last Friday, the eight-time NBA champion was as surprised as anybody to learn Nelson wanted to sign him.

"I didn't know that," Kerr said. "I've never heard the Avery story."

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And then the following exchange took place:

Tolbert: "Think about that. You go there and Avery doesn't go there ... it's so funny how things work out. You make a choice, or maybe there's a choice that's made for you that you don't even know about that affects what happens to you and who you become and how things work out.

"And I was thinking, 'Who knows how it would have worked out. Maybe the Warriors win championships, maybe Steve never plays for the Bulls. Who knows how things work out. But ...'

Kerr: "Wait, wait, wait. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Did you just say if I had gone to the Warriors as a player -- maybe they would have won championships?"

Tolbert: "I did. Maybe things work out differently. They had a pretty good team there. Look, I'm not saying you would have been the guy to win the championship. Let's not get crazy here."

Kerr: "OK (laughter). Let's not get stupid (laughter)."

Tolbert: "But remember -- they had a really, really good team back then. Who knows. Maybe you go there, maybe you take (Chris) Webber out one night -- Nellie doesn't yell at him -- maybe Webber stays there."

The Warriors were really good, as they won 50 games and reached the 1994 playoffs as the No. 6 seed.

Latrell Sprewell -- in just his second season in the league -- was named All-NBA First-Team and All-Defensive Second-Team.

[RELATED: How Stockton ruined Kerr's chances of going to Gonzaga]

Chris Webber averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.2 steals and was named NBA Rookie of the Year. But he and Nelson couldn't co-exist, and Webber was traded to the Washington Bullets in November 1994.

The Warriors didn't reach the postseason again until 2007.

Kerr, on the other hand, won three titles with the Bulls (1996, 1997, 1998) and two more with the San Antonio Spurs (1999, 2003).

Crazy stuff.

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