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NBA rumors: Lakers get permission to talk to Warriors assistant Ron Adams

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NBA rumors: Lakers get permission to talk to Warriors assistant Ron Adams

The Los Angeles Lakers' quest to put a winning team around LeBron James and Anthony Davis doesn't just extend to the gluttony of free agents that will hit the market June 30. 

L.A. also needs to continue to build new head coach Frank Vogel's coaching staff, and the Lakers reportedly have targeted Warriors assistant coach and defensive wizard Ron Adams as a desired member, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk and Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday.

Now, would Adams want to head to L.A. just as the Warriors are preparing for their toughest test yet? It seems unlikely. 

Both Kevin Durant (ruptured Achilles) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL) suffered severe injuries during the Dubs' 2019 NBA Finals loss to the Raptors. Both also are slated to hit free agency this summer. While most expect Thompson to return to the Bay, Durant's future is much less certain.

The Warriors' will need Adams' coaching acumen next season as they look to re-tool around Steph Curry and Draymond Green and make a push for a sixth straight Finals appearance. 

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Adams has been with the Warriors since 2014, when head coach Steve Kerr was hired. He is the Warriors' chief strategist and has been a key cog in their dynastic rise.

At 71, Adams has said the Warriors are his final stop.

“Once you build a good culture, as has been the case here . . . it’s hard to find,” Adams told NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors insider Monte Poole in October. “In many cases, they are organic. There have been many good decisions here on players. But there are a lot of people out there trying hard to make good decisions, and it doesn’t always work because this is an imperfect business. You can do your homework, you pick a player in the draft and that player disappoints you. You pick another player and he surprises you. We’ve been pretty fortunate.”

He is handsomely compensated by the Warriors, but could the Lakers offer him enough to pull him away from the Bay?

We shall see.

Willie Cauley-Stein has need for speed after 'Top Gun' trailer release

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Willie Cauley-Stein has need for speed after 'Top Gun' trailer release

Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein wants to take the highway to the danger zone on his way to Chase Center next season. 

Golden State's new big man tweeted a clip from the "Top Gun: Maverick" trailer Thursday afternoon, and the 25-year-old definitely has the need ... the need for speed. 

That'd be one way to take Warriors fans' breath away. 

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Cauley-Stein told the Warriors he would be their wingman big man any day earlier this summer, signing a one-year deal worth a little more than the veteran's minimum because he couldn't turn down the chance to play with Steph Curry and Co. He averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game with the Kings last season, but his ego arguably wrote a check his play couldn't cash after telling reporters last September that he was "ready to get paid."

Still, the No. 6 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has plenty of potential, and will have plenty of motivation next season on a prove-it deal. If it is a strong enough combination to bring out the best in Cauley-Stein, he could find that loving feeling on the free-agent market next summer. 

Watch Steph Curry get soaked in dunk tank at 'Eat. Learn. Play.' event

Watch Steph Curry get soaked in dunk tank at 'Eat. Learn. Play.' event

Some NBA players can say they have dunked on Steph Curry, but can they say they dunked the Warriors star?

Curry and his wife Ayesha launched their "Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation" at a kickoff event in Oakland on Thursday, hosting nearly 1,000 kids for a day of activities. One of those activities was a dunk tank, and the two Currys -- one of whom forms one half of the Splash Brothers -- got very wet.  

The foundation aims to bring out the best in children "By fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring access to education and enabling active lifestyles," according to its mission statement.

"[The kids are] having fun today, but obviously the back-end -- we're trying to create programs and do stuff that helps the entire youth in Oakland and the Bay Area," Steph said Thursday. "So, you gotta have energy for that."

Steph spent the first entirety of his first decade in the NBA in Oakland, but he and the Warriors will move to San Francisco's Chase Center next season. Despite the pending move, Ayesha said staying active in community efforts in The Town is necessary for the family.

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"We hope to always be involved in this community," she said. "It's important to us." 

That community is better for their endeavors, and the Currys were wetter for theirs Thursday.