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NBA rumors: Patrick McCaw wasn't happy Warriors signed Nick Young

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NBA rumors: Patrick McCaw wasn't happy Warriors signed Nick Young

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you’re aware that Patrick McCaw no longer plays for the Warriors.

Why isn't he suiting up for Golden State? How did things get to this point? Well, that is complicated. But we did learn something Friday morning that sheds some light. It has to do with what happened in July 2017.

As Marcus Thompson of The Athletic writes:

Apparently, whatever good feelings McCaw took with him into the offseason were short-lived. News leaked that the Warriors had agreed to terms with free-agent guard Nick Young. Immediately, McCaw’s role was up in the air. Also: the Warriors re-signed Iguodala for three more years.

When training camp opened, coach Steve Kerr, without knowing it, might have made the situation worse by declaring an open competition for the backup shooting guard spot. According to insiders, this was the first grievance McCaw had with the Warriors and it is about the only tangible issue that has been vocalized.

Did McCaw expect Kerr to announce to the world that he was the solidified backup shooting guard? Is that even a thing? Did McCaw think he flat out earned that distinction because of a rookie season in which he averaged 4.0 points per game and shot 33.3 percent from deep?

The Warriors needed shooting off the bench, so they signed Nick Young, who made over 40 percent of his 3-pointers on 7.0 attempts per game the previous season. Although the "Swaggy P" signing didn't work out as the Dubs hoped, were they supposed to not add somebody of his caliber, just to appease McCaw?

In the summer of 2017, the Warriors also re-signed Shaun Livingston to a three-year contract. There was a recent rumor that McCaw wants the opportunity to play point guard, so perhaps Livingston's presence also irritated him and impacted his view on his future in Golden State?

Last week, McCaw told reporters in Cleveland that he simply "wanted a new opportunity to move on." Now, he is a member of the Toronto Raptors -- who are pretty loaded in the backcourt and on the wing. 

Nobody is rooting for McCaw to fail. It would be great if he ends up having a long and successful NBA career. But as Steph Curry said back in late September, "I hope he's got good people in his corner giving him some sound advice."

The 23-year-old was willing to take a big gamble on himself, and only time will tell if he won the bet.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

How Warriors' Steph Curry vanquished his 'stopper' in 2015 NBA Finals

How Warriors' Steph Curry vanquished his 'stopper' in 2015 NBA Finals

For a couple days in June 2015, Matthew Dellavedova’s game was a prominent storyline in the NBA Finals.

Stephen Curry made sure it didn’t last.

Dellavedova spent most of that season as a Cavaliers reserve. That changed after the Warriors won Game 1 of The Finals. Cleveland coach David Blatt elevated the second-year guard into the starting lineup for Game 2 with a very specific assignment: Contain Curry, by any means necessary.

The former Saint Mary’s College star responded with 42 minutes of wrestling and grabbing and shoving and bumping Curry, who finished with 19 points, on 5-of-23 shooting from the field, including 2-of-15 from deep.

“Steph Stopper.” That was Delly. The Cavaliers won Game 2 in Oakland and took Game 3 in Cleveland, backing the Warriors into a corner and prompting them to make a significant lineup change of their own.

They replaced 7-foot center Andrew Bogut with 6-foot-7 Andre Iguodala, moving 6-foot-7 Draymond Green to center. They were going small. That was the decisive tactical adjustment that tilted the series toward the Warriors.

Curry, though, had his own move to make. After putting in 22 points as the Warriors rolled to a 21-point victory in Game 4, tying the series at 2-2, it was time to come home for Game 5 -- which NBC Sports Bay Area will re-air Wednesday night at 8 p.m. -- and kill a flawed narrative.

Curry, you see, wasn’t satisfied. He was the league MVP. The Warriors were 39-2 at Oracle Arena and not about to lose and go down 3-2. Dellavedova was in trouble.

Curry carried the team with 37 points, including a dazzling 17-point fourth quarter, to lift the Warriors to a 104-91 victory that gave them a 3-2 series lead.

"Not a lot you can do, honestly,” Blatt said in admiration. “He made some terrific shots."

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With Curry burying, once and forever, the spurious notion of Delly being the “Steph Stopper,” the Cavs went back to Cleveland without legitimate answers to the problems posed by the Warriors’ small lineup in general and by Curry in particular.

To understand the impact Curry had in Game 5, the other four Warriors in the starting lineup -- Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Iguodala and Green -- combined for 50 points on 41 shots.

Curry’s 37 points came on 15-of-23 shooting, including 7-of-13 beyond the arc. No matter how scrappy Dellavedova was, Curry consistently found a way to abuse him. Whether it was nasty crossovers, wicked step-backs or coming off screens, the MVP sent a message that the mere idea of a “Steph Stopper” is pure folly.

"Falling, step-backs off the dribble. I'm OK with that. We're OK with that,” LeBron James said. “You tip your hat to the best shooter in the league."

Curry read the situation and knew it was time for a convincing reply to Dellavedova and the Cavaliers. He knew that even the slightest hint of being neutralized would make the Warriors vulnerable. So, he tortured Delly.

“Those are plays I’ve been making all year,” he said. “And moves I’m confident in.”

The Cavs kept the game tight, taking an 80-79 advantage on a James 3-pointer with 7:47 to play. Curry answered with a triple, giving the Warriors a two-point lead they never relinquished -- mostly because he scored 12 points in the final 3:10.

"We didn't turn it over, we were patient," Thompson said. "And two words: Stephen Curry."

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It was Curry driving the Game 5 triumph and pushing the Warriors to the brink of their first championship in 40 years.

The “Steph Stopper” subplot was cute but not built to last. Curry wasn’t having it then, won’t have it now. That much rang loud and clear in Game 5.

Warriors' Bob Myers uses sports analogy to give coronavirus optimism

Warriors' Bob Myers uses sports analogy to give coronavirus optimism

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down.

The impact has been devastating so far.

But Warriors general manager Bob Myers struck an optimistic tone Wednesday morning when talking to Abe Madkour of the Sports Business Journal:

"This is the first quarter of a tough game and we're down. But we can come back and we will. I don't think anything's decided -- like I said in my game analogy -- in the first quarter of a game.

"It feels daunting. It feels difficult. But this country is tremendous, and human beings are. I have great faith in what we can do medically and scientifically. And our perseverance.

"And so I think we'll be back and the leagues will be back. There's a thirst for what sports does around the world and we need it. It's a huge part of our fabric. In every culture through time, and I think it will always be there.

"Sports -- it's something that brings us together, it's something that excites us, it tests us, it challenges us. Whether you're on my daughters playing on their first-grade team or a professional athlete -- there's something to sports that is magical.

"And I think we're in a moment now where we've had to pause it, but that doesn't mean it's gonna stop. So for the people listening -- I don't know that they need me to tell them -- it's gonna be fine. Doesn't mean it's gonna be fine tomorrow. But it's gonna be fine.

"And it when it is, we'll come out of it stronger, we'll come out of it better and much more knowledgeable."

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If you're having a rough day, hopefully, this cheers you up.

Thank you Mr. 2015 and 2017 NBA Executive of the Year for the uplifting words.

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