NBA rumors: Warriors 'bracing for seismic change' this offseason

NBA rumors: Warriors 'bracing for seismic change' this offseason

The Warriors' focus right now has to be on the dangerous opponent in front of them, and their pursuit of a third straight NBA championship.

The focus should be on doing something few franchises accomplish because it could be a historic moment. It also could be the last time things look this for the Warriors.

Everyone knows about the cloud hanging over the Warriors. That Kevin Durant, who can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, likely will leave the Bay for New York or Los Angeles to start the next chapter of his legacy.

That, and the impending free agency of Klay Thompson, apparently have the Warriors preparing for what could be a franchise-altering offseason, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  

"Internally in Golden State, there's a sense of let's try to put aside what's coming in July. We have a chance to do something very rare in sports, to three-peat," Wojnarowski said Monday on "Get Up!" "Let's try to keep our focus there and win the title, then let July play out the way it's going to. But I think the Warriors are bracing for possibly seismic change within that organization."

Losing Durant would be a huge blow to the Warriors, of that there is little question. The two-time NBA Finals MVP will leave a massive hole whenever he leaves, one that's impossible to fill with just one player.

Even though Durant's departure is expected, the Dubs still should be able to re-sign Thompson. All signs point to the sharpshooting guard signing on the dotted line July 1, should the Warriors offer him a max contract. Let's not forget, the Warriors still have two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry and three-time All-Star Draymond Green, so it's not like Durant's exit would take the Warriors from title favorites to cellar dwellers.

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It would, however, considerably level the NBA playing field. Durant arguably is the best player in the NBA, and his talent takes the Warriors to a level that no team can match. And, should the Warriors try and save some money on Thompson's new contract, they risk losing two of their core four and sending the team back to the middle of the pack in the Western Conference.

With the Warriors holding a 2-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals, the two-time defending NBA champions' eyes are fixed solely on another Larry O'Brien Trophy.

But the specter of what awaits this summer clearly has crept into the back of some people's minds.

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Every Warriors fan remembers exactly where they were when Klay Thompson saved Golden State's season in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City.

I was in Nashville, Tenn., for a cousin's wedding, unable to watch the thriller on TV. I had to follow along on Twitter.

With the 73-win Warriors on the verge of being eliminated by the Thunder, Thompson went thermonuclear with a single-game NBA playoff record 11 3-pointers. He finished with 41 points, and "Game 6 Klay" was born.

It's one of the most iconic performances in Bay Area sports history.

But does it belong on the Mount Rushmore of best Bay Area performances? Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes so, and he explained why Friday during an interview with 95.7 The Game.

"Just one of the most incredible, clutch performances in such a desperate moment," Kerr said on the "Damon, Ratto and Kolsky" show. "We were really dominated for most of those series, and we were just hanging on for dear life in that game, down eight or 10 for most of the game. I've watched that game several times since, and it's almost impossible to fathom what Klay did and what he was able to do individually in that game to pull the game for us. It was just an amazing performance."

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Thompson's performance allowed the Warriors to return home for a Game 7, where they knocked off the Thunder to advance to a second straight NBA Finals.

In terms of best Bay Area performances or moments, I would lock in Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC, Madison Bumgarner's Game 7 relief outing against the Kansas City Royals in 2014, and the Joe Montana-Dwight Clark "The Catch" from the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The fourth member of this list is open for debate. Could it be Travis Ishikawa's pennant-winning homer in 2014? Steph Curry's 37-point performance in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals? Kevin Durant's dagger 3-pointer in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers? Montana's Super Bowl XXIII-winning pass to John Taylor? Montana's five-touchdown performance in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIV win? Steve Young's six-touchdown effort in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX win over the San Diego Chargers? Edgar Renteria's two-run homer in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series? Cal-Stanford's "The Play" in 1982? Something else?

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Bay Area sports fans, tell us which four individual postseason performances or moments you would carve into your Mount Rushmore.

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Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

The last decade was littered with some of the greatest MVP seasons in NBA history.

From Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 becoming the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to LeBron James taking his game to new heights during the 2012-13 season, there was no shortage of singular campaigns to remember. Of course, Warriors star Steph Curry was plenty unprecedented on his own, becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2015-16 and the only player other than James to win the award multiple times in the 2010s.

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Curry's MVP wins will stand the test of time, but where do those campaigns stand among his award-winning peers' in the last 10 years? Here's how I ranked the MVP-winning seasons of the 2010s, starting with arguably the biggest outlier among the bunch. 


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