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Report: Warriors players, officials perplexed by Durant's offseason

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Report: Warriors players, officials perplexed by Durant's offseason

It's been a great summer in many ways for Kevin Durant.

It's also been a not-so-great summer for Kevin Durant.

And as Yahoo's Chris Mannix recently wrote:

"Many in Golden State, team officials and players alike, have taken note of Durant’s oddball offseason and are perplexed by it. They see a bright future for Durant in Oakland, league and team sources told The Vertical, and are bewildered as to why he is still addressing his past."

First, it was Durant's comments on The Bill Simmons Podcast about Under Armour.

Durant's words were meaningful enough that he and Steph Curry "had a conversation" about the topic.

Then it was his third-person disparaging tweets of the Oklahoma City franchise, Thunder players and head coach Billy Donovan.

"I haven’t slept in two days, two nights. I haven’t ate. It’s crazy, because I feel so (expletive) pissed at myself and I’m mad that I brought someone into it," Durant told USA Today Sports' Sam Amick. "I look like an idiot.

"My peers are going to look at me like an idiot. All the jokes – bring ‘em. I deserve it."

[POOLE: Trapped by social media monster, KD taught a harsh lesson]

Since winning the title and being named NBA Finals MVP, Durant:

- Received a congratulatory text from Barack Obama
- Was praised endlessly for sacrificing millions to help the Warriors retain Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston
- Got a mural of him soaring in for a dunk on a building in Oakland
- Set a Guinness world record while on a trip to India (although he received some backlash for his comments about India and issued an apology)
- Was honored with "Kevin Durant Day" in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland

He is also apparently a "Made Man" in Silicon Valley (read this awesome feature by Modern Luxury).

But when it comes to Durant's offseason, people are going to remember the negative stories more than the positive ones.

"I will scale back a little bit right now. Just focus on playing basketball," Durant said on Tuesday. "I want to move on."

Fortunately for Durant, the Warriors open training camp in two days...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Nick Young opens up about why he signed with Warriors last summer

Nick Young opens up about why he signed with Warriors last summer

Some wondered what the Warriors were doing when they signed Nick Young last summer.

Would the quirky Young really fit in with the defending champs? Would he be too much of a goofball for a locker room full of All-Stars?

Much to the surprise of most, Young didn't ruin the Warriors' chemistry. He didn't fill the statsheet on a consistent basis, but he made big shots off the bench when the Warriors needed them.

Basking in the glory of being an NBA champion, Young took a break from his non-stop party to talk to Complex Magazine last week.

How did Young end up with the Warriors last summer? According to Young, Lakers head coach Luke Walton called up the Warriors and vouched for the free agent sharpshooter.

On July 8, 2017, Young signed a one-year deal with the Warriors for the mid-level exception. He made just under $5.2 million, a slight paycut from the previous season.

“I just needed to win. I had been on a lot of losing teams. Always rebuilding. I feel I needed to experience [winning] and be around guys who are just really good teammates like Draymond, even though he’s crazy,” Young told Complex.

As for the 2018-19 season, Young is still a free agent. The Warriors don't have a roster spot to bring him back. According to Young, he was hoping the Rockets might have had a spot for him, but it doesn't appear that is happening.

Why did he want to go to the Rockets?

"[Mike D'Antoni] is one of the best coaches I played with," Young told Complex.

With the season rapidly approaching, does Young see a fit for him in the league?

“I just have to find that exact spot. That’s more key than anything for me than just rushing out there. It’s my 11th year. But I’m not used to it. I’m used to signing early. My agent’s telling me to relax and to be more patient," Young said.

Quinn Cook surprises mom with brand new car

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Quinn Cook surprises mom with brand new car

Quinn Cook went undrafted in 2015 after spending four seasons at Duke. He finally signed his first guaranteed NBA contract with the Warriors on April 8, 2018. 

That contract changed his life. And now, Cook is giving back the best way he can, starting with his mother. 

Cook was back at his hometown in Maryland over the weekend and had a special present for his mother, surprising her with a brand new Range Rover. 

"You deserve it," Cook repeatedly told his mother. 

Cook is signed to a two-year deal with the Warriors worth $1,599,783. In 33 games with the Warriors, 18 starts, Cook averaged 9.5 points and 2.7 assists per game.