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Rockets' Mike D'Antoni hopes DeMarcus Cousins 'doesn't fit' with Warriors

Rockets' Mike D'Antoni hopes DeMarcus Cousins 'doesn't fit' with Warriors

Back in 2016, the Warriors added a fourth All-Star in Kevin Durant to the roster. Some around the league had hoped Durant wouldn't gel with the three All-Stars already on the team (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green).

Unfortunately for the critics, it has worked out perfectly with two NBA titles in two years.

This offseason, due to a perfect storm of circumstances, the Warriors were able to add yet another All-Star to the roster. DeMarcus Cousins officially signed a one-year deal with the Warriors over the weekend.

The Warriors made it work with four All-Stars on the court at the same time. Can they do it with five, once Cousins returns from his ruptured Achilles?

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni hopes not.

"Great player, great individual talent. We got all that. I'm not taking anything away from him. There's two ways it could go. Either it fits or it doesn't fit. Obviously, in Houston, we're hoping it doesn't fit. But we don't know that. We'll see how it plays out. I do know that he's going to have to guard James Harden. I do know that," D'Antoni said on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Monday. "Kudos to Golden State. They did a great job of signing him. Like I said, DeMarcus is one of the better players, is an All-Star in the league. We just hope that maybe too many All-Stars on one team doesn't work. I don't know. So far, it seems to work for them."

D'Antoni's Rockets lost to the Warriors in seven games in the Western Conference Finals. Houston was without one of their two All-Stars as Chris Paul missed Game 7 with a hamstring injury.

Stephen Jackson, Andrew Wiggins get into war of words over 'Hallelujah' tweet

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Stephen Jackson, Andrew Wiggins get into war of words over 'Hallelujah' tweet

The NBA is the best soap opera on the face of the planet.

What's our evidence? All-Star Jimmy Butler requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves a week before training camp starts and his current teammate Andrew Wiggins got into a social media war of words with former Warriors forward Stephen Jackson over a tweet sent by Wiggins' brother.

We can't make this stuff up.

In an Instagram video posted late Wednesday evening, Jackson questioned Wiggins' heart.

News website The Score re-posted the video and it drew comments from Jackson and Wiggins, who called Jackson a 'bum.'

That caused Jackson to respond in a second video in which is sent a message to Wiggins: 'Make sure you hands are straight when you see me, bruh."

Jackson even posted a screenshot of his career stats to prove to Wiggins that he isn't a bum.

Don't ever change, NBA. Don't ever change.

Damian Jones: Warriors training camp profile

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Damian Jones: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

10TH IN A SERIES

Player: Damian Jones
Position: Center
Height/weight: 7-0, 240
College: Vanderbilt
Age: 23
Salary: $1.54M (Year 3 of three-year rookie contract worth $4M. Team has until Oct. 31 to pick up his fourth-year option worth $2.31M)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 69

2017-18 in review: For the second year in a row, Jones remained mostly in the development stage, spending far more time playing with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors than with Golden State. He was a massive presence in some games, barely a factor in others. The Golden State staff and front office debated his progress, but never declared him ready to take playing time from their trio of veteran big men. He made 15 NBA appearances, playing a total of 89 minutes.

Key stats (G-League): 45 games (45 starts), averaging 15.0 points (68.1 percent FG, 69.7 percent FT), 8.1 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 2.1 assists.

Season highs (G-League): Points (29), rebounds (16, twice), blocks (six), assists (six), minutes (40).

2018-19 outlook: After two seasons wondering what Jones can provide at the NBA level, this is the year the 7-footer will be given every chance to show he has something to offer. A superior athlete with a solid work ethic, Jones has been tasked with filling the role vacated by JaVale McGee. That means making an impact above the rim at both ends. If Jones can contribute off the bench and hold his own when making spot starts, the Warriors will have good reason to believe the 2016 first-round pick has a future in the league.