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Steph Curry promises Warriors' dynasty 'not done' after pause year

Steph Curry promises Warriors' dynasty 'not done' after pause year

Their rivals and critics have spent all season dancing on their grave. Ding-dong the dynasty is dead.

But if you ask Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, rumors of the Warriors' demise have been greatly exaggerated.

With Thompson missing all of the season while he rehabs his torn ACL and Curry missing all but five games with a broken hand, the Warriors hit pause on their dynasty to rest and recalibrate after five straight strips to the Finals.

But to misconstrue rest for waving the white flag would be a big mistake. Curry knows they'll be ready to reclaim their throne once basketball returns.

"For us, big picture, we know we're not done," Curry told Jermaine O'Neal in an Instagram Live chat. "Myself, Klay, Draymond we know we're not done. The core that's been here since Day 1, we're going to do everything that we got in our power -- it's going to look different, it's going to have a new cast of characters that are going to contribute at a high level. But the DNA, just the chemistry that us three have, we're going to be in good shape coming out of this no matter how basketball looks."

With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston gone, the Warriors spent the season trying out new pieces to mesh with the championship core. They brought in Andrew Wiggins via trade at the deadline, and the 2014 No. 1 overall pick already has shown he can be a key piece to another title run.

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There's also the whispers of the Warriors chasing another big fish in Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Warriors reportedly have been planning for years to try and lure him away from Milwaukee. While it seems unrealistic at this point, adding The Greek Freak to Curry, Thompson and Green would put the Dubs back atop the NBA hierarchy.

Even without Giannis, the Warriors, at full strength, have more than enough firepower to contend with the NBA's best and return to the NBA Finals.

Look at Curry, man. Don't count him out.

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What Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala thinks of NBA's bubble environment

What Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala thinks of NBA's bubble environment

Andre Iguodala has played over 1,100 NBA games, but his next eight (at least) will be very different. Iguodala and the Miami Heat are in Orlando preparing for the restart of the 2019-20 NBA season.

So, how is the former Warriors forward approaching the "bubble" at Disney World?

"It's not really a different type of environment," the 2015 NBA Finals MVP said Saturday after practice. "The majority of the league comes from low to middle-class income families. We played in worse conditions. Obviously the NBA and every team should be giving all the players all the resources they need.

"It's just getting the mental side right, making the most of the moment and putting forth the mental and physical effort to keep our game in a healthy place ... we're doing it as a collective. We're competing on the court, but hopefully the players are getting a chance to interact and keep each other in a good mental space."

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Iguodala -- one of the smartest players in the entire league -- understands the big picture and what's at stake for the NBA. He knows it won't be easy for everybody and that the logistics present challenges, but is willing to sacrifice for the greater good. So don't expect to hear any complaints from Iguodala when it comes to the food or accommodations in Orlando.

At 36 years old, it probably will take Iguodala a little longer to get himself to where he needs to be physically. But he made sure he put in the work while the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"The body is solid," Iguodala said. "Just looking over the little nicks that may come up from being off so long ... everyone was getting after it throughout this time."

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Iguodala averaged just 4.4 points in 18.5 minutes over his first 14 games with the Heat.

But you definitely should expect his production and value to increase when the playoffs begin in mid-August.

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Why Kendrick Perkins gives Draymond Green 'D' grade for 2019-20 season

Why Kendrick Perkins gives Draymond Green 'D' grade for 2019-20 season

Kendrick Perkins gets paid to express his opinion.

And on Tuesday's episode of "The Jump" on ESPN, he voiced his thoughts on Draymond Green's 2019-20 campaign.

"Draymond disappointed me this season," the former NBA big man said. "I thought with the injury to Klay (Thompson) and the injury to Steph (Curry) he was gonna elevate his game offensively and shock the world. With him getting $100 million in the contract extension, I thought Draymond was gonna come out and prove a point.

"Also with them losing Kevin Durant, I thought we would see 'Defensive Player of the Year Draymond' ... (but) he took a few steps backwards. My expectations for Draymond Green were a little bit higher, and he didn't achieve it."

The truth is that it was a very, very frustrating year for Draymond.

The three-time NBA champion missed 22 games with various ailments, yet picked up a league-high 14 technical fouls. He shot below 39 percent from the field and less than 28 percent from 3-point range.

But as noted before, yours truly forever will give Draymond a pass for what transpired. There wasn't much incentive at all for the three-time All-Star after Steph broke his hand Oct. 30 against the Phoenix Suns, as the Warriors had no chance of reaching the postseason.

The truth is that Draymond needed a break -- physically and mentally -- after averaging 37.7 minutes over 104 Golden State playoff games from 2015 to 2019.

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It's unclear why Perkins would expect the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year to produce big considering he didn't have Steph, Klay, KD, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston on the court with him.

"To everybody out there who want to talk s--t about this year -- I don't really give a f--k," Draymond said in April on the "All the Smoke" podcast. "In my opinion, I got better. I got better as a player, I got better as a person and a leader ... and that's gonna make me even better for next year.

"So, I appreciate everybody talking. I kind of needed them to relight that fire under my a--."

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Draymond definitely pays attention to what is being said about him, his teammates and the Warriors. He uses the noise as motivation when necessary.

Needless to say, the three-time All-Star wants to send a message to the doubters.

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