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Steve Kerr believes the 3-point revolution in the NBA 'here to stay'

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Steve Kerr believes the 3-point revolution in the NBA 'here to stay'

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders Friday night at 6 p.m. PT streaming live on the MyTeams app.

During the 1996-97 season, Steve Kerr attempted a career-high 2.9 3-pointers per game.

"I'll bet if I had to guess -- I'd say as a team we took maybe 15-16 3-point shots a game at the most," the Warriors' head coach said to Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game on Thursday evening. "It's just a different era, a different time."

Sorry coach, but you are wayyyyyy off. Your Bulls squad that year attempted 17.1 triples per game -- tied for 11th most in the league. This season, the Hornets attempt the 11th most, which is...

...32.6 per night.

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If the league started to allow hand-checking again, would that slow down the barrage of 3-pointers across the league?

"I don't think that's gonna happen. I think the league is very happy with the state of play, the state of the league, the scoring," Kerr answered. "The rules have been legislated to help the offensive player more than anything.

"I don't know that we are looking at anything that's gonna slow down this 3-point revolution. It just seems like it's here to stay."

Kevin Durant disagrees.

"I don't see this lasting too much longer -- just the volume of 3s," the two-time Finals MVP told reporters after last Saturday's win in Sacramento. "The way the game is played -- pickup style. It'll cease here in a second, but a lot of guys are adjusting their games to the times.

"It's fun for the fans and it's fun for us sometimes. But it's also tough to watch and tough to play against. But hey, that's what we signed up for." 

I'm gonna side with Kerr on this one. If all of the rules stay the same, why would teams start shooting fewer 3-pointers? If anything, the attempts will probably continue to go up.

Perhaps things will go the other direction if the 3-point line is pushed back to a distance that makes teams re-think about offensive philosophy and/or shot selection.

But then again, perhaps we will have a 4-point line 10 years from now and players start pulling up from half court...

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

Andrew Bogut's interesting response to Joel Embiid's 3-1 Warriors joke

Andrew Bogut's interesting response to Joel Embiid's 3-1 Warriors joke

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Wednesday night at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

On Saturday, 76ers center Joel Embiid racked up 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks and two steals in Philly's Game 4 win at the Nets.

After the victory, he delivered a fantastic joke while speaking to the media at the podium:

The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals and the basketball world will clearly never forget.

Andrew Bogut -- who hurt his knee in Game 5 of that infamous series and missed Games 6 and 7 -- responded to Embiid in a column he wrote for Yahoo Sport Australia:

Joel Embiid saying the 76ers don’t want to do what we did in the 2016 Finals is just Joel being Joel – he’s a bit of a larrikin.

But they have to get to a Finals series first before they can even think about doing that.

It’s been a funny talking point for a lot of people in the league.

But we haven’t taken any notice of it and it’s not something that’s been mentioned in the locker room.

You are probably asking yourself what "larrikin" means.

The definition, according to the Oxford Modern Australian Dictionary: "A mischievous young person, an uncultivated, rowdy but good hearted person", or "a person who acts with apparent disregard for social or political conventions."

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Turn up the heat!

Embiid talks a lot of trash, is a must-follow on social media and is all about having fun.


At this point, the world kind of deserves a Warriors-76ers matchup in the NBA Finals so we can watch Bogut and Embiid battle it out.

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DeMarcus Cousins breaks silence after injury with Nipsey Hussle lyric

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DeMarcus Cousins breaks silence after injury with Nipsey Hussle lyric

DeMarcus Cousins was the one to break the news. 

The Warriors' center came out of the team's training room, silent, and showed players a screenshot of rapper Nipsey Hussle on the ground  after being shot on March 31. Not too long later, Hussle was pronounced dead

Three weeks later, Cousins broke his silence Monday on social media for the first time since tearing his quad by using a Hussle lyric.

The lyric comes from the song "I Don't Stress." Cousins has long shown his admiration for the late rapper, too. 

In his first game with the Warriors, Cousins debuted his signature Puma shoes with the mantra "The Marathon Continues." The big man has long used the mantra, which has been coined by Hussle for years. 

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Cousins is likely out for the rest of the playoffs, though he and the Warriors are keeping hope he could return if the team makes the NBA Finals.