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Steve Kerr explains why Warriors will miss Shaun Livingston so much

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Steve Kerr explains why Warriors will miss Shaun Livingston so much

The Warriors officially waived Shaun Livingston on Wednesday afternoon, and coach Steve Kerr was nostalgic.

“Man, I am sad,” the Golden State coach told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. “Shaun is just an incredible human being. So poised and measured, mature, smart.

"We are going to miss him.”

Is there a specific anecdote about Livingston that stands out to Kerr?

“Not sure about any one,” Kerr told Kawakami. “Maybe that’s the point. He was a metronome -- you could just count on him to be the same guy, day after day, no matter what the circumstances.

"Never any drama. Just steady, quiet leadership and an old-school post game that gave people fits. And of course, he fit well into our switching scheme and got his hands on a ton of high, long rebounds.”

Although there was talk that the 33-year old might retire, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Livingston intends to return for a 15th season (he missed the entire 2007-08 campaign).

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft joined the Warriors in July 2014 and won three championships.

Some of his biggest playoff moments with the Dubs:

  • 20 points in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals
  • 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal in Game 1 of the 2015 Western Conference finals
  • 13.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 59 percent shooting over five games in the first round of the 2016 playoffs

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And don't forget about this:

Livingston was a fantastic Warrior.

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Forbes calls Warriors one of top 10 most valuable franchises in world

Forbes calls Warriors one of top 10 most valuable franchises in world

Forbes released its annual NBA franchise valuations back in early February, and the Warriors ($3.5 billion) checked in at No. 3 behind the Lakers ($3.7 billion) and Knicks ($4 billion).

On Monday, the publication issued its "The World's 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams 2019" report and Golden State is in the Top 10:

1) Dallas Cowboys = $5 billion
2) New York Yankees = $4.6 billion
3) Real Madrid = $4.24 billion
4) Barcelona = $4.02 billion
5) New York Knicks = $4 billion
6) Manchester United = $3.81 billion
7) New Englad Patriots = $3.8 billion
8) Los Angeles Lakers = $3.7 billion
9) Golden State Warriors = $3.5 billion
10) New York Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers = $3.3 billion

As Forbes wrote in February:

The Golden State Warriors are leaving Oracle Arena, the NBA’s oldest building, next season for the $1 billion Chase Center. The reigning league champs have secured $2 billion in contractually obligated income from sponsorships, suites and season ticket holder fees for the new arena. Look for the Warriors to challenge the Knicks as the NBA’s leading revenue generator.

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The inaugural event at Chase Center -- a joint performance by Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony -- is slated for Sept. 6. The first basketball game will be an exhibition contest between the Warriors and Lakers on Oct. 5.

Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the franchise for $450 million in 2010.

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Can Rockets replicate success Warriors had with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant?

Can Rockets replicate success Warriors had with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant?

When Kevin Durant first joined the Warriors in 2016, skeptics wondered if Golden State could make it work.

Would Durant and Steph Curry be able to co-exist? Would there be enough shots for Durant, Curry and Klay Thompson? Would everyone remain happy with their role and numbers?

Those questions were answered pretty quickly. It took a few months, but Durant, Curry and the Warriors gelled midway through their first season together. They went on to claim the 2016-17 NBA title and ran it back the next season en route to a sweep in the 2017-18 NBA Finals.

Everyone seemed happy. Everyone got their shots. The third season wasn't as smooth, but it still almost ended with a third consecutive title.

After losing the 2019 NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors, Durant decided it was time to move on and signed with the Brooklyn Nets.

But looking back, the experiment was a success. Durant and Curry co-existed, forming one of the most dominant duos in NBA history. Thompson didn't "sacrifice" as much as people thought he would, and ended up signing a max contract with the Warriors this offseason.

Now, a new duo — James Harden and Russell Westbrook — has critics wondering if the players can co-exist.

Both are MVPs and two of the most ball-dominant players in the NBA. So, will the Houston Rockets' experiment work? Harden believes it will.

“When you have talent like that, it works itself out" Harden told The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen. "You communicate. You go out there and compete possession by possession. You figure things out. Throughout the course of the season, you figure things out. That’s just what it is. When you have talent, you have guys with IQ, you have guys willing to sacrifice, it always works itself out.”

Harden used a key word there. Sacrifice.

The players on the Warriors were willing to sacrifice for the greater good.

Are Harden and Westbrook capable of making the same sacrifice? Harden is confident their longstanding friendship will help matters.

“It works,” Harden told Feigen. “It’s that trust factor. I trust him; he trusts me. And with the group that we already have and the things we already accomplished, it should be an easy transition for him to be incorporated right in and things are going to go.”

While Harden and Westbrook went to the NBA Finals in 2012 as members of the Oklahoma City Thunder, neither has returned since. Both have reached the conference finals in recent years but have gone no further.

Other Western Conference teams have loaded up, but Houston is bringing back a team that is mostly intact from last season and swapped Westbrook for an aging and injury-prone Chris Paul.

So maybe this is finally Houston's year.

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“That’s my boy right there, since I was like 10 or 11 years old,” Harden said of Westbrook. “Obviously, we were teammates for [three] years. Now, we’re at different stages of our careers. I’m excited for the opportunity. I hear a lot of negative things: you can’t, he can’t, they can’t. But we’ll figure it out. I’m excited for the opportunity. I know the rest of the organization is. It’s time.”

The Warriors were able to turn the Curry-Durant partnership into two NBA titles. How many titles, if any, the Rockets can grab with Harden and Westbrook is to be determined. But they certainly have the talent to bring the Larry O'Brien Trophy back to H-Town.