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Steve Kerr on how DeMarcus Cousins took news of Andrew Bogut to Warriors

Steve Kerr on how DeMarcus Cousins took news of Andrew Bogut to Warriors

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The Warriors have an insurance policy for DeMarcus Cousins and his name is Andrew Bogut.

Quick tangent -- if on July 1, 2018 somebody told you that the Warriors would enter the 2019 playoffs with DeMarcus Cousins and Andrew Bogut on the roster, you would have called them crazy, right?

Yeah, it's pretty nuts.

Now, back to the reason you are reading this article.

How did Cousins react when he found out the Warriors were going to sign the No. 1 overall pick from the 2005 NBA Draft?

"He was all for it," Steve Kerr said on 95.7 The Game on Thursday evening. "He's played against Bogues (Bogut). He knows what a great defender he is. He knows that in the playoffs you need as much fortification as you can get. And we were a little vulnerable.

"When we first started talking about Bogues, that was before DeMarcus even came back -- because we weren't sure how everything would go in terms of DeMarcus' health. The good news is he feels good and DeMarcus has come along really well.

"Now we feel like we're getting the best of DeMarcus and we'll get a really good insurance policy behind him in Bogues."

It's funny how things come full circle because Bogut and Cousins certainly weren't too fond of each other when they did battle four times a season as members of the Warriors and Kings respectively.

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Now they are pulling in the same direction and hope to get their hands on the Larry O'Brien Trophy in June.

"I gotta rekindle my relationship with DeMarcus Cousins because we used to really go at it when he was in Sac," Bogut told reporters in Sydney earlier this week. "A lot of near scuffles and holds and throws and flagrant fouls.

"So I'm looking forward to having him on the same team this time."

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Steph Curry believes Sabrina Ionescu has basketball 'in great hands'

Steph Curry believes Sabrina Ionescu has basketball 'in great hands'

Two Bay Area legends were in attendance Friday night at Haas Pavilion when the University of Oregon women's basketball team played Cal. One was on the floor, and one was in the seats. 

Warriors star Steph Curry brought his two daughters, Riley and Ryan, to watch Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu. The Walnut Creek native recorded her 25th career triple-double as the Ducks downed the Bears, 93-61.

On Saturday, Curry paid his respects to Ionescu, who is a huge fan of the two-time NBA MVP.

"The game is in great hands," Steph wrote on Instagram, with a picture of him and Ionescu after the game.

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The game is in great hands 💪🏽

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Ionescu dropped 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in what was her seventh triple-double of her senior season. She is nine rebounds away from becoming college basketball’s first 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound, 1,000-assist player.

"The competitive nature that she has, you can't teach that," Curry told Pac-12 Network's Kate Scott. "She could be blessed with all the talent in the world, but if she didn't have that, she wouldn't be who she was."

Ionescu, who starred at Miramonte High School in Orinda before going to Oregon, is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. She is averaging 17.1 points, 8.8 assists and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Ducks.

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While she's dominating on the floor, Ionescu certainly is excited for Curry's return to the court. Steph participated in his first live scrimmage at Warriors practice Saturday, after breaking his hand in the fourth game of the season, and he's eyeing a March 1 return to Golden State's lineup.

Basketball is in better hands when the two Bay Area legends are healthy and putting on a show in their sport. 

Watch Anthony Edwards, top NBA draft prospect, throw down poster dunk

Watch Anthony Edwards, top NBA draft prospect, throw down poster dunk

Anthony Edwards can get up and throw it down.

The Georgia shooting guard proved that Saturday, when he put Vanderbilt freshman Braelee Albert on an eye-popping poster with this ferocious slam.

Edwards scored 19 points to go along with his rim-rattling dunk, in an 80-78 comeback win over the Commodores. Georgia improved to 14-13 on the season with the victory, which came on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Edwards, a freshman, again showed why he could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. He shot 7 of 16 from the field and also grabbed five rebounds. 

What really stood out, though, was Edwards' athleticism and vision on this play. 

Edwards, who doesn't turn 19 until August, has been questioned about his shot selection, but he's carrying the load on a Georgia team that isn't exactly full of NBA talent. It's just another reason why he could be an intriguing option for the Warriors in the June draft.

The majority of mock drafts currently have Golden State selecting Edwards with a top pick. He isn't a positional fit like Memphis center James Wiseman would be, but Edwards' athleticism and upside could be an instant boost. 

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Entering Saturday, Edwards was averaging 18.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. That's nearly what he dropped Saturday, as the 6-foot-5, 225-pound guard put his skills on display.

The Warriors surely have their eyes on every top draft prospect right now. Edwards' performance in a win over Vandy could vault him up their draft board, too.