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Steve Kerr lauds ex-49er Keanon Lowe for preventing Oregon school shooting

Steve Kerr lauds ex-49er Keanon Lowe for preventing Oregon school shooting

Keanon Lowe caught passes at the University of Oregon, but a tackle made him a hero in Warriors coach Steve Kerr's eyes.

Lowe, a former 49ers assistant, prevented a shooting Friday at Parkrose High School in Portland, Ore., when he tackled a student who was carrying a shotgun.

"Keanon Lowe, a remarkable act of courage," Kerr said Saturday before Game 3 of the Western Conference finals in Portland. "My hats off to him."

Kerr's father, Malcolm, was assassinated by a gunman in 1984 while serving as president at the American University of Beirut.

Kerr called Lowe's act "heroic" and said "we should all be thankful for him." Saturday also marked the one-year anniversary of the Santa Fe shooting that killed eight people, and Kerr went into detail about America's on-going problems with gun violence when asked about Lowe's heroics.

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Kerr participated in March For Our Lives last year, a grass-roots demonstration in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting. Less than two weeks before the march, he addressed a town hall in Newark, where he said: “There are many things to debate, but kids getting murdered ... that’s not up for debate.”

It's always been about more than sports for the coach.

NBA rumors: Pelicans agree to trade All-Star Anthony Davis to Lakers

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NBA rumors: Pelicans agree to trade All-Star Anthony Davis to Lakers

Anthony Davis is on his way to LA.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to the All-Star center to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks.

Los Angeles is where Davis wanted to end up all along, and he got his wish. Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that the Pelicans had engaged with the Lakers and Celtics in separate trade talks. It took three days for New Orleans and Los Angeles to come to an agreement.

The New York Times' Marc Stein is reporting that Boston wouldn't trade Jayson Tatum, stalling those talks.

Davis, a three-time All-NBA performer, has one year left on his contract and a player option for the 2020-21 season, but is expected to decline that and become a free agent next summer.

New Orleans didn't want to trade Davis to the Lakers during the season, but with new general manager David Griffin at the helm, that all changed. The package heading back to the Pelicans includes the No. 4 overall pick in next week's 2019 NBA Draft. New Orleans already holds the No. 1 overall and is expected to take Zion Williamson.

With the Warriors likely not contending for a title in 2019-20 due to the injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, the Lakers sensed their chance to pounce.

And pounce they did. Adding Davis to LeBron makes the Lakers instant NBA title contenders.

And Los Angeles didn't have to include Kyle Kuzma in the deal, which is key for the Lakers.

The next step for the Lakers is finding a point guard to replace Ball, and it appears they have their eyes on free agent Kemba Walker.

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The Warriors will get the first shot at the new-look Lakers as the two teams will play the first preseason game at the Chase Center on Oct. 5.

After missing the playoffs this past season, the Lakers are hellbent on getting back to the postseason, so they are pulling out all the stops.

Doctor, trainer explain how Kevin Durant will be affected by Achilles injury

Doctor, trainer explain how Kevin Durant will be affected by Achilles injury

He drains 3-pointers. He soars for slam dunks. He crosses you up. And he swats your shot. 

Kevin Durant can do it all. The question now is, will he still be able to do it all once he returns from a ruptured right Achilles tendon? 

"I think you're going to likely see at least a step back," Jeff Stotts, a certified athletic trainer who analyzes injury trends at InStreetClothes.com, told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck. "At least, that's what the studies show—that there is going to be a dip in productivity."

The Warriors star forward suffered the injury after playing just under 12 minutes in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The injury occurred over a month after Durant sustaining a strained right calf. Prior to the injuries, KD was performing like the best basketball player on the planet. 

Durant played in 78 of the Warriors' 82 regular-season games, where he averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and a career-high 5.9 assists per game. He was even better in the playoffs. Including the two games he got hurt in, Durant averaged 32.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in the playoffs while shooting over 50 percent from the field, over 40 percent from 3-point range and over 90 percent from the free throw line. 

He was simply spectacular. Will we ever see that version again? 

"It's hard to return to an elite level of play following that type of injury," Stotts said, "especially in basketball, with the constant, sudden, start-stop jumping motion that the calf and the Achilles are critical and vital to."

Instead of driving to the hole, dribbling to find his spot for a mid-range jump shot and leaping for rebounds, Durant might turn into more of a spot-up shooter. He did make all three of his 3-point attempts in his first game back from his calf strain before injuring his Achilles. 

It's likely he'll have to play less regular-season games for the rest of his career, too. 

"He's not going to be an 82-game-a-year guy," a doctor working for another NBA team outside of the Warriors told Beck. "I always say that they can be the same player in smaller doses. So, fewer minutes, fewer games. You will see flashes. The sustained greatness is really, really tough.

"[Durant] can still be a really, really great player. But it's going to be in 28 minutes, and it's going to be not in back-to-backs. And it's going to be saving himself for the playoffs."

Durant will miss the entire 2019-20 season while rehabbing. He turns 31 in September and will be 32 when we're first expected to see him back on a basketball court. If that will be at Chase Center as a Warrior is the great unknown

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Despite his injury, the Warriors are expected to still offer Druant a max contract worth $221 million over five seasons when he becomes a free agent on June 30. Whether he's a Warrior or not, however, he'll likely look different as a player. 

When Durant announced his successful Achilles surgery, he said on Instagram, "It's going to be a journey but I'm built for this. I'm a hooper." There's no doubt Durant will hoop again, no matter what version of himself we see.

Sadly, he might not be the same superstar.