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Tristan Thompson shares initial reaction to Kevin Durant joining Warriors

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Tristan Thompson shares initial reaction to Kevin Durant joining Warriors

Kevin Durant and Tristan Thompson may have been part of heated battles in the last two NBA Finals, but deep down, they are brothers.

Both attended the University of Texas, Durant four years prior to Thompson. But the connection between the Warriors forward and the Cavaliers center comes before those battles for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

So, how did Thompson feel when Durant signed with Golden State after the Cavs stunned the 73-9 Warriors the 2016 NBA Finals?

"At the end of the day, Kevin is my brother and I remember sleeping on his couch when he was in college when I would come to visit," Thompson told Yahoo's Chris Haynes on the Posted Up podcast. "He’d look out for me. Obviously, I was shocked, but at the same time, I know what he wanted and it was to be in a position that he felt like, he wanted to be part of something special. He saw that in Golden State, he wanted to win a championship, he wanted that ring, and at the end of the day, for you to continue to grow as a brand, as a business. You know, having a ring is definitely great for your resume, so I definitely understand that."

Durant received a ton of criticism for his move from Oklahoma City to Oakland. But with two NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVPs, it's clear Durant made the right choice.

His Texas brother, Tristan Thompson, can see that, even if he cost the Cavs center a chance to win another title.

Kevin Durant, New York City 'match made not in heaven,' Michael Wilbon says

Kevin Durant, New York City 'match made not in heaven,' Michael Wilbon says

Kevin Durant has had a prickly relationship with the media this season.

But if the Warriors superstar thinks this is bad, he should probably scratch the New York Knicks off his free agency list.

The New York media is ruthless, and that's something the two-time NBA Finals MVP may not be able to handle if he joins the Knicks.

ESPN's Michael Wilbon doesn't see Durant fitting in Gotham.

"I think Kevin Durant and New York City are a match made not in heaven," Wilbon said on First Take on Friday morning. "It's OK, Kevin is a fairly thin-skinned guy. You can be that. But do you function best in New York? Look, Kyrie [Irving] grew up in metropolitan New York, he understands the mood, the tenor, the volume. I mean, Kevin, that's not his thing from my observation."

The popular rumor over the last few months has Durant and Irving declining their player options with their respective teams and joining forces on the Knicks.

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In a recent interview with the New York Post, Knicks president Steve Mills sounded pretty confident that his team will have a big offseason.

We tend to agree with Wilbon on this one, though. Based on what we've seen in the last few months, Durant doesn't seem suited for New York. If the Knicks lose games early in his tenure, the media and talk shows will crush him. If he doesn't bring a title to The Big Apple, they won't let him live it down.

Stay right where you are, KD. In more ways than one, you've got it pretty good in the Bay Area.

Watch Andrew Bogut do little bit of everything for Warriors in Game 3 win

Watch Andrew Bogut do little bit of everything for Warriors in Game 3 win

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Sunday morning at 11, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Andrew Bogut had a great game Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Scratch that: Andrew Bogut had a terrific game.

In the Warriors' 132-105 win over the Clippers in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series, the 34-year old recorded eight points, 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. In 25 minutes, he was plus-24.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft was instrumental in getting Kevin Durant off to a hot start:

Bogut led the Dubs with four "screen assists," according to NBA.com.

The 2015 All-Defensive selection also made a signifcant impact on the defensive end:

Klay Thompson was cold to start the game. He missed his first four shots.

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Bogut helped change that, though, a couple minutes into the second quarter:

After practice Wednesday, coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors are lucky to have Bogut. On Thursday, you saw exactly why.

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