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Video shows fans heckling Sonya, Dell Curry outside of Toronto hotel

Video shows fans heckling Sonya, Dell Curry outside of Toronto hotel

The unknown fan who sent flowers to the Warriors apologizing for Toronto Raptors fans cheering Kevin Durant's Achilles injury might want to amend their accompanying note.

A video surfaced Tuesday on Twitter showing fans in Toronto swearing at and taunting Stephen Curry's parents, Dell and Sonya, outside of a hotel in the city before Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

As a warning, the video below contains foul language.

The jeers toward the Currys are especially odd, considering their close history with the city. Dell Curry played his final three NBA seasons with the Raptors, and Steph routinely speaks well of Toronto. Dell even was honored as a Raptors legend before Game 1 — receiving a standing ovation — with rapper and superfan Drake wearing his jersey as tribute (we think).

This footage only adds to what's been a contentious two days regarding fan behavior in Canada. During Game 5 on Monday night, some Raptors fans in the building cheered as Durant was hurt, and others at Scotiabank Arena waved good-bye after the Warriors star needed to be helped to the locker room. Some Raptors fans outside of the arena also were caught on camera cheering when Durant went down, and the reaction in the arena even caught the Warriors off guard.

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Of course, fans in the aforementioned videos don't speak for everyone following a team, much less an entire city. Unfortunately, just about every fan base has its share of supporters who take things too far, even if it isn't visible surrounding the sport's biggest stage.

But that doesn't make it any more excusable.

Bob Myers expecting excitement, novelty from youth-infused Warriors

Bob Myers expecting excitement, novelty from youth-infused Warriors

To be determined. Young. Hungry. Fresh. Those are the words Bob Myers used to describe the revamped Warriors' identity in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke on Monday.

Golden State has eight new players on its roster. One of the holdovers, Klay Thompson, is expected to miss a large portion of next season while recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Consequently, the Warriors' general manager and president of basketball operations is depending on several newcomers to help lead the franchise into a new phase.

In going about renovating the roster, Myers understood it needed an influx of youth -- which is now more feasible, given the lowered expectations.

"When you try to put these things together, a blend of youth and experience is always good," Myers told Burke. "I think we were tilted pretty far in the experience category, but that's sometimes what it takes to win."

Of the eight new players brought in, Alec Burks is the oldest at age 27. For the last several years, the Warriors have been one of the oldest teams in the league based on average age. This coming season, they'll be one of the youngest.

Myers knows that transition is bound to come with consistent growing pains, but ensures the Warriors are prepared for a different kind of season than they've become accustomed to.

"We are going to have to shapeshift in a certain way," Myers said. "We're going to miss Klay -- There's no replacing Klay Thompson. And then it's a lot of new, young guys. Losing Andre [Iguodala] and Shaun [Livingston] also -- the stability, the consistency they bring -- we'll see. But I think we're okay with that. We get it.

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"I think everybody is going into it with their eyes wide open, knowing there's going to be more challenges," he continued. "It's not going to be what it was. But there's also an excitement to that. There's a novelty to that. It's all kind of wrapped up -- even the new arena stuff -- it's kind of like it's a new dawn. It's a new era. We're moving forward in a different direction, so let's see what happens."

Warriors GM Bob Myers speaks on Golden State's summer of change

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Warriors GM Bob Myers speaks on Golden State's summer of change

OAKLAND - On most days over the last three seasons, Warriors general manager Bob Myers could look over to the basket along the north side of Rakuten Performance Center with a familiar sight: a sweat-drenched Kevin Durant launching a myriad of post-practice jumpers. 

As Myers sat feet away from Durant's basket Monday afternoon, the forward's presence and the championship security blanket it that came with it are now in Brooklyn, marking the dawn of change in Golden State. 

"There's an excitement, there's an awareness that it's not going to be easy," Myers said. "It's going to be different. But change was coming at some point. You never know when, you never know how but its always coming." 

Golden State's summer of change started two weeks ago, acquiring D'Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade shortly after Durant had announced his intention to join Brooklyn. To make the deal work, the Warriors had to part with Andre Iguodala's $17 million salary, trading the veteran to Memphis. After picking Jordan Poole, Eric Paschal and Alen Smailagic and the addition of Willie Cauley Stein, Glenn Robinson and Alec Burks, the Warriors will enter the season with eight new players on the roster. 

The Warriors' transition coincides with an arms race in the Western Conference. A week before Durant's decision, the Los Angeles Lakers traded for star big man Anthony Davis, pairing the all-star with three-time champion LeBron James. Weeks later, Kawhi Leonard - who helped the Toronto Raptors beat the Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals - signed with the LA Clippers in free agency, forcing a trade for all-star Paul George. 

The summer comes at a particular time of peril for the Warriors. While the team enters next season with three all-stars on the roster, Golden State will be without Klay Thompson - who tore his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals - until midway through the season. Still, Myers believes the team can contend. 

"Yeah, the west keeps getting better and better," Myers said. "Can we compete? Yeah, I think we have a group that's shown at least at its core - Whenever Klay comes back, with Draymond and Steph - that's a group that's shown they can win."

Golden State's roster transition is prioritizing development over winning. Last season, during the Warriors quest for a third straight title, rust, complacency and injuries led to curious regular-season losses. With a new roster, including three rookies, Myers believes more focus will be on building a winner instead of maintaining one. 

"It will be different," Myers said. "Not that the regular season didn't matter before, it did, but it takes on a new meaning. I think for our fans - even myself - you walk into an arena I think everything takes on a heightened meaning, which is fun."

"All of this is coming at the right time," Myers added. "For Steve, it will be a lot of teaching. Before he had guys that operated in a system. It will be teaching and I think he'll embrace that too. A lot of learning, a lot of youth. We're going to have more highs and lows as far as winning and losing than we've had before."

The site of Myers' summer media availability is perhaps the biggest change the organization is undergoing. In the coming months, team staffers will move across the San Francisco Bay to the Chase Center. Gone will be Myers' vantage point of Durant and the comfort of watching a penciled in champion, giving way with the unknown timeline of change ahead of the franchise. 

"It's a new dawn for us," Myers said. "But it's okay. We haven't been in this position for five years. It's going to be fun and it doesn't mean it's going to be easy because there is a learning curve to their NBA experience."