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Warriors' Curry, Iguodala connect off court on the golf course

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Warriors' Curry, Iguodala connect off court on the golf course

Warriors teammates Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala can already bond over what most teammates never can: MVP trophies. Curry took home the 2014-15 regular season MVP while Iguodala was named the NBA Finals MVP last season. 

Now, the two find a whole other craft they can connect with off the court, but remain competitive at the same time. 

Curry grew up driving and putting on different golf courses with his father Dell. Iguodala on the other hand, picked up clubs a few years ago and now says he has a "disease" for his love of the sport. 

The two were seen on the Golf Channel with Gary Williams Monday.

"I found somebody that's really, really good at golf, who's the best shooter in the world," Iguodala said on Curry, who doubles as his golf partner. "So, I found a good mate to play golf with." 

[POOLE: NBA record book turning into early Steph Curry biography]

Fans and teammates alike see the competitive animal that is Steph Curry on the basketball court. Is he the same way on the golf course or can he relax? 

"I'm a competitive person by nature, so that's the beauty of golf," said Curry. "You can always challenge yourself."

Curry is on top of the basketball world right now as the reigning MVP of the league. He has found a way to dominate with the grace of his shot instead of the power of the dunk. 

[RELATED: Krukow: My wife 'doing cartwheels' watching Curry vs OKC]

On the golf course, Curry sees comparisons between his shot and Jordan Spieth's ability to put opponents away with his putting skills.

"Difference between him and the field sometimes when he's out there playing and myself and shooting is the same way," Curry said on the parallel between he and Spieth.

Playing 82 games of basketball before the playoffs even start can be grueling. For Curry and Iguodala, they have found the perfect outlet. 

"We always joke that we talk more about golf than basketball," Curry said with a smile on his face.

DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

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DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30pm PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

DeMarcus Cousins isn't exactly on the best of terms with the New Orleans Pelicans organization. 

The four-time All-Star was hoping to re-sign with the franchise that traded for him back in February 2017, but things didn't work out. There is still some bad blood.

Cousins will make his Warriors debut on Friday against the Clippers. Apparently, he could have suited up against the Pelicans but opted to remain on the sideline.

[RELATEDDeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important]

"I wasn’t going to return against them,” Cousins told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports before the Warriors' victory. “I didn’t because I didn’t’ want to give (the media) a storyline. Straight up. You can ask Bob (Myers) that.

"I didn’t want to give y’all a storyline. That’s why (my return) is Friday.”

Cousins is right in that if he made his debut against the Pelicans, the emotions would have been off the charts. He made the right decision to wait two extra days.

At his introductory press conference with the Warriors back in July, the big man implied that New Orleans GM Dell Demps didn't offer him a contract.

"I’m gonna put it like this: Only me and Dell Demps know what was said on the phone that night," Cousins declared. "We both know the truth. And I’ll leave it at that."

If you like drama, then mark April 9 on your calendar because that's when Cousins and the Warriors will face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in New Orleans...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In April 2012, Steph Curry underwent surgery on his right ankle. The surgeon was Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.

In late January 2018, DeMarcus Cousins underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon. The surgeon was ...

... Dr. Richard Ferkel, who certainly will be watching when the Warriors big man takes the floor Friday night in Los Angeles.

[RELATED: Cousins’ debut means Warriors will face 10 crucial questions]

He recently spoke with NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh about Cousins' rehab process and acknowledged that keeping the six-time All-Star's weight down has been a top priority.

"The stress they're putting on is a little different than for somebody who is a 6-foot point guard," Dr. Ferkel said. "It probably extends the rehab a bit longer in bigger people than in smaller people.”

Cousins isn't a small person, and at various points throughout his career, he has needed to shed some pounds. At this point, that isn't an issue because he truly looks to be in very solid shape -- not elite-level "game shape," but he definitely passes the eye test right now.

But Warriors fans shouldn't expect a seamless assimilation. It will take Cousins some time to shake off the rust and get fully comfortable. He'll have to adapt to the Warriors' high-octane pace and style.

“I think it’s important for people to understand that even if he’s released, we, as part of DeMarcus’ team, feel this current release (to play) is really the final phase of his rehabilitation," Dr. Ferkel added. "We’re not saying he’s 100 percent like he would be if he was uninjured.

"He’s done everything he can do but be in a game situation with elite players.”

Buckle up and enjoy the ride ...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller