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Warriors group chat shared Morey's 'they are not unbeatable' comments

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Warriors group chat shared Morey's 'they are not unbeatable' comments

The Warriors won the 2017 title on June 12.

Shortly thereafter, ESPN's Zach Lowe posted a column that included the following quotes from Rockets GM Daryl Morey.

"They are not unbeatable. There have been bigger upsets in sports history. We are going to keep improving our roster.

"We are used to long odds. If Golden State makes the odds longer, we might up our risk profile and get even more aggressive. We have something up our sleeve."

On Thursday, Clay Skipper of GQ posted a profile on Draymond Green.

One element of the article details a conversation between Skipper and Draymond from back on June 22:

“It’s so funny sitting back and watching this sh**,” he (Draymond) starts, before pausing to pull his phone out of his jeans, looking through the Golden State Warriors’ group chat. 

He wants to relay something that Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey had said in an interview, reacting to the Warriors' title. The team had texted it to each other. Then he pauses, scoffing at Morey’s comments.

“What the f**k are you talking about? They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy” -- here he bumps a table repeatedly with his hand for emphasis, getting excited -- “because teams know they don’t have a f**king clue.”

Morey did have something up his sleeve, as on June 28, the Rockets acquired Chris Paul.

Draymond's comments came before the Thunder traded for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, and before the Cavs shipped Kyrie Irving to Boston.

Draymond also said the following to GQ:

"It’s pretty f**king sick to see how everybody is just in a f**king panic about what to do. You sit back and think, like, these motherf***ers, they know. That’s the fun part about it: They know they don’t stand a chance.”

Draymond and the Warriors open their quest for back-to-back titles next Tuesday night when they host the Rockets.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steph Curry makes sizable donation to Web.com Tour player whose wife is battling cancer

Steph Curry makes sizable donation to Web.com Tour player whose wife is battling cancer

Steph Curry may have finished in last place at the Ellie Mae Classic last week, but that didn't stop him from doing something thoughtful for a player on the Web.com Tour.

During a press conference after he finished the second round at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Curry revealed that he made a $25,000 donation to the GoFundMe page for Jenn Harrington, the wife of Web.com Tour player Scott Harrington, who is battling Hodgkins Lymphoma.

"I was made aware of Scott Harrington, who is a professional Web.com Tour (player), who has taken a leave (of absence) to be with his wife who is battling cancer. I can't put into words the thoughts and feelings around what their family is going through. I had a chance to talk to him on the phone this morning and let him know that as part of my participation in the tournament this year, that I was going to donate $25,000 to the GoFundMe page that's there to support his family as his wife is battling. The Ellie Mae Tournament is donating $15,000 as well," Curry told reporters in Hayward last week.

According to the Harrington's GoFundMe page, here's what Jenn has had to endure:

"In August of 2017, Jenn was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, then deemed free and clear in December of the same year. On May 11, 2018, doctors informed her the cancer had returned, and that Jenn would have to endure an intense chemotherapy program for two to three months, eventually undergoing a bone marrow transplant to hopefully rid herself of the cancer for good. In turn, Scott has applied for a Special Medical/Family Crisis Extension from the Web.com Tour so that he can be with Jenn during her courageous battle, putting his chase for a PGA TOUR card on hold to be with her."

Bob Myers reveals more details about DeMarcus Cousins signing, 'that's when I knew it was real'

Bob Myers reveals more details about DeMarcus Cousins signing, 'that's when I knew it was real'

You already know some specifics about how DeMarcus Cousins ended up signing with the Warriors.

But there is more to the story.

Over the weekend, Golden State GM Bob Myers discussed how it all went down and what he was thinking as he spoke with Cousins' agent, Jarinn Akana.

"It was early in the morning -- I spoke to his agent. We had been preserving our taxpayer mid-level exception for somebody that might fall through the cracks and not get paid in a very tight free agency market," Myers explained to Greg Papa and Bonta Hill on 95.7 The Game. "But mostly we were thinking wings. I figured if something like that were to happen it would happen July 8th, 9th, 10th.

"But we got the call and I just said, 'Look. We don't have anything more,' because we've talked about other high-level free agents and the thought from their agent was, 'Can you do a sign-and-trade? Can you get to a bigger number?' And I kind of said, 'Look, our roster is what it is. To move that many pieces around, to create $10 million in room, or $15 (million), it's just prohibitive, I don't want to waste your time.'

"So I thought that's where the conversation was going ... and I said to him, 'We don't have the money that you're probably commanding out there.' And this is the moment it became real -- he said, 'We understand what you have.' And I said, 'Well we only have the taxpayer mid-level.' And then when he said, 'I know,' that's when I knew it was real.

"They were very serious about it and they never really wavered."

Cousins will make $5,337,000 next season and become an unrestricted free agent next July.

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