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Warriors, Kings would have been affected by NBA's proposed rule change

Warriors, Kings would have been affected by NBA's proposed rule change

Timing is everything. And the latest NBA news has quite the timing. 

The NBA submitted a formal proposal to the National Basketball Players Association on Thursday that would lower the required age for draft eligibility from 19 years old, to 18, reports USA Today. Interestingly enough, the proposal comes one day after Duke freshman phenom Zion Williamson suffered a Grade 1 right knee sprain that had NBA players going off on college basketball.

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins for one, ripped the NCAA the day after Zion's injury. 

“Knowing what I know now, college (basketball) is bulls**t,” Cousins said Thursday. “College basketball and the NCAA is bulls**t.”

Cousins is one of three Warriors -- joining Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney -- that went through the NCAA's current one-and-done rule of entering the draft at 19 years old, which was instituted in 2006. The Kings currently have three players -- Marvin Bagley III, Harry Giles and De'Aaron Fox -- who were subject to the same rule. 

Obviously, high draft picks like Cousins, Durant, Bagley, and Fox would have had their names called early on draft night coming out of high school, too. But, the same goes for Looney and Giles as well. 

Looney was the top player in the class of 2014 coming out of Wisconsin. The power forward was a five-star recruit and a McDonald's All-American, but he had to go to UCLA. 

At UCLA, Looney suffered a hip injury, but still averaged 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game before the Warriors selected him No. 30 overall in the 2015 draft. Based on potential alone, you can only imagine Looney would have gone higher than the last pick of the first round if he didn't have to go to college. 

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Giles is a whole different story. Perhaps nobody would have benefited more from going into the draft straight out of high school than Giles. Despite missing his entire sophomore and senior seasons due to knee injuries, he was still the No. 1 high school player in the nation going into college. 

Since he had to go to college, Giles attended Duke University, but once again had to undergo knee surgery. He played in 26 games as a freshman, starting only six, and averaged 3.9 points per game. Still, the Kings took him No. 20 overall in the 2017 draft. 

Change needs to be done. Lowering the age rules for the draft is one avenue, just like paying athletes who generate millions for colleges, is another.

Why Mike Brown feels like he played role in Klay Thompson's huge game

Why Mike Brown feels like he played role in Klay Thompson's huge game

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Wednesday night at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Klay Thompson finally had a big game on Sunday.

After scoring just 12, 17 and 12 points in the first three games against the Clippers, the five-time All-Star registered 32 points in Game 4.

Did he do anything different on Friday or Saturday in Los Angeles that contributed to his breakout performance?

“I did a couple things ... I told Jonas (Jerebko) yesterday when we went to the beach and played some volleyball, I'm like, 'Yo I’m just gonna go jump in the ocean. I know that will reset my mind.’ And it worked," Klay told reporters after the Warriors' 113-105 win. "I don't know if I'm gonna jump (in) up north, because it's freezing.

"But it's something I'll definitely contemplate if I don't shoot the ball the rest of the year."

On Monday morning, Golden State assistant coach Mike Brown explained how he could have been there with Klay and Jerebko but ultimately declined the invitation.

“I actually took an Uber after that practice back to the hotel with Klay and Jonas and they were both going to the beach together,” Brown said on 95.7 The Game. “They asked me if I wanted to go and at first I said, ‘Yes.’

“But then I realized my swell figure -- it wouldn’t quite look as nice as theirs. So, I was like, ‘You know what? How about y’all go to the beach by yourselves and I'll go another time with y’all, after I get in that gym a little bit.'

"I didn't go with them, but I feel like I'm part of this 32-point performance because Klay did say he needed some tunes while he was at the beach. And so I said, 'OK, Klay. Here, you can use my Beats Pill.' So I let him use my Beats Pill.

"He tried to keep it but I confronted him when we got off the plane last night and he knew what to do as a young man (against) my grown man strength."

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There are so many amazing components to this tale that it's hard to pick a favorite.

The weather is going to be beautiful in the Bay Area the next couple of days, so hopefully we learn about another legendary Klay story after Game 5 on Wednesday night.

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Andrew Bogut's interesting response to Joel Embiid's 3-1 Warriors joke

Andrew Bogut's interesting response to Joel Embiid's 3-1 Warriors joke

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Wednesday night at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

On Saturday, 76ers center Joel Embiid racked up 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks and two steals in Philly's Game 4 win at the Nets.

After the victory, he delivered a fantastic joke while speaking to the media at the podium:

The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals and the basketball world will clearly never forget.

Andrew Bogut -- who hurt his knee in Game 5 of that infamous series and missed Games 6 and 7 -- responded to Embiid in a column he wrote for Yahoo Sport Australia:

Joel Embiid saying the 76ers don’t want to do what we did in the 2016 Finals is just Joel being Joel – he’s a bit of a larrikin.

But they have to get to a Finals series first before they can even think about doing that.

It’s been a funny talking point for a lot of people in the league.

But we haven’t taken any notice of it and it’s not something that’s been mentioned in the locker room.

You are probably asking yourself what "larrikin" means.

The definition, according to the Oxford Modern Australian Dictionary: "A mischievous young person, an uncultivated, rowdy but good hearted person", or "a person who acts with apparent disregard for social or political conventions."

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Turn up the heat!

Embiid talks a lot of trash, is a must-follow on social media and is all about having fun.


At this point, the world kind of deserves a Warriors-76ers matchup in the NBA Finals so we can watch Bogut and Embiid battle it out.

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