Warriors reporter targeted in Kevin Durant media tirade shares his side

Warriors reporter targeted in Kevin Durant media tirade shares his side

A prominent member on the Warriors beat found himself in the middle of a media storm last season when Kevin Durant called him out by name in a press conference after the former Golden State forward took exception to an article written about his impending free agency. 

On the latest Warriors Insiders Podcast, The Athletic's Ethan Strauss shed light on his version of the events.  

"We had a discussion at The Athletic that we need to talk about this and maybe I just pulled that particular straw," Strauss said.

Durant's comments, which were made following a 141-102 win over the Spurs, came after Strauss wrote an article reporting that many within the Warriors organization were resigned to the fact that Durant was going to leave in free agency. In his three-minute rant, Durant said that Strauss did not talk to him or anyone in the organization for the story, which Strauss denied. 

"I definitely reached out," Strauss said. "And he didn't want to talk and that was more or less what had happened before when he took exception where I said, 'Hey, if you have an issue or if I'm coming with something, I can talk to you about it.' And he wasn't in that kind of mood."

Over his career, Durant has frequently stated his opinions on social media and responded to both stories and fans on various platforms. In the podcast, Strauss said that while the trait may be admirable, it could be harmful long term.

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"There are writers that I believe Kevin thinks about more than they think about him," Strauss said. "He's the only guy I could put in that category that are at the level that he's at. It's kind of unbelievable and maybe it's just really honest but I also don't think it's the most emotionally healthy level to be." 

In addition to dishing on his spat with Durant, Strauss also spoke on his cooking exploits, the relationship between media and players, and the upcoming Warriors season.

D'Angelo Russell eyes super team with Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker

D'Angelo Russell eyes super team with Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker

D'Angelo Russell has only had a few months to get to know his new Warriors teammates, but he's already extremely familiar with two players he plans to team up with in the future.

Golden State's guard, acquired in a sign-and-trade with Brooklyn in July, is featured on the newest cover of Slam Magazine. Russell, however, isn't alone. He's there with two longtime friends.

Russell, Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns and Phoenix's Devin Booker go way back. They came up through the AAU system together, and entered the NBA at the same time. Towns and Russell were the Nos. 1 and 2 picks in the 2015 NBA Draft, while Booker was the No. 13 overall selection.

All three players are part of the next generation of NBA superstars. And in convening for the magazine shoot, Russell confessed a desire to form a super team with them down the line.

"We gotta do this again, when we’re all on the same team,” Russell said toward the end of the shoot. “Nah, don’t cut [the film]. Y’all got it on footage. When we’re all on the same team -- I ain’t gonna tell you which team because I don’t know -- we’re gonna do this again."

Russell signed a four-year contract with Golden State after coming over in the sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant, and is due to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2022-23 season. Both Towns and Booker have five years remaining on their contracts, and are scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency one year after Russell. All three are paid handsomely.

It remains to be seen if it even will be possible to fit all three players on the same roster in the future, especially if any of them continue to improve (and thus qualify for larger salaries). Still, Towns is the oldest of the three, and he only turns 24 this November.

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There's plenty of time for it to happen. In the meantime, however, you can expect all three of Russell, Towns and Booker to star separately on their current teams.

Andre Iguodala describes Steph Curry's amazing hand-eye coordination

Andre Iguodala describes Steph Curry's amazing hand-eye coordination

We all know how much Andre Iguodala loves Steph Curry.

The former Warriors forward repeatedly has said the two-time NBA MVP is the second-best point guard of all-time, behind only Magic Johnson.

After Game 2 of last season's NBA Finals against the Raptors, Iguodala said he's all for anything that protects Curry's legacy.

On Thursday morning, Iguodala once again was singing Curry's praises.

"Steph's got something else. Anybody seen 'The Accountant?' Steph's like that. He's good at everything," the 35-year-old said on Hot 97 radio. "Hand-eye coordination. He probably could shoot somebody from 1,000 feet away.

"I've seen him throw darts. I've seen him bowl like 250. Ping-pong. Golf, he could play pro in real life. He can throw a fastball 80 miles per hour, right down the middle.

"He's got this hand-eye thing that's freakish."

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Wait. Steph can't hit 95 miles per hour on the radar gun? Lame.

Also, looks like I need to go watch the movie The Accountant.

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