Warriors talk NBA history, ready to mark their place


Warriors talk NBA history, ready to mark their place

OAKLAND –- There was nothing from the Warriors after winning 10 in a row, nothing after 12 either. They held the company line: One game at a time. And: Next game is all that matters.

But Friday night, after winning their 14th consecutive game, the Warriors made no such attempts to avoid the subject on the tips of tongues throughout the NBA. They openly talked about The Streak, and about becoming the first team in NBA history to win 16 consecutive games. They embraced the subject.

“At this point, you do,” forward Draymond Green said. “Because all you’re doing now is thinking about one game, which you have to do anyway.”

The next game is Sunday at Denver. A win over the Nuggets would put the Warriors in a three-way tie with the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and the 1948-49 Washington Capitols for most wins to begin a season.

“It’s amazing,” center Festus Ezeli said.

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The Warriors prior to the game talked about it among themselves, interim coach Luke Walton said.

“We haven’t brought it up at all yet, but we’re close enough now,” he said. Let’s try to go get that best start ever.”

Thus, the gate is open.

“It’s a motivational tool for us,” guard Shaun Livingston said. “As you keep going through the games, you try to come up with a new speech as a coach.

“For us, it’s something special. It’s history. We can mark our place. And if we’ve got the chance to do it, why not?”

Game 16 is scheduled for Tuesday at Oracle, against the Los Angeles Lakers. Should the Warriors win that one, too, they’ll sit alone atop this particular mountain.

“That’s history right there,” Ezeli said. “That’s a huge accomplishment for us, and it’s a great start to the season.

“Honestly, in the grand scheme of things, our ultimate goal is to win the championship or chase it right now. We’ve got to continue to get better and improve every game.

“But that right there (the record) is a huge accomplishment. To have your name in the history books of the NBA, that’s big. That’s bigger than any of us here.”

NBA rumors: Steph Curry to play in celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe

NBA rumors: Steph Curry to play in celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe

Steph Curry is obsessed with golf.

And in a couple of weeks, he will be participating in a celebrity tournament he loves.

The Warriors superstar will play in the American Century Championship in Tahoe next month, Ron Kroichick of The San Francisco Chronicle has learned.

The event is from July 9 to 14 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and this will be Curry's seventh appearance.

Curry -- who came in fourth place back in 2017 -- finished in a tie for 11th last year, with former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo winning it all.

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Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (who is also an avid golfer) will be a part of the field for the first time since 2016, according to the tournament's website.

Curry is starring in a mini golf competition TV series this summer called "Holy Moley." He is also an executive producer on the show, which debuts on June 20 on ABC.

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Rockets GM Daryl Morey shoots down report Chris Paul demanded trade

Rockets GM Daryl Morey shoots down report Chris Paul demanded trade

Are Chris Paul and James Harden friends? That might be the biggest question -- other than what the immediate future holds for the Warriors -- heading into the NBA offseason. 

After losing to the Warriors in the second round of the NBA playoffs, reports have repeatedly leaked out about the Rockets, with the latest suggesting the relationship between the two star guards is "unsalvageable" and Paul has demanded a trade.

Well, not long after that report dropped Tuesday, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey went on the defensive, shooting down the report of the trade demand while denying there is friction between his backcourt stars.

So, which one is it?

It would be easy to view this as Morey doing damage control. If Paul has asked for a trade, then word getting out would put the Rockets at a disadvantage in negotions.

However, now that the Rockets have been on summer vacation for six weeks, perhaps Harden and Paul have cooled off and hashed things out.

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Losing to the Warriors without Kevin Durant might have broken the rival Rockets. There was a report that Paul and Harden had a tense exchange following the Rockets' Game 6 loss in Houston. Now it appears things could be worse than initially imagined. 

With Golden State limping out of the NBA Finals with both Durant and Klay Thompson injured and headed for free agency, now would be the perfect time for the Rockets to finally take what they believe is their rightful place atop the conference. If CP3 and The Beard are on the outs, though, there's no telling what the offseason could hold for the Rockets.

Paul is owed  $38.5, $41.3 and $44,2 million, respectively, over the next three seasons. With the surefire Hall of Famer's body continuing to break down, it's hard to see a team that would be willing to take on that price tag for the aging star.

Then again, perhaps all is jolly in Rocketland and the two stars will continue to make those State Farm commercials everyone loves so much.