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Why a few Warriors players asked reporter to apologize to Kevin Durant

Why a few Warriors players asked reporter to apologize to Kevin Durant

Back on Feb. 6, Kevin Durant registered 23 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and two steals in the Warriors' 141-102 win over the Spurs.

But we all remember that night for what happened during the two-time NBA Finals MVP's postgame press conference, when he finally broke his silence by lashing out at the media. KD singled out Ethan Strauss of The Athletic because the Warriors star was upset about a specific article. 

Strauss was a guest on "The Ryen Russillo Podcast" last week, and was asked for a behind-the-scenes story that the public doesn't yet know about:

"The Warriors players -- after that whole situation with Durant going at me in the press conference -- were effectively trying to broker a peace where I went to him and I apologized to settle down the situation.

"Which to me was very revealing and interesting because the manner with which they conveyed it to me, it was almost like they were projecting with what they have to deal with onto my situation. It was this sense of, 'Yeah, so you don't think you have to apologize but you just apologize to him and you know, come on, you just do it.'

"I remember DeMarcus Cousins looked at me and said, 'Man, looks like you got some apologizing to do.' And I go, 'How do I apologize to somebody if I don't think that I was in the wrong?'

"And Cousins laughs and he goes, 'S--t, that's for you to figure out.' There was this sense of you got to mend this situation because this is what we have to do because superstar makes the rules. That's just how it goes in the NBA.

"And if the superstar is moody and even if he's not being rational, you just have to go with it and you have to work within that frame."

[RELATED: Draymond opens up about KD blow-up, admits he was wrong]

That anecdote certainly sheds some light on the inner workings of how the Warriors dealt with certain situations throughout their rollercoaster 2018-19 season.

We all know how the movie ended, and don't need to re-litigate what transpired between KD and the Warriors. But when we learn these new anecdotes, they certainly are worth mentioning.

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Warriors' Steph Curry praises Suns for starting lineup introductions

Warriors' Steph Curry praises Suns for starting lineup introductions

The Phoenix Suns entered Tuesday's matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers an undefeated 6-0 in their Orlando bubble NBA seeding games.

And they've been winning in matters outside the lines as well.

The latest example is how they announced their starting lineup against the 76ers. In fact, it was so awesome that even Warriors superstar Steph Curry felt compelled to let Phoenix's social media team know his feelings.

This truly is beyond spectacular.

Players, coaches and team personnel have been away from their families for a long time, and they miss their loved ones dearly.

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Curry -- who is not in the bubble because the Warriors were not included in the 2019-20 season restart -- acknowledged how hard it must be for everyone in Orlando.

“If you say I get to play basketball, sleep and play golf on my off days, that’s not a bad setup,” he told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Sunday night. “From a day-to-day perspective, how you fill your time, I would have no problem adjusting to that.

"But you can’t take family out of the equation. I don’t think any of us have been away from our families for that long before.”

[RELATED: Trainer says Steph is 'as bouncy and energetic' as ever]

Well done, Suns. Bravo.

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Trainer says Warriors' Steph Curry 'as bouncy and energetic' as ever

Trainer says Warriors' Steph Curry 'as bouncy and energetic' as ever

Steph Curry cannot wait to take the floor for an NBA game again. But with the start date for the 2020-21 season unclear at this point, the Warriors superstar knows he has to stay patient.

Unfortunately for the two-time NBA MVP, he has had to be extra patient for too long, as he was sidelined for over four months last season because of a broken left hand.

Steph misses competing and winning, and understands the window for doing that at the highest level won't be open for that much longer.

But at the same time, his personal trainer believes there are no reasons to be concerned that the three-time NBA champion is trending in the wrong direction.

“He’s a young 32,” Brandon Payne recently told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. “He’s jumping really well, moving really well. He’s perpetually in great shape from a cardiovascular standpoint. He’s not showing any signs at all of any sort of aging. He’s moving well, he’s getting stronger.

"He’s as bouncy and energetic in workouts as he’s ever been.”

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Video proof of this sometimes will surface on social media in the form of Curry throwing down some dunks. They serve as a reminder that he is more athletic than people think.

But it's also important to remember Steph's legs are extra fresh right now. And part of that could be because he and Payne have been forced to adjust their offseason regimen.

“Normally we have a five-to-six-day workweek," Payned told Strauss. “This year, with the uncertainty of the timeline (of next season), we’re being very patient. We’re only going four days a week. With those four days, only two of those days are uptempo, high-intensity days.

"We just want to make sure everything we’re doing has a positive benefit to his game. We can’t have any empty drills. We don’t really want to have wasted running."

[RELATED: Report: Klay held workout with Steph while rehabbing ACL]

Steph acknowledged last month that the 2019-20 campaign "could be a blessing in disguise" for the Warriors. After five straight trips to the NBA Finals, everybody associated with the franchise needed a physical and mental break.

But it sure sounds like the No. 7 overall pick from the 2009 draft has caught his breath and is ready to go full steam ahead.

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