Why it's Kevin Durant's 'goal' to have jersey retired at Chase Center

Why it's Kevin Durant's 'goal' to have jersey retired at Chase Center

Kevin Durant might be a Warrior for just a few more months, but he hopes to always be a part of the franchise.

The Warriors star can opt out of his contract and become a free agent at the end of this season. Durant has openly admitted that he hasn't made his free-agency decision. But even if he does leave the Bay Area this summer, he would do so as one of the most decorated players in franchise history, especially if he helps the team win another NBA championship before exiting.

As the Warriors' impressive run rolls on, the thought of the dynasty's core all having their numbers retired at Chase Center when the time comes has been discussed, as has the possibility of having a statue erected to commemorate the once-in-a-generation stretch.

While some expect Durant will pack up his things and leave the Warriors for a new challenge, the two-time NBA Finals MVP still would love to see his No. 35 hanging in the Chase Center rafters, no matter how long his Golden State career lasts.

“Most definitely,” Durant told The Undefeated's Marc Spears. “If you put a Durant ‘35’ jersey in any NBA arena coming from where I come from … that is why that stuff is important to me, because my family name will be here after I am dead. To have that hanging in the arena with one of the best franchises in sports, hell, yeah, that’s a goal.”

No matter when Durant's run in the Bay ends -- whether it be this summer or in five years -- there should be little doubt the Warriors will honor him by hanging his jersey in the rafters one day.

Yes, the Warriors' run technically began before his arrival, but Durant has taken the franchise to a whole different level. Despite his occasionally combative personality, Durant has put the team first in a way few stars of his caliber would. From facilitating the offense to closing out NBA Finals games against LeBron James, Durant has done everything that's been asked of him on the court, and the Warriors have prospered as a result.

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If Durant chooses to leave the Warriors for the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers or another unknown team, he'll do so having been a key cog in one of the most dominant runs in professional sports. And he has the opportunity to add another impressive line to his Warriors résumé if he helps lead the franchise to another title while claiming a third consecutive NBA Finals MVP award. 

Last time I checked, you get your jersey retired for that.

Ayesha Curry describes Steph Curry's broken hand as 'really, really bad'

Ayesha Curry describes Steph Curry's broken hand as 'really, really bad'

Warriors superstar Steph Curry broke the second metacarpal in his left hand during Golden State's loss to the Suns on Oct. 30.

He underwent surgery on Nov. 1, and then had a second procedure last Friday.

Why did he go under the knife twice? 

"Because it was really really bad. Not a normal regular 'I fell off my bike' break. He just doesn't complain. My silent slayer," Curry's wife, Ayesha, said Wednesday afternoon on Instagram.

The follow-up surgery was to remove pins that were inserted during the initial incision, which helps explain the longer rehab process.

As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski noted last month:

Curry is out until at least February, which is when Golden State will provide another update on the two-time NBA MVP's status.

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Let's end this on a positive note:

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Eric Paschall believes he'll play in Warriors-Knicks despite hip issue

Eric Paschall believes he'll play in Warriors-Knicks despite hip issue

SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Warriors rookie Eric Paschall believes he will be available for tip-off.

"Yeah, I think so," Paschall said after shootaround Wednesday morning. "I'm pretty sure I'm playing but I feel like I'm fine."

In an injury-ravaged season for the Warriors, the rookie has been a rare bright spot for Golden State. In 24 appearances, he's averaging 16.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31 minutes. 

Entering Wednesday, Paschall -- who missed a 114-108 loss to the Thunder on Nov. 9 with a hip injury -- was listed as questionable for Wednesday with soreness in his left hip. Still, Paschall believes he will be in the lineup after a brief rehab schedule. 

"Got treatment on it all yesterday and I got treatment this morning," he said. "It's all good and I feel like I should be able to play tonight."

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If Paschall has to miss the game, there will be more minutes available for big men Marquese Chriss, Willie Cauley-Stein and newly-recalled Alen Smailagic.