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Steve Kerr explains how Dennis Rodman inspired the Golden State Warriors

Steve Kerr explains how Dennis Rodman inspired the Golden State Warriors

Dennis Rodman is a Hall of Famer, a five-time NBA champion, and arguably the greatest rebounder of all-time but what many people don't know is that "The Worm" was a big-time source of inspiration for the Golden State Warriors.

On a recent episode of the Runnin' Plays podcast, Warriors head coach and former Bulls sharpshooter Steve Kerr talked about how a popular Rodman phrase stuck with him throughout his career.

"I'll play the game for free, but you get paid for the bulls--t."

Over his long and illustrious tenure with the Dubs, Kerr has dealt with a lot of "bulls--t" and scrutiny. The Warriors caught the world's attention with Steph Curry's unanimous MVP, their 73-9 season, and their acquisition of superstar Kevin Durant following that magical year and then later losing him to the Brooklyn Nets.

Kerr has been a calm and steady hand at the wheel for Golden State throughout all of this and by all accounts is a beloved coach despite blowups over time with volatile star Draymond Geen. Much like the '90s Bulls, Kerr's Warriors got over any internal strife and dominated to the tune of five NBA Finals appearances and three titles since the 2014-15 season.

The main reason you get paid is not because you get to play basketball, it's because you get traded, and cut, and booed and injured. And there's a lot of difficulty that comes with all the great stuff.

-Steve Kerr on focusing on the bigger picture (on the Runnin' Plays podcast)

The Warriors were 15-50 -- the worst record in the league -- when the season was postponed but Rodman's words still serve as an essential source of inspiration, perhaps now more than ever. The 2019-20 Warriors experienced NBA life "on the other side of the tracks," but played hard every night with Rodman's credo being the best reminder to shut out all the outside noise that surrounds a losing team.

"I think the way we approach it as a staff, is we try to talk about keeping things in perspective ... we would all basically play basketball for free because that's what we've done our whole lives," Kerr said. "And so I never feel like any of us get paid to play or coach basketball."

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Jim Boylen updates and Bulls miss a chance with no second bubble

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Jim Boylen updates and Bulls miss a chance with no second bubble

Host Jason Goff is joined by Bulls insider K.C. Johnson, and Rob Schaefer as they provide updates on Jim Boylen's status with the Bulls now that the potential of a second NBA Bubble with the teams that didn't make the firstone is seemingly out. The crew discusses what not having a second bubble means for the Bulls and the new front office. Later on, they discuss the play of LeBron James and the Lakers and get into the injury of Ben Simmons and how that may shake up the Eastern Conference playoffs.

(1:10) - Reasons why the NBA and NBA Players aren't moving with a second bubble so far

(10:02) - Jim Boylen updates and what the Bulls new front office may be considering

(24:15) - Who has the brighter future, the Knicks or the Bulls?

(31:50) - What's wrong with the Lakers?

(38:30) - Sixers lose Ben Simmons indefinitely

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NBA, NBPA announce zero positive COVID-19 tests from inside Disney bubble

NBA, NBPA announce zero positive COVID-19 tests from inside Disney bubble

In the first round of testing announced since the NBA began playing official restart games on July 30, there's more good news.

Of the 343 players tested for COVID-19 since the last results were announced on July 29, there remains zero positive tests. This is the third round of testing results made public in a joint statement from the NBA and NBPA, whose strict safety protocols appear to be working. Teams have now been in the so-called "bubble" on the Disney World campus outside Florida for close to a month.

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The statement reiterated that if one positive test occurs, that player will be isolated until he meets all rules established by the two parties to resume play. The 22 teams on the Disney campus traveled with limited parties of 35 people. Players undergo daily testing.

The season is scheduled to conclude in October with the NBA Finals. Commissioner Adam Silver and Michele Roberts, executive director of the players association, long made it clear they badly wanted to crown a 2019-20 champion, even when Silver paused the league in mid-March after Rudy Gobert posted the first positive test. The league and NBPA have drawn rave reviews from around the sporting world for the execution of their plan to this point.

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