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SportWarriors’ Bob Myers, Steve Kerr say keeping Kevin Durant part of game plan

14:40  15 june  2019
14:40  15 june  2019 Source:   sfchronicle.com

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The Warriors ’ brass reiterated Friday its hope of keeping all-world forward Kevin Durant , who ruptured his Achilles Monday and could decide rehab As if it wasn’t clear enough already, Warriors general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr doubled down on their desire to keep forward

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Warriors’ Bob Myers, Steve Kerr say keeping Kevin Durant part of game plan
Warriors’ Bob Myers, Steve Kerr say keeping Kevin Durant part of game plan

As if it wasn’t clear enough already, Warriors general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr doubled down on their desire to keep forward Kevin Durant on Friday.

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Warriors running low on time for Kevin Durant’s return Nearly a month after the Warriors dubbed forward Kevin Durant’s right calf strain “mild,” they have yet to clear Durant to scrimmage — much less play an NBA Finals game. The lingering uncertainty surrounding the two-time Finals MVP’s health has left some within the organization questioning whether they’ll see Durant — an unrestricted free agent this summer — in a Golden State uniform again. Asked Thursday when he expects Durant to participate in a scrimmage, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was vague, saying only, “I think that’s something that will happen in the coming days.

But Warriors general manager Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr sounded unsure of Durant 's future one day after Golden State's season ended with a Game 6 loss in the NBA Finals against Toronto. "The injury kind of throws everything for a loop. I have no idea what Kevin is going to do," Kerr said .

Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Friday that Kevin Durant 's willingness to take a pay cut and sign a team-friendly two-year deal enabled the organization Young's decision came after he met with Durant , Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Draymond Green during a recruiting trip in Los Angeles.

Durant could leave, bolting for a four-year deal worth about $164 million elsewhere. Or the all-time scoring great could opt into next year’s salary with the Warriors at about $31.5 million while rehabbing the Achilles he ruptured Monday during Game 5 of the NBA Finals or re-up with the team for a five-year maximum contract worth about $221 million.

The latter two options seem just fine by the Warriors’ brass.

“What more could we ask for from him?” Myers said of Durant, who won two NBA Finals MVPs in three seasons with the Warriors. “The guy has been everything that we could have ever dreamed. … We’re lucky to have been around him and hope to keep doing that.”

Dynastic crash? Kerr won championships as a player (three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs), so he knows a thing or five about how hard it is to maintain a dynasty. This season, however, made him “encounter his worst fears.”

An up-close look at the night that may have changed Kevin Durant’s career forever

An up-close look at the night that may have changed Kevin Durant’s career forever Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant walked onto the court an hour before tipoff of Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. He was preparing to do his pregame workout ritual. It was the first time in over a month — since sustaining a right calf injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals — that the 10-time All-Star worked out in a public setting. Over the past two weeks, Durant fought valiantly to push up his return date. With his team down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, he wanted to give it a go and the team doctors subsequently cleared him.

Steve Kerr and Draymond Green both said the Warriors ' dynamic – particularly with Kevin Durant – changed “The second time with Kevin [in 2018] it felt like, ‘Well, we just did what we were supposed to do, and great job,'” Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers said of the last time the

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“Oh, yeah — by far,” Kerr said. “If you had asked me four or five days ago, I would have said, ‘No, not really.’ Everything that happened up until five days ago was just basketball and people and bumps in the road.

“But, you’re talking about two career-altering injuries to two of your best players in back-to-back Finals games. It’s unheard of. ... You just have to keep moving forward.”

Doctor’s note: In light of the Warriors limping away from an NBA Finals loss with potential NBA landscape-changing injuries to Durant and guard Klay Thompson (anterior cruciate ligament tear) and other bruises, the status of Dr. Rick Celebrini has been questioned.

Myers appeared to be on the verge of laughing about the question regarding the team’s director of sports medicine and science, even as the team hobbled into the offseason with Stephen Curry (finger), Andre Iguodala (calf) and Kevon Looney (chest) ailing.

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Head coach Steve Kerr was still recuperating from complications due to offseason back surgery and would be sidelined for another 22 games . Warriors GM Bob Myers likes how the 2016-17 Warriors are gelling so far, and insists he's not judging He saw a chance to be a part of something special.

The Warriors are still processing the Kevin Durant injury. Steve Kerr opens up about the events leading up to Game 5, KD's injury and the aftermath in Isiah Thomas wrote a column on NBA.com. Sports doctors hypothesized. Bob Myers became a focal point. Some lauded his emotional postgame

“Rick is unbelievable. We’re lucky to have him,” Myers said. “Things happen sometimes, and our job is to evaluate everybody, but no. ... He’s competent and experienced.”

Added job:Aaron Miles, head coach of the Warriors’ G League team in Santa Cruz, will coach the franchise’s summer-league team, Kerr said.

Rusty Simmons is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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