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SportSteph Curry opens up about Kevin Durant’s exit, state of Warriors after big changes

12:35  12 july  2019
12:35  12 july  2019 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

Steve Kerr denies that Kevin Durant is unhappy with Warriors’ doctors

Steve Kerr denies that Kevin Durant is unhappy with Warriors’ doctors Kevin Durant has yet to comment publicly about whether he feels he was misled by the Golden State Warriors’ medical staff, but head coach Steve Kerr says he has no reason to believe that is the case. NBA reporter Ric Bucher said this week that Durant is still unsure if he was misled about being able to suffer a more significant injury by playing before his calf was 100 percent healed. In an appearance on Tim Kawakami’s “The TK Show” podcast Wednesday, Kerr said he has not gotten that impression and noted that Durant’s own specialist also cleared him to play.

It’ s been a busy few weeks in the NBA, as big names have been on the move ever since free agency began earlier this month. The Golden State Warriors have been right in the middle of all that action, as they lost Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets and then parted ways with such mainstays as Andre

Steph Curry weighed in on the state of the Warriors after playing a practice round Thursday at Edgewood Tahoe ahead of this weekend's American Century Warriors star ‘extremely proud’ of what he and Kevin Durant accomplished in three years before Durant ’ s departure to Brooklyn.

Steph Curry opens up about Kevin Durant’s exit, state of Warriors after big changes© Associated Press Associated Press

It's been a busy few weeks in the NBA, as big names have been on the move ever since free agency began earlier this month.

The Golden State Warriors have been right in the middle of all that action, as they lost Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets and then parted ways with such mainstays as Andre Iguodala (via trade) and Shaun Livingston (waived).

On Thursday, we were able to find out what Steph Curry thought about the state of the Warriors as he talked to the media after a practice round at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe.

Curry opened up about Durant's exit with this classy answer that you'd expect from such a strong leader:

Curry to meet with Durant in New York

Curry to meet with Durant in New York It’s not yet known whether free agent Kevin Durant is going to be taking meetings from teams, as he sets up shop in New York City. What we do know is that four teams are in on Durant with free agency opening Sunday evening. Among those teams, the Golden State Warriors can offer $57 more than any other squad if they were to re-sign Durant. Durant himself will now reportedly meet with Warriors general manager Bob Myers and teammate Stephen Curry in the Big Apple ahead of free agency later this weekend.

Curry breaks shooting slump just in time for Warriors after Durant ’ s Game 5 exit . OAKLAND — Kevin Durant was in the locker room, nursing a strained right calf. “Right before KD got hurt, I missed a layup and a wide- open 3 in transition. “That was lowest point of the game for me in terms of

After three years and unparalleled success, Durant exited the Bay to head to Brooklyn, signing with the Nets in free agency in July. The two-time NBA Finals MVP discussed his exit from the Warriors in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, and he had some critiques of Kerr' s motion offense.

He said, via The Mercury News:

"I mean, the three years that we had were special. With K.D., we had three straight Finals appearances. We won two of them, and we accomplished a lot as a group. Everybody talks about the amount of talent that we had on our team, but that doesn't guarantee that you can figure it out on the court, that you can put all the pieces together to be successful. I'm really proud of what we accomplished.

"The beauty of free agency is everybody has a decision, everybody has a choice. You want to find your happiness wherever that is. The beauty of the NBA is everybody has that decision at some point, especially guys that deserve it, like KD and other top free agents. I like to look at what we accomplished and focus on that and be extremely proud of this run that we had. Now we are going to have to recreate it in terms of what it means going forward."

Kevin Durant signing with Brooklyn Nets over Knicks in NBA Free Agency

Kevin Durant signing with Brooklyn Nets over Knicks in NBA Free Agency After months of chatter connecting Kevin Durant to the Knicks, he will be signing with the Brooklyn Nets.

Steph Curry opens up about Kevin Durant ' s exit , state of Warriors after big changes . For The Win.

[RELATED: Why the Warriors won't trade Kevin Durant or Draymond Green]. "And now clearly I don't believe that. And I think if you're the Warriors -- you won The current perception is that Durant will sign elsewhere when he becomes a free agent in July. Obviously, Golden State hopes to re-sign the

Curry talked about D'Angelo Russell, who's now a member of the Warriors:

"The noise he made last year was amazing, what they did in Brooklyn and him taking the next step as a certified all-star. I haven't had much personal interaction with him, on or off the court other than playing against each other. Back when he was drafted, there were some comparisons of our game, how smooth he played, he can shoot, he can pass. Having a guy versatile like that only helps your team.

"The chemistry will develop quickly. We'll be really purposeful about that and try to set the tone how we'll play this year. It's about encouraging each other and having confidence that we'll bring the best out of each other. Then when Klay gets back as well, we'll add him to the backcourt mix. It's going to be fun."

On the loss of Iguodala and Livingston:

"I'm the oldest on the team now, so I'm going to have to step my game up. It's a tough business. That's part of it. We knew at some point or another, whether it was this year or next year or the year after, there were going to be some hard decisions, some hard changes.

Takeaways from Kevin Durant signing with the Nets

Takeaways from Kevin Durant signing with the Nets The Brooklyn Nets are going places. 

For the dynastic Golden State Warriors — even after their three championships in the past four seasons — there can be no further promises after the Kevin Durant , who entered Game 5 averaging 45 minutes a game for the series, suffered a calf injury in his left leg during the Warriors ’ first-round

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry isn't holding any ill will toward Kevin Durant . Not for his decision to walk away from the Warriors and sign with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency this summer, or for the comments that he made recently to the Wall Street Journal regarding his tenure

"You talk about Andre and Shaun, two guys that do things the right way, having the ultimate level of professionalism and leadership, and just have a presence when they walk in the room, that makes them who they are, three-time champs, both of them. They have a lot left in the tank. So it's going to be fun, going to be hard to watch them on other teams. But look at all that we accomplished and those are things we'll remember for a lifetime.

And on the new challenges:

"It will develop as we get together as a group. A lot of changes. It's a tough way to end the Finals with K.D. and Klay getting injured, and obviously free agency. For us, our core, myself, Klay (Thompson), Draymond (Green), adding D'Angelo and a lot of hungry, young guys trying to prove themselves in the league, it'll look different in terms of the lineups and things like that. But the expectations of how we play, that championship-caliber basketball, that for us will always be the motivation and the challenge.

"I'm excited, to be honest with you. Five straight years in the Finals and we've accomplished a lot, and three championships. There's a lot to be proud of. But everybody wants a new challenge in terms of how do you get back to that level."

Kevin Durant felt like an outsider during time with Warriors

Kevin Durant felt like an outsider during time with Warriors Kevin Durant could not have left the Golden State Warriors for money or the chance to contend for a title, so he had to have been seeking something else. Many thought he would be drawn to the prospect of rescuing New York Knicks fans from years of torture, but he instead chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets. Why? Relationships, apparently. Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic wrote a lengthy piece on Durant’s relationship with Stephen Curry and some of his other former teammates, and the overall theme is that Durant may not have ever really felt the love in the Bay Area. More specifically, he envisioned himself becoming close with Curry, and that never ended up happening.

It will be interesting to see how the Warriors bounce back next season, but you know Curry is going have fun trying to lead them through their new challenges.


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