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David West: How Warriors big man provided spark off bench at age 37

The Chronicle is reviewing the season of each Warriors player after the team’s second straight championship run. David West’s teammates have taken to calling him "Benjamin Button" because, at age 37, he was not only still playing. He got better. In his second season with Golden State, West averaged more minutes, points, rebounds and blocks than he did in 2016-17. His shooting clip of 57.1 percent was easily a career-best. Hardly considered a prototypical interior defender, West was tied for 37th in the NBA with 1.03...
Jun 12, 2018

A breakdown of the Warriors’ looming roster decisions

The Warriors’ flight home from Cleveland on Saturday afternoon was decidedly mellow. In the afterglow of another NBA title, most players slept. Unlike 2015, when winning a championship was new, Golden State’s latest cross-country charter wasn’t abuzz with talk about trips to Las Vegas. “It was a much more subdued group, but also a fulfilled group, a satisfied group,” general manager Bob Myers recalled. “The first time around, there was more exuberance.” After sweeping the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for its third championship in four years,...
Jun 12, 2018

GM: Warriors’ Kevin Durant will get ‘whatever he wants’ for next contract

Warriors forward Kevin Durant will enter free agency this summer in an enviable position: After winning his second straight NBA Finals MVP award, he can dictate the terms of his next deal with Golden State. “Whatever he wants,” general manager Bob Myers said with a chuckle. “Sometimes you don’t negotiate.” Durant, who will opt out of his contract before the June 29 deadline and become an unrestricted free agent, repeatedly has voiced his intention to re-sign with the Warriors. And there is little doubt that he is in line for a maximum contract. ...
Jun 11, 2018

Steve Kerr expects contract-extension negotiations to go ‘quickly’

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr doesn’t foresee any hiccups in his contract-extension negotiations this summer. "We’ll get that done pretty quickly," Kerr said Monday. "I don’t think there will be much to it. It should happen relatively quickly." Kerr and Golden State began to discuss an extension last summer, but Kerr opted to wait a year for final discussions to be sure he was healthy enough to make a long-term commitment. Now, after coaching every game in the Warriors’ run to the 2017-18 NBA championship, Kerr is ready to sign an extension. ...
Jun 11, 2018

Warriors’ Kevin Durant will get ‘whatever he wants’ for next contract

Warriors forward Kevin Durant will enter free agency this summer in an enviable position: After winning his second straight NBA Finals MVP award, he can dictate the terms of his next deal with Golden State. “Whatever he wants,” general manager Bob Myers said with a chuckle. “Sometimes you don’t negotiate.” Durant, who will opt out of his contract before the June 29 deadline and become an unrestricted free agent, has repeatedly voiced his intention to re-sign with the Warriors. And there is little doubt that he is in line for a maximum contract. ...
Jun 11, 2018

warriorssweep cavsfor title

CLEVELAND — Over the past eight months, as they toiled through lapses in focus and urgency, the Warriors repeated three words: “We’ll be fine.” Though the talent divide separating it from the rest of the league has tightened, Golden State knows that its biggest opponent is itself. In capping their NBA Finals sweep of the Cavaliers with a 108-85 win in Game 4 on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena, the Warriors put it all together for four quarters, riding the same joy that made them the class of the league to their second straight championship and their third in four...
Jun 9, 2018

A look at the Warriors’ offseason to-do list

Late Friday night, while walking to the visitors’ locker room at Quicken Loans Arena to celebrate the Warriors’ third NBA title in four years, Draymond Green shouted: "This was the toughest one yet!" It will only get more difficult. With teams like Houston, Boston and Philadelphia tightening the talent gap, Golden State is keenly aware that it can’t stick to the status quo and expect to hoist another Larry O’Brien trophy next June. Improving upon one of the most stacked rosters in NBA history will require a number of tough decisions this summer. Here...
Jun 9, 2018

Warriors Off Court, Ep. 24: Looking back at another Golden State championship run

CLEVELAND — In Episode 23 of the Warriors Off Court podcast  , sports columnists Ann Killion and Scott Ostler join Golden State beat writer Connor Letourneau to break down the Warriors’ championship-clinching win over the Cavaliers and look back on another memorable season. They examine what Kevin Durant’s second straight NBA Finals MVP means for his legacy. Also, Letourneau, Killion and Ostler discuss what is next for Golden State this offseason. Warriors Off Court is available on iTunes and other podcast...
Jun 8, 2018

Sweep! Warriors finish off Cavs for back-to-back championships

CLEVELAND — Over the past eight months, as they toiled through frequent lapses in focus and urgency, the Warriors repeated three words: “We’ll be fine.” Though the talent divide separating it from the rest of the league has tightened, Golden State has long known that its biggest opponent is itself. In its 108-85 win over the Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena, the Warriors finally put it all together for four quarters, riding the same joy that made them the class of the league to their second straight championship and their...
Jun 8, 2018

If Warriors win NBA title, they won’t be welcome at White House

CLEVELAND — If the Warriors beat the Cavaliers for their third NBA title in four years, they will not have to discuss whether to accept a possible invitation to the White House. President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday morning that "we’re not going to invite either team," referencing Golden State and Cleveland, for a visit to the White House. Trump’s statement comes three days after LeBron James said neither the Cavaliers nor the Warriors would accept a visit to celebrate an NBA championship, an assertion that Golden State’s two former MVPs,...
Jun 8, 2018

Warriors game day: Can Golden State sweep Cavs for 3rd NBA title in 4 years?

Warriors vs. Cavaliers, Game 4 of NBA Finals Time: 6 p.m. PT Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Coaches: Steve Kerr, 4th season with Warriors (265-63 with Warriors and overall); Tyronn Lue, 3rd season with Cavaliers (128-77 with Cavaliers and overall) TV/Radio: ABC/ESPN Radio and 95.7 The Game Records: Warriors (15-5 in playoffs, 3-0 in series); Cavaliers (12-9, 0-3) ...
Jun 7, 2018

Kevin Durant turns tables on LeBron James

CLEVELAND — After watching Kevin Durant will the Warriors to a Game 3 win over the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, basketball scribes were quick to compare Durant’s latest three-point dagger to the go-ahead three-pointer he hit in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals. The similarities were striking: same arena, same series, same teams, same game, same quarter and almost the same second. Asked to draw parallels between Durant’s two shots, LeBron James — well-known for his photographic memory — bristled, noting that Wednesday’s three-pointer was "four or...
Jun 7, 2018

Warriors Off Court, Ep. 23: Previewing Game 4 of NBA Finals vs. Cavs

CLEVELAND — In Episode 23 of the Warriors Off Court podcast  , sports columnist Scott Ostler joins Golden State beat writer Connor Letourneau to break down the Warriors’ Game 3 win over the Cavaliers and look ahead to Game 4. They examine Kevin Durant’s up-and-down postseason. Also, Letourneau and Ostler discuss what Golden State must do to sweep Cleveland with a Game 4 win on Friday. Warriors Off Court is available on iTunes and other podcast apps. Connor Letourneau is a San...
Jun 6, 2018

Kevin Durant wills Warriors to Game 3 win over Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — In Kevin Durant, the Warriors have the rare player who can almost single-handedly wipe away a team’s imperfections. It doesn’t matter if an offensive set goes awry if it ends with Durant nailing an off-kilter 28-footer over two defenders. In propelling Golden State to a 110-102 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Durant was at his did-he-just-do-that best, helping his team overcome plenty of shortcomings. Foremost among them: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, unable to find a rhythm on the sport’s biggest stage, went a...
Jun 6, 2018

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala to return for Game 3 vs. Cavs

CLEVELAND — Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will return for Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night against the Cavaliers after missing the past six games with a left lateral leg contusion/bone bruise, the team has announced. “I don’t know how many minutes he’ll be able to play, but he’s been feeling pretty good the past two days,” Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said after shootaround. “He’s made a lot of improvement from where he was.” Iguodala, who has fully participated in on-court workouts the past two days, was officially...

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