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HARRISON BARNES SAYS DECISION TO LEAVE THE WARRIORS ‘WAS MORE SO MADE FOR ME’

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Team USA guard Klay Thompson expects Barnes and his other ex-Warriors teammates to be fondly remembered for their roles in winning an NBA title in 2015. Golden State also made a second-straight Finals appearance last season after winning an NBA-record 73 games during the regular season before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals. The memorable and successful Warriors team from the past two seasons was very close and on the same page on the floor. "It’s part of the biz. It’s unfortunate," Thompson said. "We will miss those guys dearly. There wasn’t one bad guy on the team. We had so many good times together the last couple of years. We will cherish that for a lifetime. "I still will hit them up every offseason. I hope ‘Dub Nation’ will give them a big send-off and a big ‘standing O’ every time they see them because those guys sacrificed a lot to win and did everything they could for this organization."

Thompson: Warriors' Steve Kerr likes what he sees

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"We don't have to change a whole lot of stuff," Kerr said. "We'll probably plug Kevin into what we already do. ... We can definitely add some things. Kevin makes any offense look better than it actually is. It's still about players sharing the ball. Playing with pace. Playing unselfishly." Kerr said the Warriors will definitely use their status as villains, mostly as comic relief. Knowing Kerr, he's lining up Gary Oldman to address the team about playing the villain role. Ron Adams is being suited for a Darth Vader costume to wear during film sessions. The light moments will be needed. The Warriors have a hard road ahead. The pressure will be immense. The vitriol thrown their way will be hectic. They will need to adjust quickly. Team USA is giving them a head start. "It's going to require some work together, and we're going to have to go through it to feel it," Kerr said. "It won't be easy all the time, that's for sure. This is what they all wanted. We're gong to have a lot of pressure on us. That's fine. We welcome that."

And here comes the appeal on the SF arena decision...

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As expected, the opposition has filed an appeal on the recent ruling in favor of the arena environmental report. The core thrust of the suit is the same: "the city’s environmental review "inexplicably" used "outdated analyses" to evaluate the project’s impact on "land use, biological resources, geology and hazardous materials impacts." "By relying on environmental review documents from 18 years ago, the city failed to analyze critical environmental issues that will impact city residents and visitors in the years to come if the arena is built," Meserve said." It would be pretty surprising to me if this get's traction, so I expect this will just end up being another minor delay in the ongoing project. Also keep in mind there is a separate lawsuit still pending which we should be hearing about relatively soon.

How The Center Position Could Become The Warriors' Kryptonite

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RealGM's Jonny Auping offers up his perspective on the Warriors' C position.

Durant booed at Staples, will receive hero's welcome at Oracle

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Durant, by the way, answered those boos by leading all scorers with 19 points, 14 of which came in the first half.

Team USA vs. China open thread

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For those watching Team USA, here's an open thread for you.

STEVE KERR AND HIS MOTHER TALK ABOUT THE LEGACY OF HIS FATHER’S ASSASSINATION

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Basketball was an important constant during Steve’s early years, as he grew up in Beirut, Cairo, California, and points in between. He and Malcolm played together often. "Malcolm was quite competitive by nature," Ann said. "Steve gets it from his father." As a freshman in high school, Steve attended Cairo American College, an outpost of liberal American education where expat kids mingled in a rarefied space of leafy tranquility within the sprawling metropolis. Steve played basketball there but yearned to return to California, to play at a higher level. His parents obliged him. "He was so eager to play that we decided we’ve got to let him go back home," Ann told me. "He’s always been single-minded about basketball." More than three decades later, Ann reflected on her son’s career and success, and the international popularity of N.B.A. basketball. "People wake up in the middle of the night in Beirut to tune into his games," she said. "They are proud because he was born there."

Thompson: Klay Thompson relishes role as defensive stopper on Team USA

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"Klay is really one of the great, complete players on this planet," Krzyzewski said. "He's more than a shooter. He's an outstanding offensive player who loves to play defense and really never seems to get tired. He has a great motor. I loved him in the World Cup, and I know I'm going to love him in Rio."