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Kevin Durant injury update

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, who left last night’s game in Washington with 10:27 remaining in the first quarter due to a left knee injury, underwent an MRI last night at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the DC area.

Following reviews of the MRI by the Warriors’ medical staff, it has been determined that Durant suffered a Grade 2 Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) sprain and a tibial bone bruise. He will be out of action indefinitely and will be re-evaluated in four (4) weeks. There is no timetable for his return, but it has not been ruled out that he could play again before the end of the regular season.

Hoping for the best here. Kevin Durant hurt his knee last night. More will be known Wednesday. Here’s CSN Bay Area reporting:

Kevin Durant injury: hyperextended left knee

Kevin Durant played one minute in Washington on Tuesday before limping away for the rest of the night. Though it is not yet known how long he will be out, his absence changes everything for the Warriors.

From general scoring ability to playing rotations to floor spacing to rim protection to, maybe most of all, the swagger with which they take the floor, the Warriors will have to make massive adjustments to maintain the best record in the NBA.

As a largely veteran team they are capable, at least in the short term, of doing so.

Durant left with a hyperextended left knee and underwent an MRI test late Tuesday night in Washington. Diagnosis and prognosis are expected Wednesday.

Warriors clinch spot in 2017 NBA Playoffs

The Golden State Warriors have already clinched a berth in the 2017 NBA Playoffs by virtue of Saturday’s 112-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena, becoming the first team to secure a playoff spot this season. Golden State, which owns an NBA-best 49-9 (.845) mark on the season, has earned a playoff appearance in the month of February for the second consecutive season. The 2017 NBA Playoffs are scheduled to begin on April 15.

The Warriors, who are slated to make their fifth-straight playoff appearance for the first time since qualifying for the postseason in each of the first six years of the league’s existence (1946-47 to 1951-52), won the 2015 NBA Championship and earned two Western Conference Championships since their return to the playoffs in 2013. Golden State owns a 40-24 (.625) postseason record in that span.

Steve Kerr fined by NBA

Steve Kerr fined by NBA

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been fined $25,000 for verbal abuse of game officials and failing to leave the court in a timely manner after his ejection, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 3:34 remaining in the third quarter of the Warriors’ 109-106 overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 4 at Golden 1 Center.

The Golden State Warriors have signed guard Brianté Weber to a 10-day contract, the team announced today.

Weber, 24, has appeared in 31 games (all starts) with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League this season, averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists (fourth in the D-League) and 3.26 steals (first) in 36.8 minutes. The Virginia Commonwealth University product was recently named the NBA D-League Player of the Month for games played in January, averaging 21.5 points and 8.3 assists in 11 games last month and finishing one steal shy of tallying the first quadruple-double in D-League history with 18 points, a career-high-tying 12 assists, 11 rebounds and an NBA D-League season-high nine steals on Jan. 31 vs. Oklahoma City.

The 6’2”, 165-pound guard, who was not selected in the 2015 NBA Draft, has appeared in seven career NBA games (four starts), averaging 4.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.29 steals in 24.1 minutes over six games with the Grizzlies and one game with the Heat last season. Weber also appeared in two postseason games with the Heat, logging six minutes of action during Miami’s First Round matchup with Charlotte in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

Weber will wear #2. The Warriors roster now stands at 15 players.

Warriors waive Anderson Varejao

Warriors waive Anderson Varejao

The Golden State Warriors have waived center Anderson Varejao, the team announced today.

Varejao, 34, appeared in 14 games (one start) with the Warriors this season, posting averages of 1.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.6 minutes per contest. The Santa Teresa, Brazil, native was originally acquired by the Warriors on Feb. 22, 2016, and re-signed on July 17, 2016, appearing in 36 games (one start) with Golden State over two seasons after spending the first 11-plus seasons of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors roster now stands at 14 players.

Kevin Durant fitting in perfectly with Warriors

Sometimes, as they do in Kevin Durant’s case, numbers tell the story.

Twenty games into his inaugural Warriors season, Durant not only leads his team with 27.3 points per game but leads his team — and the entire NBA — in scoring efficiently.

Durant ranked seventh in the league in points per game and eighth in field-goal percentage (56.2) entering Sunday’s games. That made him the only player in the top 10 in scoring to also rank among the top 20 in field-goal percentage.

Widen the scope and Durant’s efficiency becomes even more striking. The only other players in the top 10 in scoring to also rank among the top 30 in field-goal percentage were New Orleans’ Anthony Davis (No. 1 in scoring and No. 21 in field-goal percentage through Saturday) and the Warriors’ Stephen Curry (No. 8 in scoring, No. 29 in field-goal percentage).

– San Francisco Chronicle

Quick Take: Things are as expected in Golden State. The offense is beautiful and amazing. The defense is still improving. And overall, Durant has been the best of a very talented bunch.

Steve Kerr says Draymond Green leg-flail goes back many years

Long before he received a flagrant-1 foul in the Warriors’ double-overtime loss to Houston on Thursday night, Draymond Green was flailing his leg to draw fouls.

“Draymond’s been doing this since college,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Friday. “I never saw him play in high school, but maybe he’s been doing this since high school.”

After Green’s leg extensions became a major story line in the 2016 playoffs, referees are wary of the tactic. Midway through the second overtime Thursday, after Green kicked James Harden in the face coming down on a putback attempt, the Golden State forward was assessed a flagrant-1.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Quick Take: Green needs to break the habit. I can’t think of any other player in the league that high-kicks like Draymond does. And the kick often doesn’t even look natural. He has to work to stop it. It’s that simple.

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tyronn Lue and the Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November.

Lue guided the reigning NBA champion Cavaliers to an Eastern Conference-best 13-3 record during October and November, matching the best 16-game start in franchise history. Cleveland, which began the season with six straight victories, ranked second in the NBA in scoring (111.3 points per game), three-point field goal percentage (39.0) and three-pointers made (13.8 per game). The Cavaliers sank a team-record 21 three-pointers in a 137-125 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 23.

Kerr led the Warriors to an NBA-best 16-2 record in October and November, including 12 victories in a row entering December. Golden State paced the NBA in scoring (117.6 ppg), assists (31.1 apg), field goal percentage (50.2) and blocked shots (6.6 bpg). The Warriors notched at least 30 assists in 10 consecutive games, the longest streak in franchise history, and they registered a team-record 47 assists in a 149-106 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 23.

Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month were Charlotte’s Steve Clifford, Chicago’s Fred Hoiberg, Houston’s Mike D’Antoni, the LA Clippers’ Doc Rivers, the Lakers’ Luke Walton, Memphis’ David Fizdale, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Toronto’s Dwane Casey.

Warriors exercise contract option on Kevon Looney

The Warriors have exercised the third-year contract option on forward Kevon Looney, which is for the 2017-18 NBA season.

Looney, 20, appeared in five games for Golden State last season, averaging 1.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in 4.2 minutes per contest. He also appeared in 12 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, averaging 9.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in 19.3 minutes. Originally selected by Golden State with the 30th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the 6’9” forward appeared in six games this preseason, averaging 3.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per contest.

Under the terms of the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement, the first two years of a first round draft pick’s contract are guaranteed, while the third and fourth year of the contract are the team’s option. Teams have until October 31st to exercise these options.

Warriors waive Phil Pressey, Cameron Jones and Elliot Williams

The Warriors waived guards Phil Pressey, Cameron Jones and Elliot Williams today.

Jones appeared in five preseason games, averaging 5.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 11.5 minutes. Pressey also appeared in five games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 assist in 10.7 minutes. Williams missed all six preseason games due to right knee surgery. All three players were originally signed on September 16, 2016.

Warriors waive Elgin Cook and Scott Wood

The Warriors waived forwards Elgin Cook and Scott Wood today.

Cook was originally signed by the Warriors on September 16 and appeared in two preseason games, scoring four points in 18 minutes.

Wood was originally signed by the Warriors on September 23 and scored three points in 12 minutes over two preseason contests.

All NBA teams must trim their rosters to 15 or fewer players by the end of preseason, before the regular season begins. Expect many player cuts around the league in the coming weeks.

The Warriors are the hottest topic in basketball entering the new season. Superstar Kevin Durant in the mix. But the GSW bench was a key part of their success in the past, and while Andre Iguodala is still there, the rest of the cast of characters is pretty different. How do this year’s reserves compare? Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle reporting:

To sign Kevin Durant, the Warriors were forced to move forward without key reserves Speights, Leandro Barbosa, Festus Ezeli and Brandon Rush. The new-look second unit, however, is impressing early.

David West has flashed his fundamentals and savvy posting up younger big men. Rookie Patrick McCaw is building off a strong performance at the Las Vegas Summer League. Ian Clark, in his second training camp with the team, has been more self-assured handling the basketball. A training-camp invitee on a nonguaranteed contract, JaVale McGee is cementing his status as Golden State’s best rim protector.

“I think a couple people have either said or written that our bench is going to be … weaker than last year,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “I think we’ve got every reason to believe we can play the same way, strength in numbers.”

The Warriors today promoted Kent Lacob to general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. Ryan Atkinson, who joined the Santa Cruz Warriors in 2013, has earned a promotion to assistant general manager.

Lacob is entering his second season with the Warriors organization after serving as Golden State’s coordinator of basketball operations last season. In that role, he assisted with scouting efforts, preparation for the NBA Draft, analytics projects and the team’s efforts with implementing wearable technology. The Woodside, CA, native attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he played guard for the men’s basketball team and was named captain of the club as a senior in 2014-15. He graduated with a degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and a minor in Commercial Entrepreneurship.

Atkinson joined the Santa Cruz Warriors as director of basketball operations prior to the 2013-14 campaign, where he managed team travel and served as a liaison between the coaching staff and the front office. The Atlanta, GA, native, who earned a master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s in Sport Management from Missouri Western State University, also worked as a clubhouse attendant with the Oakland Athletics from 2009 to 2016.

Warriors sign Scott Wood

The Warriors have signed free agent forward Scott Wood, the team announced today. We assume the deal merely brings Wood to training camp.

Wood, 26, spent the last three seasons playing overseas with UCAM Murcia in Spain’s top league, Liga ACB, posting averages of 9.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 21.1 minutes over 103 games. Prior to joining UCAM Murcia, Wood enjoyed a four-year collegiate career at North Carolina State, where he posted averages of 10.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 31.7 minutes over 138 career games from 2009-13. The 6’6” forward led the ACC in three-point field goals and three-point percentage as both a junior and senior, finishing his career as the Wolf Pack’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made (334) while hitting 41.3 percent from long distance.

Wood will wear uniform #10.

Golden State’s training camp roster currently stands at 20 players.

Our favorite Warriors jerseys are coming back. Not full-time. But for occasional games next season.

The Warriors will wear Crossover alternate uniforms for select Sunday games during the 2016-17 season as a nod to the Warriors “Run TMC” era of the early 90’s.

They’ll first wear the Crossover alternate uniforms on the road on Sunday, October 30 when the team plays the Suns in Phoenix.

The new Crossover alternate uniform harkens back to the “Run TMC” era Warriors of the early 90’s and features the very same diagonal lettering worn by the team then, mixed with the color scheme and design of the jerseys the team wears on the road now. The diagonal lettering used on the Crossover alternate uniforms was used during the 1988-89 to 1996-97 seasons. This Crossover jersey not only symbolizes a crossover of eras, but also a nod to Run TMC’s Tim Hardaway, who was known for his “Killer Crossover.”

The Warriors will wear the Crossover alternate uniform for the following games:

· Sunday, October 30th at Phoenix
· Sunday, November 13th vs. Phoenix
· Sunday, January 22nd at Orlando
· Sunday, March 5th at New York
· Sunday, March 26th vs. Memphis
· Sunday, April 2nd vs. Washington


The Warriors announced today that David Kelly, who had served as the club’s General Counsel and Vice President, Basketball Legal Affairs for the last two years, has been named General Counsel and Vice President, Basketball Management & Strategy.

In this role, Kelly will serve as the team’s chief legal officer, manage matters related to the salary cap and luxury tax, and assist in the long-term financial planning in those areas. He will also continue to be actively engaged in many of the company’s key projects and initiatives on both the business and basketball sides of the organization, including the Warriors’ new sports and entertainment venue, Chase Center, in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

Kelly reports to both President and COO Rick Welts and President, Basketball Operations/General Manager Bob Myers.

Kelly, who joined the organization in 2011, is currently in his sixth year with the Warriors and has been recognized for his outstanding work on multiple occasions, including last March, when he received The Recorder Magazine’s 2016 In-House Impact Award, recognizing California litigation practices that delivered exceptional results on critical and challenging matters for their companies.

The Warriors today announced promotions in the team’s Basketball Operations department, highlighted by the promotions of Bob Myers to the role of president of basketball operations/general manager, Travis Schlenk to vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager, Kirk Lacob to vice president of GSW Sports Ventures/assistant general manager, and Larry Harris to assistant general manager/director of player personnel.

Additional promotions include Nick U’Ren as director of coaching operations/special assistant to the head coach, Jonnie West as director of player programs, Nanea McGuigan as director of basketball administration/player programs, Chelsea Lane as head of physical performance and sports medicine, Drew Yoder as head athletic trainer, Roger Sancho as assistant trainer, James Laughlin as video coordinator, and Sammy Gelfand as manager of basketball analytics.

Myers is entering his fifth season as general manager of the Warriors and adds the title of president of basketball operations. In this role, he reports directly to Owner & CEO Joe Lacob and oversees the entire Basketball Operations department on a day-to-day basis. Myers earned the 2014-15 NBA Executive of the Year for constructing a roster that won a then-franchise-record 67 regular-season games (67-15, .817) and won the 2015 NBA Championship – the fourth title in franchise history.

Schlenk is entering his 13th season with the Warriors, his first as vice president, basketball operations. In this role, Schlenk assists in the management of all day-to-day basketball operations, including all player-related matters. He also continues to serve as assistant general manager, a title he has held for each of the past five seasons. Prior to being named assistant general manager prior to the 2011-12 campaign, Schlenk spent the previous two seasons as the team’s director of player personnel. Before joining the team’s front office, Schlenk spent five years as an assistant coach and video scout for the Warriors, having originally joined the organization prior to the 2004-05 season as a video scout.

Kirk Lacob is in his seventh season with the Warriors, his first as vice president of GSW Sports Ventures. He also continues to serve as assistant general manager, a position he has held for each of the past four seasons. As part of his newly added vice president role, Lacob is in charge of the organization’s new sports ventures, including continued efforts to develop partnerships for basketball operations and leading investments for GSW in sports related areas.

Harris is entering his ninth season with the Warriors, and his first as assistant general manager/director of player personnel. In this role, Harris serves as one of the organization’s key talent evaluators of players at both the professional and collegiate levels, assisting with the team’s year-round preparation for the NBA draft, free agency and trades. Harris originally joined the Warriors in 2008 as an assistant coach under Don Nelson before moving to the front office after one season on the bench.

Warriors add Willie Green to coaching staff

The Warriors have added Willie Green to Steve Kerr’s coaching staff as an assistant coach/player development.

Green, 35, played 12 seasons in the NBA, posting averages of 8.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 731 regular-season games with the Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Hornets, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic. Originally selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round (41st overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft, Green was acquired by the 76ers in a draft night trade and spent his first seven seasons in Philadelphia—including six seasons as a teammate of Warriors forward Andre Iguodala. Green, who last played with Orlando in 2014-15, qualified for the postseason seven times over his 12-year career, averaging 5.2 points over 36 playoff games.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Green attended the University of Detroit Mercy, where he was named Horizon League Player of the Year as a senior in 2002-03.

The Warriors won 73 games last season, reached the NBA Finals, and then this offseason added superstar Kevin Durant as a free agent. Durant joined the team that beat his Thunder squad in the Western Conference Finals. Here’s reporting Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s words:

Steve Kerr says Kevin Durant is no villain

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says it’s “absurd” to cast Kevin Durant as a villain because he left the Oklahoma City Thunder as a free agent and joined the Warriors this summer.

“To think of Kevin Durant or Steph Curry or any of our guys as villains, it’s kind of absurd. Especially Kevin,” Kerr said Sunday in an interview on ESPN Radio’s TMI with Michelle Beadle and Ramona Shelburne. “This is one of the most likeable people in this league. He’s just an awesome human being. What he did in Oklahoma City was just amazing for that community.

Kerr added: “Circumstances kind of dictate, I guess, that some people are going to see him as a villain. But it’s only because he decided to go elsewhere to play. He wanted to change his scenery, he wanted a new challenge. More than anything he wanted to play with our guys. He loves Draymond [Green] and Steph and Klay [Thompson] and Andre [Iguodala]. Seeing those guys in New York, he loved seeing the chemistry that exists and he wanted to be a part of it.”

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