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Warriors don't mind playing role of bad guys

usatoday.com — OAKLAND - When the Golden State Warriors look back on that late July night in Los Angeles, it will go down as a blessing in disguise. Those boos rained down at the Staples Center during the Team USA exhibition against China, inspired no doubt by Kevin Durant's decision to sign with the Warriors during free agency, and they knew right then that there was no point in caring what the outside world might say.

Curry says focus on message not messenger for protests

usatoday.com — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry said that he hopes people will focus on the message more instead of the messenger in regards to athletes raising awareness on social issues. At Warriors media day, Curry was asked his opinion on how this is growing throughout the sports world.

Metta World Peace to resign with Lakers

wkyc.com — The Lakers are bringing back Metta World Peace - again. One year after the player formerly known as Ron Artest returned to the Lakers after sitting out a season, two people with knowledge of the situation said he is finalizing yet another agreement.

Metta World Peace to resign with Lakers

usatoday.com — The Lakers are bringing back Metta World Peace - again. One year after the player formerly known as Ron Artest returned to the Lakers after sitting out a season, two people with knowledge of the situation said he is finalizing yet another agreement.

Adding Kevin Durant 'a no-brainer' Steph Curry says

usatoday.com — WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The virtual reality had to wait. Inside a mansion in the Hamptons, where Kevin Durant had been given the high-tech goggles during his free agency meeting with the Golden State Warriors on July 1 for a preview presentation of his future life, it didn't take long for him to figure out that the real thing was even better than this video.

Stephen Curry still hasn't gotten over Game 7

usatoday.com — WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Stephen Curry has lost his touch at the wrong time - again. Inside this gym that is a half-hour away from Oracle Arena, where he's shooting a Degree Men deodorant commercial that will stink if he can't hit this particular shot, the NBA's back-to-back MVP has gone cold.

Giannis Antetokounmpo to get extension

Carmelo Anthony’s latest gold medal means more this time around

usatoday.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - When it comes to the always-divided discussion about Carmelo Anthony, Jerry Colangelo is quite the weather vane. Every few years, as his Team USA men's basketball program ramps up and starts building a roster worthy of Olympic gold, he reconnects with the New York Knicks star who has been analyzed from every angle for so many years.

Jerry Colangelo says USA 'raising the bar for global basketball'

usatoday.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - Not long after Team USA won Olympic gold for the third consecutive time, downing Serbia 96-66 on Sunday at Carioca Arena I to finish 8-0 in these Games, the program's managing director threw down the gauntlet on the rest of the basketball world.

Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

kgw.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - They weren't the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team - not even close. But by the time Team USA's 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come: this team kept the Team USA reputation intact.
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Sep 30, 2016

RT @ATTACKATHLETICS: Ben Simmons puts on 33 lbs, now a broken foot. Related? For sure. Athletes can't add that much weight that quickly w/out impacting movement.

Sep 30, 2016

Stern on pitching Ranadive to buy the team: "The price tag was a little lower when he said yes, but once you hook 'em, it's pretty cool."

Sep 30, 2016

Remember when people thought the storyline of Stern helping Sacto keep the Kings was tinfoil hat stuff? (https://t.co/j3bQoWenER) Well... https://t.co/KL9GKyMtbM

Sep 29, 2016

@irishjay You realize your snarky reply undercuts your premise right?

Sep 29, 2016

RT @JeffZillgitt: NBA informs teams in memo that they can use hard-wired Internet connection from bench to access video and data: https://t.co/u6yEzVAlco


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