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Kevin Durant says Draymond Green altercation factored into decision to leave Warriors

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- Kevin Durant said his altercation with Draymond Green last November was one of many factors that ultimately led him to leave the Golden State Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency."I wish that wouldn't have happened," Durant said on Thursday. "I feel like that was a situation that definitely could have been avoided. It really came out of nowhere."Durant's comments came during a wide-ranging interview
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For the culture – KD, Kyrie and what comes next for the Nets

[ad_1] BEHIND A HEAVILY fortified fence, menacing security dogs and multiple metal detectors, a trio of players blissfully trained together, ate together, played cards, puffed cigars and swapped dreams.The luxury liner Silver Cloud, a 514-foot cruise ship, was docked at Pier Maua in Rio de Janeiro. In it resided Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, members of the U.S. 2016 Olympic basketball team.It was a union that was years
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Warriors’ Draymond Green opens up on tiff with Kevin Durant

[ad_1] Golden State Warriors All-Star Draymond Green said getting suspended last November after an altercation with Kevin Durant caused Green to question his standing with the franchise and his relationship with general manager Bob Myers."I started to tell myself in my mind, 'Wow, [Myers is] flipping on me," Green told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod during a joint interview with Myers."And it just felt like, 'Wow, OK, is
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Presti on KD – Nothing but positive things to say

[ad_1] OKLAHOMA CITY -- Responding to recent critical comments made by Kevin Durant about the Oklahoma City Thunder organization, general manager Sam Presti pushed back against the idea that there's lingering animosity."If there is anything that Kevin Durant ever, ever needed from me or from anyone here, it would be a moment's notice for that to happen," Presti said Thursday. "I also think if you work with people for eight
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Kyrie elbowed in face; no plans for KD this year

[ad_1] Nets point guard Kyrie Irving caught an inadvertent elbow in the face during a pickup game at Brooklyn's practice facility Tuesday and was sent to the hospital to be evaluated, but general manager Sean Marks said the team was just being cautious."I wouldn't even want to speculate at all, but I think it's just a case of doing our due diligence," Marks said, adding that coach Kenny Atkinson accompanied
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The three superstars who defined this NBA decade

[ad_1] Which players defined the past 10 NBA seasons?We asked this question to a panel of ESPN's NBA experts: Who was the player of the decade? Voters ranked their top three picks in order -- considering the 2009-10 season through 2018-19 -- and here are the results.LeBron James was an overwhelming pick at No. 1, with a tight race between former teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant for Nos. 2
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The absolute best shooters of this NBA decade

[ad_1] As the Toronto Raptors hoisted the Larry O'Brien trophy in June, they put a punctuation mark at the end of a wild NBA decade.The 2010s will go down as one of the league's most successful periods, and the decade will be remembered for a couple signature trends: the rise of 3-point shooting and analytics. Shooting skills have always been vital in the NBA, but they became paramount this past
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Durant — ‘Some days I hate the circus of the NBA’

[ad_1] Kevin Durant doesn't like to live in the past, perhaps because he's all too aware of what lingers there.Memories of Oklahoma City evoke bitterness. His departure from the Golden State Warriors has been a clean cut.In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, which was published in the WSJ magazine Tuesday, Durant reflected on the journey to get to his new reality -- a four-year, $164 million deal with
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Warriors not to blame for Achilles injury

[ad_1] Kevin Durant, in his first interview since rupturing his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in June, said he does not hold the Golden State Warriors accountable for the injury."Hell, no. How can you blame [the Warriors]? Hell, no," Durant told Yahoo Sports, speaking at a house in Los Angeles. "I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back. Nobody never said a word to me
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KD said he was sold on Nets system, GM says

[ad_1] Kevin Durant told the Nets he chose to go to Brooklyn in free agency because he loves the way the team plays, general manager Sean Marks said.Marks told WFAN on Tuesday that when he first talked with Durant after the announcement, the former MVP said: "I love the system. I love how you guys play. I see how hard you guys play ... you were never out of games.