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Can Kevin Durant get better? 'He's a guy I've been studying lately'

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Can Kevin Durant get better? 'He's a guy I've been studying lately'

Hey Kevin Durant -- "Do you think you can still get better and how? Or are you at the point where you have peaked as a basketball player and now you just have to maintain it?"

This was a fan question posed to Durant on The Bill Simmons Podcast.

"I mastered a lot of the game individually," Durant said. "I feel like I've mastered how to score from every area and how to make a shot from every spot on the floor ... but now it's about how many different combinations can I add? I got a lot more to learn.

"Triple moves, footwork. DeMar DeRozan probably got the best footwork I've seen in a long, long time. I've been trying to watch him to see how he does it."

DeRozan averaged a career-high 27.3 points per game last season, while shooting just under 47 percent from the field.

Durant averaged 25.1 points per game last season, while shooting 53.7 percent from the field.

DeRozan shot 26.6 percent from deep. Durant shot 37.5 percent from distance

DeRozan attempted 8.7 free throws per game. Durant got to the line 6.2 times per night.

DeRozan was All-NBA Third Team. Durant took home All-NBA Second Team honors.

"He's just way more athletic than I am first of all, so his body can move a little different," Durant said. "But his pace is amazing.

"He's a guy I've been studying lately just because of his footwork ... I think that's where I can get better -- trying to beat my defender, not off of just length and athleticism."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

How Warriors fans can watch game this season with Larry O'Brien Trophy

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How Warriors fans can watch game this season with Larry O'Brien Trophy

Once the NBA season starts, every player is out for the same thing -- a chance to raise the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the year.

During the 2017-18 season, Warriors fans can watch a game at Oracle Arena with the prize possession right by their side. All you need is $2,000. 

If you can write the check, the trophy will pay you a visit in a premium suite, plus two bottle of champagne and a gift bag that includes a six-inch replica trophy and a replica championship ring. 

Fans are limited to four experiences with the trophy per game. 

Darren Rovell of ESPN was first to share the details. 

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not joining nobody' like Kevin Durant did, unless...

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not joining nobody' like Kevin Durant did, unless...

Kevin Durant. LeBron James. Chris Paul. Paul George. LaMarcus Aldridge. Kyrie Irving. Gordon Hayward.

Those just some of the superstars to change teams in the last few years in pursuit of a championship.

But don't expect Damian Lillard to add his name to that list.

While speaking on the latest episode of Complex's Everyday Struggle, the Blazers point guard was asked about the possibility of joining up with other stars to try to win a title.

"I mean, like I said about [former Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge], I wouldn't have done it. For me, I'm not joining nobody," Lillard said.

When it was brought up that he'd join LeBron if given the chance, Lillard responded by saying this: "I'm not joining nobody. I would not win a championship before I go and team up and do all that. Unless it was something I couldn't control."

A hypothetical scenario was posed to Lillard: Let's say you're 34 years old (Lillard is currently 27 years old) and you had the chance to join two of your superstar friends on another team. You still wouldn't do it?

"I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment. That’s just how I feel about it. I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do. That ain’t how we get down," Lillard responded.

To wrap up the topic, Lillard was asked if he holds it against any player that does decide to team up with other superstars.

"Nah, if it make them feel good, if they comfortable doing it, then do you," Lillard said.