Durant encouraged by recovery, but not pushing it: 'When I get back...'

Durant encouraged by recovery, but not pushing it: 'When I get back...'

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant is feeling good enough to send his spirits soaring.

Two weeks after sustaining a bone bruise to his left tibia and spraining his medial collateral ligament, Durant said he finally is able to resume a few of the functions normally taken for granted.

“I’m just feeling good about getting back and doing normal things, like walking up and down the stairs and driving a car,” he told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday while sitting in the locker room 90 minutes before tipoff of Warriors-76ers at Oracle Arena.

Though there still is no timetable, there are signs of appreciable progress.

“Kevin was out there shooting today, on the floor,” coach Steve Kerr said, referring to the team’s morning shootaround. “Set shots. But that’s a big step. A few days ago he was shooting from a chair and now he’s standing up and taking set shots. Before long, it’ll be jump shots.”

Clearly encouraged by his recovery, Durant concedes he has to resist the temptation to push himself. It’s his natural inclination, but while monitoring pain levels and stability, he realizes he has to find a balance between caution and determination.

“When I get back, I want to be all the way back,” he said. “I want to be able to do all the things I normally can do.”

Stretched out before his cubicle, Durant also conversed on a variety of other topics, including the NCAA Tournament. (He is leaning toward Villanova.)

What was evident, though, was his sense that the worst is behind him and he is on the way back. He is scheduled for re-evaluation in two weeks. There is hope, but no assurance that he can return in time for the playoffs.

“I don’t bother him or ask him how he’s doing all the time,” Kerr said. “I just trust the training staff to get him healthy. And we’ll welcome him back when he comes back.”


Steph Curry's net pay after taxes, escrow, agent fees


Steph Curry's net pay after taxes, escrow, agent fees

In July, Steph Curry signed a 5-year deal worth $201,158,790.

- 2017-18 = $34,682,500
- 2018-19 = $37,457,153
- 2019-20 = $40,231,758
- 2020-21 = 43,006,362
- 2021-22 = $45,780,966

On Tuesday, ESPN's Darren Rovell and Bobby Marks examined Curry's salary for this season.

When you factor in everything, the two-time MVP's net pay is...


Here's how Rovell and Marks arrived at that number:

- 2017-18 escrow (10 percent) = -$3,468,255
- Federal taxes = -$11,655,683
- City/state taxes = -$4,105,453
- Agent fees (3 percent) = -$954,597
- 401K (max allowed) = -$18,000
- 2016-17 escrow = +$605,618
- Shortfall = +$177,725 

Steph Curry pays a lot of money in taxes. 

Steph Curry makes a lot of money.

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When it comes to net pay, LeBron James ($16,737,751) is No. 1 and Paul Millsap ($15,563,401) is No. 2.

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

Former Warriors guard insults Durant, then deletes tweet

Former Warriors guard insults Durant, then deletes tweet

On Tuesday afternoon, Jordan Crawford was on Twitter.

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When he saw the following tweet...

... Crawford quote tweeted it by saying:

"A 7ft 12 year old."

Within a matter of seconds, Crawford deleted the tweet.

This is funny, of course, because Durant recently deleted two tweets in which he said some not-so-nice things about the OKC franchise, Thunder players and head coach Billy Donovan.

Crawford appeared in 42 regular season games for the Warriors during the 2013-14 season, averaging 8.4 points per contest.

He scored 41 points in the season finale against the Nuggets.

After two years out of the league, Crawford averaged 14.1 points and 3.0 assists over 19 games with the Pelicans last season.