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.”

 

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

OAKLAND -- The hoops historian Draymond Green has a message for those with short memories and cynical outlooks.

The NBA is never better than when The Finals have legendary potential, as is the case with the Warriors and Cavaliers, who next week become the first teams to meet three consecutive seasons to determine a champion.

“It’s a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief,” Green said Friday after Warriors practice.

Warriors-Cavs Part III is, in fact, a fantastic boon for the league. Interest will peak. Ratings will soar. Storylines will cascade down every mountain, knoll and molehill.

“Right now, you’re witnessing greatness -- two great teams, great players,” Green said. “That’s what it is. It probably won’t be appreciated until it’s over. Say we meet again next year? It still won’t be appreciated -- until we don’t meet again and you realize what you had.”

What fans have is history made, with more in the making.

The Warriors enter The Finals after an unprecedented 12-0 start to the playoffs, becoming the first team to complete three four-game sweeps in a single postseason.

Another sweep, and it’s not inconceivable, would make these Warriors the first team in NBA history with a perfect postseason -- give them the distinction of having the best postseason in American sports history.

The Cavaliers enter The Finals after a 12-1 start and, moreover, with the reheated debate over whether LeBron James has a body of work that equals or surpasses that of Michael Jordan. James is one game removed from surpassing Jordan to become No. 1 on the all-time list for playoff scoring and will make his seventh consecutive appearance in The Finals, something Jordan never did.

Though a Cleveland victory would bolster any argument in James’ favor, a Cleveland loss might be enough to close the case in Jordan’s favor insofar as his Bulls reached six NBA Finals and won them all.

Warriors-Cavaliers has the potential to go beyond what most believe to be the most epic of postseason rivals, that being the Magic Johnson and the Lakers versus Larry Bird and the Celtics. They met only three times (1984, ’85 and ’87) but the NBA went a full 10 seasons with one team or the other in The Finals.

Being a student of the game, Green quite likely knows that -- as well as having a complete understanding of the possibilities ahead.

Even if he suspects others may not.

“But you usually don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it any more,” he said. “Maybe there’s just a lack of appreciation for greatness. When you look at the situation, most people have never reached greatness. So, maybe there’s just not an understanding of what you’re watching.

“I appreciate it. I’m happy we’ve been able to steam-roll people, and I love the fact that they’ve been able to steam-roll people. I just love great things. And I think right now we’ve found two great teams.”

Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

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Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

Steph Curry has earned the nickname "Chef Curry" but his wife Ayesha is the real cook of the family.

Ayesha has paved her own path as a successful cook and was brought to BottleRock in Napa for a demonstration. As Steph and rapper E-40 joined her on stage, Ayesha took one of out of E-40's book and did her own remix of Drake's "Energy." 

In this version, Ayesha rapped about what she knows best -- recipes. 

All hyped up, Ayesha dropped the mic to the delight of Steph and E-40 himself.