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Happy with Warriors' offseason, Curry 'very curious' about one team's trade

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Happy with Warriors' offseason, Curry 'very curious' about one team's trade

WALNUT CREEK -- After winning more games than any other team and then posting the best postseason in NBA history, the Warriors have tossed the rest of the league into a summer of scrambling to compete or surrender.

Yet here are the champs, having observed the front office maneuver adroitly enough to re-sign every key free agent, making it evident they firmly believe they’ll be improved next season.

“We have great potential and the opportunity to do some amazing things and win more championships,” Stephen Curry said Monday afternoon, referring to the Warriors returning 12 players from their roster. “When you have that chemistry, you don’t want it to end. You don’t want to have to start over and, I wouldn’t necessarily say ‘rebuild.’ But (we can) just take advantage of the camaraderie and the chemistry and the vibe that we’ve created around the Warriors organization.

“So for them to get it done and sign all the guys they needed to sign and add two great players in Omri Casspi and Nick Young, and draft Jordan Bell, I think we got better.”

Though Curry conceded the Warriors can’t afford to “sleepwalk” through the regular season, his comments echo those made last month by Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

It was Kerr who told NBCSportsBayArea.com that he thinks the Warriors would be “better, for sure” than they were while winning 67 games last season and rolling to a 16-1 postseason that concluded with a five-game NBA Finals win over Cleveland.

Meeting local media in a basketball setting for the first time this summer, Curry -- who last month signed a five-year contract worth a league record $201 million -- is hosting his fourth annual SC30 Select basketball camp featuring some of the top prep players in the country.

He also acknowledged that even if the Warriors are improved, that some of the moves made by other playoff teams, particularly those in the Western Conference, would test any hopes of a back-to-back title.

To a team with current MVP Russell Westbrook, the Thunder added perennial All-Star Paul George. The Rockets added perennial All-Star Chris Paul to a team with MVP runner-up James Harden. The Timberwolves, already with conceivable the most gifted young roster in the league, traded for perennial All-Star Jimmy Butler.

“It’s obviously great for the league that there is that much movement and shuffling of the deck and teams taking chances with personnel to try to get better,” Curry said. “You obviously look around the Western Conference . . . the amount of talent up and down the board is going to be crazy.

“Just because we have the same team coming back, we’re (still) going to have to go through some different challenges and answer the bell. But around the league, it’s great that winning still matters and everybody is trying to make that happen.”

One team particular seemed to intrigue Curry: Houston.

"I’m very curious, because I’ve got to play against them four times, at least,” he said of the Harden-Paul pairing. “I’ll have to see how they work together, and we’ll have to figure out how to beat them.

“I guess the eye test may seem like it’ll be a little different. But they’re two high-IQ guys that know how to play the game and should know how to adjust to each other if they have to.”

Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

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Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

There are some people out there who are still extremely bitter about Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

An eighth grade Spanish teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma issued a handout on the first day of school.

Part of it read:

DON'T BE A ... Kevin Durant
KD left the OKC Thunder last summer after falling to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Following the end of the season, he decided it was in his best interest to join the very same team that had just knocked him out of the playoffs. Don't be like KD. Don't take the easy way out. Things like cheating, plagiarizing, and copying your friends homework may not seem like a big deal now but they are building habits that can significantly hinder you later in life. Additionally, always strive to finish what you've started. Half-finished homework is unfinished homework. Don't try to turn in an assignment if you have not done what is necessary and expected.

DO BE A ... Michael Jordan
MJ! The GOAT! 6 championships, 4 MVPs. Yadda yadda. The greatest thing this man ever did? Saving the Looney Tunes from a lifetime of servitude to an alien race. Did MJ take the easy way out? Did he ever back down from a challenge? NO! Be like Mike. Learning a new language is a challenging thing and parts of this year are going to be...

And then the words get cut off.

Well, Kevin Durant got wind of this and responded on Twitter:

If anything happens to this teacher, we will let you know...

Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

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Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

According to NBA players, Andre Iguodala is not the best sixth man in the league.

On Friday morning, Lou Williams was recognized as the "Best off the Bench" player.

At the inaugural NBA Awards Show in late June, Iguodala finished runner-up in the Sixth Man of the Year race to Rockets guard Eric Gordon.

Iguodala received 43 first-place votes, 34 second-place votes and nine third-place votes.

Gordon registered 46 first-place votes, 40 second-place votes and eight third-place votes.

Williams was a very distant third with five third-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 15 third-place votes.

He averaged 18.6 points and 3.2 assists over 58 games with the Lakers last season, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep.

In 23 regular season games with the Rockets, Williams averaged 14.9 points and 2.4 assists on 38.6 percent shooting overall and just below 32 percent from 3-point territory.

Against the Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals, Williams struggled to the tune of 7.3 points per game. He shot 35 percent from the floor and below 18 percent from distance.

Iguodala played arguably his best game of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- 20 points (9 for 14 FG), four rebounds and three assists.

For the series, his +60 mark led the Warriors by a comfortable margin (Draymond Green +30, Kevin Durant +33, Steph Curry +30, Klay Thompson +22).

Iguodala was rewarded with a 3-year, $48 million contract this summer.

I doubt he cares whatsoever about falling short for this award...

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