It was a rough couple of days for Kevin Durant.
As the 2017 Finals MVP said himself: "All the jokes – bring ‘em. I deserve it."
One such joke came from Fox Sports 1's Nick Wright:
"Remember when KD hit that 3 on LeBron?"— nick wright (@getnickwright) September 19, 2017
"Yeah, remember when he then went home & started a group chat with himself to talk about it?"
A couple hours later, an NBA writer chimed in:
Remember when you picked Cavs in 5, and said Andre Iguodala was “the least productive player in the league” last season? https://t.co/eHkUauFsNF— Shane Young (@YoungNBA) September 19, 2017
At some point thereafter, Steph Curry "liked" this tweet.
This could be Curry simply coming to Durant's defense.
It also could be Curry simply enjoying the fact that Wright is getting called out for wrong claims/predictions.
It could be both.
In case you missed some of Wright's past declarations:
The broadcast crew for this game is asking the question that has to terrify GSW fans: What if Iguodala is washed? It's definitely in play.— nick wright (@getnickwright) November 17, 2016
Fact 3: The Warriors need 2015 Iguodala to have a shot at slowing down LeBron and 2017 Iguodala is washed & totally ineffective.— nick wright (@getnickwright) January 6, 2017
From Jan. 8 through April 8 (39 games), Iguodala averaged 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting over 58 percent from the field and over 41 percent from deep.
In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, he scored 20 points in what was his best performance of the playoffs.
After picking CLE in 3 in each round, I got my comeuppance in ECF when BOS took a game. I've learned my lesson.— nick wright (@getnickwright) June 1, 2017
My Finals pick: Cavs in 5. https://t.co/qlclIFVVTx
Sure you do. In fact, GSW did it to the Cavs last year on Christmas. And this Warriors team is clearly inferior to last year's version. https://t.co/3iC6ps5vTf— nick wright (@getnickwright) January 17, 2017
The Warriors are now 46-9. Last year's team was 73-9. But please keep telling me how this team is better than last year's version.— nick wright (@getnickwright) February 14, 2017
What odds could I have gotten on July 5th that the Warriors wouldn't be the 1 seed in the West? Cuz that's what's going to happen.— nick wright (@getnickwright) March 11, 2017
At least he admitted it:
I gotta own this. Never been more wrong about anything than I was on this year's Warriors.— nick wright (@getnickwright) June 13, 2017
I still think the Cavs might pull this out, tho https://t.co/1EhEDrzeRz
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will hold their 2017 Training Camp, fueled by Gatorade, at the Rakuten Performance Center—the team’s newly named Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland—beginning Saturday, September 23, the team announced on Thursday.
The team also announced the signing of free agent guards Antonius Cleveland, Michael Gbinije (ben-ih-jhay) and Alex Hamilton and free agent forward Georges Niang (George KNEE-yang).
Cleveland, 22, went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft after a four-year career at Southeast Missouri State, where he averaged 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.31 steals and 28.8 minutes in 121 career games. As a senior in 2016-17, he averaged a career-high 16.6 points while hitting career bests of 54.3 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three-point range.
Gbinije, 25, appeared in nine games with the Detroit Pistons last season, scoring four points in 32 minutes. Originally selected by the Pistons with the 49th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft, Gbinije averaged 12.0 points, and 4.3 rebounds in 35.0 minutes over 16 games with the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League. Gbinije, who spent his freshman season at Duke before playing three seasons at Syracuse University, helped the Orange to a Final Four appearance as a senior in 2015-16 after averaging career marks of 17.5 points and 4.3 assists in 37.9 minutes over 37 games.
Hamilton, 23, spent the 2016-17 season with Golden State’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, where he averaged 11.4 points, 4.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 23.4 minutes over 43 games. Prior to joining Santa Cruz, Hamilton played collegiately for four seasons at Louisiana Tech, where he averaged 19.9 points, 6.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.97 steals in 33 games as a senior in 2015-16, earning Conference USA Player of the Year honors.
Niang, 24, appeared in 23 games for the Indiana Pacers in 2016-17, totaling 21 points and 17 rebounds in 93 minutes of action. Originally selected by the Pacers with the 50th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, Niang averaged 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 33.0 minutes over six games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA G League last season. Niang played collegiately for four seasons at Iowa State University, where he earned the 2016 Karl Malone Award, given to the nation’s best power forward, after averaging 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior in 2015-16.
Following seven days of practice, the Warriors will open their preseason schedule at Oracle Arena on Saturday, September 30, against the Denver Nuggets before traveling to China for a pair of preseason games against the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the NBA Global Games.
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