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With Marshawn on Raiders, will Draymond end boycott? 'I thought about it..."

With Marshawn on Raiders, will Draymond end boycott? 'I thought about it..."

Editor's Note: The above video is from March 28, 2017.

When the Raiders were granted approval to move to Las Vegas, Warriors forward Draymond Green was among those who was unhappy with the decision to leave Oakland.

At the time, he told the media he wouldn't attend anymore Raiders games.

On Monday in Utah, prior to Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Jazz, Green was asked about Marshawn Lynch joining the Raiders, a team he is boycotting.

"I have mixed feelings about it. But at the same time, they are still the Oakland Raiders and the team that he grew up watching his entire life. So it's like a dream come true for him. Obviously it being the last couple of years, if you can do it, he took advantage of that situation and made it happen. So I'm happy for him, just being able to live out that dream of playing in his hometown for the Raiders trying to bring a Super Bowl to The Town. I think that's great for him and that's great for the city of Oakland," Green said.

Then a reporter asked Green if he would end his boycott to watch his friend Lynch play.

"I thought about it, but yeah, it's still in effect," Green said. "I thought it about it though, but nah."

The Raiders acquired Lynch from the Seahawks on Wednesday, April 26. Lynch attended Oakland Tech High School and played at Cal. Lynch retired from the NFL following the 2015 season and did not play in 2016.

 

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

OAKLAND -- About an hour after general manager Bob Myers said the defending champion Warriors would soon gather to determine their response to any potential invitation from the White House, Stephen Curry reiterated his personal views.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry said during Media Day on Friday.

Curry has previously stated this position, one he shares with several teammates. Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala also have expressed no interest in visiting President Donald Trump. David West has made clear his distaste for Trump’s boorish conduct.

But Curry has thought not only about the subject but also how he reached his conclusion.

“That we don't stand for basically what our president has -- the things that he said and the things that he hasn't said in the right terms -- that we won't stand for it,” he said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.

“It's not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things, from (Colin) Kaepernick to what happened to (Michael) Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that we need to kind of change. And we all are trying to do what we can, using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that.”

Officially, the Warriors have made no firm decision. They will discuss the matter in the coming day in hopes of reaching a consensus.

Though Curry understands the final decision will be made every consulting with every voice in the locker room -- including coach Steve Kerr, who also has been critical of Trump -- he’s unwavering about his personal stance.

“It's not just me going to the White House. If it were, this would be a pretty short conversation,” he said.

“Like I said, it's the organization; it's the team. And it's hard to say because I don't know exactly what we're going to do in lieu of or if we do go or if we don't go or whatever.

“But my beliefs stay the same. I'll have a better answer for that once I can kind of understand where the group is, too.”

While Iguodala passed on delivering his stance, citing that he had been prepped on the subject by the team’s media relations staff, Durant -- like Curry -- said he has to take the opinions of his teammates into consideration.

“It's going to be tough to change my mind,” Durant said, “but we're going to talk about it as a team and figure out the next steps from there.”

West did not divulge his decision, opting to firmly state he “will let everybody know my opinion” once the team meets on the subject.

 

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

 

Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said

Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road. 

"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."

Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.

The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.