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Q&A with Stephen Curry

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Q&A with Stephen Curry

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is back in the Bay Area this week, working out at the teams downtown practice facility. Curry missed most of last season with an ankle injury, and the hope is that he can return to 100 percent for the 2012-13 season.

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After his 90-minute workout on Thursday, Curry sat down and talked with the media. Here are some excerpts of what he said:On how hes feeling:Curry: Im feeling great. I know Ive said it before but, being out since March, having surgery in April and my last two-and-a-half months of rehab, its been a good process and Im being patient with it. Right now, being able to doing a fullcourt workout and not having any soreness and tightness, its very optimistic where Im at. It can only get better because theres still five weeks till training camp.On whether theres anything he cant do right now:Curry: "Just playing five-on-five right now. Im just making sure when Im reacting, making cuts, especially on the defensive end that my ankle is responding in the right way. I know it will, but right now Im just taking each step. Ill probably give it a try (five-on-five) when guys come back before training camp."Training camp is a good time to get your rhythm back and get with the team, but I want to have some kind of playing time before I get into that situation. So, thats good for me, to go at least a week or two before (Oct. 3).On whether he has doubts hell be 100 percent by the start of the season:Curry: No, none at all. None at all. The whole point of having surgery when I did (April) and being patient with my rehab was so that on Oct.. 31 I wouldnt have restrictions or hesitancy about going out and playing. Thats whats going to happen.On the frustration of not knowing why he tweaked his ankle so much the past two years or whether he feels he knows why that happened:Curry: "I have a guess. It would be not giving it enough rest when I first started having the sprains, not giving it (enough time) when they were pretty serious sprains and trying to get back and play. That probably didnt bode well for longevity when it comes to going through a season. Like I said, with rehab youre trying to get it strong, trying to get your balance right. And during the season you dont have that much time. It might feel good, but the power and the strength and the balance isnt there to get you through those dynamic moments you have to do on the court. Thats probably why it started."Right now, my mindset is Im not worried about anything thats happened in the past. Weve taken every step to get myself in the right position coming into training camp this year. So Im not going to worry about why Ive had to endure a tough two years. Its just time to move forward.On what he thought of the Warriors offseason:Curry: They did a great job of getting some depth. The top to bottom of our roster looks good. We have veteran guys and young talent. Practices are going to be fun this year. We have depth at every position to really challenge each other in training camp. On paper were a playoff team so we have to figure out how to turn that into wins during the season and take advantage of the roster theyve put together.On what kind of style he thinks the Warriors will play this year: Curry: "I dont know. We still have some speed. Obviously without Monta (Ellis) its not as dynamic with that approach. But with (Andrew) Bogut and David Lee being such good passing big men and with myself, Klay Thompson and Jarrett coming in, well be able to space and work around Bogut and D.Lee in the post and attack the lanes."Were going to be a great shooting team. We dont want to fall in love with that, but we know well be able to do that well. We just have to have a balanced attack on feeding the post and using our size now that we have it."Defensively we have to keep working on on-ball defense and with the size we have, using our big men to anchor our defense down low. Weve got to keep them out of foul trouble and keep them on the floor.On where he sees the Warriors in the Western Conference playoff picture: Curry: Size-wise we match up with just about any team in the league. You dont have the questions of the small backcourt going into the season. I think we can be really good. If you look at the talent we have, there are guys who have established themselves in the league. I think we are a playoff team. Its easy to say that and you have to make it happen.Looking at the West its still tough. Some teams have shifted a little bit, but its still a tough conference to grab a playoff spot, but thats our goal, to figure out a way to get in there.

Players Voice Awards: Draymond not the 'Best Defender'

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Players Voice Awards: Draymond not the 'Best Defender'

The players have spoken.

The 2017 Players Voice Awards pick for "Best Defender" goes to...

Kawhi Leonard.

On June 26, Draymond Green took home the Defensive Player of the Year award at the first annual NBA Awards Show.

He received 73 first-place votes, 22 second-place votes and three third-place votes. (Yes, he was left off of two ballots entirely)

Rudy Gobert was the runner-up with 16 first-place votes, 53 second-place votes and 30 third-place votes.

Kawhi finished in third with 11 first-place votes, 23 second-place votes and 58 third-place votes.

While the media recognized Draymond as the best defensive player in the NBA last season, his peers don't agree.

In 2015, Draymond finished runner-up and was left off 42 ballots.

In 2016, he finished runner-up and was left off nine ballots.

Bravo For Durant: No White House visit proves he has a set of principles

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Bravo For Durant: No White House visit proves he has a set of principles

Though the Warriors have yet to receive an invitation to visit the White House in the wake of their championship season, one of their superstars already has decided he would not participate.

Kevin Durant, the NBA Finals MVP who grew up practically in the shadow of the White House, said he would not visit.

"Nah, I won't do that," Durant told ESPN on Thursday. "I don't respect who's in office right now."

Bravo for Durant. For speaking up when so many others are silent and, by acknowledging that this is an individual decision, proving he is willing to stand on a personal set of principles.

Visiting his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md. for “Kevin Durant Day,” the forward didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name but made clear his disdain for the man who currently occupies the White House.

"I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that," Durant said. "That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me."

Durant is not the first Warrior to publicly express such sentiments. Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston have specifically said they would not be willing to make the visit that has become customary for American championship teams. Coach Steve Kerr and veteran forward David West have been vocal in denouncing Trump’s discriminatory rhetoric and boorish behavior.

Uncertain whether an invitation is forthcoming, the Warriors issued a statement in June saying any collective decision regarding a White House visit would be made “when and if necessary.”

Their championship season ended two months ago. Training camp for next season begins next month. There has been no invitation.

Durant’s comments Thursday represent his first that directly address the possibility of visiting the White House. The Warriors, after their 2105 championship, made the visit when Barack Obama was president.

"I just wanted to sit back and analyze everything and gather my thoughts," he told ESPN. "I wanted to say something immediately, but I definitely want to be the voice of where I come from and people who have come from my neighborhood and deal with oppression.”

Addressing the division that has infected the national landscape, Durant pointed directly at Trump.

"He's definitely driving it," Durant said. "I feel ever since he's got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it's not a coincidence. When Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.

"So, to see that, and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top -- leadership trickles down to the rest of us. So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn't care about all people, then we won't go anywhere as a country. In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won't see any progress."

Though not all Warriors have publicly commented on the subject, Durant’s hunch is accurate. This team has a collective conscience. There are causes in which every member believes, and two such causes are equality and inclusiveness.

Those alone are enough to ensure they would not splinter on this issue.