Rockets GM Morey: 'The other thing that's difficult with the Warriors...'


Rockets GM Morey: 'The other thing that's difficult with the Warriors...'

Since the Rockets added Chris Paul, Houston GM Daryl Morey has been asked about the Warriors many, many times.

And in a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, he was forced to address Golden State again.

"Generally I felt like prepping or thinking about one team in your strategic planning is a mistake," Morey started. "That's what I would have answered for the last ... I've been in the league for 15 years.

"Now we're in the situation where I think we have a good chance to be the second best team in the NBA ... And the other thing that's difficult right now with the Warriors is they're a historically great team. They could end this run as being one of the best teams of all-time.

"In fact, you could argue some of these teams already have been close to that or were that. So I'm actually forced to think about the Warriors because the reality is we're here to just win the title. That's all I think about and so you can't help but think about the Warriors."

Acording to Bovada, the Rockets have the fourth best odds (10/1) to win the title, behind the Warriors (-160), Cavs (4/1) and Celtics (9/1).

The NBA elected to have the Rockets face the Warriors on Opening Night.

The other game on Oct. 17 is between the Cavs and Celtics, so it appears the league agrees with the oddsmakers.

"It's not just closing the gap, because we're not gonna close it the whole way," Morey said. "We do feel like we closed it a lot this summer. But you're never -- I don't want to say never -- it's going to be extraordinarily difficult...

"You not only want to add players to get you closer, but you also need to take more risks. We're gonna continue to end up being in the news because we're gonna continue to try and take risks to get better.

"We haven't been perfect in our moves ... to close that gap with the Warriors, we have to take risks."

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

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.