Steinmetz: Is Something Screwy in Warriorville?


Steinmetz: Is Something Screwy in Warriorville?


You know what they say: Don't get into a grind-it-out game with the Golden State Warriors.OK, so that's not really what they say. But son of a gun if theWarriors, the uptempo, fast-paced, score-at-all-cost, defense-optionalWarriors didn't beat the Utah Jazz in an ugly one - 85-78 - at OracleArena on Friday nightThis was not your typical Warriors win. You see, the Warriors seldomwin when they shoot 37.6 percent from the floor. You've got to trust meon that one because I don't have the past five years of date in frontof me.And they don't win very often when they score 85 points. In fact, ithad been five years since the Warriors won a game scoring that fewpoints in a game."I was proud because we couldn't make a shot," Warriors coach KeithSmart said. "We could not make a shot and we were up one at halftime.Our defense was engaged. We took away the paint scorers on this team."The Warriors also didn't do a bad job with Utah point guard Deron Williams.Sure, Williams finished with 23 points, but the Warriors kept hisassists down (6) and forced him into eight turnovers.Golden State held the Jazz to 39.5 percent shooting from the field.Yes, these are all strange numbers if you're a Warriors fan. But thingsseem different."Now I can go help and I know somebody will help me, too," said AndrisBiedrins, who had 20 rebounds. "That was the main thing. I was gettingmad all the time because I always went to help and I was disappointedthat a lot of times guys didn't help me out. But David (Lee) is alwaysbehind me and he keeps talking, saying "don't worry about your man, Igot you.""And want more proof something is screwy in Warriorville? I asked DorellWright if the game reminded him of an Eastern Conference game."Definitely," Wright responded. "We made it so ugly. We were scrapping and keeping them to one shot."

Durant sets Guinness world record during trip to India

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Durant sets Guinness world record during trip to India

NEW DELHI – NBA Champion and Finals MVP Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and 3,459 Indian children from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement for the world’s largest basketball lesson (multiple venues) ever held.

During his first-ever trip to India, Durant conducted the record-breaking feat at The NBA Academy India, the league’s elite basketball training center in the Delhi National Capital Region for the top male and female prospects from throughout India which opened in May.  

A group of youth were onsite at The NBA Academy India, while the other boys and girls participated via satellite from Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.  

“Sharing my love of basketball with thousands of boys and girls across India was an unbelievable experience,” said Durant.  “It was an honor to coach these amazing kids and to be a part of this special day.”

Durant is in India to support the continued growth of basketball in the country. While in Delhi, he coached the country’s top prospects at The NBA Academy India and built two new basketball courts to the Ramjas School as part of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation’s BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL Courts Renovation Initiative.  

“Sports has the ability to unite people, and this record-setting NBA clinic led by Finals MVP Kevin Durant helped us connect young basketball players throughout the country in a single event,” said NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco.  “We are growing the game of basketball in India, and having Kevin here, one of the world’s greatest players, will no doubt inspire countless young boys and girls to stay healthy and active and believe that they can do anything.”

The NBA Academy India builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in India.  The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has reached more than 6 million youth and trained more than 5,000 physical education instructors nationwide since its launch in 2013.

NBA media services provided this report

Ex-teammate: Lebron & Kyrie need to fight


Ex-teammate: Lebron & Kyrie need to fight

The "feud" between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving is shrouded in mystery with media reports and veiled responses clouding the truth. 

But James' former Cavs teammate Drew Gooden has a solution, telling TMZ that either Irving needs to be traded or the two superstars need to throw down in a fight.

"That's the only way," Gooden said.

Gooden cited the Cleneland's addition of Derrick Rose as the reason for Irving's unrest, although reports of Irving's trade request came out days before Rose committed to sign with Cleveland.

"I think Kyrie hot cause they went and got Derrick Rose without his consent," Gooden said. "That might have got Kyrie a little hot."

Gooden, 35, averaged 11 points, 7.1 rebounds and 25.5 minutes per game over his 14-year NBA career, which ended after playing 30 games for Washington in the 2015-16 season.