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Steve Kerr: For the 2017-18 Warriors, 'the biggest challenge is...'

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Steve Kerr: For the 2017-18 Warriors, 'the biggest challenge is...'

The Warriors won the championship in 2015.

The Warriors lost in the NBA Finals in 2016.

The Warriors won the title in 2017.

The Warriors are the overwhelming favorites to win it again in 2018.

“The biggest challenge is complacency,” Steve Kerr told Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. “We’ve been to the Finals three years in a row. And for our core group, I guess that would be four or five guys — Shaun and Andre, Steph, Klay, Draymond -- that’s a long haul and you just cannot lose your edge in this league.

“You know, defensively we’ll be keeping a close eye on our numbers and our intensity and our fundamentals. We’re not going to let them slide. And yet, human nature is to let your guard down a little bit with success.

"So, we have to be aware of that, the coaching staff, and we can’t disregard that ... that’s the balance we’ve got to find."

Golden State posted the second best defensive rating last season (101.1), fourth best in 2015-16 (100.9) and was No. 1 in 2014-15 (98.2).

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Nick Young, Omri Casspi and rookie Jordan Bell are the newcomers.

Ian Clark, James Michael McAdoo and Matt Barnes are gone.

Otherwise, everybody else is back.

It's understandable why people like Jeff Van Gundy believe "this season is over. We're gonna play it out, and the Warriors are gonna win."

But Golden State will have some competition, including from themselves.

"We always talk about our balance between being a little crazy and disciplined. It sounds like an oxymoron, but we need to keep our edge; pace ourselves, too," Kerr explained to The Athletic. "And how do you do that? That’s our job as a staff, to try to navigate that.”

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

Report: Warriors players, officials perplexed by Durant's offseason

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Report: Warriors players, officials perplexed by Durant's offseason

It's been a great summer in many ways for Kevin Durant.

It's also been a not-so-great summer for Kevin Durant.

And as Yahoo's Chris Mannix recently wrote:

"Many in Golden State, team officials and players alike, have taken note of Durant’s oddball offseason and are perplexed by it. They see a bright future for Durant in Oakland, league and team sources told The Vertical, and are bewildered as to why he is still addressing his past."

First, it was Durant's comments on The Bill Simmons Podcast about Under Armour.

Durant's words were meaningful enough that he and Steph Curry "had a conversation" about the topic.

Then it was his third-person disparaging tweets of the Oklahoma City franchise, Thunder players and head coach Billy Donovan.

"I haven’t slept in two days, two nights. I haven’t ate. It’s crazy, because I feel so (expletive) pissed at myself and I’m mad that I brought someone into it," Durant told USA Today Sports' Sam Amick. "I look like an idiot.

"My peers are going to look at me like an idiot. All the jokes – bring ‘em. I deserve it."

[POOLE: Trapped by social media monster, KD taught a harsh lesson]

Since winning the title and being named NBA Finals MVP, Durant:

- Received a congratulatory text from Barack Obama
- Was praised endlessly for sacrificing millions to help the Warriors retain Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston
- Got a mural of him soaring in for a dunk on a building in Oakland
- Set a Guinness world record while on a trip to India (although he received some backlash for his comments about India and issued an apology)
- Was honored with "Kevin Durant Day" in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland

He is also apparently a "Made Man" in Silicon Valley (read this awesome feature by Modern Luxury).

But when it comes to Durant's offseason, people are going to remember the negative stories more than the positive ones.

"I will scale back a little bit right now. Just focus on playing basketball," Durant said on Tuesday. "I want to move on."

Fortunately for Durant, the Warriors open training camp in two days...

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

Report: Iguodala granted Warriors final free-agent meeting to say goodbye

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Report: Iguodala granted Warriors final free-agent meeting to say goodbye

This summer, Andre Iguodala signed a 3-year contract worth $48 million guaranteed.

But he was very close to not returning to the Warriors.

On Wednesday, ESPN's Chris Haynes wrote a feature on Iguodala's free agent process.

One of the biggest takeaways:

"The Warriors were granted a last-minute assembly out of respect. Iguodala had reopened the lines of communication with the Warriors and told Myers that if he still wanted to talk to 'get down here.'

The Warriors had been in the dark for a day and a half and contacted representatives of free-agent small forwards Rudy Gay and Gerald Henderson as a contingency plan. But Myers immediately hopped on a plane from the Bay Area and Kerr was already in Los Angeles, having recently visited with free agent Nick Young. They didn't know it, but Iguodala's objective in sitting down with them was to personally say goodbye, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN."

Iguodala was prepared to say goodbye because he did not like the Warriors' initial offer -- a reported $42 million over three years, with only a partial guarantee in Year 3.

When Myers and Kerr met with Iguodala, they reportedly increased the offer to $45 million guaranteed over three years.

But as Haynes writes:

"There was little hope for a resolution at this point. Iguodala wasn't budging from his request to make at least $16 million per year. If the Warriors didn't improve their offer, he was signing with the Rockets, sources said."

So how does the story end?

Bob Myers reportedly called Warriors owner Joe Lacob, who gave final approval to offer Iguodala the $48 million he was seeking.

Done deal...

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