Tyson Chandler in Bay Area for 49ers' game


Tyson Chandler in Bay Area for 49ers' game

Free agent center Tyson Chandler, whom the Warriors hope tosign before the start of the 2011-12 season, was at Candlestick Park on Sunday,taking in the 49ers-Rams game.Chandler, who anchored the Dallas Mavericks championshipdefense, is perhaps the most coveted player in this years free agent class.And the Warriors have made him their No. 1 target.It is unknown whether or not Chandler is in town to meetwith Warriors officials. Nothing has been set up at this time, according toseveral people familiar with the situation. In addition, it is unknown how manymembers of the Warriors front office group are in the Bay Area at this time.

Interestingly, there is nothing preventing Chandler fromworking out on Monday at the Warriors downtown Oakland practice facility. Atpresent, with the collective bargaining agreement not yet finalized, every teamfacility is open to any player.If Chandler were to bump into a team official and chat, thatwould be OK, too. But teams and players cant enter into any oral contractagreements until the CBA is ratified.Most Warriors players were expected to return to the BayArea on Sunday and begin working out on Monday. Players can have only limitedcontact with team personnel at this point.Chandler, 7-foot-1, is considered one of the leagues bestdefensive centers, and interior defense is the among the Warriors biggestproblems. Chandler averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds in 27.8 minutes pergame last season for Dallas.Signing Chandler doesnt come without risk. He made 12.6million last season, and he is said to be asking for more than that in Year No.1 of what will likely be a four-year contract.That is a lot of money, and it would likely require theWarriors to use the amnesty provision on Andris Biedrins, something the team isreluctant to do because it believes it can trade Biedrins.Chandler also has injury history with his left ankle andtoe and has missed significant chunks of two of the past threeseasons.

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.

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.