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Warriors assign Briante Weber to Santa Cruz

Warriors assign Briante Weber to Santa Cruz

The Warriors assigned guard Brianté Weber to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced Friday morning.

Weber, who was named an NBA D-League All-Star earlier this month, is slated to appear in the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game, which tips off on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (PST) from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and will air live on NBA TV.

Weber, who signed a second 10-day contract with Golden State on Feb. 14, has appeared in five games with the Golden State Warriors this season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.0 assist in 8.2 minutes.

Prior to joining Golden State, the 6’2”, 165-pound guard appeared in 31 games (all starts) this season with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League, averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 3.26 steals in 36.8 minutes and garnering NBA D-League Player of the Month honors in January.

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Kevin Durant doesn't respect Donald Trump: 'Until we get him out of here...'

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Kevin Durant doesn't respect Donald Trump: 'Until we get him out of here...'

If the Warriors get invited to the White House and accept, will Kevin Durant attend?

"Nah, I won't do that," the 2017 NBA Finals MVP told ESPN's Chris Haynes on Thursday. "I don't respect who's in office right now.

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

The Warriors are scheduled to play the Wizards in Washington D.C. on Feb. 28 (which happens to be the same date of last season's game in D.C. when Durant injured his knee).

On Monday, Steve Kerr provided an update.

"We have talked as an organization about a potential White House invitation and what that would mean," he told Damon Bruce of 95.7 The Game. "A couple weeks ago we decided let's get the players together and talk about it later this summer when we can -- just before Media Day probably.

"And we'll do that, and I'll just leave it at that."

Durant -- who is from Maryland -- was in his hometown of Seat Pleasant on Thursday to celebrate "Kevin Durant Day."

He didn't hold back when discussing Donald Trump.

"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."

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

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

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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 it 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