Warriors granted 1251 odds to win in 2012-13

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Warriors granted 1251 odds to win in 2012-13

Those in betting circles are giving the Miami Heat the best chance to claim the 2012-13 NBA Championship.

According to Las Vegas betting website Bovada, the Warriors have 1251 odds to win next year's title and 601 odds to win the Western Conference.

Odds to win 2013 NBA Championship
Miami Heat 115
Los Angeles Lakers 52
Oklahoma City Thunder 92
Chicago Bulls 141
Boston Celtics 181
San Antonio Spurs 181
Los Angeles Clippers 251
Brooklyn Nets 301
Dallas Mavericks 331
Indiana Pacers 351
Memphis Grizzlies 351
New York Knicks 351
Philadelphia 76ers 501
Denver Nuggets 661
Houston Rockets 751
Atlanta Hawks 751
Minnesota Timberwolves 751
Portland Trailblazers 1001
Utah Jazz 1001
Golden State Warriors 1251
Milwaukee Bucks 1251
New Orleans Hornets 1501
Orlando Magic 1501
Phoenix Suns 1501
Cleveland Cavaliers 2001
Detroit Pistons 2001
Sacramento Kings 2001
Toronto Raptors 2001
Washington Wizards 2001
Charlotte Bobcats 5001

Odds to win the 2013 NBA Western Conference
Los Angeles Lakers 1310
Oklahoma City Thunder 95
San Antonio Spurs 172
Los Angeles Clippers 121
Dallas Mavericks 161
Memphis Grizzlies 161
Denver Nuggets 331
Houston Rockets 401
Minnesota Timberwolves 401
Utah Jazz 451
Golden State Warriors 601
Portland Trailblazers 601
Phoenix Suns 751
New Orleans Hornets 1001
Sacramento Kings 1001
Odds to win the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference
Miami Heat 58
Chicago Bulls 112
Boston Celtics 81
Brooklyn Nets 121
Indiana Pacers 141
New York Knicks 141
Philadelphia 76ers 181
Atlanta Hawks 351
Milwaukee Bucks 601
Orlando Magic 601
Cleveland Cavaliers 1001
Detroit Pistons 1001
Toronto Raptors 1001
Washington Wizards 1001
Charlotte Bobcats 2001

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.