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What moment will Steve Kerr remember most from Game 5 afterparty?

What moment will Steve Kerr remember most from Game 5 afterparty?

The Warriors won the NBA title on Monday night.

The team partied late into the night and into the morning.

Is there a specific moment from the celebration that Steve Kerr will remember the most?

"The party was great but what I'm gonna remember -- the thing that's gonna jump out -- is my exchange with JaVale McGee as the stage was being set on the court, literally minutes after the buzzer sounded," Kerr revealed on The Lowe Post Podcast. "JaVale came up to me -- he was hugging his daugther, his daugther is about six months old I think -- and he was bawling. He was bawling.

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"He just came over to me and gave me a huge hug and he just told me how happy he was and how much he loved the team and the season he just had and how meaningful it was. And that's what will jump out."

McGee's playing time in the NBA Finals:

- Game 1 = 5:32
- Game 2 = 2:46
- Game 3 = 7:57
- Game 4 = 6:08
- Game 5 = DNP-CD

"And this is a guy who I didn't play in Game 5," Kerr continued. "I told (him) before the game, I said 'I'm not gonna play you because we're gonna go small most of the game and tighten up our pick-and-roll coverage.' And here's a guy who is just so happy to be a part of it.

"And to me that kind of symbolizes what our team was about -- just the selflessness and how many good guys there are. But JaVale in particular, I just have a soft spot for him. He's an amazing guy and a great teammate."

McGee will be an unrestricted free agent in July after playing for the veteran's minimum this season.

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."

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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