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When will 'Linsanity' end?

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When will 'Linsanity' end?

"Linsanity" is still going strong, as we outlined in an earlier Warriors Talk post, but the question is, when will "Linsanity" end?

A couple of factors are at play here:

1) Carmelo Anthony is going to be returning to the Knicks' lineup, likely in the next week. While they don't play the same position, and while we think Lin will be more than fine deferring to Carmelo and Amare Stoudemire, it is something to keep an eye on. Though you have to admit, the mere question "Can Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin play together?" is pretty comical.

2) Baron Davis will be back soon. Don't laugh. The Knicks signed Davis and drafted Iman Shumpert to man the point guard position. Obviously Lin will get every chance to hold onto the job, but if he starts to struggle, the Knicks have plenty of other options (even if they aren't the best options), if they want to go in another direction.

3) The Knicks' schedule will get a lot harder in the near future. From Feb. 23 until March 17, New York will face top teams such as Miami, Boston, Dallas, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Portland, Chicago and Milwaukee (twice). It'll be interesting to see how Lin holds up during that stretch, which includes a three-games-in-four-nights slate with road games against the Celtics, Mavericks and Spurs.

4) Lin is committing a lot of turnovers - 36 in his first six starts, to be exact. It is important to note that the Knicks' offense commands a lot of the point guard, particularly with Anthony currently out and Stoudemire sidelined for a couple of games recently. But if Lin doesn't get his turnovers under control, that could be a problem moving forward.

5) On the other side of the coin, when is the last time there was a "one-hit wonder" in the NBA? Seriously, can you think of a player who starred for two weeks and was never heard from again? Or a player who was elite for a month and then fizzled out? Basketball is not like baseball or hockey in that sense. For the most part, when it comes to basketball, if you can play, you can play.

Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'

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Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'

After four years in Oakland, Harrison Barnes was forced to leave town when the Warriors signed Kevin Durant last summer.

Barnes just finished the first year of a four-year, $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

So, does the former first-round pick miss his old home?

"I like living in Dallas but will always have love for Oakland!!" Barnes said in response to a question on Twitter on Sunday.

Barnes also picked his favorite restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco.

"Belly in Oakland or Amber in SF," Barnes wrote.

Steve Kerr keeping offseason routine in line: 'I'm not Jon Gruden'

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Steve Kerr keeping offseason routine in line: 'I'm not Jon Gruden'

For the third straight summer, Steve Kerr has had a shortened offseason to work with.

While he is working on things for the 2017-18 season, he's not trying to cram as much work into a short period of time. He's taking time to relax and enjoy the summer.

In an interview with The Chronicle's Scott Ostler on Saturday, Kerr pulled back the curtain on how's spending the time before training camp starts.

“I’m on the phone, talking to Bob Myers, talking to our coaches and to different people. Writing down thoughts, putting together plans for our coaching retreat. It might be just something that pops into my head, where I just stop and write something down. But I’m not Jon Gruden, I’m not waking up at five in the morning and going to the film room,” Kerr said.

What could Kerr and Myers possibly talk about every single day?

“We talk about players, talk about roles. We talked a lot about Nick Young and [Omri] Casspi before we signed those guys. Talked a lot about our center position. Bob and I talk every day, kind of the first thing in the morning we check in with each other, usually talk for a half hour. We’re really close. He just got back from a great vacation, in Italy,” Kerr said.

Kerr and the defending champion Warriors get back on the court Sept. 30 in a preseason tilt against the Nuggets in Oakland. Then they head to China to play the Timberwolves twice before returning to face the Kings at home on Oct. 13. Four days later, they raise a banner, get their rings and tip-off the regular season against the Rockets.