With the Golden State Warriors battling it out in the Western Conference Playoffs, their star forward, Kevin Durant, isn’t thinking ahead to the offseason, a critical point in his career and for the Warriors’ franchise.
According to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, Durant hasn’t made a decision regarding free agency and is urging fans to focus on the playoffs, not his future with the team.
“Just watch the game. Just focus on the game and stop nitpicking, because it is a beautiful game going on out there,” Durant said. “What can I do right now? I can’t sign a paper. I got to do the most important thing, and that is play. And that is what we should be focusing on.
“I know it’s the sexy part of the NBA: free agency, trades, transactions. But it’s a beautiful game that we’re out here playing. I feel like I play a different and unique way that may inspire some people.”
“If I already made a decision, it would take away from the team, what we’re fighting for. Every play would be overshadowed by it,” Durant continued. “It is not necessary for me to make a decision right now. It would be bad to do that. It would take the focus off of what is important. I would never want to put my teammates in a messed-up position. I want to forget about it.”
Warriors’ Stephen Curry Suffers Broken Left Hand
Curry suffered the injury after a hard fall to the floor, following a collision with Suns’ center Aron Bynes, who fell on top of Curry’s hand resulting in a fracture in the second matacarpal, the bane in the hand below the index finger, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
“Obviously it’s been a tough start for us on many levels,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game. “So we’re just trying to find our footing. And obviously this puts us in a tough spot. So we’ll assess it, and we’ll go from there.”
“Just one of those things,” Kerr said. “Aron Baynes came up after the game and just wanted to know how Steph was doing. You could tell he felt really bad. It was just a random basketball play, so stuff happens.”
“I saw it happen,” Warrior’s owner Joe Lacob said. “So obviously sad. It’s not good. But sort of a silver lining maybe, because some of our young players are going to get an opportunity to play. So I like our young players a heck of a lot. So I think it’s a silver lining. Ironically, I’m an optimist, so we’ll see what happens.”
With so many injuries piling up on a disappointing start to the season for Golden State, Lacob dismissed the idea of tanking.
“It is against every single thing I and we stand for,” Lacob said, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “We will fight like hell. Develop our young guys. Learn to win. You don’t get better by trying to lose. Our entire organization is about winning. And we will win. Some bumps in the road, perhaps. But we will never accept losing.”
Lacob added that the focus remains on the long-term plan for the Warriors.
“I’m just telling you that the bottom line is I’m not negative and I’m not going to get negative,” Lacob said, according to The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami and Ethan Strauss. “I’m an optimist and we’re building something. You’re always looking short term and you’re looking intermediate term and you’re looking long term.
“And I think we’ve got a lot of good young players in place,” he continued. “Potentially, there’s a silver lining in all of this, who knows? And I’m very optimistic about our future. Very optimistic about our future. I think we’re going to be there at some point. Can’t say when. We’ve obviously got a lot of injuries now, but we’re going to be there.”
Jonas Jerebko Heading to Europe
Former Golden State Warriors’ forward Jonas Jerebko is continuing his playing career in Europe this upcoming season.
According to Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonos, Jerebko is close to sign with Khimki Moscow Region.
Jerebko averaged 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists last season with the Warriors, highlighted by some strong play during the playoffs.
James McAdoo to Play in Turkey
Former Golden State Warriors forward James McAdoo is heading to Turkey to continue his playing career.
According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, McAdoo has signed with Turkish team Besiktas.
McAdoo entered the NBA has an undrafted talent back in 2014, spending his first three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, winning titles with the Dubs in 2015 and 2017.
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