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Nick Young holds pose, tricks announcer into saying air-balled shot was good (video)

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Warriors guard Nick Young did everything he could to make this shot look pretty – except actually make it or even hit rim.

He succeeded in fooling the legendary Bob Fitzgerald, though.

NBC Sports Bay Area:

This would be the perfect Nick Young highlight if we didn’t already have one.

Gregg Popovich gets real mad, real ejected (video)

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich now has as many technical fouls as all his players combined.

There are multiple things going on there. He can be a bit of a hothead, and his players clearly trust that he has their back, allowing them to focus on basketball while Popovich works the officials.

This tirade shows the, um, passion that earns players’ respect – though San Antonio blew its lead after Popovich’s ejection, falling 121-116 to the Pelicans.

Warriors enjoy time at museum with kids, don’t miss White House visit

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With an offer to visit the White House as NBA champions rejected and rescinded, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors instead spent their day in the nation’s capital touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture with local students.

In town ahead of their win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, Warriors players, coaches and front office executives met with students from Durant’s hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, which is 8 miles from the White House. Traditionally, the reigning champs will be feted by the president when they play at Washington.

The Warriors didn’t want to wade into much political talk at their pregame shootaround Wednesday, a day after they went to the museum.

Did they miss the pomp and circumstance of the customary White House visit?

“No,” Durant said. “Not at all.”

His teammate David West simply shook his head when asked the same question. Coach Steve Kerr? “You’re not going to get me to go down that path, sorry,” was his reply.

The Warriors spent Tuesday at the museum with 40 students from Seat Pleasant and 10 more from the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, which helps children who have lost loved ones that served in the military. The private museum tour lasted three hours.

“The kids – their smiles lit up the room,” Kerr said. “Our guys understand how much of an impact they can make on these kids. It’s a reminder of how powerful sports can be and how transformative sports can be for change.”

Warriors guard Stephen Curry said in September that he would not visit the White House if invited. President Donald Trump then announced on Twitter that the “invitation is withdrawn!”

Golden State visited the White House at the invitation of President Barack Obama after its 2015 championship.

Curry said that going to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2016, offered the Warriors a better use of their time than meeting with a president whose policies they disagree with.

“Rhetoric and hate and just general disdain from the top, trying to be divisive and whatnot, has had the opposite reaction from what it intended,” Curry said. “We’ve done our part, I think, to try to further that message.”

 

James Harden breaks Wesley Johnson’s ankles, gathers ball to stare at him, drains 3-pointer (video)

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Is this, as James Harden said, the Rockets’ year? I’m not so sure.

But this is absolutely his year (and not Wesley Johnson‘s).

James Harden on the Rockets: ‘This is the year. For sure’

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The Rockets’ 23-year-old center, Clint Capela, said Houston is better than the Warriors. It was an overstatement born of youthful exuberance. The Rockets’ seasoned veterans would never say something like –

James Harden, via Jovan Buha of ESPN:

“This is the year. For sure,” Harden told ESPN on Tuesday in an exclusive interview when asked what his expectations for the Rockets are this season.

Houston is an NBA-best 47-13. Harden is headed toward MVP, and Chris Paul is still elite. The supporting cast is deep and matches up relatively well with the Warriors.

But Golden State should be favored to win the title. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson – the Warriors are just overloaded with stars. It’s their year until proven otherwise.

Know how clear that is? Harden didn’t even mention them, and everyone – myself included – takes this as an implicit dig at Golden State.

Harden sounds as if he’s trying to instill confidence in the Rockets, maybe including himself. It might work. They can beat anybody.

But this could also fuel the Warriors, who don’t need much motivation for their talent advantage to win out.