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Drake brought Kevin Durant on stage at Oracle Arena


When he’s not attending Long Beach State women’s volleyball games, Drake is still on tour performing.

He was in Oakland Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors — one of the many teams Drake seems to support beyond the Raptors. In Ohio Drake brought LeBron on stage, but in the Bay Area he called on Kevin Durant.

Yeah, that went over well with the crowd.

Did KD and Drake do a Rick James tribute together? That would have been savage.

Stephen Curry on Warriors: “we all think, you know, we’re the best player”

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The question isn’t “do the Warriors have enough talent on the roster to win another NBA title?”

The question is “will all those egos make the sacrifices necessary to win an NBA title?”

Because if they do not, we know the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs will make those sacrifices.

To a man, the Warriors have said there will be a transition period, but they are not worried. That they will put their egos aside to win. Stephen Curry said that again during a Silicone Valley tech event, as reported by Ananth Pandian of CBSSports.com.

“It’s going to work,” Curry said about the addition of Durant during a private fundraiser at TechCrunch Disrupt on Tuesday for the Africa-based malaria-prevention campaign Nothing but Nets he works with. “It’s going to be a huge transition. But I would say we had such a great dynamic with the ‘Strength in Numbers’ and the depth that we had on our team and obviously we had to give up a lot of that to get KD, so it will be a different way of going about our style.

“There are plenty of shots to go around,” Curry continued. “There are plenty of opportunities for everybody to shine. And obviously for us, we have healthy egos and that we all think, you know, we’re the best player, we’re confident when we go out there. But the only real objective is to win and if we don’t win, we know what that feeling’s like now and we don’t want that feeling.

“It will work. It will take some time to get in training camp to figure out.”

The Warriors on the roster — Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, etc. — have made those sacrifices before and figured it out. They have a title and back-to-back Finals trips to show for it. But this will be different in style as Durant likes the ball in his hands, too. Plus he can work well on the wing or in the post (people underestimate just how good a post player KD is). It’s going to mean fewer touches, fewer points for everyone.

It’s easy to say you’ll figure it out and make the sacrifices. More than one team has stumbled on the execution.

The Warriors are still and should be the favorites to win the NBA title. This is a league where talent wins out the majority of the time, and they have the most talent. But their margin for error is small.

Sacramento Kings create DeMarcus Cousins in Madden and he’s a beast

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Officially, DeMarcus Cousins is 6’11” and 270 pounds. He’s strong, he’s agile, and he plays the game with a raw aggression in the post. The only thing that can slow him down is FIBA referees.

So for national video games day, the Sacramento Kings social media team decided to create Cousins in Madden 17, and make him a running back for the Raiders. And he is a beast.

Earl Cambell, eat your heart out.

If you feel like spoiling the fun and noting that in real life this wouldn’t work (Cousins’ center of gravity is too high), or that he’s doing this against the Saints defense and you or I could run for 100 yards and three TDs against them, just keep it to yourself. We’re having fun here.

Did Allen Iverson leave his Hall of Fame trophy in a hotel room?


This is not verified. But it’s also not out of character.

A listener of “The Toucher and Rich Show” on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub sent the show a picture allegedly of Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame trophy, which he left at a hotel in Springfield.

Iverson was genuinely moved by the honor of being inducted into the HOF, but he also showed up late to his own press conference and missed an event for children he was scheduled to attend this same weekend.

Meaning he was Iverson being Iverson. The guy who at times did not pack for team road trips, when the plane would land he would just head to a store and buy new clothes (and throw the old ones out). Leaving the trophy seems plausible.

Kevin Seraphin says he asked Wizards for trade multiple times, was frustrated with Wittman


NBA players like to know where they stand, and the appreciate a coach and a front office that are up front with them. Be critical of them, just don’t tell them how great they are then never give them a chance.

The latter is how Kevin Seraphin felt with the Wizards — which is why he said he asked for a trade.

Seraphin, now with Indiana on a new contract, spoke with the French newspaper L’Equipe about this, as translated by Hoopshype.

“Every year from my second season, I asked for a trade,” Seraphin said. “And every year it was the same thing: ‘We love you, we do not want to see you leave, you have a lot of potential.’ There was even a point when they said, ‘If we do not get an All-Star in return, we will not trade Kevin.'”

“(The year Paul Pierce arrived, 2014-15) may have been the hardest for me because I was really in shape. My playing time fluctuated without reason. I spoke a lot with Paul (Pierce) and John (Wall). And they did not understand. This summer, I met a staff member of the Wizards in a New York restaurant. He said, ‘Your problem is that you got Randy Wittman.'”

That there was some disconnect between Wittman and the front office regarding player use and style of play was fairly obvious. But in a very Wizards way, they let that drag out for a longer than expected time.

It will be interesting to see how much run Seraphin gets in Indiana, where Myles Turner should start at the five and Al Jefferson is going to get minutes as well. Not sure Seraphin is going to love Nate McMillan either, but at least he tends to be up front with players.