Grant Williams: Kevin Durant is the hardest player to guard in the league but Stephen Curry the most impactful player

Grant Williams: Kevin Durant was the hardest person to guard in the league by far in my eyes, but Stephen Curry is the most impactful player on a team in the league. You have to guard him as well on the ball as well as off the ball. Once he gets off the ball, you probably get more scared than when he’s on the ball.
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What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kevin Durant @KDTrey5
welcome to the squad @Drake @michaelb4jordan…12:52 PM
Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
Anyways, our latest Dubs Talk opens with an exclusive interview @MontePooleNBCS had in Tahoe with Steph Curry
We then talk the importance of Steph winning the American Century Championship, CP3 and more…3:18 PM
Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
Anyways, our latest Dubs Talk opens with an exclusive interview @MontePooleNBCS had in Tahoe with Steph Curry
We then talk the importancen of Steph winning the American Century Championship, CP3 and more…3:17 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Monte Morris will be at Durant Park in Flint on Saturday for the unveiling of a renovated basketball court, through the FlintNOW Foundation AM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Andre Iguodala had some high praise for Steph Curry after he won the AC Championship…10:00 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
When Evan Fournier & Kevin Durant squared up 👀😤 AM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Steph Curry recently won the AC Championship, and likened his success to the felling of hitting a game-winning buzzer-beater.…4:00 AM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After Steph Curry walked off the American Century Championship with an eagle putt on 18 to win golf tournament, Twitter was buzzing with reactions.…1:00 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
2023 Nets: Kyrie Irving x Kevin Durant 🔀 76ers: James Harden x Joel Embiid – 5:47 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
To clinch a win in the American Century Championship golf tournament, Steph Curry buried a walk-off eagle putt on the 18th hole.…4:00 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Players with 30+ PPG in the Finals:
Rick Barry
Allen Iverson
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Michael Jordan
Jerry West
Kevin Durant
Nikola Jokic PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
“Now I gotta go after Sabrina’s record … We gotta settle that one for sure.”
Steph Curry is already talking about taking back his 3-point contest crown from Sabrina Ionescu.
Looks like she’s ready to throw down 😤 AM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Andre Iguodala had some high praise for Steph Curry after he won the AC Championship…7:00 AM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
Some fun on SC this morning.
Steph Curry playing golf
🎳 CP3 10-pin bowling
🏈 LeBron James playing football
Michael Jordan playing baseball
Which NBA superstar playing another sport is more impressive? PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Steph Curry recently won the AC Championship, and likened his success to the felling of hitting a game-winning buzzer-beater.…10:00 PM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
🏀Malik Monk is a top-3 most important Kings player.
🏀Should the Kings consider bringing back Harry Giles?
🏀Steph Curry talks Kings fans at golf tournament.
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Kevin Durant is serious about basketball. He’ll discuss the game with anyone. He’ll even jump into Twitter Spaces to talk to fans about the game. So it makes sense he’d want his show, “Swagger,” the Apple TV+ series loosely based on his high school days on and off the court, to be as authentic as possible. And it would take someone just as serious about the game to play the lead role. That makes Isaiah Hill the ideal actor for the show. He’s not just an actor being asked to play basketball; he was a three-star recruit at Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J., and a national top-300 player in the 2021 class, according to -via The Athletic / July 20, 2023
Hill said his teammates on the series are a “real basketball team” because Durant’s “spirit of hard work is deeply embedded in this show.” He points to Jason Rivera-Torres as an example of that spirit. Rivera-Torres not only is an actor, he’s also a 6-foot-6 guard and a four-star basketball recruit who is preparing for his freshman season at Vanderbilt this fall. “In season one, he was weaker than me. I was pushing him around, and he constantly just learned from me every day,” Hill said of Rivera-Torres. “We worked, and then season two, he came back stronger and taller, and we were just going at it every day. … He’s just a walking testimony of the work we do here at ‘Swagger.’” -via The Athletic / July 20, 2023
But they stood still in February when much of their competition didn’t, ripped off a win streak after the All-Star break and secured the third seed. Internally, they feel strong about their performance in that first-round, seven-game defeat against the Warriors. “At the time, (the league) had (Kevin Durant) going to Phoenix, (Russell) Westbrook going to the Clippers, Kyrie (Irving to Dallas) and all this stuff. We kind of stood pat…” McNair said. “We didn’t do anything major, and we were kind of relying on the continuity of what we’d built and our chemistry. We certainly got lucky. We had some injuries on other teams that helped us out coming out of the break. But I do think you see (that) trying to assimilate new players and new coaches and things like that on the fly can work, but it also carries risk.” -via The Athletic / July 19, 2023
In 2015, Goran Dragic signed a five-year, $85 million contract that paid him $14.78 million in year one —  21.1 percent of the cap. In 2025, if the cap goes up the maximum 10 percent each summer, a player signing for that same percent of the cap would make $33.38 million during the 2025-26 season — and be worth roughly $193.6 million over five seasons, assuming the same eight percent annual raises. Expect salaries to keep rising. If a supermax contract kicked in that summer, at that same salary-cap amount, that player would get about $57.6 million for the 2025-26 season — that’s more than $9 million more than Steph Curry made this season as the league’s highest-paid player. Then, it’ll keep going up $4.6 million each season for the length of the deal, amounting to a five-year deal worth nearly $334 million. -via The Athletic / July 20, 2023
Clutch Points: “It’s honestly hell… You literally can’t ever relax. I remember Game 1 and 2, chasing him and Klay around, and I couldn’t make a shot… I’m like ‘I ain’t got no legs!’” Austin Reaves describes guarding Steph Curry in the Playoffs🥵 (via @shobasketball) -via Twitter @ClutchPointsApp / July 20, 2023
In a recent interview with NBA Today following his celebrity golf triumph in the ACC, Curry was asked about his interest to potentially play for the United States in next year’s Olympics in Paris. The Golden State Warriors superstar, in response, can only drop an anticipating word for international hoop fans. “That’s the one piece of the resume that coach [Steve Kerr] always likes to joke that I don’t have,” Curry said. “He’s already kind of recruiting for next summer… “I have no idea what the next summer will look like. It obviously is an extra bonus that coach Kerr is leading that charge. I love to play for him any day of the week. We’ll see how it goes come summer of 2024. -via TalkBasket / July 18, 2023
Grant Williams on back-and-forth trash talk with Jimmy Butler in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals: That’s a funny thing that happened. We’re playing that game, I think we’re up by eight, I’m playing well. And Jimmy says, ‘Hell naw, he ain’t here.’ So I made a three and I said, ‘Hell naw, m***********, I’m here.’ I said it to him, barking, because I’m always gonna respond. I never talk trash myself… I’m not a trash talker, I’m too nerdy. Next thing you know, I’m saying ‘Hell naw, m***********, I’m here.’ … So next thing you know, that happens, then, the next play, Jimmy, hesi, boom, stops, pivots, and-1. So Jimmy says, ‘I’m here, too, m***********.’ And so I’m like, ‘I don’t give a f***,’ we’re going back and forth, because I’m not backing down. We were missing in that series, they were punking us the entire time. We go back and forth, and it’s crazy, I always look back [and realize] I scored our last 10 points. Jimmy had eight. But the difference is, Max Strus made a three, Gabe Vincent made a three, so they end up winning that game. If that doesn’t happen, we win the game and no one is bringing that up, the poking-the-bear stuff. … After the game in media, I said, ‘He busted my ass, I’m gonna be able to come back next game, I’m not running from anybody, I’m not scared, I’m not gonna get punked.’ Next game, you saw, I defended really well, Jimmy didn’t play well, I blocked his shot, I palmed it. Jimmy knows it’s all love, we’re just competitors naturally. Afterward, he even said he respected me because I’m a competitor, I just do this stuff to get myself going. I respect it, too, because everyone has their own thing. So we end up losing the series and it sucks because get to the Finals and who knows what happens? World works in mysterious ways. -via Twitter / July 20, 2023
When Grant Williams first heard that he was on the Mavericks’ radar as a restricted free agent, it got his attention. “I remember being super stoked and excited because of the organization and the people there,” Williams said Friday while taking in the Mavericks’ 112-91 victory over Indiana at the NBA 2K24 Summer League. “And also the team and the potential there and the growth they have shown. Coming off a Western Conference finals appearance two years ago. And the past year not necessarily having the year they wanted to have, and getting Kyrie and trying to accustom themselves to a new group. “Being a part of that (the goal is to) hopefully building a foundation to have great success and get back to not only the Western Conference finals, but further.” -via / July 16, 2023

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