A new home for your Warriors coverage

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As many of you have already noticed, we have made some changes to the way you receive your Warriors coverage, but not the coverage itself.

The Bay Area News Group recently launched a new and improved website that functions much better across all platforms (desktop, mobile, tablet) and increases our ability to get the latest news out to you as fast as possible.

With that launch, the Inside the Warriors blog will no longer be populated. The blog site will still be here in an archived form, but we won’t be adding new content and all our new Warriors coverage will be posted at http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/golden-state-warriors.


Photo: Kevin Durant gets Rick James tattoo on his thigh

Earlier this summer, Kevin Durant unveiled a new Tupac tattoo on his calf, as captured at Team USA camp in Las Vegas by Bay Area News Group columnist Marcus Thompson (seen below).

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But apparently, the offseason ink wasn’t done flowing. Durant, soon after leading Team USA to gold in the Olympics, got a picture of Rick James tattooed on his left thigh, done by famed tattoo artist Steve Wiebe, who posted a picture of it to Instagram (seen below) before deleting it.

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Durant has a number of other tattoos, most of which cover his chest, stomach and back. They include bible scriptures, a huge ‘MARYLAND’ (he’s a DC native) in writing and a Washington Nationals logo. But this summer, he’s expressing his love of music by getting murals of some classic artists on his body.


Warriors All 82 podcast: USA Today’s Sam Amick disusses the Olympic experiences of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green


The Warriors had three Olympians. Each played different roles for Team USA. Each had different Brazilian experiences en route to a gold medal.

USA Today’s Sam Amick was there to document it all, covering the team from Day 1 through the medal rounds. He joins the Warriors All-82 podcast to discuss the experience. Was it really therapy for Kevin Durant just weeks after his shocking free agency decision? Did Klay Thompson enjoy his time in Rio? How did Draymond Green handle his shaky summer and lack of playing time?

Amick discusses all that and more, including 100-pound Brazilian rodents, the dangers of Ubers in Rio and potential social activism from Durant and others during this upcoming, highly anticipated Warriors season.

Here’s the podcast:



New-look Golden State Warriors to make preseason debut in Vancouver, face the Kings in San Jose


Kevin Durant has already played his first game in Oracle since joining the Warriors. But it was for Team USA. His first game in a Warriors jersey doesn’t come until early October. And it won’t come in this country.

Golden State will make its preseason debut against the Raptors in Vancouver on Oct. 1, the league announced on Tuesday, tipping off the NBA Canada series. It’s the third straight year the Raptors have played a preseason game in Vancouver. The past two have been sellouts of nearly 19,000.

The Warriors then travel back to the Bay Area for an Oct. 4 tilt in Oracle against the Clippers before making the quick trip south to San Jose for a matchup with the Sacramento Kings.

It’ll be the second straight year the Warriors have played a preseason game in San Jose after not appearing there since 2000. Last year, the Warriors beat the Raptors in front of a sellout crowd in the SAP Center, which received Stephen Curry bobbleheads pregame.

This year, San Jose fans will receive a Klay Thompson Sharks-themed bobblehead.


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From there, the Warriors travel to Denver, Las Vegas and San Diego before returning home to wrap up a seven-game, six-city preseason slate.

Here’s the full Warriors preseason schedule:

-vs Raptors — Oct. 1 — Rogers Arena in Vancouver, 4:30 p.m.

-vs Clippers — Oct. 4 — Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m.

-vs Kings — Oct. 6 — SAP Center in San Jose, 7:30 p.m.

-vs Nuggets — Oct. 14 — Pepsi Center in Denver, 6 p.m.

-vs Lakers — Oct. 15 — T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, 7 p.m.

-vs Lakers — Oct. 19 — Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, 7 p.m.

-vs Blazers — Oct. 21 — Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m.

There are two other bobblehead nights scheduled in the preseason — a Steph Curry one on Oct. 4 and a Draymond Green one on Oct. 21, both at Oracle.

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ESPN’s Brian Windhorst discusses the parallels between LeBron James’ and Kevin Durant’s free agency moves, plus a potential Warriors-Cavaliers Part 3


Welcome to the home of the Bay Area News Group’s new Warriors podcast, titled All-82 because of our commitment to provide extensive coverage — including a podcast — after all 82 games of this upcoming, highly anticipated Warriors season.

But we’re jumpstarting this feed in the offseason. And the initial episode is embedded below. It’s a conversation with ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst.

Windhorst covered LeBron James’ entire first stint with the Cavaliers. Then, when LeBron jumped to Miami in 2010, Windhorst followed to cover the Heat.

There are some parallels between Windhorst’s move to Miami and my move from Oklahoma City to cover Kevin Durant and the Warriors. We discuss those. And we also discuss the parallels between LeBron and KD, including the possibility that they re-stoke a once burning rivalry in a potential Warriors-Cavaliers Part 3.

Here’s the podcast:


Warriors, Durant open the season at home against Spurs

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) glances down while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, June 13, 2016. Cleveland defeated Golden State 112-97. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) glances down while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, June 13, 2016. Cleveland defeated Golden State 112-97. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

The Warriors will open their season Oct. 25, at home against the San Antonio Spurs, the NBA announced Thursday.

Other highlights of the 2016-17 schedule:

The Warriors play Christmas Day at Cleveland, then host the Cavs on MLK Day.

Kevin Durant won’t have to return to Oklahoma City until Feb. 11, the 54th game of the season. He goes again March 20.

Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut will make their first appearance at Oracle Arena as members of the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 9.

Luke Walton brings his Los Angeles Lakers to town Nov. 23, though his first game against Steve Kerr will come three weeks earlier in L.A.

The L.A. Clippers — with Marreese Speights having joined Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan — don’t come to Oracle until Jan 28.

The Warriors’ longest trip is five games (twice). It’s the first time since 2007-08 that the Warriors have not had a trip longer than five games.

There are two homestands of five games.

There are 17 instances of back-to-back games, down from a league-high 20 last season.

The Warriors will close the season with six of their last seven games at home.


Kevin Durant Watch: How Warriors’ top competitors are looking

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) guards Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, May 26, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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#DurantWatch has officially begun and the early leaders appear to be the Warriors and Miami, though Kevin Durant can’t take meetings until Friday.

Still, the race is on to pry the former MVP away from the only NBA franchise he’s known in an effort to form some sort of superteam.

The Warriors’ chances were expertly broke down by our own Tim Kawakami this morning, which you can read here.

How about the other teams, you ask? Let’s check out what people are saying about each squad’s chances.

Miami Heat

Pat Riley looks to be working his usual magic in the Durant sweepstakes, called one of the two likeliest landing pads along with the Warriors. Obviously, Miami fans are going wild over the possibility — even ESPN’s Dan Le Batard.

Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC faithful are clinging to the thought that the Thunder’s near-defeat of Golden State will entice Durant. His meetings in New York, however, make it clear he’s considering all options.

Boston Celtics

Though they aren’t among the top two reported contenders, the Celtics appear to be the most optimistic outsiders. Boston can offer the youth movement, cap space and overall tradition to lure Durant.

L.A. Clippers

They were late arrivals to the rumor mill, but the Clippers may be the likeliest to work out a sign-and-trade with Oklahoma City, considering they could send home native son Blake Griffin. As is often noted, L.A. is also an ideal destination for anyone looking to boost their promotional income.

San Antonio Spurs

After pulling off a free-agent coup by signing LaMarcus Aldridge last summer, San Antonio might be back in business by trying to reel in Durant. “Hey, it’s just a short seven-hour drive back to Oklahoma!”

New York Knicks

Not among his six meetings but still on his radar, reportedly, the Knicks are a dark horse for Durant. But since New York is no longer the epicenter of hoops, that may be a reach, even with Carmelo Anthony in his ear and Derrick Rose now on the roster.