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: