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

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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:

 

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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.

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson on Houston Rockets’ Jason Terry guaranteeing Game 5 win: ‘Good for him’

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) attempts to shoot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of an NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) attempts to shoot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of an NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Rockets reserve guard Jason Terry guaranteed his team would beat the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday to send the first-round series back to Houston.

“We believe we can get a win here tomorrow, and that’s going to be a long flight for them to come back home to Houston,” Terry told reporters Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

“I’m guaranteeing it. I mean, if I don’t, then what? It’s a loss, right? So I guarantee a victory because that’s what it’s going to take. I know we can get a win here and this thing back home to Houston.”

The Warriors will play without Stephen Curry, who is out indefinitely due to a sprained right knee.

Asked about Terry’s comments, Warriors guard Klay Thompson said, “Good for him.”

“I don’t care,” Warriors center Andrew Bogut said. “I mean, we’ll see what happens. I guess he’s trying to rally the troops or whatever he’s trying to do.”

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James Harden on Warriors’ Klay Thompson naming himself top shooting guard: ‘We really know what’s going on’

The Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) reacts to hitting a 3-point shot against the Houston Rockets in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

The Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) reacts to hitting a 3-point shot against the Houston Rockets in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

The Warriors’ Klay Thompson chose himself over Houston’s James Harden and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler two weeks ago when considering who the best shooting guard was in the NBA.

Harden, whose team hosts the Warriors on Thursday, slightly shook his head and offered his own opinions on the matter.

“People are going to talk,” Harden told reporters Wednesday. “Just let them talk and do what they’re going to do. Whatever gets them excited, whatever gives them that confidence to want to talk, go ahead and do it. But we really know what’s going on.”

Asked about Harden in wake of Thompson’s pick, Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff told reporters, “I think James is pretty good.”

When Mychal Thompson, Klay’s father, was asked on SiriusXM last week to put on his analyst’s hat and evaluate the case for Klay, he mentioned Harden as well.

“He definitely makes the case,” Mychal said of Klay. “So does Harden, so does Jimmy Butler, Bradley Beal every now and then shows up to be the best from week to week. So it all depends on who’s having the best week. But Klay is definitely in the conversation.”

Harden, of course, did some talking of his won in the preseason to NBA.com when reiterating that he still felt he deserved to win the MVP award over Stephen Curry.

“I am the best player in the league. I believe that,” he said. “I thought I was last year, too.”

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson named NBA’s top two-way shooting guard by ESPN’s Jalen Rose

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) goes up for a dunk against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) goes up for a dunk against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, the former NBA guard, is supportive of Klay Thompson choosing himself as the best shooting guard in the league.

“Yes, James Harden is the best shooting guard in the league, but Klay Thompson is the best two-way guard in the league,” Rose said.

Earlier in the week, Rose also spoke highly of Thompson on the Jalen & Jacoby podcast.

“He’s in the conversation, so it’s OK for him to say it,” Rose said of Thompson. “James Harden is the best shooting guard in the league, but what Klay Thompson along with Jimmy Butler have become are the top two-way players in the game. As a performer, he didn’t want to quantify it by saying “two-way.”

“People forget about Klay, and it’s OK for him to speak up for himself. Earlier in the year, he was fighting through a lot of injuries. Now he’s back healthy. He’s a lights-out shooter. He deserves to own that comment.”

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson to root for A’s, Giants after Trayce traded to Dodgers, but brother’s team comes first

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OAKLAND – Warriors guard Klay Thompson’s younger brother, Trayce Thompson, is a Los Angeles Dodger following a three-team trade Wednesday in which he was unloaded by the Chicago White Sox.

That means the 24-year-old Trayce is back in Southern California, where he and his brothers spent part of their childhood. Klay said Los Angeles had a “great market, legendary team.”

“I’ll still support the A’s or the Giants, but the Dodgers will come first when my brother’s playing for ‘em, so I’ll be rooting for him, and it’ll be an exciting time,” said Klay, who had been following trade rumors during the Winter Meetings.

“It’s going to be great for my family if he makes it to LA to come up and see him all the time. It’d be special.”

Trayce hit .295 and five home runs with 16 RBI in 44 games after making his Major League debut with the White Sox last season. Assuming he stays with the Dodgers, they have a crowded outfield.

Klay attended some White Sox games last season and also A’s games as well, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Coliseum in September.

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Warriors halftime report: Thompson’s 29 lead Golden State over Pacers

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The Warriors led by as much as 22 points  – thanks to a 22-0 run – in their quest to go to 23-0 on the season. Much of it was owed to an amazing first half outburst by Klay Thompson. (29 points on eight 3-pointers.)

The host Indiana Pacers cut things back before halftime Tuesday in Indianapolis, but not by much: The Warriors led 79-60 at half.

It was the Warriors’ highest-scoring half this season. A 44-point first quarter tied their season high for one period.

The Pacers were stride for stride with the defensing champs before Andrew Iguodala entered the game.

Then this guy took things into his own hands.