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

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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:

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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.

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Live updates tonight: Warriors vs. Thunder, Game 7 in Oakland

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)

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)

Get live scoring updates and analysis as the Warriors and Thunder battle during Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle on Monday at 6 p.m.

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Live updates tonight: Warriors at Thunder in Game 6

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) waits for the game to resume during their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the third quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) waits for the game to resume during their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the third quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in Oklahoma City on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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Live playoff updates tonight: Warriors vs. Thunder in Golden State’s must-win Game 5

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) takes a three-point shot (that he missed) against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) takes a three-point shot (that he missed) against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle on Thursday at 6 p.m. as the Warriors try to stave off elimination.

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Live playoff updates tonight: Warriors vs. Thunder, Game 4

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) listens to Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) while on the bench during their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sunday, May 22, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) listens to Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) while on the bench during their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sunday, May 22, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals in Oklahoma City on Tuesday at 6 p.m. as the Warriors face the Thunder down 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.

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