Draymond Green

Confetti falls as the Golden State Warriors celebrate beating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the NBA Finals to become NBA Champions at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

From Hamptons to Champions: Key dates that made the 2016-17 Warriors what they are

At this time last year, general manager Bob Myers was admitting to…

Confetti falls as the Golden State Warriors celebrate beating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the NBA Finals to become NBA Champions at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) lays the ball up against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mr. Reliable: KD-Warriors marriage works better than ever could’ve been imagined

OAKLAND — Three of Kevin Durant’s four best performances of the 2016-17 season…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) lays the ball up against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates the Golden State Warriors becoming NBA Champions after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Now and next: The players who carried Golden State to its second title in three years

The Golden State Warriors mantra of “Strength in Numbers” has been repeated…

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates the Golden State Warriors becoming NBA Champions after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Draymond Green. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Draymond stands by his comments saying people from Cleveland aren’t sharp

OAKLAND — Draymond Green gets a positive reception in two NBA markets:…

Draymond Green. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
The Cleveland Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert is hammered inside by the Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant during the fourth quarter on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Warriors won, 118-113, for a 3-0 series lead. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)

KD drains cold-blooded 3, snatches souls of Cavs fans everywhere

CLEVELAND — Midwesterners view sports differently than Californians. Sure, West Coast fans are…

The Cleveland Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert is hammered inside by the Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant during the fourth quarter on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Warriors won, 118-113, for a 3-0 series lead. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to a loss against the Golden State Warriors during Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors can’t stop LeBron, settle for Cavs teammates

OAKLAND — How do you stop LeBron James, the unstoppable force of…

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to a loss against the Golden State Warriors during Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson (24) during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 1, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors expect Cavs to change gameplan — Cleveland vet disagrees

OAKLAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers said after Game 1 that it was…

Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson (24) during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 1, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on January 16, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

4 things to watch for in the NBA Finals that are finally here

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors experienced an eight-day layover before their…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on January 16, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors took care of a shorthanded San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors roll as Popovich plays long game

SAN ANTONIO — Sports can be so simple. For the San Antonio…

Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors took care of a shorthanded San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Draymond Green isn't too happy with the way the media is treating the things he says. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Draymond said Cleveland is playing great basketball (and a lot more)

OAKLAND — Draymond Green has no love for the headline grabs. Taking…

Draymond Green isn't too happy with the way the media is treating the things he says. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a three pointer during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Draymond, Steph enjoy ‘carte blanche’ freedom with Warriors

OAKLAND — Just inside the opening minute of the Golden State Warriors’…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a three pointer during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Draymond Green has made a huge impact on both ends of the floor in the first five games of the Golden State Warriors’ postseason. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Draymond takes game to another level

Whether he’s exposing the opponent’s vulnerabilities or filling part of the Warriors’…

Draymond Green has made a huge impact on both ends of the floor in the first five games of the Golden State Warriors’ postseason. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/TNS)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) takes the ball to the basket against the Utah Jazz during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 2, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors use speed to grow quick lead against Jazz

Golden State lands early blow in clash of styles with Jazz OAKLAND…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) takes the ball to the basket against the Utah Jazz during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 2, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
JaVale McGee was feeling himself against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

JaVale McGee, the Warriors’ 7-foot security blanket

PORTLAND, Ore. — JaVale McGee is the epitome of “a different kind…

JaVale McGee was feeling himself against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and the Warriors asserted their will from the opening tip on Monday, completing their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors leave no room for doubt, sweep Blazers

Dubs blitz Blazers, cruise to some well-deserved time off PORTLAND, Ore. —…

Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and the Warriors asserted their will from the opening tip on Monday, completing their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Zaza Pachulia, David West, Kevon Looney and James Michael McAdoo took a seat after shootaround on Saturday in Portland, Ore. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors traditionally ‘suck’ in Game 3 — they’re aiming to reverse that this year

PORTLAND, Ore. — Under head coach Steve Kerr, the Golden State Warriors…

Zaza Pachulia, David West, Kevon Looney and James Michael McAdoo took a seat after shootaround on Saturday in Portland, Ore. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) congratulates Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) after dunking in the first quarter of Game 2 of the First Round of the Western Conference 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Oakland, Calif. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Depth overcomes lack of KD, Warriors roll Blazers in Game 2

OAKLAND — Undeterred by a gutting Game 7 in the NBA Finals…

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) congratulates Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) after dunking in the first quarter of Game 2 of the First Round of the Western Conference 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Oakland, Calif. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Stephen Curry backs down the Houston Rockets’ Trevor Ariza at Oracle Arena on March 31. Curry says he and the Warriors feel confident entering Sunday’s matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Blazers enter playoffs on hot streak, but Warriors remain heavy favorites

The Golden State Warriors played the Portland Trail Blazers four times in…

Stephen Curry backs down the Houston Rockets’ Trevor Ariza at Oracle Arena on March 31. Curry says he and the Warriors feel confident entering Sunday’s matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant returned to action for the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors win easily in KD’s return

OAKLAND — The game at Oracle Arena was largely meaningless: The Golden…

Kevin Durant returned to action for the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Andre Iguodala will sit out Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Steve Kerr reveals what goes into decision to rest players

OAKLAND — Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr announced Tuesday that…

Andre Iguodala will sit out Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)