Kevin Durant

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 22, 2018. He scored a game-high 38 against the Utah Jazz in Golden State's 2018019 road opener. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jonas Jerebko wins it for Golden State in tense shootout with Utah Jazz

By Rob Johnson Special to S.F. Examiner SALT LAKE CITY -- The…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 22, 2018. He scored a game-high 38 against the Utah Jazz in Golden State's 2018019 road opener. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A fan celebrates after Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry hits a three-pointer against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors look spent, but come through on ring night

By C.J. Peterson Special to S.F. Examiner OAKLAND -- As their championship…

A fan celebrates after Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry hits a three-pointer against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Golden State Warriors unveil their 2017-18 NBA Championship banner before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors celebrate 2017-18 Championship, win season opener

The Golden State Warriors celebrated their 2017-18 Championship in style by receiving…

The Golden State Warriors unveil their 2017-18 NBA Championship banner before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 12, 2018 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors set to open season with ring night, banner raising

By C.J. Peterson Special to S.F. Examiner OAKLAND -- For the third…

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 12, 2018 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Friday was a return to Seattle for Kevin Durant, seen here as a rookie for the Seattle SuperSonics, shooting against the Dallas Mavericks on April 8, 2008. (Stewart F. House/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Kevin Durant’s return to Seattle plays to sold-out crowd in Warriors win over Kings

By Rob Johnson Special to S.F. Examiner SEATTLE -- Before Kevin Durant…

Friday was a return to Seattle for Kevin Durant, seen here as a rookie for the Seattle SuperSonics, shooting against the Dallas Mavericks on April 8, 2008. (Stewart F. House/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)
Kevin Durant (#35) smiles to the crowd as the Golden State Warriors went up against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Oracle Arena on Saturday Sept. 29. Durant turned 30 this day. (Mitchell Mylius / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Birthday boy Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors core four already in mid-season form

By C.J. Peterson Special to S.F. Examiner OAKLAND -- They say it’s…

Kevin Durant (#35) smiles to the crowd as the Golden State Warriors went up against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Oracle Arena on Saturday Sept. 29. Durant turned 30 this day. (Mitchell Mylius / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Golden State Warriors are anything but dull

Shortly after Kevin Durant all but single-handedly ended the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant holds the NBA Finals MVP trophy — his second in two years — after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 8, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)

Golden State Warriors: Bob Myers says he’s prepared to give Kevin Durant whatever he wants in new contract

OAKLAND -- Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers said on Monday…

Kevin Durant holds the NBA Finals MVP trophy — his second in two years — after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 8, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)
Stephen Curry shoots one of his 15 three-pointers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)

NBA Finals: Led by Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors win third title in four years

CLEVELAND -- The Golden State Warriors never played to their full potential.…

Stephen Curry shoots one of his 15 three-pointers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)
Golden State Warriors center Jordan Bell (2) reacts to getting hit in the jaw by the Houston Rockets during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 22, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

NBA Finals Game 4: Cleveland Cavaliers can’t match Warriors’ depth

CLEVELAND -- While Jordan Bell was down in Los Angeles this past…

Golden State Warriors center Jordan Bell (2) reacts to getting hit in the jaw by the Houston Rockets during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 22, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant, seen here in February, is the odds-on favorite to win the NBA Finals MVP. (Joel Angel Juarez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

NBA Finals: No more chaos for the Golden State Warriors headed into Game 4 against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqEmXIdowJA&width=550&height=506[/embedyt] CLEVELAND -- With LeBron James's seemingly fatalistic comments on Wednesday,…

Kevin Durant, seen here in February, is the odds-on favorite to win the NBA Finals MVP. (Joel Angel Juarez/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) takes the ball to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

NBA Finals: Warriors take 3-0 series lead behind a massive night from Kevin Durant

CLEVELAND -- The Golden State Warriors had a lot of warts and…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) takes the ball to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) takes the ball to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

NBA Finals: Kevin Durant looking to get back into the flow in Game 2

OAKLAND -- During Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) takes the ball to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) scores a basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018.(Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

NBA Finals: On a night where LeBron James went off, one man, JaVale McGee, was able to stop him

OAKLAND -- It's took no amount of imagination to think that without…

Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) scores a basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018.(Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 22, 2018. He scored a game-high 38 against the Utah Jazz in Golden State's 2018019 road opener. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Don’t blame Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant just wants to hoop. He’s said it repeatedly, and I…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 22, 2018. He scored a game-high 38 against the Utah Jazz in Golden State's 2018019 road opener. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

NBA Finals Preview: Keeping LeBron James in check without Andre Iguodala

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th-d4mJ5At0&width=550&height=309[/embedyt] During a first-quarter time out on Feb. 12 against the…

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James defends Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant in the third quarter Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers lost to the Warriors 118-108.  (Leah Klafczynski/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)

Bonta Hill’s four keys to the NBA Finals for the Golden State Warriors

Here we go again. The tetralogy between the Golden State Warriors and…

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James defends Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant in the third quarter Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers lost to the Warriors 118-108.  (Leah Klafczynski/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 26, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors ride third quarter to a rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors had been here before. A team that had…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 26, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant, seen here against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Conference Semifinals, scored 34 points on Monday in Game 7 against the Houston Rockets. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry earn All-NBA nods

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and guard Stephen Curry have been named…

Kevin Durant, seen here against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Conference Semifinals, scored 34 points on Monday in Game 7 against the Houston Rockets. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Klay Thompson, seen here on April 12, 2018, grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Houston Rockets showed toughness, grit in Game 2; what can we expect in Game 3?

Before Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Houston Rockets head coach…

Klay Thompson, seen here on April 12, 2018, grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)