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The Warriors made their annual trip to San Quentin State Prison on Saturday. As has been the case in each of the last five years, members of the Warriors front office staff and basketball operations department played a pickup game against select prison inmates in front of a crowd of prison guards and other inmates. While Warriors President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Bob Myers headlined the Warriors contingent on the court, Warriors players Kevin Durant and Draymond Green took in the action from the sidelines. There, they sat among the inmates to watch the action, sign autographs and even play some dominos.
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But it was clear coming back to the town where his NBA career began sparked some emotion within the four-time NBA scoring champ. Because Seattleites aren’t the only ones who fantasize about what Durant could have done in this city — Durant does, too. “When the Seahawks won the title, and I was with the Thunder, and we were playing well, I was imagining how the city would have felt with both teams here,” Durant said. “It would have been electric. It would have been something we’ve never seen before — something no city has seen before. But we can dream, man.”
Storyline: Seattle Team?
In the days after signing Kevin Durant, while it rounded out the roster on a meager budget, Golden State zeroed in on Pachulia as its preferred replacement for Andrew Bogut. The only problem was that Pachulia warranted significantly better, longer contracts than the Warriors could offer. “I didn’t really want to call his agent,” general manager Bob Myers said with a chuckle. “I didn’t think it was going to happen.”