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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry smiles after Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Marcio Jose Sanchez, The Associated Press

The Warriors are set to become only the sixth team in league history to win a championship three times within four years. That’s fantastic and dynastic.

But where do the Warriors, led by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, rank among NBA dynasties? Would they be tough enough to beat Michael Jordan and the Bulls, who ruled the 1990s? Better than the Showtime Lakers of the ’80s? Or a match for the Celtics of the ’60s, who were as stinkin’ good as Red Auerbach’s victory cigar? By 

Whether talking about his son LeBron Jr.’s basketball prospects, what he looks for in teammates, the difficulty of playing Golden State’s stacked roster, missing Dwyane Wade who was traded from Cleveland in February or poking fun at Portland for passing on Kevin Durant in the 2007 draft, James was thoughtful, insightful and entertaining. By

The Cleveland Cavaliers coach is never the talkative type on the post-game podium after a loss to begin with, and there’s just no fun in describing how the other guy treated your defense like this was a run at the local YMCA. But when he was asked about the Golden State star whose 43-point, 13-rebound, seven-assist outing in Game 3 of the NBA Finals was epic in every way, Lue reintroduced a topic that has been front and center for these Warriors in the past few weeks. By 

All-Star forward Kevin Durant told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on Thursday that he will re-sign with the Golden State Warriors this summer. Durant is finishing the first year of a discounted two-year, $51 million deal with the Warriors that included an opt-out clause for the 2018-19 season. “I’m planning on staying with the Warriors, and we’ll figure the rest out,” Durant said, before adding that only the “small details” remained to be figured out. By ESPN

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James said that he and everyone in the league knew Kevin Durant was destined for greatness even before the 2007 NBA Draft, where the Seattle SuperSonics took the Texas product No. 2 overall.

Of course, the story of that draft was Greg Oden vs. Durant, and the Portland Trail Blazers fatefully selected Oden No. 1 overall. In a decision that mirrored the Sam Bowie vs. Michael Jordan decision from 1984, Portland wound up missing on an all-time great, instead finding themselves stuck with an oft-injured big man. By Dane Carbaugh

The affection for Kevin Durant seemed evident with Kendrick Perkins’ words. After the pair played together with the Oklahoma City Thunder between 2011 and 2014, Perkins complimented Durant about his play, leadership and his decision to leave the Thunder for the Warriors almost two years ago.

But with Perkins since serving as a mentor for the Cleveland Cavaliers, his competitive juices are flowing. Therefore, as the Athletic’s Jason Lloyd first reported, Perkins saluted Durant with two middle fingers during his press conference following the Warriors’ Game 3 win over the Cavaliers. By 

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 03: Klay Thompson #11 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors defend Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 3, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Draymond Green isn’t at all concerned that he has five technical fouls this postseason, just two shy of receiving an automatic one-game suspension. To him, that means he has wiggle room. “The way I’m approaching it, there’s one game left,” Green said. “So I’ve got two to play with for one game.” By 

Bryan Colangelo resigned Thursday as president of basketball operations for the 76ers in the wake of what an investigation found was ”careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team information. By Rob Maaddi

Bryan Colangelo resigned from his position with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday after it was discovered his wife was using burner Twitter accounts. Could Colangelo still face legal consequences from the team and the NBA?
The Cleveland Cavaliers are still one loss away from officially losing the NBA Finals, but the intra-team sniping has already begun. But easily the biggest what-if is what if Kyrie Irving is still in a Cavaliers uniform at the beginning of the year? There’s no way to know for sure where the Cavs would be now if that happened, but one team veteran seems pretty sure in this quote given to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic. By Jack Baer
New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry agreed to a two-year contract extension, possibly keeping him with the team through the 2020-21 season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski. ‏ By SCOOBY AXSON

James Harden was voted MVP by the NBPA in the fourth annual National Basketball Players Association Players’ Voice Awards. Harden also took home the “Toughest to Guard” award. The Rockets guard also won the inaugural MVP award in 2015. Harden averaged 30.4 points per game, 8.8 assists and 5.4 assists during the 2017-2018 season. By CHARLOTTE CARROLL

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