Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo claimed his second successive American Century Championship title.

Romo has taken a liking to golf and after retiring from the NFL in 2016, the four-time Pro Bowler began to try his hand at the game finding some success — most notably at the popular annual celebrity tournament. 

The 39-year-old successfully defended his title with a wire-to-wire victory at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Sunday.

"It's an honor to win this tournament," Romo said. "I came in with confidence and this is some of the best golf I've played these past few weeks.

"When I won last year, every shot mattered. This year, it was easier. That's why we practice so much."

Romo finished his round with a two-over-par 74. The tournament uses a modified Stableford scoring system, which awarded the Cowboys great 20 points in his winning efforts.

He finished at 71 for the tournament, well in front of runner-up and former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder (61)

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry finished in a tie for seventh at 50, ahead of the likes of Carson Palmer, Ray Allen, Aaron Rodgers, Golden Tate, Vince Carter, Andre Iguodala and Kyle Lowry.

Stephen Curry explained he is "extremely proud" of three "special years" playing alongside Kevin Durant, as he discussed his former team-mate's free agency departure for the first time.

Durant opted out of his player option with the Golden State Warriors to join the Brooklyn Nets, having helped the team reach three straight NBA Finals, winning two.

Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and DeMarcus Cousins have also left the Warriors, while Klay Thompson will miss most of next season with a torn ACL.

Curry's team are consequently not the favourites to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy for the first time in the last half-decade, but he made it clear the demands the squad place on themselves will not change.

"The three years we had were special," Curry told reporters at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament about Durant, who reportedly opted to join the Nets while Curry was travelling from China to meet him.

"We had three straight Finals appearances and won two of them. We accomplished a lot as a group. 

"Everyone talks about all the talent we had on that team, but that doesn't mean you can put it all together. I like to look at what we accomplished and focus on that and be extremely proud of that run. Now we try to recreate that.

"There are a lot of changes, but the expectations of how we play, that championship-level basketball, won't change. I'm excited about it."

The Warriors managed to land D'Angelo Russell from the Nets as part of a sign-and-trade agreement involving Durant, and Curry is optimistic about the new arrival, even if he may not stay with the Warriors long term once Thompson is fully fit.

"I haven't had much personal interaction with him," added Curry. "Back when he got drafted, there were some comparisons of our games. He can handle the ball, shoot, pass. 

"Having versatile guys like that can only help our team. The chemistry will develop quickly. It's about encouraging each other and having confidence we'll get the most out of each other."

Curry, 31, added: "I'm the oldest on the team now, so I've got to step my game up. 

"It's a tough business. You knew at some point there would be some hard changes. You talk about Andre and Shaun, they're two guys who do things the right way. They have the ultimate level of professionalism, a respect for what they say and do. 

"They're both three-time champs, and I think they have a lot left in the tank. It'll be fun and weird to watch them on different teams."

The Golden State Warriors dealt Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, but they plan to retire his number nine jersey.

Iguodala was integral to the Warriors winning their first NBA championship in 40 years in 2015 and was named the NBA Finals MVP.

He was due to earn $17million next season and his departure is understood to be down to Golden State needing to generate cap space after reportedly signing D'Angelo Russell to a four-year, $117m max contract.

Despite trading Iguodala for Julian Washburn and a future first-round draft pick, the Warriors will honour his impact on the franchise by retiring his number.

"As we look back six years [after signing Iguodala], we actually underestimated what his value would be to our team, both on the court and in the locker room," Warriors co-chairman and CEO Joe Lacob said in a statement.

"In what has been well documented, Andre sacrificed for the betterment of our team and, in one of the best stories of this journey, earned NBA Finals MVP honours in 2015.

"He has been absolutely vital to our success during five consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals and three championships. We thank Andre for all of his contributions and look forward to seeing his number in the rafters at Chase Center." 

Iguodala averaged 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in 413 regular-season appearances for the Warriors.

Andre Iguodala believes Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson will remain with the Golden State Warriors as he dismissed the possibility of the pair joining the New York Knicks.

Warriors stars Durant (Achilles) and Thompson (ACL) both suffered serious injuries in the NBA Finals and the duo could be set for free agency this offseason.

Durant – who has a player option for next season – has been linked to the Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets, while Thompson will be an unrestricted free agent.

However, Warriors veteran Iguodala is certain neither of his team-mates will call Madison Square Garden home anytime soon.

"I think they'll both be back with the Golden State Warriors," Iguodala said on Monday. "We're like brothers. We keep in contact.

"But regardless of any of that, if both decide to leave, then they would both still be my brother[s]. I'll still keep in contact with them as much as possible.

"I just wish the best for both of those guys. They come back full strength… Nobody's going to the Knicks, sorry."

Golden State entered 2018-19 as the two-time defending champions but fell to the Toronto Raptors in six games in this year's Finals.

Durant and Thompson combined to average 47.5 points per game in 2018-19 and will miss a substantial portion of 2019-20.

The Warriors averaged 117.7 points per contest throughout that season, so they will have to replace some vital firepower. 

The Golden State Warriors' attempt at a NBA three-peat came up short.

Golden State's bid at history ended when they fell to the Toronto Raptors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

Kyle Lowry scored 26 points to lead the Raptors to the victory while Pascal Siakam chipped in 26.

Klay Thompson finished with 30 in the losing effort but left in the third quarter with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.

The Warriors now turn their attention to the offseason as their roster could look different in 2019-20.

Here are three questions Golden State will soon have to answer:


What will happen with Kevin Durant?

This is arguably the biggest question of the offseason.

All season long, Kevin Durant was expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. He had reportedly been considering leaving the Warriors and was linked to the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets, among others.

But, Durant ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 against the Raptors and will be out for most, if not all, of next season.

It is unclear if the injury changes Durant's offseason plans. He could utilise his player option and return to the Warriors, although that is reportedly his last resort. Or, he could still choose to sign elsewhere — at least three teams, as well as the Warriors, are still open to giving the 30-year-old a max contract, according to ESPN.

Durant's choice will have a major impact on Golden State's future, one way or the other.


Who will play center?

The Warriors will enter the offseason with a big hole in the middle of their line-up.

DeMarcus Cousins surprisingly signed a one-year deal with Golden State last July. He was inconsistent in 2018-19 and also dealt with a torn quad during the playoffs. But he will still most likely be out of the Warriors' price range this offseason and he is expected to receive a bigger contract from another team.

Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell are both also set to become free agents.

The Warriors appear like they will attempt to re-sign either Looney or Bell, if not both. They also could look to add a big man via trade or with the mid-level exception.

Damian Jones, who has played in just 49 NBA games, has one season remaining on his contract and should be back with Golden State in 2019-20.


How will the bench be reshaped?

At the beginning of the Steve Kerr era, the bench was a strength for the Warriors. But, it became a weakness this season.

Andre Iguodala was in and out of the starting line-up and can be a contributor defensively. The wing, however, undeniably took a step back on the other end of the floor, as did long-time backup point guard Shaun Livingston.

Quinn Cook became a reliable spot-up shooter but 2018-19 was the last year of his current contract. The Warriors also did not receive much this season from 2018 first-round pick Jacob Evans.

The Warriors will have to add a few pieces to their second unit in the offseason and almost certainly will not have the cap space to do it. They will need to get creative.  

It appears that Andre Iguodala plans on returning to the Golden State Warriors next season.

The Warriors forward shot down speculation on Sunday suggesting the core members of the team might break up this offseason.

According to him, he is "sure" he will still be in the picture come 2019-20, with the Warriors looking to turn around a 3-1 deficit against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals.

"No, I don't think we look at it that way at all," Iguodala told reporters following practice.

"Especially for myself I've been, a lot of people have spoken to me each and every day, especially with kind of our – the folks that cover us, and I'll be here next year for sure, and I'm pretty confident that we'll have our core back and we'll try to make another run at it.

"But our key right now is to focus in on tomorrow's game and things we can do to try to keep the season going."

The 15-year pro said his "career is almost over" earlier this postseason and followed up by saying he has a "good idea" about how much longer he will play. He has ruled out three or four more seasons for now, but next year seems like a lock.

The wing is averaging 9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in the 2019 playoffs and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

For now, he is focused on the task at hand, as the Warriors are down 3-1 to the Raptors in the NBA Finals and will play in Game 5 at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

According to Iguodala, the two-time defending champions will not dwell on their 2016 NBA Finals loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers entering the matchup.

"Our group, we don't think about that too much. We try to use that experience and say we have been through it, but we don't need that as motivation," Iguodala said.

"Just being in NBA Finals is enough motivation and believing in ourselves and understanding, cleaning up the mistakes we made and a few other key adjustments. And we got a group that's locked in.

"But we believe we can get the job done come tomorrow. We're not looking to any other game or not looking at Game 6 or Game 7, we're looking at Game 5 and what we can do to win."

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala knows how much longer he wants to play in the NBA.

Iguodala said on Tuesday that he does not have "four or five more years" left in the league.

"I have a good idea how much longer I want to play," Iguodala told The New York Times. "I'm keeping it to myself, but it's going to be soon. I can play four or five more years. But I won't."

The 2015 Finals MVP is 35 years old and has been to five championship series in his six seasons with Golden State.

The defensive specialist has hit his fair share of big shots for the two-time defending champions in that span, and some believe his contributions are worthy of a Hall of Fame induction when he calls it quits.

"He chose us more than we chose him," Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers said of Iguodala. "We obviously met with him and wanted him, but they hung in there with us. Andre had a vision for what we could be maybe before we even did and how he could fit with us. I always credit Andre for being somebody that believed in us even before we believed in ourselves."

The 15-year pro said his "career is almost over" ahead of this year's NBA Finals and was indecisive about what he would do when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

"I could sign a one-year deal if I want to," Iguodala said. "That's the beauty of sense of self."

The wing is averaging 9.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in the 2019 playoffs. His dagger three-pointer at the end of regulation in Sunday's Game 2 matchup against the Toronto Raptors helped his team tie the NBA Finals up at 1-1.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry accused the Toronto Raptors of disrespecting Andre Iguodala late in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Iguodala made a crucial three-pointer with seven seconds remaining to seal the Warriors' 109-104 win as they levelled the series at 1-1 on Sunday.

Curry felt the Raptors' lax approach to Iguodala – a three-time NBA champion and the 2015 Finals MVP – was disrespectful.

"The whole fourth quarter they were playing some janky defense just trying to send bodies to me everywhere and our whole roster just took advantage of it," he told ESPN.

"Over the course of the game, that's kind of disrespectful to leave Andre Iguodala open like that with the game on the line.

"He's made big shots like that before and he got it done tonight."

Curry (23 points) and Klay Thompson (25) led the Warriors, although the latter suffered a hamstring injury late in the contest.

Kevon Looney (chest) was also hurt and DeMarcus Cousins stepped up for the Warriors with 11 points and 10 rebounds in almost 28 minutes.

"He [Cousins] just did what he does. He played aggressive, he played smart, he got other people involved with passing out of the post, made a couple of big shots and just gave us energy," Curry said.

"We had two guys that were down, he stepped up big time, he's appreciative of the moment, he's playing in his first Finals and this is the big time for him."

Andre Iguodala left Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors with a leg injury late in the fourth quarter, but Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is not worried.

Kerr said he believes the forward, who had six points, six rebounds and seven assists in a 118-109 loss in the NBA Finals opener on Thursday, will be fine.

"I think he's doing OK," he told a news conference.

"We'll have an update [on Friday]."

The 2015 NBA Finals MVP came down awkwardly on his left leg late in the fourth quarter and was noticeably limping for the remainder of the game.

Iguodala missed the final game of the Western Conference Finals with a left calf injury.

The Warriors will try to bounce back in Game 2 on Sunday.

If any team can cope with the loss of two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant, it is the star-studded Golden State Warriors.

The back-to-back defending champions begin their series against the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday and Steve Kerr's team will be missing Durant, who remains out with the calf injury that has sidelined him since Game 5 of the conference semi-finals.

Golden State seemed to cope just fine without both Durant and DeMarcus Cousins in the Western Conference Finals, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all stepping up as they swept the Portland Trail Blazers.

Here, with the help of Opta, we take a look at the Warriors key players' numbers with and without Durant, who has missed nine games combined in the regular season and playoffs.

Stephen Curry

With Durant: 27.1 points (per 100 possessions), 7.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists

Without Durant: 46.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists

The biggest beneficiary of Durant's absence has undoubtedly been Curry, who has averaged an astonishing 46.5 points per 100 possessions when the former Oklahoma City Thunder forward has been off the floor.

Curry has long been the face of the Warriors' franchise and averaged 30.1 points in the final regular season before Durant arrived, so it is no surprise to see him putting up huge numbers once more.

The 31-year-old averaged 24.0 field-goal attempts per game against Portland, a huge increase from the 14.7 he averaged against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, when a fully-fit Durant was on fire.

With Durant out, almost two thirds of Curry's field-goal attempts (62.7 per cent) have been three-pointers, compared to just over half (53.8 per cent) when the former Texas Longhorn has played.

Klay Thompson

With Durant: 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists

Without Durant: 27.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists

The other half of the 'Splash Brothers' has also had a bump in his offensive production when Durant has been missing.

Almost all of Thompson's field goals (88.5 per cent) this season came via an assist when Durant was playing, but that percentage has dropped to 70.2 without him. With one less superstar to feed, Thompson has clearly been more willing to take on shots himself.

Like Curry (40.4 per cent), Thompson's three-point percentage has been above 40 (42.1 per cent) in Durant's absence, compared to (36.7 per cent) when he has featured.

Draymond Green

With Durant: 15.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, 9.7 assists

Without Durant: 19.0 points, 13.6 rebounds, 11.0 assists

Having recorded back-to-back triple-doubles in the final two games of the Western Conference Finals, Green is clearly a man in form.

He has been far more likely to take shots from deep when Durant has not been on the floor - 28.6 per cent of his field-goal attempts coming from beyond the arc, compared to 17.4 - and he has made 27.3 per cent of those, up from 12.5.

Green is happy to take a backseat if and when Durant and Cousins return, though, saying: "Somebody has to give up something when you have that many guys who are capable of doing what they are doing. I take it upon myself to be the guy to give that up."

Andre Iguodala

With Durant: 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists

Without Durant: 13.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists

Even at 35, Iguodala has still been a key contributor for the Warriors and he drained five three-pointers in the crucial Game 6 victory over the Houston Rockets earlier this month.

The 2015 Finals MVP is one of the few players to have better statistics with Durant around, though, averaging more points and rebounds but contributing fewer assists.

Kevon Looney

With Durant: 12.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists

Without Durant: 19.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists

The surprise success story of this postseason for the Warriors has been center Looney, who averaged 27.3 minutes on court in the Portland series, compared to 18.5 minutes in the regular season.

Looney had a whopping 14 boards in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, and he has made 79.5 per cent of his field-goal attempts in Durant's absence, which is a significant increase from the 60.0 per cent when the Warriors' star has played.

Everyone knows that the likes of Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard will have a big say in the outcome of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors.

Curry and his cast of superstar team-mates are aiming for a third straight title in what is the Warriors' fifth consecutive Finals appearance, while the Raptors are playing in their first ever.

But what about those who go about their business and fly under the radar?

We select three players who could have a major impact in the outcome of the Finals.


Danny Green

To be frank, Green needs to pick it up.

An NBA champion five years ago, Green was among the most efficient three-point shooters in 2018-19. The Raptors guard converted 45.5 per cent of his attempts from behind the arc during the regular season but was virtually a non-factor against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Green made four of 23 shots from deep against Milwaukee, converting his specialty at an alarmingly low 17.4 per cent. He was held scoreless in Games 5 and 6.

However, Green has been able to elevate his game during intense moments in the past. He had a then-NBA record 27 three-pointers against the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. 

Although his team lost in the end, he was just the spark San Antonio needed to push the series to seven games.

Green is an excellent defender, but Toronto will not be able to leave him on the court if he is an offensive liability against a powerhouse like Golden State.

Andre Iguodala

The oldest member of the Warriors could be critical to their success. The 35-year-old wing has been battling calf soreness this postseason and will likely play an important role in Golden State's defensive strategy.

The defending champs are up against Raptors superstar Leonard, who has been one of the most dynamic scorers in this year's playoffs. Leonard leads Toronto in points (31.2), rebounds (8.8) and steals (1.6) per game during the postseason, and it will likely require a group effort to slow him.

Iguodala has proven to be an elite perimeter defender who can guard multiple positions. His approach to slowing down LeBron James in the 2015 NBA Finals helped him earn MVP honours and swung the series in Golden State's favour. His versatility would be well-suited to bother one of the NBA's more prolific scorers and relieve pressure on stars like Klay Thompson.

DeMarcus Cousins

Cousins has not played since he tore a thigh muscle against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. But reports suggest he could return by Game 1 of the NBA Finals, despite the initial belief he would not feature again in the postseason.

"Initially, I thought it was worse than what it was," Cousins told reporters last Thursday. "There was obviously a panic, but once the doctors came out and I realised what it was, I gathered myself from a couple of days of frustration, anger, sadness and all of the above. 

"I told myself to get back to work and do it all over again. That's what I did, and that's what I’ll continue to do."

The Warriors big man recovered from an Achilles injury over the offseason and averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in 30 appearances for Golden State in 2018-19.

Cousins averaged only 5.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in his first two career playoff games against Los Angeles. But the dynamic will likely be different for the four-time All-Star with Kevin Durant (calf) still sidelined.

The 28-year-old could tip the scales in a major way if he is able to impose his will with his ability to score on all three levels and uses his physicality as he has in past seasons.

Golden State Warriors veteran Andre Iguodala may be contemplating retirement.

The 35-year-old missed Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers with a calf injury.

Iguodala has missed time each of the past few years with injuries.

"It just flared up real quick, and we've got a good training staff so they're on top of it. It's just, you've been playing for five long seasons, like long, long seasons so it's bound to come up," Iguodala told reporters on Saturday, via 95.7 The Game.

"It's very rare that you see it, so I feel like it's hard to be realised sometimes.

"My career is almost over, so I don't really care, you know, we've got a tough series ahead… I'm about to be done playing anyway."

Iguodala is coming off a year in which he averaged career lows in points, minutes, field-goal attempts and free-throw attempts.

He has not played a full 82-game season since 2009-10 and has played more than 76 games just once in the regular season over the past five years.

And he is leaving his options open for his future as his contract with Golden State runs out after next season.

"I could sign a one-year deal if I want to," he said. "That's the beauty of sense of self."

He continued: "I felt like I had a good year, even though, like, I didn't take off as many games as in the past, so I played more this year, and then it was explosive minutes too, so I felt really good and hopefully I can continue to do it for however long as I choose."

Iguodala has made an All-Star team, two All-NBA defensive teams, won three titles and was named the Finals MVP in 2014-15.

It should be taken into account too that Iguodala has joked about his retirement before and did so before this year, saying in an interview with TNT that he would be officially retiring after this season.

He followed that up quickly though by saying, "I'm bull****ing".

Golden State Warriors veteran Andre Iguodala will miss Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals due to a calf injury.

Warriors head coach Kerr confirmed Iguodala's absence for Monday's showdown against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Iguodala was cleared of serious damage after undergoing an MRI exam on his left calf, but the 35-year-old remains on the sidelines.

He left Game 3 after feeling tightness in his left calf in the opening quarter of Saturday's 110-99 victory over the Trail Blazers.

The MRI exam came back negative, but he will not play when the two-time defending champions — who lead the series 3-0 — attempt to seal their spot in the NBA Finals.

Last week, Kerr said Alfonzo McKinnie is capable of stepping up if Iguodala is unavailable.

"We'll have to have more minutes from him, but we're confident he can do the job." Kerr said.

Stephen Curry echoed Kerr's sentiments.

"Injuries are a part of the game, but we have guys that are capable and can step up," Curry said. "It will require Alfonzo having a few more minutes, Jonas [Jerebko], J.B. [Jordan Bell] playing the solid basketball he did on Saturday night."

Andre Iguodala was cleared of serious damage after undergoing an MRI scan on his calf, but the Golden State Warriors veteran is a doubt for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

Iguodala departed after feeling tightness in his left calf in the opening quarter of a 110-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

The 35-year-old guard's scan came back as negative, but he may not feature when the defending champions - who lead 3-0 - attempt to wrap up the series on Monday.

Head coach Steve Kerr says Alfonzo McKinnie is capable of stepping up if Iguodala is unavailable.

"We'll have to have more minutes from him, but we're confident he can do the job." said Kerr.

Stephen Curry echoed Kerr's sentiments.

He said: "Injuries are a part of the game, but we have guys that are capable and can step up. It will require Alfonzo having a few more minutes, Jonas [Jerebko], J.B. [Jordan Bell] playing the solid basketball he did on Saturday night."

Andre Iguodala will undergo an MRI as the Golden State Warriors determine the extent of his "lower leg soreness", head coach Steve Kerr said.

Veteran Iguodala, 35, hurt his leg in Golden State's 110-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

The three-time champion initially left in the opening quarter of Saturday's clash in Portland and he was eventually withdrawn in the third as the Warriors earned a commanding 3-0 series lead.

"We didn't want to risk anything and put him pack in the game," Kerr told reporters, with the Warriors one win away from the NBA Finals.

"So when we took him out mid third [quarter], the trainer said 'that'll be it for him.' We'll know more tomorrow [Sunday]."

Iguodala posted just two points in the contest on one-of-five shooting in 18 minutes against the Trail Blazers.

The 2015 NBA Finals MVP came into Game 3 averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists in this year's playoffs. He tallied just 5.7 points per game during the regular season.


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