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Stephen Curry, Warriors Credit Ankle Scares For Reaching MVP Level

Feb 10, 2016 6:03 PM

Stephen Curry signed a four-year, $44 million extension with the Golden State Warriors in 2012, which was seen as a gamble on the team's part at the time due to his ankle issues and is now the best contract in the NBA by a near absurd margin.

"I wish we could've paid Steph more," Bob Myers says with a grin.

"So we decided to bet on a couple of things," Myers explains. "We bet on who he is as a human being. We bet on his ability. We bet on the fact that he was the type of player who'd do everything within his power to come back and be smart and be diligent."

Curry changed his physical approach to the game after a series of ankle issues that helped make him the MVP.

"The ankle thing made him work smarter, to counteract him ever being put in that position again," Lacob says. "If he hadn't had it, maybe he wouldn't have the same core strength."

Adds Myers, nodding, "It made Steph what he is now."

Curry's ankle injuries and his reaction to them actually helped him have an extraordinary career.

"I think so," Curry matter-of-factly replies. "It definitely drove home my work ethic. Post-surgery, it's kept me driven about taking advantage of every day. There was a time when I was just worried about playing basketball, much less playing at a high level. Now I try to have as much fun out there as possible. You don't enjoy the surgery and the rehab process. But I enjoy how I came out of it, for sure."

Pablo S. Torre/ESPN

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Festus Ezeli To Undergo Left Knee Surgery

Feb 8, 2016 3:13 PM

Festus Ezeli will undergo exploratory surgery on his left knee.

Ezeli will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Ezeli missed the entire 13-14 season with right knee surgery.

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Luke Walton, Brian Shaw Considered Top Long-Term Candidates For Knicks

Feb 8, 2016 11:16 AM

Brian Shaw and Luke Walton are considered the top long-term candidates for the New York Knicks to replace Derek Fisher.

Fisher was fired by the Knicks on Monday.

Walton had an excellent run with the Golden State Warriors on an interim basis and is familiar with Phil Jackson and the triangle offense.

Shaw was fired last season by the Denver Nuggets.

Tom Thibodeau is also currently a coaching free agent.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports Walton is determined to see out this season with the Warriors as an assistant coach and not entertain head coaching opportunities until the offseason.

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant: Focus On Basketball, Haven't Thought About Free Agency

Feb 6, 2016 9:00 PM

Kevin Durant was asked about his free agency ahead of Saturday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

An Adrian Wojnarowski report this week linked Durant to the Warriors should he decide to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty that’s going on, because I haven’t really thought that far,” Durant said. “I’m just trying to focus on playing basketball. I’m locked in on trying to be better every single day and trying to come in and help my teammates every single day. I think that’s what my thought process is always focused on.

“Once that time comes, I’ll make that decision. I’ll sit down and talk to my closest friends and family and figure it out, but right now, I’m just trying to be the best basketball player I can be every single day. I have to be at a high level to lead every day at practices, shootarounds and games, and that’s a tough task. I can’t focus on anything else, other than that.”

Steve Kerr was also asked about the Durant report.

“I don’t know why anybody would talk about anything but the fact that we’re 45-4 and have a hell of a team,” said Kerr. “Why would anybody talk about some different team, future stuff and other players?

“Focus on our team. We’re pretty good.”

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Harrison Barnes Calls Kevin Durant Report 'Part Of The Business'

Feb 2, 2016 7:11 PM

Harrison Barnes seemed genuinely surprised to hear the Golden State Warriors intend to pursue Kevin Durant to replace him this offseason.

“Oh man, that’s part of the business,” Barnes said on a phone call before the team’s plane left New York for Washington, D.C. “He’s a great player. If that’s the move they want to make, you know, hopefully, it works out.”

Barnes will be a restricted free agent this offseason after he was unable to agree upon an extension with the Warriors.

“It’s always something, right?” Barnes said. “The first summer it was Dwight (Howard). The next summer it was Kevin Love. Every single year, there’s always been somebody who the Warriors wanted or somebody who wanted to come here. That’s part of the business. That stuff happens.

“If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, great. At the end of the day, I’ll still get the chance to be in NBA and still get to play.”

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Interested In Hiring Steve Nash As Head Coach

Feb 1, 2016 1:14 PM

The Phoenix Suns have strong interest in hiring Steve Nash for their recent head coaching vacancy.

Nash is not ready to jump into coaching on a full-time basis at this time.

Nash signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency in 2012 and retired last season.

Nash was hired by the Golden State Warriors as a part time consultant last offseason. Nash is also general manager of the Canada National Team.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Festus Ezeli Undergoes MRI On Left Knee, Results Inconclusive

Jan 30, 2016 5:04 PM

Festus Ezeli missed his second straight game Saturday because of a sore left knee.

Ezeli tweaked his knee during a 10-minute stretch Monday against San Antonio, and he had an MRI exam Tuesday.

The results were inconclusive and the Golden State Warriors' doctors will confer about next steps.

Ezeli is averaging 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots in 17.8 minutes this season. He missed the 2013-14 after surgery on his right knee.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Festus Ezeli, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Stephen Curry: Spurs Are The Standard

Jan 23, 2016 7:03 PM

The San Antonio Spurs play the Golden State Warriors for the first time this season in a highly anticipated game between the two best teams in the NBA.

The Spurs have a +15.4 Efficiency Differential compared to +12.1 for the Warriors.

“I know them pretty well,” Steve Kerr said. “It’s remarkable to me that I’m 50 years old and have been retired for 13 years, and they have three guys and a coach who are still on that team.

“It makes no sense. The continuity and the program they’ve built is amazing.”

The Spurs have won five titles between 1999 and 2014.

“That’s why they’re legends or why they’re going to be legends when they’re done,” Stephen Curry said. “Obviously, those three guys and Coach Popovich are the main foundation of that, but they’ve been able to add pieces as they’ve gone through their careers and stay at a high level. It’s a lot about the tone and atmosphere and expectations that they set.

“When you wear a Spurs uniform, you better be ready to elevate your game to their level. That’s the most impressive thing. … They’re the standard.”

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

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Warriors Enjoying Luke Walton, Anticipate He'll Soon Be Head Coach Candidate

Jan 23, 2016 2:50 PM

Luke Walton is expected to be a candidate for head coaching jobs after he did so well filling in for Steve Kerr on an interim basis.

The Golden State Warriors are enjoying having him on the bench in the meantime.

“Luke was the right guy to guide the ship, and he’s got the right temperament,” Kerr said Friday. “He obviously will be a head coach before long on a more permanent basis, but I’m hoping we can keep him around here for a lot longer.”

“It’s kind of frustrating, because Luke’s my guy, and now, he’s going to be gone next year - if any GMs are smart,” Draymond Green said. “I’ve got to cherish these last 40 games of the regular season and then the playoffs, because they’re about to take my guy.”

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

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Steve Kerr Returning To Bench Friday Against Pacers

Jan 22, 2016 2:08 PM

Steve Kerr will return to the bench for the Golden State Warriors' game on Friday against the Indiana Pacers.

Kerr has missed the entire season to date as he recovers from complications following his back injury.

Luke Walton was 39-4 as interim head coach of the Warriors in Kerr's absence.

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Kawhi Leonard, Carmelo Anthony Get Final ASG Starter Spots
Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard are the five starters for the Western Conference in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

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Steve Kerr Has Ramped Up Involvement, Warriors Optimistic On Return
Steve Kerr started a leave of absence on Oct. 1.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Stephen Curry No. 1 On Jersey Sales List, Kristaps Porzingis No. 4
The Warriors once again emerged as the top-selling team, followed by the Bulls at No. 2, the Cavaliers at No. 3, the Lakers at No. 4 and the Knicks at No. 5.

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Warriors Score Season High 139.2 Points Per 100 Poss. Against Cavs
During last year's Finals, the Warriors scored 105.8 points per 100 possessions.

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Cavs Feel Stephen Curry's Champagne Quote 'Disrespectful'
The Warriors won the championship last season at the Cavaliers, making Quicken Loans Arena a special place for the team.

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Warriors Push Back San Francisco Arena Opening To 2019
The Warriors claim the California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit is a last resort brought on by what they are calling an "anonymous SuperPAC."

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Kobe Bryant To Warriors: Make History
Kobe Bryant was asked if it is a passing of the torch to the Warriors.

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Michael Malone: Curry Is NBA's MVP But Draymond Green Might Be Warriors'
Draymond Green is currently a projected starter for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game.

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Draymond Green May Sit Next Two Games
Draymond Green didn't practice on Tuesday.

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Stephen Curry To Channel Messi With New Shin Guards
Stephen Curry plans to play on Friday after being fitted for new shin guards.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Brandon Jennings Believes Draymond Green Better Than Blake Griffin
Brandon Jennings continued his campaign for Draymond Green to start for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game, Tweeting he's better than Blake Griffin.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Warriors' Arena In San Francisco
The group argues that the city failed to properly consider alternative locations for the arena and environmental impacts on traffic, air quality and noise.

San Jose Mercury News

Klay Thompson Expected To Be Picked By Bucks In 2011
The Bucks traded the pick to the Kings, who picked Jimmer Fredette while they ended up with Tobias Harris at No. 19.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Lowe, Windhorst Believe Mark Jackson Will Struggle To Get Another Head Coaching Job
Mark Jackson led the Warriors to the playoffs in two of his three seasons with the franchise.

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Stephen Curry Not Considering Sitting Four Weeks To Let Shin Heal
The Warriors have been experimenting with different shin pads to protect Stephen Curry.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chroncile

Warriors, Spurs, Cavs, Thunder Have Only Played 3 Of 17 Scheduled Games Against Each Other
Games between the Warriors/Spurs, Warriors/Thunder and Cavs/Spurs have yet to happen despite approaching the midway point in the season.

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Draymond Green, Brook Lopez Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Draymond Green averaged 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 9.5 rebounds , including two of his league-leading six triple-doubles.

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Stephen Curry Leaves Game With Left Shin Contusion
Stephen Curry had missed the previous two games due a right calf injury.

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Kevin Looney Expected To Make D-League Debut By End Of January
Kevin Looney was the Warriors' first round pick in 2015 and underwent right hip surgery in August.

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Warriors Receiving Some Buzz As Destination For Kevin Durant
According to the speculation of some of "those around league" that have spoken with Chris Broussard, the Warriors are a possible destination for Kevin Durant.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Dan Feldman/Pro Basketball Talk)

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