Is Curry's Stock Rising for ROY Honors?

Is Curry's Stock Rising for ROY Honors?

Feb. 28, 2010


Update at 3:30pm: TheWarriors are expected to sign 6-foot-6 forward Reggie Williams from theD-League, the team said this afternoon....Williams, averaging 26.4 points andshooting 57.6 percent from the field, should be signed on Tuesday.Williams, who plays for the Sioux Fall Skyforce, did not play against the Iowa Energy on Sunday...

Brandan Wright said the other day that he plans on playing in the Las Vegas Summer League in July.

Thats pretty unusual for someone who has been in the NBA as long as Wright, but then again hes been an unusual case. This is his third season although he will play zero games because of shoulder surgery and he remains an unknown commodity.

Wright has become the forgotten Warrior. Hes been banged up for a good chunk of his career and hes been glued to the bench other times.

When hes played, hes shown an ability to run the floor, score some without needing to have the ball, and even rebound a little. He shoots a high percentage and often plays with energy.

But facts are facts hes played soft and been injury prone.


Yes, Ronny Turiaf played well against Detroit in Saturdays 95-88 win, but you cant tell me Andris Biedrins wasnt effective in his 16 minutes.

Biedrins might not have been as animated as Turiaf, but he did have seven rebounds, three assists and bucket before straining his groin in the third quarter.

The Warriors said theyll know more about that Monday.


My man Bruce Jenkins at the Chronicle -- always a tremendous NBA read wrote Sunday that he thinks Stephen Curry takes home the hardware, when it comes to the Rookie of the Year.

My first thought was: I dont know.

Heres why When I was at All-Star Game in Dallas, I talked about Curry a lot with other writers, and specifically about Curry and Tyreke Evans. At the time, there was no sentiment for Curry even really being in the discussion.

It was more about whether or not Curry had surpassed Milwaukees Brandon Jennings for runner-up. Curry has certainly been playing very well, but its only been two weeks since All-Star weekend.

And the media makes the selection. Im not saying Curry cant win the Rookie of the Year, Im saying if he does, he will have made a big-time comeback.

--Matt Steinmetz

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Cal's Dykes calls out Pac-12 schedule makers after loss to USC


Cal's Dykes calls out Pac-12 schedule makers after loss to USC

The Pac-12 schedule makers started the final nail in Cal’s Week 9 coffin. USC’s offense proceeded to drive it all the home.

Behind a career night for both Ronald Jones and Sam Darnold, the Trojans jumped out to a 28-10 halftime and ultimately cruised to a 45-24 win. Both Jones and Darnold set career highs on the night, the former with 223 yards rushing and the latter five touchdown passes.

Those two players were part of an offense that rolled up a season-high 629 yards of offense.  It was the schedule, though, that saw a significant amount of the focus on the game, especially in the days leading up to it and the immediate aftermath.

Cal’s last game was Friday, Oct. 21.  USC’s last game?  Oct. 15, meaning the Bears, on five days rest, were facing a team coming off a bye, and facing them on the road no less.

“It’s one of those deals where you go, ‘How in the world could this ever happen? How could somebody let this happen?'” head coach Sonny Dykes said in the middle of the week. “It has been a disaster, it’s been a mess. … It’s incredibly hard on our kids.”


“We looked like a tired, beat-up football team. I think it’s a travesty whoever scheduled this game. I hope the Pac-12 doesn’t do that again to any other school. It’s not right for the kids.

“Everybody talks about student-athlete welfare, but they need to put their money where their mouth is.”


76ers apologize for cancelling ‘We Matter’ anthem singer


76ers apologize for cancelling ‘We Matter’ anthem singer

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers apologized Friday for canceling the national anthem performance of a singer wearing a "We Matter" jersey.

The 76ers backtracked from their original stance when they told R&B singer Sevyn Streeter she could not perform the anthem before Wednesday night's season opener because of the shirt's slogan.

"We are sorry that this happened," the Sixers said in a Friday statement. "After receiving feedback from our players, basketball operations staff and ownership group, we believe that the wrong decision was made, and Sevyn should have been welcomed to sing. We apologize to her, and in an effort to move the conversation forward, we have reached out to offer her an opportunity to return and perform at a game of her choice. We are waiting to hear back."

[RELATED: 76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot]

A person familiar with the decision to invite Streeter back said she would be allowed to wear her "We Matter" jersey if she decided to sing. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the Sixers had not announced the detail publicly.

Streeter could not immediately be reached for comment.

Streeter said in an interview with The Associated Press late Wednesday she was told she would not sing just minutes before her performance.

"I'd say two minutes before we were about to walk out ... the organization told me that I could not wear my shirt while singing the national anthem at their game," the R&B singer said by phone. "I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe."

The Sixers players met Thursday and were considering whether to respond to Streeter's cancellation.

"Everybody expressed their emotions about it," forward Robert Covington said. "We want to take steps about it. We just don't know exactly what steps we want to take. We talked about a lot of different things."

The Sixers play at home Saturday against Atlanta.