Curry, agent optimistic about extension


Curry, agent optimistic about extension

SAN FRANCISCO -- Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and hisagent both expressed optimism over the weekend that Curry and Golden Statewould agree to a contract extension before the regular season begins.But the respective sides have agreed to table any extensiontalks until the team completes its preseason schedule and everyone sees howCurrys right ankle looks after an injury plagued 2011-12.Im very optimistic about getting a deal done, said LanceYoung, Currys representative. I think we can get something done by the 31st(Oct. 31, the deadline for Curry to sign a deal).Currys troublesome ankle forced him to miss 40 of 66 gamesa season ago, and he hasnt played competitively since March. Curry, who hasbeen rehabbing most of the summer, received full medical clearance on Thursday,and hes now playing five-on-five for the first time since the injury.RELATED: Stephen Curry plays 5-on-5 for first time since March
Theyve had some talks, said Curry, who was participatingin a fatherson basketball camp at St. Ignatius High School. But obviouslythey (Warriors) want to protect themselves and want to see during trainingcamp. And I have no problem with that.The Warriors play their eighth and final game of thepreseason on Oct. 23, against the Phoenix Suns, at Oracle Arena.RELATED: Warriors 2012 preseason schedule
Curry said the ankle has responded well all summer and didthe same after upping his workload late in the week. The Warriors and Curryhave until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement on an extension. If they dont, Currywill become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.But Curry is talking like it wont come to that.Definitely, he said when asked if hed like to getsomething done. Its not like I dont want to be here. That would be a greatopportunity, to be locked up another four years and make it happen before theseason so I could personally feel good about it and my future.But Ive just got to let the process unfold.

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr is no closer to resuming full-time duties than he was a week ago, or even a month ago.

Out since April 23, when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to address chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Kerr has been a constant presence the past two weeks but not on the bench during games.

“He’s doing everything but coaching, but at this point, he’s not able to coach,” general manager Bob Myers said Thursday after practice. “I wish could say that he was. I’m sure he wishes he could as well. But that’s where we are.

“If something changes and he feels better, I’ll sit here or, better -- he would sit here -- and tell you. But right now, I can’t say that he’s going to be coaching.”

Though Kerr did not address media Thursday, he indicated earlier this week that he would be comfortable going into the NBA Finals, which begin June 1, with acting head coach Mike Brown at the helm.

“We’re 12-0,” Kerr told “I feel great about where the team is. I know we can play better. I think the challenge we’re about to face, one way or the other, is going to take us to another level.”

The Warriors under Kerr finished the regular season with a league-best 67-15 mark, earning the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. Kerr coached Games 1 and 2 of the first round against Portland before surrendering head coaching duties to Brown.

The Warriors are 10-0 since Brown took over, 27-1 over their last 28 games since March 11.

Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years.

“It’s hard for me; I’m kind of in this basketball mode,” Myers said. “But he’s a person and he’s not feeling well. And that’s what makes it hard. More than how it reflects on our team is how he’s feeling that makes it very difficult to have to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can’t do it.

“It’s painful. And I know it’s painful for him, more than anybody. And I wish and he wishes and I’m sure you guys do, too, that there was something that could get him there. But right now, we’re not at that point.”

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

BOSTON -- LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It's not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA's greatest player.

James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

If the Cavaliers advance, James would be making a seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

He said his goal is not about passing Jordan in titles, points or MVP awards. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason's leading scorer. With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in NBA history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs.

But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players.

"It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated, that's all," James said. "You guys are gonna have the conversations about who's the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn't matter to me."

He also said he believes that the greatness conversation is discussed more often in the NBA than in other sports.

"It's never talked about (in the) NFL, who's the greatest quarterback. It's just like (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady - all great quarterbacks. It should be the same for us," James said. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night.

"The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing - I think it's great for barbershops."