Curry, Ellis, Lee named Warriors captains

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Curry, Ellis, Lee named Warriors captains

MontaEllis, Stephen Curry and David Lee were named Warriors tri-captains on Friday.Warriors coach Mark Jackson said the team voted on captains at practice onThursday, and that threesome got the nod.I expectthose guys to be an extension of me on the floor and it starts with point guard(Curry), Jackson said. As a player I took tremendous pride in being acaptain, especially if the players voted. Because a coach can be biased, acoach can take his best players. The players are saying, We believe inyou.
Saturdaysstarters: Jackson said he will start Curry, Ellis, Dorell Wright, Leeand Andris Biedrins for Saturdays preseason game against the Sacramento Kingsat Oracle Arena.Thats thesame starting five the Warriors used in the regular-season opener in 2010-11against Houston.NoSmith: Point guard Ish Smith, whom the Warriors were awarded off ofwaivers on Friday, wasnt a part of practice. In fact, after the Warriorsworkout, Curry didnt even know the team had acquired Smith.NEWS: Warriors acquire PG Ish Smith
Curry wasconducting a post-practice interview when a reporter asked him what he thoughtabout Smith. Curry began answering the question, saying hed played in a coupleof charity games with Smith and knew him from back in Charlotte.But thenCurry asked his own question, and it was why a reporter was asking him aboutSmith in the first place.And thatshow Curry found out the Warriors had acquired a player who may turn out to behis backup.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.