Curry out Friday vs. Lakers

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Curry out Friday vs. Lakers

LOS ANGELES -- Warriors guard Stephen Curry sat out ofpractice on Thursday with a sprained right ankle and wont play on Friday nightagainst the Lakers in Los Angeles.At Golden State's workout Thursday, the third-year guard sat out but did not wear a brace or a walking boot. He was able to walk gingerly on the injured ankle. His mood was decidedly more upbeat than in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's re-injury.
Curry tweaked the ankle for the third time this season inthe third quarter of Wednesdays loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Curry andgeneral manager Larry Riley said the ankle will be re-evaluated on Saturday inthe Bay Area.This one didnt respond as well as I wanted it to today,Curry said. I think were going to get on the phone with all the doctors whohave looked at it in the past obviously Dr. Anderson, who did the surgery inCharlotte (in May) and see if theres some kind of measurable level I have tobe at to play.That could be sooner rather than later. Weve been on thesame page before but now weve got to make sure theres a goal were trying toget to with pain tolerance level or something functional so that we can limitthis happening again.Warriors general manager Larry Riley said the evaluation ofCurrys ankle will take place on Saturday and that a proper course with how toproceed will follow from there.Hes taped, hes wearing a brace, hes got a different shoeand it continues to happen through no fault of anybodys efforts, Rileysaid.Curry has sprained that ankle seven times in the past 15months, and his re-sprain on Wednesday happened when he was trying to push theball upcourt after the Warriors had gained possession.Unlike the time Curry sprained the ankle against the Bulls onDec. 26, when he landed on Kyle Korvers foot, against San Antonio there wasnobody in the vicinity when it rolled.Curry said his ankle was 100 percent before he sprained itin the teams second exhibition game on Dec. 20, against Sacramento, but thatit hasnt been that way since.Curry said his ankle last year wasnt 100 percent, either,but never got bad enough to miss significant time. The injury cost him eightgames a year ago. Curry said he had repetitive tweaks last year but this isdifferent.While Curry isnt officially ruled out for Fridays game, heindicated he likely wouldnt play. At this point, it would seem like a stretchfor Curry to play Saturday night against the Utah Jazz.

Source: Warriors contact Turner Sports about Shaq's abuse of McGee

Source: Warriors contact Turner Sports about Shaq's abuse of McGee

OAKLAND -- Mess with one Warrior, you mess with the entire organization.

That’s the message the Warriors sent out Friday in the wake of a Twitter beef between center JaVale McGee and TNT analyst Shaquille ONeal that began late Thursday night and carried into the wee hours Friday morning.

Coach Steve Kerr fired back at O’Neal, as did Warriors forward Kevin Durant. The Warriors, as a franchise, contacted O’Neal’s bosses.

Kerr spent a portion of his post-practice news conference Friday afternoon defending McGee from O’Neal’s relentless ridicule on the video segment “Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Durant said O’Neal’s ongoing critiques are “childish,” adding that O’Neal was a great player with his own imperfections.

Prior to the comments by Durant and Kerr, though, it was confirmed by CSNBayArea.com that the Warriors contacted Turner Sports in hopes of getting TNT’s parent company to persuade O’Neal to curb the constant derision directed toward McGee because of its impact on his image and reputation.

The outreach was a direct response to a roughly two-minute segment Thursday night that was strictly limited to castigating McGee.

Upon getting wind of Durant’s comments, O’Neal turned to Twitter to tell Durant that McGee is a “bum” and to “mind yo business.”

Durant defends JaVale, blasts Shaq: 'He didn’t have any skill'

Durant defends JaVale, blasts Shaq: 'He didn’t have any skill'

OAKLAND -- The long-simmering acrimony between retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and Warriors center JaVale McGee reached epic proportions late Thursday night and early Friday morning when the two engaged in a Twitter beef.

By Friday afternoon, Kevin Durant was stepping into the fray. He didn’t bother with Twitter, instead speaking his mind and firing verbal grenades at Shaq.

“JaVale works extremely hard,” Durant said after practice. “He has come in here and done so much for us as a player. He only wants to be respected, just like anybody else. And I understand that Shaq works for a company that wants him to do that type of stuff, and make fun of players. It’s cool and funny.

“But when you just keep doing it time and time and time again, for no reason, and then a guy actually disagrees with you? And you threaten him? I didn’t know cops could threaten civilians like that.”

O’Neal currently is a reserve police officer in Doral, Fla. He also has served in that capacity in several other cities.

The latest O’Neal-McGee spat began when O’Neal, now an analyst at TNT who frequently targets McGee for ridicule, presented a video Thursday night that mocked McGee. It was very personal.

McGee took offense and responded on Twitter, which led to the two men exchanging insults, with McGee accusing O’Neal of “cooning,” and O’Neal calling McGee “dumb” and threatening to “smack the s--t out” of McGee.

Though McGee was not available Friday, he was sharply defended by Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Durant.

“It’s definitely childish,” Durant said. “But that’s what they want from these stars and these retired players, is to feud with the guys that are playing now and make arguments and disagreements. If I was JaVale, I’d feel the same way. It’s childish.

“Shaq wants to make a joke about it, but if it was him in that position, he would feel the same way.

“Everybody can’t be Shaq. He’s trying to make his money and enjoy the game of basketball, and his perception of him is that he’s a ‘dumb’ player because he makes mistakes on the court. Shaq was a sh---y free-throw shooter. He missed dunks. He air-balled free throws. He couldn’t shoot outside the paint. He was bigger than everybody. He didn’t have any skill. But he was bigger and stronger than everybody.”

Durant then turned his head and seemed to speak directly to O’Neal.

“He was still a great player, but you had your flaws too as a player,” he said. “And you played on five of six teams, too. So it’s not like you’re this perfect center. You had your flaws too. Like I said, I didn’t know cops could go on Twitter and threaten civilians like that. I’m glad JaVale challenged him.”

Kerr, who has known O’Neal for more than 20 years, also came to McGee’s defense.

“I don’t blame him for being frustrated,” he said Kerr. “Shaq’s been picking on him for years and years and years. And JaVale, rightfully so, probably gets frustrated. It never ends. And it’s one thing to just have a little fun, but you can go a little bit over the top.

“It’s one of those things. If you think about JaVale’s career, when you’re in this position where someone is on national TV making fun of you night after night, it’s not the greatest thing for your reputation.

“I can tell you, I had a preconceived notion of JaVale before he got here that turned out to be totally false. And a lot of that was because of what goes on with Shaq’s ‘Shaqtin’ A Fool’ thing.”

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Shaq responded to Durant Friday on Twitter, writing "@KDTrey5 mind yo business this ain't for you," and "@KDTrey5 I understand u sticking up for your teammate that's cool but your boy @JaValeMcGee34 is still a bum, he started it I'm a finish it."