Jackson begins bid for Warriors' All-Stars


Jackson begins bid for Warriors' All-Stars

Warriors head coach Mark Jackson did not avoid the topic Friday night. He has two All-Stars that belong in Houston Feb. 17.

"I've got two guys that should be in the All-Star Game," Jackson said after Friday's 115-100 win over the Bobcats, beginning the pitch to get a Golden State player in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.

David Lee and Stephen Curry have led the Warriors to their best start since the 1991-92 season, when Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin led the Warriors to a 21-8 record. This year, Lee, Curry and the Warriors are out to a 18-9 record, boasting a far more competitive brand of basketball than in previous seasons.

So why is the notion of an All-Star Warrior met with skepticism?

The Warriors have not had a player participate in an NBA All-Star Game since 1997 when Latrell Sprewell averaged 24.2 points, 6.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. It is the longest active drought by an NBA team.

This season, the Warriors have their best shot at landing someone on the Western Conference All-Star team since Monta Ellis made several All-Star pushes from 2009-2011.

Lee is averaging 20 points and 11.3 rebounds a game, good for fifth in the NBA in rebounds and tenth in the league in scoring. His early-season success culminated in a triple-double Friday against the Bobcats. It was also Lee's 11th straight game with more than 20 points, and his 11th game of the season in which he has recorded at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. No player has done that more this season than Lee.

Curry, coming off his share of past ankle injuries, is fully healthy and averaging 20.2 points, 6.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Through 27 games, Curry is ninth in the league in scoring.

Curry and Lee would be locks for the All-Star Game if they played in the Eastern Conference, where they would be fourth and fifth in scoring, respectively.

Lee and Curry are undoubtedly putting up All-Star-worthy numbers for a team that currently occupies the fifth seed in the Western Conference playoff picture, but All-Star voting can be fickle by nature.

The case for the Warriors' All-Star hopefuls is augmented by the team's winning ways, something Golden State's All-Star candidates since Sprewell have not had in their favor in past campaigns.

What do you think? Should David Lee and Stephen Curry be All-Stars this year?

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.

Is JaVale McGee coming back to Warriors? 'I hope so'

Is JaVale McGee coming back to Warriors? 'I hope so'

JaVale McGee spent the first eight years of his NBA career bouncing between four different teams.

Then the Warriors came along and took a flier on him prior to the 2016-17 season, signing him to a one-year contract.

He played a career-low in minutes per game, but he made the most of his time on the court, as he recorded the highest field goal percentage of his career.

And he became a cult hero with Warriors fans due to his numerous high-flying alley-oop dunks, garnering some of the loudest cheers among fans.

Now the free agent center hopes that he's found a home in Oakland.

Prior to his JugLife Celebrity Softball Game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, McGee was asked if he think he's coming back to the Warriors for the 2017-18 season.

"I hope so, I hope I'm coming back," McGee said, according to KTVU.

Free agency begins July 1.