Q&A with Stephen Curry, Part II

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Q&A with Stephen Curry, Part II

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is back in the Bay Area this week, working out at the teams downtown practice facility. Curry missed most of last season with an ankle injury, and the hope is that he can return to 100 percent for the 2012-13 season.After his 90-minute workout on Thursday, Curry sat down and talked with the media. Here are some excerpts of what he said (Part II):RELATED: Q&A with Stephen Curry (Part I): 100 healthy by opening day?
On being a father: Curry: "I love it. Love it. It definitely changes a lot of things, different pace. But me and my wife, its just a blessing to have (our daughter) be part of the family. Im trying to get some sleep here and there, but just enjoying it. Great timing to be around in the summer and be with the family and get ready for the season.On personal goals for the season: Curry: "For me, I have a great opportunity to be a vocal leader on the team, lead the charge of the point guards. Hopefully guys will respond to the things I say on the floor when I try to get everybody in the right spots, right situations."I want to be the coach on the floor, an extension of coach (Mark) Jackson. I never go into a season with stats on my mind. But I think, for me, to play my game and use my teammates the best ways I can to set them up. That would make me look good and everybody look good.On what specifically his workouts consist of this week:Curry: When I get onto the court, its an hour-and-a-half of lot of shots, a lot of moving, cutting and working out of sets, getting jump shots up. Ive been playing a lot of one-on-one, working on defensive positioning, sliding your feet and staying low with (teammates Kent Bazemore and Charles Jenkins)."Thats the part thats most beneficial while Im here, working out with our guys, pushing each other and playing in competitive situations, which I havent done since March. Feels good to be able to do that and feel healthy.More on personal goals: Curry: "Make the playoffs and whatever personal accolades come from that somebody is doing something well. If its me, whoever, doesnt matter as long as were relevant come the third week of April and not planning beach trips.On when his frustration reached its worst point: Curry: "Probably obviously the time I did it on March 10 against Dallas, when I played about four games straight and made a simple pivot move to change the ball from side to side and landed on somebodys foot and twisted it.The way that I hurt myself was frustrating. That was the point where I had gotten some momentum in the second half of the season and it stopped just like that."That was probably the toughest time and then after that I didnt play again.Just being patient for that first month, trying to get back and then getting to the point where we ran out of time.On possible contract extension weighing on his mind: Curry: "Its not. Thats my agent and (general manager) Bob (Myers) having a meeting, talking about it, and Ill make a decision once the details are out. Whether I get an extension or not Ive still got to play this year and be healthy. Thats my only goal, my only focus.It would be great to get that done. I want to be here in Golden State, be a part of the future were trying to build here. Its not like Im trying to skip out or do anything else. If they make a great offer, Im definitely going to take it.

Draymond uses expletives in text to Myers, calls Jordan Bell on FaceTime

Draymond uses expletives in text to Myers, calls Jordan Bell on FaceTime

At his introductory press conference on Friday afternoon, Jordan Bell said that he tries to emulate his game after Draymond Green.

He said that he can learn a lot from Draymond.

Then, Warriors GM Bob Myers directed his next words at the newest addition to the team:

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"Draymond will be a fun challenge for you," Myers said as he laughed and grabbed Bell on the shoulder. "Draymond texted me after I was driving home (following the draft). And he said, 'What the expletive is your problem?' So you can fill in the blank. And then he said, 'I have to hear about this expletive on the internet, you didn't expletive tell me about it?'

"So I couldn't text and drive so I called him and said, 'OK. All right. Calm down.' He said, 'I need his number, I need to talk to him,' so I gave it to Draymond ... he's like our team mom in a way ... you're gonna love playing with him, because to be honest, with Draymond it's about respect ... that's the type of team we have but we feel like that's how you are, too."

So what exactly did Draymond to say the 2016-17 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year?

"So he FaceTime'd me ... and I was with my friends celebrating. I texted the number back and I was like, 'Who is this?' And then he didn't reply, so I called the number and I was like, 'Yo, who is this?'

"And then he was like, 'Yo. I FaceTime'd you. Hang up right now, FaceTime me back, don't call. So I was like, 'Yeah, you're right.' So I hung up and I FaceTime'd him and he didn't answer. And I was like, 'All right.' I was like I should wait a couple seconds, and I waited like five seconds and I called him back on FaceTime.

"He was like, 'Yo, enjoy this night. Celebrate it. It only happens once, but after this night, we have to get back to work. We trying to get rings over here, so be ready for it."

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Other takeaways from the press conference:

- Andre Iguodala is one of Bell's favorite players of all-time
- Kevin Durant texted Bell on Friday to welcome him to the Warriors
- Steve Kerr called Bell after the draft and on Friday
- Steph Curry texted Myers after the Warriors paid the Bulls $3.5 million for the rights to Bell

And, finally:

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Most talked-about draft in perhaps ever delivered one extraordinary thing

Most talked-about draft in perhaps ever delivered one extraordinary thing

The NBA Draft was a resounding success for the chattering classes – that is, until it actually happened, at which point all the potential scenarios were reduced to reality, and as we are coming to learn, nobody much likes reality any more.

After all, what’s more fun – arguing about where Jimmy Butler was going to be traded, or the trade that sent him to Minnesota itself? Let me help you with that – it was the first one.

Before the act, anything is possible, and therefore anything can be suggested. Once the act is completed, though?

Scoreboard. End of discussion. Fun dies. Go home.

Try this is you don't think so:

Fact: Lonzo Ball wants to be a Laker. Hilarious supposition that drives conversation (and drinks) across the nation: What if he doesn’t get to be a Laker and his father pulls his own head off like a champagne cork? Result that ends all discussion: Lonzo Ball is a Laker.

And then it ratchets itself again. Hilarious re-supposition that re-energizes the argumentals: How good will Lonzo Ball be? Result that ends all discussion: How good he actually is. Tie-breaker: His dad pulling his own head off like a champagne cork.

This is how daily fantasy became popular – the creation of a different reality or realities that have nothing to do with the actual games played by the actual people. This is also how esports became a thing – creatures of the imagination fighting other creatures of the imagination over fictional glories.

Hell, it’s why the best day of the college basketball season is the day the 68-team NCAA tournament bracket is filled. The games ruin it by being the definitive word on the bracket.

It is, in short, the triumph of the process over the actual deed – interactive make-believe gone mad.

So it was Thursday night. The most talked-about draft in perhaps ever which delivered one extraordinary thing – the Butler trade to Minnesota rather than Boston or Cleveland. Everything else about the evening was noise signifying chalk. All the players everyone thought would go high went high, the ones in the middle were pretty much mid-level draftees, and the bottom twenty were . . . well, what bottom 20 picks usually are: G-Leaguers.

There weren’t any goofy foreigners, no stretches, no spite-filled Kristaps Porzingis trade by a fulminating Phil Jackson. Nobody did anything aggressively stupid or jaw-droppingly brilliant, which without all the pre-draft yelling and screaming would have made this a fairly bland evening.

The lesson, then, is this: In the new world of show-me-something-shiny-right-now, the shiny part of the NBA draft was the run-up. And we love the run-up, almost more than we love the games.

Or maybe we’re just better as a nation at the run-up. The NFL Draft is its own industry, right down to the large-men-running-in-their-underwear degrade-o-thon known as the combine. The NHL this year doubled down with an expansion draft the day before its amateur draft. The pregame show does a better number than the rest of the day, and since the new media truth is that the pregame show is all day, every day, we have hooked ourselves on conversations about what might be and flit about like a hummingbird on Ritalin to the next what-might-be thing.

This preference for the individually tailored virtual universe over the one we all actually live in is not something to be lamented or wept over. It just is, and it will remain that way until the games just wither and die and all there is talking about something that actually will never happen instead of a million things that might.

In that moment, the robots will win. Or more precisely, they’ll get to the round of sixteen, and we can all argue about whether they would be better off meeting the Cylons or the shape-shifters in the regional final.