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Shutting down Curry could come next

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Shutting down Curry could come next

It seems apparent that the Warriors are considering shuttingdown Stephen Curry for a while, and perhaps for the rest of theseason.That became clear after the Warriors-Kings game on Tuesdaynight, when Curry, himself, intimated as much as well as his teammate DavidLee.Curry has been in and out of the lineup for approximatelytwo weeks, and his right ankle has been an issue since the preseason.Hes tweaked the ankle several times this year and last, andnobody has come up with a reason as to why it keeps happening.

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When Curry was asked about his status for the rest of theseason, he responded: Im just trying to get healthy. Im getting fed up withdealing with the same thing over and over again and trying to push through itand not being able to produce like I want to on the floor.Thats my main goal, to get healthy. What that means Imnot sure yet. Ill continue to do my rehab and my treatment and listen to the(training) staff. Im sure well have a better idea what were going to dogoing forward later.Trading Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh two starters to theBucks indicates that the Warriors have given up their pursuit of the playoffs.If thats the case, it likely also makes sense for the Warriors to shut downCurry.Its no secret that the Warriors first-round draft pickfactors into this decision, too. The worse the Warriors finish, the better thechances that they will retain their 2012 first-rounder.If the Warriors wind up with the Nos. 1 through 7 picks,they will keep it. If they end up with the No. 8 pick or worse, they will loseit. The Warriors are currently the 11th-worst team in theNBA.Lee was asked whether or not he believe the trade withMilwaukee signified a shift in philosophy from winning now to thinking aboutthe future. He made it clear that what the team is deciding on Curry will havegreat bearing on that.Im going to take this game by game, Lee said of the restof the season. There have been a lot of changes around here the last twohours. We have to take a step back and see what theyre going to do with StephCurry and thats going to be a big part of us moving forward.

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

OAKLAND -- About an hour after general manager Bob Myers said the defending champion Warriors would soon gather to determine their response to any potential invitation from the White House, Stephen Curry reiterated his personal views.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry said during Media Day on Friday.

Curry has previously stated this position, one he shares with several teammates. Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala also have expressed no interest in visiting President Donald Trump. David West has made clear his distaste for Trump’s boorish conduct.

But Curry has thought not only about the subject but also how he reached his conclusion.

“That we don't stand for basically what our president has -- the things that he said and the things that he hasn't said in the right terms -- that we won't stand for it,” he said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.

“It's not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things, from (Colin) Kaepernick to what happened to (Michael) Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that we need to kind of change. And we all are trying to do what we can, using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that.”

Officially, the Warriors have made no firm decision. They will discuss the matter in the coming day in hopes of reaching a consensus.

Though Curry understands the final decision will be made every consulting with every voice in the locker room -- including coach Steve Kerr, who also has been critical of Trump -- he’s unwavering about his personal stance.

“It's not just me going to the White House. If it were, this would be a pretty short conversation,” he said.

“Like I said, it's the organization; it's the team. And it's hard to say because I don't know exactly what we're going to do in lieu of or if we do go or if we don't go or whatever.

“But my beliefs stay the same. I'll have a better answer for that once I can kind of understand where the group is, too.”

While Iguodala passed on delivering his stance, citing that he had been prepped on the subject by the team’s media relations staff, Durant -- like Curry -- said he has to take the opinions of his teammates into consideration.

“It's going to be tough to change my mind,” Durant said, “but we're going to talk about it as a team and figure out the next steps from there.”

West did not divulge his decision, opting to firmly state he “will let everybody know my opinion” once the team meets on the subject.

 

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

 

Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said

Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road. 

"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."

Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.

The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.