Steinmetz: Warriors and Free Agents

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Steinmetz: Warriors and Free Agents

May 18, 2010STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt Steinmetz
CSNBayArea.com
General manager Larry Riley would like nothing more than for the Warriors to buck the odds and move into one of the top two slots by getting a lucky ping-pong ball in Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery.Its a longshot, of course, but such good fortune would mean that John Wall or Evan Turner would be coming to the Bay Area. That would certainly make Rileys day, but apparently it wouldnt make his offseason.Wall and Turner are the prizes of this years draft, but there are higher priorities for Riley. When asked on Monday what the Warriors need most, Riley was very specific.
Id like to see an experienced rebounder who could actually do something offensively as well, Riley said. I think that would help our basketball team a great deal.There are several free agents available who fit Rileys description: Amar'e Stoudemire (restricted), Chris Bosh, David Lee and Carlos Boozer. But the only way the Warriors could pluck one of those power forwards is if they are able to work a sign-and-trade and it would likely involve Monta Ellis.At the same time, any of those players would have to agree to come to the Warriors. And who knows if they would.There is a second-tier of players who are more realistic. Players such as Amir Johnson, Udonis Haslem, Luis Scola (restricted), Tyrus Thomas, Ian Mahinmi and Brendan Haywood.Obviously, youre not going to get an experienced rebounder in the draft, but if you get a good rebounder out of the draft and he has some offensive upside it would be helpful to us, Riley said.

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

OAKLAND -- The hoops historian Draymond Green has a message for those with short memories and cynical outlooks.

The NBA is never better than when The Finals have legendary potential, as is the case with the Warriors and Cavaliers, who next week become the first teams to meet three consecutive seasons to determine a champion.

“It’s a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief,” Green said Friday after Warriors practice.

Warriors-Cavs Part III is, in fact, a fantastic boon for the league. Interest will peak. Ratings will soar. Storylines will cascade down every mountain, knoll and molehill.

“Right now, you’re witnessing greatness -- two great teams, great players,” Green said. “That’s what it is. It probably won’t be appreciated until it’s over. Say we meet again next year? It still won’t be appreciated -- until we don’t meet again and you realize what you had.”

What fans have is history made, with more in the making.

The Warriors enter The Finals after an unprecedented 12-0 start to the playoffs, becoming the first team to complete three four-game sweeps in a single postseason.

Another sweep, and it’s not inconceivable, would make these Warriors the first team in NBA history with a perfect postseason -- give them the distinction of having the best postseason in American sports history.

The Cavaliers enter The Finals after a 12-1 start and, moreover, with the reheated debate over whether LeBron James has a body of work that equals or surpasses that of Michael Jordan. James is one game removed from surpassing Jordan to become No. 1 on the all-time list for playoff scoring and will make his seventh consecutive appearance in The Finals, something Jordan never did.

Though a Cleveland victory would bolster any argument in James’ favor, a Cleveland loss might be enough to close the case in Jordan’s favor insofar as his Bulls reached six NBA Finals and won them all.

Warriors-Cavaliers has the potential to go beyond what most believe to be the most epic of postseason rivals, that being the Magic Johnson and the Lakers versus Larry Bird and the Celtics. They met only three times (1984, ’85 and ’87) but the NBA went a full 10 seasons with one team or the other in The Finals.

Being a student of the game, Green quite likely knows that -- as well as having a complete understanding of the possibilities ahead.

Even if he suspects others may not.

“But you usually don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it any more,” he said. “Maybe there’s just a lack of appreciation for greatness. When you look at the situation, most people have never reached greatness. So, maybe there’s just not an understanding of what you’re watching.

“I appreciate it. I’m happy we’ve been able to steam-roll people, and I love the fact that they’ve been able to steam-roll people. I just love great things. And I think right now we’ve found two great teams.”

Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

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Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

Steph Curry has earned the nickname "Chef Curry" but his wife Ayesha is the real cook of the family.

Ayesha has paved her own path as a successful cook and was brought to BottleRock in Napa for a demonstration. As Steph and rapper E-40 joined her on stage, Ayesha took one of out of E-40's book and did her own remix of Drake's "Energy." 

In this version, Ayesha rapped about what she knows best -- recipes. 

All hyped up, Ayesha dropped the mic to the delight of Steph and E-40 himself.