Warriors' Curry on Paul rumors

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Warriors' Curry on Paul rumors

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OAKLAND Warriors guard Stephen Curry, the subject ofnumerous trade rumors linking him with the New Orleans Hornets, talked to themedia after Wednesdays workouts.Heres what Curry had to say about the reports linking himto a deal that would also involved Chris Paul.Question: So the latest is youre not going to NewOrleans.Curry: Really? Sigh of relief for me. No, just playing.This is the time of year with big free agents and especially with the lockoutand things condensed into a short period of time, its pretty much predictablethere are going to be a lot of rumors going around.Just focused on being back here, being with my teammates. Being happy being aWarrior. Im not really worried about everything thats circulating outside ofthe gym.Question: Whats it like to be involved in theserumors?Curry: Its weird. I get more phone calls and texts fromfriends and all that kind of stuff. They think I know more than whats beingreported. Thats just the funny part about it. I think I woke up this morningwith seven text messages saying 'Hornets, question mark.' So Im not reallyworried about it.I can just cast it off and when you come into the gym youdont hear any of that stuff. Only if you want to read the articles and watchTV are you going to hear about it."Curry was asked about the situation in Boston, where Rajon Rondos name was in trade talks, and people in the organization reached out to him to tell him theywerent trading him. Has anyone done that here?Curry: I talked to (general manager) Larry, (Riley) and talkedto coach (Mark) Jackson about it. They told me pretty much the same thing:Youre safe and secure here. They want me here. Obviously , theres the business of basketball and thereare things that may happen with a GM having to make a decision for the bestinterest of the team. When you have a guy like Chris Paul, who is a franchiseplayer, thats something you really have to think about it with anybody on theroster. I understand that . Im not going to be upset if they entertainedthat.Its nice to be in the conversation with a guy like that. Iknow myself, Id be part of a package, but thats something thats going tohappen when youre in this career, in this business, and youve got to run withit.Question: Have you talked to Chris Paul about this?Curry: No, were good friends. I saw him a lot over the summer andtalked a little bit about what was going to happen once the lockout was lifted.But I know hes swamped with things and trying to keep a level head. Hes makinga move for himself so Im not going to bombard him with questions. Hes notgoing to call Larry and say Make the deal happen. What else can he do?

Kerr, Warriors in preliminary stages of planning for Durant's return

Kerr, Warriors in preliminary stages of planning for Durant's return

OAKLAND -- Though Kevin Durant is eager to get back to the court, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and his assistants are in preliminary stages of planning his return.

One thing is certain: There will be restriction on the number of minutes Durant is plays in the first few games after he receives medical clearance.

“It’s something we’ll consult the training staff on,” Kerr said Saturday after practice. “I imagine we’ll ease him back by playing him shorter minutes to start, so he can build up his rhythm and his conditioning.”

Durant has been out since Feb. 28, when he sustained a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) and bone bruise to his left knee. After several days of strict immobilization, he has over the past week progressed to the point where he is engaging in vigorous workouts and shooting sessions.

Yet Durant will not be re-evaluated until next Thursday, which means he likely will not be cleared before the week of April 3. Not until then will the coaching staff devise a plan to reintegrate Durant.

“That obviously has a domino effect on the entire rotation,” Kerr said. “When we get to that point, we’ll figure that out. But it’s not something I’m giving a lot of thought to right now because he’s still at least a couple weeks away.”

The Warriors lost five of seven in the immediate aftermath of Durant’s injury but have recovered to win the last six in a row.

 

Feeling more comfortable, West cleaning up Warriors' messes down stretch

Feeling more comfortable, West cleaning up Warriors' messes down stretch

OAKLAND -- David West is as much a cleanup man as he is a basketball player.

The veteran power forward, masquerading as a center for the Warriors, cleans up behind teammates, cleans the clocks of opponents and probably cleans his plate after every meal. And he’d hit fourth in any baseball manager’s batting order.

The Warriors during their renaissance haven’t had such a personality. They’ve been a fun bunch, enjoying life, each other and their pillaging of the NBA.

West, 36, brings a more laconic dynamic, and it’s on full display as the Warriors lean into the final weeks of this regular season. He’s a leader who is producing and, more and more, winning over a fan base that was somewhat skeptical early this season.

“David West has been playing brilliantly,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday night, after West came off the bench for a highly efficient 14-minute stint in a 114-100 win over the Kings.

Showcasing sharp passing, splendid shooting, solid rim protection and his usual old-jerky toughness, West totaled 8 points, four assists, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal. The Warriors were plus-8 when he was on the floor.

Such production, it seems, is a bit of a bonus.

“He’s been very good for us as a veteran leader,” Draymond Green said. “He’s been playing well, but just his presence also has meant a lot to this team.

“D-West is just kind of a no-bull---- type of a guy. He doesn’t say much. But when he does, you know it means a lot. And everybody hears him.”

Said West: “It’s just about adjusting and learning personalities. Obviously, this group has been very successful. I just try to add my 2 cents where I feel like it fits. Try not to over-talk people. I speak to guys directly and just make sure that we’re all on the same page.”

West is in his 14th season. Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in 2003, he also has played for the Pacers and, last season, the Spurs, before joining the Warriors in July.

The question at the time was whether he still had a lot to give. West is a two-time All-Star and one of the most widely respected players in the league. But did he still have the legs to compete at a high level?

The answer is visible, particularly over the past month, since he returned from fractured left thumb on Feb. 23. West is shooting 53.0 percent from the field, he’s rebounding consistently and he has proven to be a spectacularly good passer -- easily one of the best in the league among big men.

Earlier this week, to quell any lingering concerns about how much athleticism he still has, West rose up and dunked over a crowd of three Dallas Mavericks. It was clock-cleaning at its finest.

“I’m just getting more comfortable,” West said, referring to his game and his locker-room influence. “We’ve developed good chemistry, communicating, harping on our defense more than anything else at this moment, because we feel that’s going to give us a chance if shots aren’t falling.”

West is on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, $1.55 million. He sacrificed bigger dollars for a chance at his first championship. He’s doing his part. And he neither takes nor leaves any mess.