What to do with Stephen Curry's ankle?

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What to do with Stephen Curry's ankle?

Editor's Note: According to a report published in USA Today, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will miss Wednesdays game against the New York Knicks in order to rest his troublesome right ankle. More details to follow after today's practice.

First of all, its not my right ankle so I dont really haveany idea how Stephen Currys feels. But its a pretty important subject as itpertains to the Warriors, and so its worth addressing.Basically, there are two schools of thought on what is nowofficially a troublesome right ankle for Curry. One is for Curry to continueplaying, continue getting treatment and playing on.The other one is for Curry to take some time off -- miss somegames -- and get the ankle totally right before returning. The Warriors willlikely pay the price in the short run -- having less of a chance to win againstNew York, Philly and then on the road at Phoenix, San Antonio and L.A.
But some would argue thats a small price to pay to makesure Currys injury full heals. Plus, maybe he doesnt have to miss all five ofthose games anyway.Got to tell you, Im all for getting Currys ankle to 100percent, but is that practical and realistic? And who says the ankle isnt 100percent right now?First and foremost, this is Currys decision.But Im not convinced that if Curry rests that ankle for aweek to 10 days, hell be any less likely to reinjure it in his first game backthan he is if he plays Wednesdays game against New York.Curry tweaked the ankle three or four times last year, andhe missed eight games. He had surgery to strengthen the ankle in May, but hereinjured it in preseason game No. 2 -- last Tuesday.In other words, after a surgery, an extensive rehab and afull recovery, Curry hurt the ankle two games in. Perhaps the reality is thisis simply the way Currys ankle is going to be.Sure its problematic, but its also nice to know thesetweaks dont linger and he bounces back quickly.He didnt practice between that game and the regular-seasonopener on Sunday but ended up playing and playing poorly, turning the ball overfive times and shooting 2-for-12 from the floor in 33 minutes.His opposite number, Chris Paul, took over the game in thefinal six minutes and led the Clippers to a 105-86 win. Curry was a completelydifferent player on Monday, scoring 21 points and handing out 10 assists in 37minutes against Derrick Rose and the Bulls _ a 99-91 win.But Curry reinjured the ankle again in the game, this timewhen he came down on the foot of Kyle Korver after failing to convert intransition.Currys ankle is becoming a day-in and day-out issue for theWarriors, and the idea of shutting him down for a while isnt a crazy one. Only problem is, theres no assurancethat will do any good.

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

OAKLAND -- Considering their status as reigning champs without a pick, members of the Warriors personnel department could have turned out the lights and left team headquarters to watch the NBA Draft from a nearby tavern.

They instead stayed in business mode Thursday night, observing the draft-night chaos up close, waiting for the right moment and the right player.

And for the second consecutive year, the Warriors paid a team for its 38th overall draft pick, sending a reported $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Oregon big man Jordan Bell, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

“Everybody we talked to had a lot of good things to say about him,” president/general manager Bob Myers said. “He’s one of the few guys we looked at and really wanted to see if we could get. I actually was not optimistic we would be able to get him. But somehow it came to fruition.”

Myers added that the Warriors, along with many mock drafts, projected Bell as a first-round pick.

Bell led the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage (63.6) while shooting almost exclusively in the paint. The 6-foot-9 center/forward was sixth among Pac-12 rebounders at 8.8 per game and 13th in steals at 1.3 per game.

The Long Beach Poly High product possesses a wingspan a fraction shy of 7-feet and bears, by some accounts, a resemblance to Draymond Green inasmuch as he is a defense-first player with a deep reservoir of energy.

It’s a comparison that Bell, asked about it, embraces.

“Draymond, because people always say I’m undersized,” Bell told Basketball Insiders last month. “He’s one of those players you can’t really say what position he is, but he’s a force on defense.”

Moreover, Myers cited Green as one of the players best suited to mentor Bell.

“Draymond is a good one,” the GM said. “He’s not afraid to tell players what he thinks. He’s going to be a good teacher.”

Bell in three seasons became the Ducks’ all-time leader in blocks. He blocked eight shots in a Midwest Regional win over Kansas that sent Oregon to the Final Four. He became during the NCAA Tournament the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon (in 1985) to snag at least 12 rebounds in five consecutive tournament games.

“Defending is one of my best attributes,” Bell told Basketball Insiders. “Being able to switch 1-through-5. Play small ball. Blocking shots. Timing. Decision-making on offense.”

These are the characteristics that prompted the Warriors to put a red-letter “B” next to Bell’s name on their draft board -- even though his offensive skills are unrefined.

“We love his ability to defend,” Myers said. “He could probably defend most positions, and in the NBA that’s huge. To be able to switch pick-and-rolls, rebound, block shots, finish, there are a lot of boxes he checks.

“ . . . We just like the way he plays basketball. We’ll find a place for him.”

The Warriors also are closing in on a deal for one of Bell’s Oregon teammates. Forward Chris Boucher is expected to sign a two-way contract with the team.

“That’s something we’re trying to move toward,” Myers said of Boucher, who is rehabilitating an ACL surgery.

“But we like players that win. We like players that can play. I don’t care what school they are or what their background is, or what position. Winners. That’s what we’re trying to do, is win. If we end up getting that done, that’s another player that was on a very good team.”

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

The Warriors bought Oregon's Jordan Bell in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. And, they reportedly agreed with another Duck.

Golden State is signing Oregon forward Chris Boucher to a two-way NBA contract after the senior went undrafted, according to Shams Charina of The Vertical.

Boucher, at 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds, averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31 games for Oregon this past season. He also averaged 2.5 blocks per game and shot 35 percent from beyond the arc. 

Boucher suffered a torn ACL in the Pac-12 semifinals against Cal. 

NBA rosters will grow to 17 players with two-way contracts between the G-League and players will make a guarantee of at least $75,000. Players who sign two-ways contracts can make up to $275,000 depending on how long they are on an NBA roster.