Curry's All-Star performance clanks off rim

Curry's All-Star performance clanks off rim
February 16, 2014, 8:30 pm
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The highlight of Stephen Curry's weekend was his performance during practice when he hit three consecutive half-court shots.

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Stephen Curry hit three consecutive half-court shots at the All-Star Game pre-nonsense-hoop-de-blah on Friday, and he had a good time in New Orleans.

He did not, however, do much in the three-point shooting contest, and even less in the actual game, which the East won, a zillion to three humpy-billion. He was 4-for-14, 2-of-11 from behind the arc, and only LaMarcus Aldridge, who was 2-for-9, and Dirk Nowitzki, who only took two shots, had a lower percentage.

[RELATED: Anthony hits eight 3's as East wins All-Star Game]

Plus, his shoes were significantly less than, well, fly. In other words, he has some up side left to navigate, which is good. You never want to peak at an All-Star Game.


Ryan Dempster, the Boston Red Sox pitcher who had $13 million coming this year, has decided neither to pitch nor cash any checks while he decides if he’s baseball’d out. There’s something noble about that, and sadly, because we can monetize his nobility, it seems all the more grandiose.

[RELATED: Dempster walks way from $13.25 million]

That is, unless we find out some back-story that makes this narrative less, well, true. Now that level of suspicion, which Dempster has to the best of our knowledge has not earned, is what’s saddest of all.

Then again, in the immortal words of Bill Hicks, ““I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out.”


Pat Knight, the son of Bob, was fired as the head coach at Lamar after winning nearly seven of his last 50 games at the Southland Conference school, and went out without apologies.

“I did what I wanted to do,” he said. “I coached a team in the NIT (at Texas Tech) and I coached a team in the NCAA. I wanted to prove I could do this for my last name. I should have gotten out after the NCAA. But you’re sitting there and have a chance to build a team from scratch. You decide to do it and didn’t get it done quick enough. So you get fired. That’s it. I have no regrets. I’m proud of what I did. I should have done it.”

So he did. And now he’s not. And he’s right. He didn’t get it done quickly enough. That’s how it works.


Jameis Winston did what few Heisman Trophy winners have ever done – he picked up a save for Florida State this week. That’s not the big deal, though. He is FSU’s closer, so he should get some saves.

The big deal is that the nation learned what his nickname is. Jaboo.

Wonder how many would have changed their votes if they had known that ahead of time.


According to those who know such things, between cuts, suspensions and releases for mediocre play, the Miami Dolphins may very well open 2014 with an entirely new offensive line, and maybe even a new position coach if Jim Turner gets whacked in the Wells Report aftermath.

That sound you hear is Ryan Tannehill asking Jaboo Winston if he can set up for him at Tallahassee.


Shahid Khan, the Jacksonville Jaguars owner who showed admirable patience with head coach Gus Bradley, isn’t so zen-like with his English Premier League side Fulham. He just whacked Rene Meulensteen after only two months after hiring Meulensteen to replace Martin Jol. Meulensteen’s replacement is German Felix Magath. The former German international comes lowly regarded, though, so this may happen again before season’s end.

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, who once had Magath as his team’s coach, has warned Fulham's players of Magath’s “ridiculous” training methods.

“I knew Felix would pop up again somewhere as manager - but not in Germany,” Hoeness said. “Here there is no future for him. I thought his only chance would be abroad, where they don't know him well. He goes well beyond the limits of physical challenges with players. He is pushing players to a ridiculous stage, well over the edge.

“I would never want to treat human beings like he does. I would never want to hurt a player as much as he does. He should ask himself why all the players at the clubs where he worked throw a massive party when he has left. Even when he was successful, they still had a blast once he was out the door.”

Gee, maybe he’s in line if Bradley gets canned.


Every once in a while, television fails to fail, to wit:


And finally, every once in a while, the Internet fails to fail, to wit:

Ray Ratto is a columnist for