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Curry Finishes Second In Rookie Of The Year Voting
Stephen Curry's 391 points were second to Tyreke Evans (491) in the Rookie of the Year voting. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
The NBA’s Rookie of the Year was announced earlier today, and unfortunately for Warriors fans, the honor did not go to Stephen Curry. Instead, it went to another very deserving candidate in Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans.
“Congrats to Tyreke for winning Rookie of the Year,” Curry said. “There's no doubt he deserves it. For me to have been in the conversation all year and to finish second means a lot and is a great start to hopefully a successful career.”
Voting for the award was conducted by 123 NBA media members, including beat reporters, team broadcasters and national writers. Each member of that panel had a first-place vote (worth five points), a second-place vote (three points) and a third-place vote (one point). Evans received 491 points, while Curry finished in second with 391.
Check out the voting totals in the table below.
Tyreke Evans, Sacramento
Stephen Curry, Golden State
Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee
Darren Collison, New Orleans
Jonny Flynn, Minnesota
Taj Gibson, Chicago
A quick analysis of the voting shows that Curry received a top-three vote from 119 of the 123 panelists. Evans, meanwhile, was on all 123 ballots. With an admitted bias, we can’t think of any logical reason to leave Curry off the ballot entirely. But even if those four unnamed voters gave the Warriors guard a first-place vote, Evans still would have won the award.
When looking at their numbers for the season (see below), it’s difficult to say that one player deserves the award over the other. One factor that might have cost Curry, however, is that he didn’t start off the season nearly as well as how he finished it, whereas Evans consistently played at a high level throughout the season. Curry seemed to get better as the season wore on, winning the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in January, Marchand April (Evans won the award in October/November and December).
Although Evans is the recipient of the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, it doesn’t change the fact that Curry had a tremendous rookie season. So a big congratulations to Evans and the Sacramento Kings, and we look forward to both of these players entertaining home crowds in Northern California for many years to come.
Friday, April 23 (2:34 p.m.)
One Last Case For Curry To Be Named Rookie Of The Year
Stephen Curry's case for Rookie of the Year is a strong one with season averages of 17.5 points, 5.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.90 steals per game. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Voting for Rookie of the Year closed last Thursday, a day after Golden State’s regular season finale in Portland, and the announcement of the league's top rookie should be coming any day now. Coincidentally, Curry saved one of his best performances for the last game of the season, scoring a career-high 42 points while also posting nine rebounds and eight assists. The Davidson product became the first rookie to put up a stat line such of that since Oscar Robertson in 1961. Throughout the course of the season, Curry came through with a number of breakthrough performances. We recounted many of them in the Season In Review, but check out below for a few more notes on the exceptional rookie season by the Warriors guard, and also check out this audio feature that aired on the most recent edition of the Warriors Weekly Radio Show.
Stephen Curry Warriors Weekly Feature – 4/14
He became the first rookie in NBA history to shoot at least 45% from the floor (.462), 40% from 3-point territory (.437) and 85% from the free throw line (.885)(minimum 100 FTM and 100 3FGM). No other rookie has ever done this.
He Became the only third rookie in NBA history register five (5) games with at least 30 points and 10 assists, joining Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan. No other NBA rookie this season had a SINGLE 30/10 game. Curry had five (5).
He led all NBA rookies in assists (5.9), steals (1.90), 3-point field goal percentage (.437) and free throw percentage (.885). No other rookie ranked #1 in more than ONE (1) of the eight major statistical categories for rookies. Curry ranked #1 in FOUR (4) categories.
He ranked in the NBA's top 10 (AMONG ALL PLAYERS) in three (3) different statistical categories – steals (3rd), 3-point field goal percentage (7th) and free throw percentage (9th). No other rookie ranked in the top 10 in ANY statistical category. Curry ranked in the top 10 in three (3) of them.
He established an all-time NBA record for most 3-pointers made by a rookie (166), surpassing the previous record set by Portland’s Rudy Fernandez last season (159). And, again, he ranked #7 in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage, displaying his efficiency.
While he ranked #2 in rookie scoring behind Tyreke Evans, he led all NBA rookies in scoring (21.1) from January 1 until the end of the regular season. Overall, he registered eight (8) 30-plus point games, doubling the total of the next closest rookie (Evans with 4).
He became the first NBA rookie since Tim Duncan in 1998 to score at least 25 points in five (5) consecutive games and shoot at least 50% from the floor during the 5-game stretch (April 4-11).
Ronny Turiaf threw out the first pitch at Tuesday's A's-Yankees game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum . (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
In other Warriors news, Ronny Turiaf threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the A’s-Yankees game on Tuesday. The energetic big man used that platform to further promote the Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation, which serves to raise money for heart health and to make Echocardiograms accessible to people who would not otherwise be able to afford them. Through his foundation, Turiaf has already donated AED (automated external defibrillator) machines, as well as training in the use of the AEDs and CPR training, to five local organizations, including four schools.
There’s no doubt that Turiaf will continue to do amazing work through his foundation, and speaking of AMAZING, Warriors fans can now create their own Amazing playlists, complete with a wide selection of video clips and audio from the NBA’s current ‘Amazing’ Campaign. Fans can choose from highlights by each team or even by eras, and share their playlists on Facebook or Twitter. To find out more on how you can create your own playlist, click here.
Tuesday, April 20 (12:46 p.m.)
Nellie & Riley Season-Ending Interviews
If one game could synapse an entire season, last Wednesday’s regular season finale against Portland did the trick. The game featured a shorthanded Warriors team, brilliant play by both Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, a gritty effort by a determined Warriors team and another victory for the winningest head cocach in NBA history. Devean George actually fouled out of the contest with 4:47 left in the game, but was able to return to the action due to an interesting turn of events involving Chris Hunter, Anthony Morrow and Ronny Turiaf being too injured to play. The end result, however, was one of the most gratifying wins of the season for the Warriors.
With the end of the regular season upon us, Head Coach Don Nelson and General Manager Larry Riley recently addressed the media for their end-of-the-season interviews. Find out what they had to say in the videos below, and be sure to check out our Season In Review for a full recap of the Warriors’ 2009-10 campaign.
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Don Nelson Interview
Larry Riley Interview
Also, be sure to check out all of the segments from the latest edition of the Warriors Weekly TV show. The season wrap-up show included a feature on Coach Nelson’s wins record, an in-depth interview with Larry Riley and much more.
Thanks for reading, and we’ll be back soon to let you know what to look forward to this off-season.
Wednesday, March 31 (4:52 p.m.)
Curry Leading Rookie Rankings
In our previous blog entry, we discussed how Reggie Williams has gone from NBA D-Leaguer to key contributor for the Warriors in a matter of weeks. Williams jumped another spot on Drew Packham’s latest Rookie Rankings on NBA.com. “Who is No. 1 on that list?” you might ask.
That would be Stephen Curry, who remains entrenched in a close race with Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans and Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings for this season’s Rookie of the Year Award. All three players have strong cases to take the honor, but only Curry has had five games this season in which he has had at least 30 points and 10 assists. Considering that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are the only NBA players to achieve that feat with greater frequency this season, Curry’s chances are looking pretty good.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Rookie of the Year debate is far from over. Until those closing arguments can be made, check out the videos below of Curry’s top plays this season and a feature that recently aired on NBA TV.
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Stephen Curry's Top 10
Plays Of The Season
NBA Action: Stephen Curry
Tuesday, March 30 (4:40 p.m.)
Taking Notice Of Another Warriors Rookie
Reggie Williams has averaged 14.9 points on 50.9 percent shooting through 15 games with the Warriors. (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty)
He has scored more points than any other Warrior over the team’s last five games. In his first NBA season he has already proved his ability to both score and share the ball effectively on a nightly basis. He is a rookie that is becoming ever-more critical to the Warriors success. He is …
That’s right. Reggie Williams, the former NBA D-Leaguer who the Warriors signed for the remainder of the season last week after a pair of 10-day contracts. Williams is averaging 14.9 points in 26.9 minutes per game while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from three-point range. He’s also racked up 2.5 assists and 3.8 boards a game through his first 15 NBA games.
Check out the videos of Reggie Williams below. The first one aired on the most recent edition of Warriors Weekly, and the second was recorded today before the team left for Utah. For a full archive of all segments and episodes of Warriors Weekly, click here.
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Reggie Williams On
Interviews - 3/30/10
More than just putting up numbers, Williams, a native of Prince George, Virginia, is truly making an impact on the game. Twice already he has scored as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter, which is tied for the second highest single-quarter output by a Warrior this season. Williams play hasn’t gone unnoticed. In fact, he’s even crept into the top 10 of Drew Packham’s Rookie Rankings on NBA.com.
If Williams had enough games to qualify, he would rank fourth among NBA rookies in scoring. If that were the case, the Warriors would potentially have two candidates for NBA Rookie of the Year. We’ll have more on that other Warriors rookie tomorrow, but in the meantime, check out the game preview for the upcoming Warriors-Jazz contest for more on Williams and his Warriors teammates.
Speaking of Wednesday’s contest, all fans are invited to watch the Warriors-Jazz game at the admission-free Road Viewing Party at Ricky’s Sports Grill in San Leandro. The Warrior Girls will be on hand at the event and fans will also be able to enjoy drink specials throughout the contest.
And not to be outdone, former player and current NBA TV analyst Dennis Scott is crazy about Curry, as evidenced in the video below:
Fans can get a good look at Curry’s play this week as the Warriors open a four-game homestand on Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers. Those attending Thursday’s game are encouraged to donate their used cell phones and accessories in an effort to support victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program.
Verizon Wireless HopeLine collection boxes will be located near the Oracle Arena Box Office and on the concourse inside the arena. Last year, HopeLine awarded more than $406,500 in grants and donated 3,000 phones with eight million free minutes to California domestic violence agencies. For more information on this event and the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, click here or watch the video below.
Monday, March 8 (2:43 p.m.)
Curry Taking Center Stage ... Again
Stephen Curry received a hero's welcome in his native Charlotte on Saturday. (Kent Smith/NBAE/Getty)
Two years after entering the national spot light, Warriors rookie guard Stephen Curry is again making a name for himself with his brilliant play on the court.
Curry first took center stage in the American basketball consciousness by leading the small-school Davidson Wildcats, a No. 10 seed, on a Cinderella run in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. A sophomore at the time, Curry had 40 points in an opening round upset of Gonzaga, 30 points the following round over second-seeded Georgetown and 33 in a win against Wisconsin (No. 2). Davidson’s magical run came to an end with a two-point loss against eventual national champion Kansas in the regional final, but Curry had already cemented himself as an NCAA Tournament legend. He became only the fourth player in NCAA history to score at least 30 points in his first three Tournament games and his Davidson Wildcats became the first 10th-seeded team to reach the Elite Eight since the 1969 Tournament.
Curry re-lived some of his March Madness memories on Saturday when he reunited with many of his former Davidson teammates prior to Golden State’s game in Charlotte. Curry had been looking forward to that game for some time, as discussed in one of his recent blog entries. A native of Charlotte, Curry received plenty of love from his hometown crowd throughout the game, as his ovations were every bit as loud as they were for the Bobcats. Curry discussed playing in his hometown and much more during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show earlier today.
Stephen Curry On The Jim Rome Show - 3/8
Saturday’s game proved that Curry still has plenty of fans in Charlotte, but perhaps none as big as his father, Bobcats color commentator Dell Curry. The elder Curry played 10 of his 16 NBA seasons for the Charlotte Hornets, and during that time Stephen spent countless days following his dad around at practices, shootarounds and games.
Growing up around the NBA game has certainly benefitted Curry throughout his basketball career. While he has made adjustments on the floor, he has shown what seems to be a natural feel for the NBA game throughout his rookie season. The Western Conference’s Rookie of the Month in January, Curry is averaging 16.0 points, 5.4 assists and 1.81 steals per game and is considered by many as one of the top candidates for NBA Rookie of the Year.
Opposing players and coaches have certainly taken notice of Curry’s play (see Orlando Coach Stan Van Gundy’s comments below), and the same can be said for members of the media nationwide. For a collection of recent news stories, videos and audio interviews regarding Curry, click here.
Curry has 20 games to finalize his case to be named Rookie of the Year, and most basketball fans are well aware of the type of runs that he is capable of going on this time of year.
Wednesday, March 3 (12:57 p.m.)
Radmanovic To Hold Benefit For Serbian Youth
As a homeless youth in war torn Yugoslavia, Warriors forward Vladimir Radmanovic had to rely on the generosity of others to get by. Along with his sister and mother, Radmanovic lived a nomadic lifestyle to escape the horrors of a war in which his father served for four years. Radmanovic knows firsthand the hopeless feeling that many children in his homeland experience every day. He benefitted from the outreach of UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund) as a youngster and has spent his entire basketball career giving back to children’s causes worldwide. In 2005, he established the Vladi Radmanovic Children’s Foundation to assist organizations that aid children who have been abandoned by their families or removed from their homes for their own protection.
On Thursday, March 25, he’ll be at it again as the Vladi Radmanovic Children’s Foundation presents “Crossing Oceans for Children,”a fun-filled evening where Warriors players, fans and business leaders come together for a night of gourmet dining, auction and live music to benefit vocational programs and other assistance to children living in orphanages or protective housing in Serbia-Montenegro.
The event will begin at 7p.m. on March 25 at St. John The Baptist Serbian Church in San Francisco, and individual tickets are available for $100 or $800 for a table of 10. Admission includes dinner, valet parking, a “Crossing Oceans for Children” gift and much more, and all proceeds will go toward vocational training programs, school supplies, health kits and other assistance for more than 5,000 youth living in Serbia-Montenegro orphanages.
“The biggest thing these children need is hope” Radmanovic said recently. “I don’t think there is a sadder thing in this world than a child with no hope for the future. Abandoned or orphaned children need to know that someone cares about them.”
Radmanovic spoke to close to 200 supporters at the Warriors' Serbian Night last Saturday at Oracle Arena. (warriors.com photo)
The Vladi Radmanovic Children’s Foundation is currently accepting reservations for the March 25th “Crossing Oceans for Children” event up until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24. Tickets and table reservations for the fund-raising event can be arranged by logging onto vladiradmanovic.com or contacting Matthew Wade, Executive Director of the Vladimir Radmanovic Children’s Foundation at (206) 227-9387 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Those unable to attend the event can also donate directly to Radmanovic’s Children Foundation by clicking here. All donations are tax deductable.
“Crossing Oceans for Children” is the latest of charitable endeavor for Radmanovic to be involved in. Last month, he helped lead a Hoops & Health Clinic, presented by Kaiser Permanente for dozens of Bay Area kids and on Saturday he hosted close to 200 people for Serbian Night at the Warriors-Pistons game. A portion of each ticket sold for that event benefitted St. Sava’s Children’s Camp and after the game Radmanovic conducted a Q-and-A session with the group and also signed autographs for everyone in attendance.
Radmanovic is clearly dedicated to giving back to the community, particularly kids in need. To support the Vladi Radmanovic Children’s Foundation or purchase tickets for “Crossing Oceans For Children,” click here.
Tuesday, March 2 (8:44 a.m.)
Ellis & Biedrins Injury Updates; Williams Signed
When the Warriors open their five-game road trip on Tuesday in Miami, they will be without center Andris Biedrins and most likely Monta Ellis.
Biedrins will not travel with the team on the upcoming five-game road trip. He is scheduled to be examined next Monday (March 8) in Philadelphia by Dr. William Meyers – a leading expert in the field of sports hernias & athletic pubalgia. Biedrins suffered a right groin injury during the third quarter of Saturday night’s game vs. Detroit and did not return to the contest.
Ellis, meanwhile, did not travel with the team on Monday and underwent an MRI on his back in the Bay Area. The MRI revealed a lower back strain and Ellis, most likely, will not join the team during its current five-game road trip. Ellis did not play in Golden State’s last game on Saturday due to a sore back.
The Warriors will be shorthanded once again when they begin their trip, but they will also have a new face joining them. On Tuesday morning, Golden State signed forward Reggie Williams to a 10-day contract. Williams, 23, is a call-up from the NBA Development League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he currently leads the league in scoring (26.4 ppg). Williams is the 16th GATORADE Call-Up from the D-League to the NBA this season, and the fifth by the Warriors.
For more on the Warriors’ match-up with Miami, click here.
Tuesday, February 23 (12:43 p.m.)
Ronny Turiaf's Heart To Heart Foundation Launches AED Program
At the press conference, Turiaf announced that he is donating AED (automated external defibrillator) machines, as well as training in the use of the AEDs and CPR training, to five local organizations – including four schools and Warriors Basketball Camp. As part of the program, each of the five groups will receive the following:
A portable AED machine which will be placed in the school's gymnasium
Cardiac Science CPR/AED training for 10 staff members
American Heart Association CPR Anytime training for 30 students
Turiaf, 27, knows first-hand about heart health issues, as he was diagnosed with an enlarged aortic root prior to his rookie season in the NBA. On July 26, 2005, he underwent a six-hour open-heart surgery procedure to repair the problem, and less than six months later he returned to the basketball court.
"I am very happy and proud to launch the Ronny Turiaf Heart To Heart Foundation AED School Program," Turiaf said last week. "As someone who has been affected directly by a heart health issue, it is important for me to assist others in their efforts to prepare for a heart trauma incident. Hopefully none of these schools will have an incident where they need to use the AED machines, but it gives me great pleasure to know that, through my foundation, we are enabling them to be prepared should an issue ever occur."
The four schools that were selected to receive AEDs and CPR training are El Cerrito High School, Calvary Christian School (El Sobrante), De La Salle High School (Concord) and Life Academy High School (Oakland). El Cerrito, Calvary Christian and De La Salle have each experienced a heart trauma incident within the last year.
For more information on The Ronny Turiaf Heart To Heart Foundation, click here.
Friday, February 19 (11:12 a.m.)
Warriors GM Larry Riley Discusses The NBA Trade Deadline
The NBA's trade deadline has come and gone, and the current Warriors roster is identical to what it was this time on Thursday. General Manager Larry Riley spoke at length about the deadline and discussed the reason for the team's lack of activity during this volatile time of the NBA season. Watch the video below for his interview with reporters on Thursday at the Warriors Practice Facility.
Larry Riley On Warriors Weekly Radio Show - 2/18/10
And for even more interviews from Thursday, this time with Head Coach Don Nelson and guards Monta Ellis and C.J. Watson, click here.
Winners of two of their last three games, the Warriors will be back in action tonight against the Utah Jazz and continue their homestand on Sunday against the Hawks . Remember, Sunday's contest tips off at 5 p.m., and fans can get a free ticket by participating in C.J.'s Mohawk Night, presented by Supercuts. All fans getting a complimentary mohawk from a Supercuts stylist at the Oracle Arena Plaza Level between 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. on Sunday will get a free ticket to that night's game, and the first 100 to do so will also receive an autographed print of C.J. Watson. For full details on the event, click here.
All-Star Weekend may be over, but Curry is still running through the media circuit. In Los Angeles for the team's game against the Lakers on Tuesday, the rookie guard stopped by the set of ESPN's SportsCenter on Monday night. Watch his interview below:
Bay Area fans will surely see more of Curry tonight when the Warriors face the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, and many of them will be getting together at Monaghan's in Oakland for the first Road Viewing Party of the season. Meet the Warrior Girls, win prizes and enjoy drink specials at this admission-free event, all while rooting on the Warriors.
Tonight's game is set to tip-off at 7:30 p.m., and fans looking for the latest status update on Monta Ellis' injured left knee can find that information in tonight's game preview. Be sure to check back in with warriors.com for a full recap of tonight's action – complete with video highlights, photos, quotes and more – shortly after the game's completion.
2010 All-Star Weekend Blog
Throughout the 2010 All-Star Weekend, the warriors.com Blog Squad staff will be contributing our entries to the 2010 All-Star Weekend Blog. Click the link below for full coverage of Stephen Curry and Anthony Morrow in Dallas, including interviews, videos photos and more.
Video: Stephen Curry Practices For The Three-Point Shootout
In our previous blog entry, we discussed how Stephen Curry conducted a few practice rounds of the three-point shootout over the weekend. The Warriors' rookie guard was back at it again earlier today, as he conducted five more trial runs following the team's practice. We filmed three of those rounds. Check out the video below …
Curry topped out at 23 points today, which included two possible points for the fifth and final shot attempt of each of the five racks. The actual Money Balls that will be used in Saturday's competition were not used in today's practice rounds, but Curry did shoot with them over the weekend. He said the multi-colored Money Balls feel different than the ones that are used in actual games, so he will have to adjust to that. On the flip side, the Money Balls appeared to be a bit smaller, so perhaps he'll have more room for error for those oh-so-important two-pointers during Saturday's competition.
One thing that Curry shouldn't have to worry about come Saturday is leaving balls on the racks. During the Three-Point Shootout, each participant will have 60 seconds to attempt 25 three-pointers at five separate locations around the arc, and every year time expires before some competitors can put up all of their shots. Curry, however, has a quick enough release so he shouldn't need to alter his shot for the contest. As seen in the video above, he had at least a few seconds to spare during each of today's trial runs.
Head Coach Don Nelson discussed the possibility of playing without the team's two leading scorers – Corey Maggette sat out Monday's contest and is likely to miss the Clippers contest as well – and several other topics after today's practice. Find out what he had to say in the video below:
For more multimedia from today's practice, check out these interviews with Curry and Anthony Morrow.
Stephen Curry Inteview - 2/9/10
Anthony Morrow Inteview - 2/9/10
That's all for now, but we'll have much more coverage regarding All-Star Weekend and the Warriors in general in the very near future.
Tuesday, February 9 (12:57 p.m.)
Preparing For The Shootout
A 3-year-old Stephen Curry sat on his father's lap and in front of Don Nelson during the 1992 Three-Point Shootout in Orlando. (photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)
It's a scene that nearly every kid who has picked up a basketball over the last 25 years has played out in his or head. Hoisting up three-pointer after three-pointer, changing location after every fifth shot before releasing that 25th and final shot from the baseline corner – just as time expires on the 60-second clock. The multi-colored ball of that last shot attempt rotates through the air, carrying with it the outcome of the contest …
Few households have 25 basketballs and five ball racks, but if you've ever played the game, the chances are you have come up with a modified version of the NBA's annual Three-Point Shootout and imagined taking down the contest's legends such as Larry Bird and Craig Hodges. You know the scene, it ends with that buzzer-beating Money Ball popping the net in slow motion and the crowd going wild (obviously). Flash bulbs go off throughout the soldout arena, and the NBA All-Stars sitting, rather standing, courtside have their wide-eyed stares fixed on you after you just completed a perfect 30-point round (25-for-25, sinking five Money Balls worth two-points apiece) to become the champion of the Three-Point Shootout.
Regardless of the likelihood of the previous two paragraphs, Warriors guard Stephen Curry has a chance to make that a reality on Saturday. Eighteen years after he sat on his father's lap and watched the 1992 contest, Stephen Curry will compete in the 2010 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout. He has been hard at work preparing for the contest, logging extra hours in the gym after team workouts in anticipation of the All-Star Saturday event. The Charlotte native and son of two-time Shootout participant Dell Curry, Stephen Curry will be just the third rookie in the history of the 25-year-old event (Dennis Scott – 1991; Kyle Korver – 2004).
The last ball on each of the five racks in Saturday's Three-Point shootout will be a Money Ball, worth two points, like this one. (warriors.com photo)
Curry took a few trial runs on Sunday, posting 22 and 23 points, including the Money Balls. Not bad for a rookie, considering the highest single-round point total in the 2009 Shootout was 19 by champion Daequan Cook in the final. And in case you're wondering, the Shootout's record for the highest single-round score is 25, achieved by both Craig Hodges in 1986 and Jason Kapono in 2008. But before anointing Curry as the 2010 Three-Point champion, you might want to note that his practice rounds on Sunday were not timed. Also, he practiced in a near-empty practice facility that had little in common with the All-Star Saturday atmosphere that will include bright lights, a capacity crowd at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, a national television audience and the distraction of Craig Sager's hideous wardrobe.
How Curry will perform on Saturday in Dallas remains to be seen, but keep in mind that he has thrived in the national spotlight before (i.e. 2008 NCAA Tournament) and you can be sure that he has played out the contest in his head on more than a few occasions.
Thursday, February 5 (3:35 p.m.)
Warriors Will Be Well-Represented At All-Star Weekend
That was the talk of the media session of today's practice, and you can see videos of interviews with Curry and Anthony Morrow in the video below.
Curry, the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January, becomes the third Warrior to be selected for the contest and has the chance to be the first Warrior to ever win it. Both of Golden State's prior participants in the event, Sleepy Floyd in the inaugural event in 1986 and Tim Hardaway in 1991, fell to Three-Point Contest legends Larry Bird and Craig Hodges, respectively. Current Warriors forward Vladimir Radmanovic participated in the event in 2005 as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics.
Both Morrow and Curry will represent the Warriors during All-Star Weekend in Dallas. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Curry's involvement in the Three-Point Shootout adds to an already eventful weekend in Dallas for the Warriors organization, as both Curry and Morrow will take part in the Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. That event will feature nine of the NBA's top rookies going up against nine of the league's top sophomore players, so Morrow and Curry will be playing against each other in the event. That game will take place on Friday, February 12, at 6 p.m. at Dallas' American Airlines Center, and Warriors fans will be able to watch the action live on TNT.
The Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout will take place the following evening (Saturday, February 13) at the same venue, with TNT's coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. And as the rookie guard pointed out in the video above, he won't be the first Curry to participate in the three-point contest. Stephen's father, former NBA player and current Bobcats broadcaster Dell Curry, was a two-time competitor in the shootout – 1992 and 1994 – only to be beaten by Craig Hodges and Mark Price, respectively. Speaking of Dell Curry, he had the chance to watch his son play last Friday at Oracle Arena, as discussed in the most recent blog entry from Stephen Curry.
We'll have much more coverage on the All-Star Weekend events in the coming days, so stay tuned for that. In the mean time, let's get ready for some Warriors basketball. The team will play nine of its 10 remaining February games at Oracle Arena, beginning with Saturday's contest against the Thunder. Fans looking for even more good news can be relieved that Morrow, who had been out for the last three weeks with a sprained right knee, is expected to play on Saturday.
• Check out these highlights from Ellis' career-night on Wednesday:
• Be sure to take advantage of Jack's Box Office Specials, presented by Jack In The Box, and get a game ticket, plus a $5 Jack Ca$h card, for just $15.
• Take part in C.J.'s Mohawk Night, presented by Supercuts, on February 21. The first 100 fans to get a complimentary mohawk at the event will receive a free ticket for that night's game vs. Atlanta, as well as an autographed print from C.J. himself.
Friday, January 15 (11:05 a.m.)
Maggette Picking Up His Play
Corey Maggette has averaged 25.0 points on 59.9 percent shooting over the last 15 games. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Maybe Corey Maggette isn't on a hot streak – maybe he's just that good. Several media outlets have discussed how well the 11th-year pro and second-year Warrior has played lately, but he's been playing at that high level for more than a month now.
So what happened between December 11 in Chicago and December 12 in Detroit? Because the turning point definitely came in that timeframe. Prior to that contest in Detroit, Maggette had not scored as many as 20 points in 10-straight games. Now, he has only not scored at least 20 points one time in his last 15 games. During that time, he is averaging 25.0 points on 59.9 percent shooting from the field. Maggette has also been getting it done on the glass, grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game over the last month.
How do you explain his improved play? We asked him just that recently, and you can listen to his response below.
Corey Maggette Explains His Recent Success
An athlete can only perform as well as his body will allow him, and earlier in the season his hamstrings slowed his game down. Maggette had to stop attacking the basket and instead settle for jump shots. With so many injuries to his teammates, he knew he had to play through this ailment, even if it meant that he alter his game just so he could stay on the court.
Now that he is much closer to full health, Maggette has that explosion back in his step. That is evident when he lifts off for a dunk on a fast break, and it's even more apparent when he aggressively drives into the lane. Not only is he now shooting at a high percentage – he ranks 19th in the NBA with a .529 field goal percentage – but he is also getting to the free throw line at a high rate. He's shot at least 10 free throws in each of his last seven games and he is taking advantage of that with his 83.2 free throw percentage.
Now, if only the rest of the rest of the team's injured players could suddenly return to full health and pick up their play like Maggette …
Try this shot in your next game of H-O-R-S-E. Update, 1/15/10, 3:44 p.m.: It looks like Monta was at it again, and again and again and again, during this morning's shootaround. Click here for the video.
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Thursday, January 7 (5:26 p.m.)
A Sneak Peek At All-Star Saturday?
This just in, Anthony Morrow can shoot the basketball. OK, OK, no surprise there. Anthony Morrow has been lighting it up for some time now. Warriors fans have known about it since the 2008 Summer League, but the rest of the basketball world might be a little behind the curve on knowing just how much of a marksman Morrow is. The video below should help spread the word.
Morrow became the first rookie in the history of the NBA to lead the league in three-point percentage last season. He shot 46.7 percent from long distance last season, yet he did not earn an invite to the 2009 Three-Point Shootout in Phoenix.
Anthony Morrow led the NBA in three-point percentage as a rookie and is shooting 43.2 percent from beyond the arc this season. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
This year, his second professional season, he has become more of a complete player. Instead of being a pure shooter, he now has the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. He's still a standout shooter – he's connecting on 43.2 percent on his three-point attempts and he ranks third among shooting guards with a 47.7 overall shooting percentage, behind only Utah's Ronnie Brewer and the Lakers' Kobe Bryant. Morrow is currently 10th in the league in three-point percentage this season, having made 60 of his 139 attempts.
Overall this season, Morrow is averaging 12.0 points per game and has started 17 of the 32 games he has appeared in. Head Coach Don Nelson has full faith in Morrow, as the second-year guard out of Georgia Tech is the designated free throw shooter when a technical is called on the opposing team. Morrow also has the backing of the Oracle Arena faithful, as hands shoot up throughout the venue and the crowd prepares itself to unleash a big cheer nearly every time he touches the ball in the corner.
It's with good reason that they appreciate Morrow. The sharp-shooter has knocked down four three-pointers in a game on eight occasions this season, including the November 24 game against Dallas in which he made a career-high six shots from beyond the arc.
It's a good thing Morrow has proven he can connect from long distance in Dallas, because he just might have the chance to go back there again on February 13. Only this time, it would be as a participant in the 2010 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout.
Wednesday, December 30 (2:22 p.m.)
Making A Case For Monta
With 25.5 points and 5.2 assists per game, Monta Ellis is certainly one of the top guards in the NBA. (photo: Jed Jacobsohn/NBAE/Getty)
He is the player who electrifies fans throughout the league with his outstanding play and athleticism. He is the player who basketball fans on the East Coast stay up late to watch. He is the player who has taken the NBA by storm and put up numbers comparable to those of Kobe, LeBron and Carmelo.
He is Monta Ellis, but is he an All-Star?
The fifth-year Warriors guard has developed into a star in his first season as a team captain. With the November trade that sent Stephen Jackson to Charlotte in exchange for Vladimir Radmanovic and Raja Bell, there is no question that the team now belongs to Ellis. While players such as Corey Maggette, Stephen Curry, Andris Biedrins, Ronny Turiaf and Anthony Randolph will undoubtedly play major roles for the club, success for the Warriors depends in large part on the play of Ellis.
How has Ellis responded to that pressure and responsibility? Try this on for the size: He ranks sixth in the NBA in scoring at 25.5 points per game, and second only to Kobe Bryant (30.4 ppg) among Western Conference guards. In addition, Ellis is averaging career-highs in assists (5.2 apg), steals (2.32 per game) and minutes (41.3 mpg). In fact, Ellis joins Chris Paul and Brandon Roy as the only Western Conference guards to average at least 20 points, four rebounds and five assists.
Is he an All-Star? Only time will tell, but fans can help Ellis get to Dallas by voting him on the 2009-10 All Star Ballot . As usual, fans will vote for the All-Star starters and the reserves will be selected by a vote from the 30 NBA head coaches.
Still not convinced that Ellis is playing at an All-Star level? Just check out what perennial All-Star and MVP candidate Kobe Bryant had to say about the Warriors' guard earlier this season: "He's still underrated. I know how good he is and all his peers know how good he is. But he's not wind-milling and dunking over people, so he doesn't get the credit he deserves."
Monta Ellis can become the team's first All-Star since 1997. (photo: Layne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty)
Strong praise from one of the game's most fierce competitors, and Bryant isn't the only one who speaks highly of Ellis either. Find out what others around the league are saying about the Warriors' All-Star hopeful by clicking here.
As several Warriors opponents have learned, Ellis is capable of taking over a game at any instant. The combo guard has three double-doubles this season and has scored at least 30 points in 11 of the last 20 games. What makes Ellis so problematic for opposing defenses is his lightning speed. If you crowd him, he can most likely get past you and take advantage of his ability to finish at the basket or dish to the open man. But give him an inch and he will assuredly knock down one of his patented mid-range jumpers.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that Ellis can make just as big of an impact on the defensive end of the floor. With quick hands and more strength than his 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame gives him credit for, Ellis has wreaked havoc on opposing guards throughout the season. He forced Portland's Brandon Roy into multiple bad shots (17 points on 6-of-17 shooting) in a 108-94 Warriors win on November 20 at Oracle Arena and he has done much of the same throughout the season. Did we mention that he also leads the NBA in minutes played and ranks second in steals per game?
So yes, Monta Ellis is definitely worth your All-Star consideration. Go ahead and vote for him by clicking here.
With the arrival of the New Year comes several ways to save big on Warriors tickets. The Warriors will have nine home games in January, including four Friends & Family contests and several other match-ups with special ticket offers.
Bring in the New Year with a Warriors Four Pack. Packages are available now, featuring LeBron James and the Cavaliers and Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. For more information on Warriors Mini-Plans, click here.
The Warriors Weekly Radio Show will air tonight instead of its usual Thursday time slot. Be sure to listen to KNBR tonight at 9 p.m. for in-depth features, interviews and much more Warriors talk.
Not only have these last two games brought back the entertaining Warriors brand of basketball, but the team has also been making history in the process. For example, both Monta Ellis and Anthony Morrow have played all 96 minutes of the last two games combined, marking the first time two Warriors have both played all 48 minutes in back-to-back regulation games since Wilt Chamberlain and Guy Rodgers did it on March 12 and March 14, 1963. It's also the first time any two teammates have played all 48 minutes in consecutive regulation games since the Bullets' Mike Riordan and Elvin Hayes did it in three straight contests on February 22, 23 and 24, 1974.
It doesn't stop there either, as Vladimir Radmanovic joined Ellis and Morrow in going the distance on Tuesday, marking the first time three Warriors have played 48 minutes in a regulation game since Wilt Chamberlain, Guy Rodgers and Nate Thurmond did so on November 25, 1964, at Boston.
Lastly, and this one is really cool … By now, we're sure that you have heard that the Warriors played just six players in Tuesday's win in Dallas. But did you know that was the first time an NBA team has won a regulation game using just six players since February 10, 1952, when the Baltimore Bullets defeated the Fort Wayne Pistons? Yeah, us neither.
So there you have it Sports Fans, a little bit of trivia as the Warriors enter tonight's game in San Antonio. Enjoy tonight's action (7:30 p.m. on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 1050) and we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 5 (5:06 p.m.)
Ronny Turiaf's First Love
Ronny Turiaf is close friends with FC Barcelona striker Thierry Henry.
As most Warriors fans know, big man Ronny Turiaf is a fun-loving guy. He's one of the most genuine, good-natured guys in the world, let alone in the NBA, just as long as you don't question his soccer skills.
During a conference call with Warriors Season Ticket Holders earlier today, Turiaf discussed how his first love was soccer and how he would have been the world's best goalie had he not given a basketball a try. (Check out this photo to the right with his good friend Thierry Henry, a striker for FC Barcelona and star of the French national soccer team). Of course, he also discussed his profession and he certainly had some interesting insights on the 2009-10 Warriors. To listen to the call in its entirety, click here.
Fans can also hear what Head Coach Don Nelson had to say following today's practice in the video below.
If you watched the video and didn't like some of the questions, then call Nellie tonight with your own question. The Warriors coach will appear on a live edition of the Warriors Weekly Radio Show tonight at 9 p.m. on KNBR 680, and during his segments he will take questions directly from listeners phoning in. To ask Nellie your question, call 808-KNBR from any Bay Area area code beginning at 9 p.m. (Pacific), or e-mail your question to Tim Roye.
And to hear what Monta Ellis had to say following today's practice, click on the audio player below.
Monta Ellis Interview - 11/5/09
Before this season began, one of the team's keys for success was how well Ellis and rookie Stephen Curry would play together. It's difficult to access their success together after just three games, but as Turiaf pointed out during his conference call, they combined for 21 assists in Wednesday's victory over the Grizzlies. Their match-up on Friday against the Clippers will be another one to watch out for as they go up against former Warrior Baron Davis and second-year standout Eric Gordon.
Curry has averaged 11.0 points and 6.7 assists over his first three NBA games. Get an inside look for how Curry feels about the season so far by reading his blog in GQ.
Tuesday, November 3 (5:51 p.m.)
Four Days And Still No Games
The Warriors held one last practice on Tuesday before Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies. (warriors.com photo)
When an NBA team goes four games between games in the first week of the season, it has to do something to break up the monotony of practice. C.J. Watson visited an Alameda school on Monday and read to some kids, and Stephen Jackson tested out his football skills on Tuesday with Oakland Raiders long snapper Jon Condo (see video below).
The team went through a month of practices already during training camp and the preseason, so the last thing the players wanted was to have such a long layoff before their third game of the season, which finally comes on Wednesday when the Warriors host the Grizzlies. While some NBA teams have played as many as five games this season, the Warriors are stuck at two.
Following practice on Tuesday, Head Coach Don Nelson, Stephen Jackson and Anthony Randolph discussed the long layoff and much more. Watch their interviews in the video below:
And for even more videos, be sure to check out the Warriors Weekly web page right here on warriors.com. The latest episode included a look back at Opening Night, an in-depth interview with Anthony Morrow and much, much more.
Monday, November 2 (4:12 p.m.)
A Look Back At Opening Night
After months of waiting, Warriors basketball stormed back to Oracle Arena last week. The NBA Draft, Summer League, Training Camp, the preseason – those were all great and all, but more than anything else, Warriors fans were hungry for some regular season action.
Those who came out to Oracle Arena last Wednesday witnessed some closely contested NBA action, plus a pregame production that shared many theatric characteristics with a Hollywood blockbuster. Take a closer look at Opening Night from the perspective of Warriors rookie Stephen Curry in the video below:
Curry and company will have the chance to return to Oracle Arena on Wednesday when the Warriors host the Memphis Grizzlies. A $10 Ticket Time Out is in place for this contest, allowing fans to purchase up to eight tickets for the game, as well as next Monday's contest against the Timberwolves, for just $10 per seat.
With four days off between games, the Warriors have been hard at practice in preparation of Wednesday's contest against the Grizzlies. Ronny Turiaf may miss the game due to a sprained left knee, and should that be the case, Anthony Randolph will see some time at the five, backing up starter Andris Biedrins. Head Coach Don Nelson said as much in his interview that followed practice on Monday. Listen to the interview and also catch what Monta Ellis had to say in the audio player below.
Warriors Practice Interviews - 11/2/09
Thursday, October 29 (5:29 p.m.)
Moving On To Phoenix
Win or lose, Warriors players and coaches are often studying game film and scouting reports. (photo:Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
One of the great things about the NBA is that the next game starts soon after the previous one finishes. The Warriors suffered a tough 108-107 defeat to the Rockets on Wednesday night in their season opener, but the team didn't dwell on the loss. Instead, they immediately shifted their attention to Friday's first road game of the season against the Phoenix Suns.
That's not to say that Wednesday's Opening Night defeat is 100 percent in the past. The coaching staff and players will still re-visit that contest through film, identify what went right vs. what went wrong and try to learn from their mistakes so they don't repeat them again. A lot can be learned in studying film, which is why entire coaching staffs spend nearly every free moment in front of a television screen or laptop, and no, they're usually not watching old episodes of "Friends" or tagging their friends in photos on Facebook.
Things learned in film study can be applied toward the next game, and there is no doubt that some of the adjustments the Warriors will make in Friday's game will stem from what happened in Wednesday's contest. Whether it is a certain combination of players, floor spacing or defensive strategy, coaches and players are constantly making adjustments to give their team the best chance to win.
Following practice today, we caught up with Head Coach Don Nelson. Hear his thoughts on Wednesday's game and the team in general in the audio player below:
As one would expect, the team is ready to improve upon Wednesday's performance, and they will have that chance soon enough. Friday's action in Phoenix will tip off at 7 p.m., and fans will be able to catch the action on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.
Also, be sure to catch the Warriors Weekly Radio Show tonight at 9 p.m. on KNBR 680. Tonight's show will feature interviews with Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and much more. If you can't listen to the show tonight, we'll have an archived version of the show available for you on Friday. To access all prior clips of the Warriors Weekly Radio Show, click here .
Wednesday, October 28 (8:03 p.m.)
Opening Night is Here!
Warriors fans erupted in cheers when the lights went out for pre-game introductions. (photo:Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Welcome to Opening Night! The Warriors and Rockets are just getting things underway here at Oracle Arena, and as usual the Warriors fans have made the venue one of the loudest buildings in the NBA.
A measly bridge closure did nothing to dissuade the Warriors faithful from showing up. The crowd may have been a bit on the tardy side of things due to heavy traffic throughout the Bay Area, but by the time tonight's action tipped off, nearly the entire sold out crowd had found its way to their seats.
If you're a resident of the Bay Area, you don't need a reminder of the headache caused by the closure of the Bay Bridge. Like everyone else, the Warriors players and coaches dealt with it, planned around it and went on with their day. The Rockets did the same. With their team hotel located in San Francisco, Trevor Ariza, Shane Battier and the rest of the team took a ferry across the Bay to get to the game.
Prior to the game, Anthony Morrow was recognized for leading the NBA in three-point shooting percentage last season. (photo:Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Prior to tonight's action, Anthony Morrow was presented with his trophy for leading the NBA in three-point percentage last season. Morrow shot 46.7 percent from long distance last season, becoming the first-ever rookie to lead the league in that category. Warriors fans gave Morrow a loud ovation in recognition of his efforts last season, and the cheers reached a near frenzy during pre-game introductions.
Warriors fans are the ones who create the extraordinary atmosphere at Oracle Arena on a nightly basis, and the team has a few upcoming offers for fans to join in on the fun. The Warriors have partnered with Supercuts to help trim the price of your tickets. To find out how you can attend a number of upcoming home games for just $15, click here.
In addition, fans can take advantage of the Lucky Fan Pack and see a Warriors and a Raiders game for one low price. Starting at just $35, both upper and lower level packages are available. For more information on this offer, click here. And to stay on top of all of the Warriors' Special Ticket Offers, click here. More deals will be coming this week and throughout the season, so stay tuned.
And if you haven't already, become a fan of the Warriors on Facebook. Warriors fans have already been treated to free tickets this season on Facebook, and many more special offers and features will make their way to Warriors fans exclusively on Facebook, so act now and become a fan.
That's all for now. We'll be back after the game with a full recap of tonight's action, complete with highlights, player and coach quotes, stats and much more. And for even more information on this year's team, check out the brand-new 2009-10 Warriors Media Guide.
For a full game preview of the Warriors' season opener, including videos, audio interviews and expected starting lineups, click here.
The Warriors spent their final day before the start of the 2009-10 season back at practice, which featured much less crowd noise than Monday's Open Practice at Oracle Arena. Following the workout, we caught up with Head Coach Don Nelson, Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson. Watch their interviews in the video below.
Prior to Wednesday's Opening Night contest against the Rockets, the Warriors will hold a shootaround in the morning at Oracle Arena. During this time, the Warriors will finalize their game plan and go over their offensive sets and defensive assignments one last time before taking the court for real later on in the evening.
Having played eight preseason games, the Warriors are ready for the season to begin. For some, Wednesday's season opener represents a clean slate. Every team starts the season at 0-0 – although the Rockets will enter the contest on the heels of tonight's season-opening game in Portland – and success in the 2009-10 regular season ultimately comes from what transpires between late October and mid-April.
But for other players, a new season can mean a new chapter in life. On Wednesday night, Stephen Curry's dream of playing in the NBA will come to fruition. The rookie is expected to be in the starting lineup, a far cry from where others predicted the son of a former NBA veteran would end up. Growing up in an area where college basketball rules all, Curry was lightly recruited out of high school and wasn't thought of as an NBA prospect until he led tiny Davidson College (1,700 enrollment) on a miraculous run in the NCAA Tournament in 2008. Now he is on the verge of doing what nearly every basketball-playing kid has wanted to do since shooting around in the gym, park or driveway for the first time.
Curry discussed his journey to the NBA, and much more, during an hour-long appearance on KNBR's Razor and Mr. T Show on Monday. Listen to the there-part interview below:
STEPHEN CURRY ON KNBR - 10/26/09
That's all for the 2009 Training Camp Blog. We at warriors.com thank you for reading and encourage you to return to warriors.com throughout the season to get the most in-depth coverage of the team. This year, we'll have more videos online than ever before, so stay tuned for that and much more.
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