TORONTO — Warriors center Festus Ezeli was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA and will miss the Boston game after the league ruled he had initiated an altercation with Tyler Hansbrough by grabbing the Raptors player’s throat.
The incident with four tenths of a second remaining in the third quarter as the Warriors led by 41 points resulted in both players being ejected, but Hansbrough was not disciplined for racing up to shove Ezeli in response.
The two players battled for position under the basket before frustrations resulted in the altercation. Officials and players from both teams rushed to separate Ezeli and Hansbrough.
TORONTO — Draymond Green caught wind of TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley’s comments that the Warriors forward was small and not “tough enough” as Golden State lost to Cleveland.
Green fired back Saturday once again after previously having disagreed with Barkley’s characterization of the Warriors as a jump-shooting team that couldn’t be counted on to win an NBA championship.
“I think he was shorter than me. You would think he would support me,” said Green, who at 6-foot-7 noted he used to watch tape of Barkley’s playing days to improve himself. “But hey, maybe he thinks I can’t win one (championship) because he ain’t got one. So if he’s the same size, and he can’t win a championship, we’ll see what happens. I’ve got a lot more years to do it than he’s got, you know?
“A guy who’s not a champion can’t talk too much about championships, can he? I’m not sure how much he won anything in his career team-wise. Been to the finals, but… For him to say that – they won’t win because he’s too small – maybe that’s why he didn’t win. Because he was too small.”
TNT’s Chris Webber, the color commentator who called Thursday’s game when the Warriors lost at Cleveland, had a different opinion on Green than the Hall of Fame player Barkley.
“The heart and soul of this team is Draymond Green,” Webber said. “He is their best defender and their toughest guy. Having him on the floor is great for the Warriors.”
WASHINGTON – Warriors guard Stephen Curry is scheduled to speak at the White House on Wednesday in support of the fight against malaria and could meet with President Obama.
Curry, whose team plays at Washington on Tuesday, for the past three seasons has donated three insecticide-treated mosquito nets for every 3-pointer he makes as part of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.
Curry traveled to Tanzania in 2013 as part of the campaign to assist in the distribution of 38,000 bed nets, which are designed to be cost-effective in helping families in sub-Saharan Africa avoid malaria infection.
Curry has been active with malaria issues since attending Davidson College, where his roommate, Bryant Barr, encouraged him to get involved.
The White House event will mark 10 years of American leadership in fighting malaria, according to the President’s Malaria Initiative, which was launched by George W. Bush in 2005 and expanded under the Obama administration.
Nothing But Nets’ Chris Helfrich said in a statement the White House would release a new strategy on malaria for the future.
Obama praised Curry in an interview with TNT last February.
“I gotta tell you, Curry is the best shooter I have ever seen,” Obama said. “I believe that.
“In terms of being able to, you know, off the dribble get his shot off from anywhere that fast, best I’ve ever seen.”
WASHINGTON – Warriors guard Stephen Curry was upgraded to probable that he will play Tuesday at Washington, with his availability being a game-time decision.
Curry said he was still feeling some discomfort in his sore right foot, but would play if he could go through warm-ups without favoring it.
“I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to do that, but we won’t know until tonight,” Curry said after participating in shootaround.
Curry said he would first consult with coaches and the training staff before deciding on risking further injury on a foot that he said didn’t get worse after practicing Monday.
“Obviously, we’re being honest in how you feel,” Curry said. “And knowing I don’t want to be out too long and lose rhythm and things like that, but not to put yourself in jeopardy of having a more serious injury if you go out and have to be compensating on the floor.
“We want to get back to our winning ways, and we’ve got a long road trip. We don’t want to wait too long without getting a taste of victory and get your momentum going.”
Curry sustained the injury Friday during a win against San Antonio and was forced to miss Sunday’s loss at Indiana.
NEW YORK – Warriors guard Klay Thompson admitted that he was “envious” of Stephen Curry and that when he thinks back to going down to his teammate in the Three-Point Contest, he’ll be “a little ticked.”
Thompson is that confident in his shot and was bothered he didn’t come through with a golden opportunity to top Curry at Barclays Center on Saturday.
And Thompson, who afterward tweeted Curry is the “greatest shooter in the history of the game,” wants his rematch in the contest.
“I’ll be back, and hopefully against Steph,” Thompson told reporters.” He got me this year, man, but I’m looking forward to getting him.”
Warriors guard Klay Thompson said after Wednesday’s game it would be last one wearing Nike shoes.
That’s because Thompson is on the verge of beginning his new shoe deal with Anta, moving on with a Chinese company looking to make a dent in the market. Thompson is scheduled to hold a press conference today in New York in advance of All-Star weekend to announce a “major brand partnership.”
What would a deal with Anta look like? Pictured above is one of the variety of personalized shoes that Thompson will wear, featuring his No. 11.
Thompson’s press conference comes at the same time backcourt mate Stephen Curry is a few miles away in New York launching the sale of his signature shoe, the Curry One by Under Armour.
MINNEAPOLIS – Warriors guard Klay Thompson will join Stephen Curry in the All-Star starting lineup Sunday in New York, according to coach Steve Kerr.
The decision to have Thompson start was made by Kerr, who by virtue of the Warriors’ top record in the Western Conference was appointed to coach the All-Star squad. Houston’s James Harden was also named a starter, as Kerr needed replacements for injured players Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin.
“I think it makes a lot of sense to start both Klay and Harden,” Kerr said. “They’re the two best shooting guards in the league this year I think, and they’ve both earned it.”
The Warriors will have two starters in the All-Star game for the first time since Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond were in the lineup in 1967.
“It’s an indication of how far we’ve come,” Kerr said.
Said Curry: “I think it’s kind of a cool deal to have Warriors representation and for Klay to start and have some fun.”
Kerr isn’t done making moves yet. He’ll have to make another decision on the lineup after New Orleans’ Anthony Davis announced he would forgo the All-Star game in order to rest his sprained shoulder.