Warriors’ Draymond Green agrees Stephen Curry should be Most Valuable Player, and ‘it’s not close at all’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Warriors forward Draymond Green joined teammate Andrew Bogut in saying that the MVP race is “not close at all” and that it should go to Stephen Curry.

The support came on a Friday night when Curry racked up 38 points, 10 assists and three steals in a 107-84 win at Memphis. He was 8 for 12 from 3-point range.

“Best record in the league, best offense in the league by a lot,” Green explained as to why Curry should be MVP. “I think Steph has the best plus-minus in the league. And not to mention, what he does he usually does it in three quarters because we’ve beaten a lot of teams by a lot of points. Every game we play isn’t close, so you don’t have to score in the last seconds or the last few minutes of games. So he sits the whole fourth quarter, so those numbers can get a little skewed, too. Obviously you see when he plays the whole game the numbers that he puts up.

“But beyond numbers, what he does for this team, he’s the most valuable player. To be the No. 1 player on the No. 1 team, that says a lot about an MVP to me, so I don’t think it’s close at all. But who knows what’s being valued?”

Not everyone would agree with Bogut and Green.

Earlier in the day, Houston general manager Daryl Morey told SportsRadio 610 that the MVP is the Rockets’ James Harden.

“To me, it’s like overwhelmingly obvious,” Morey told the station. “Obviously, I’m biased. But for me, it’s not close. It’s just not even close.”

Morey listed reasons including measurements both internal and public that show Harden generates the most wins for his team. Morey also noted an advantage Harden had and referred to Curry’s candidacy.

“We’ve had the most injuries of any club in the West, of any playoff club for sure,” Morey said. “Golden State’s had the least.”


Warriors’ potential first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City would be missing Kevin Durant

The Oklahoma City Thunder for a possible first-round playoff series against the Warriors would be missing star Kevin Durant, who will miss the rest of the season and undergo foot surgery.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement Friday that the NBA’s reigning MVP was expected to return to basketball activities in the next four to six months after a bone graft surgery scheduled for next week that will address persistent soreness in Durant’s right foot.

Oklahoma City leads Phoenix by three games for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot while trailing Dallas by four games for the seventh seed with 10 regular season games remaining.

The Warriors hold an 8 ½-game lead over Memphis for the conference championship with 11 games left.

The Warriors won three of the four games they played against the Thunder this season. Durant scored 30 points in one half at Oracle Arena before spraining his right ankle in Golden State’s win in December. He was held to 14 points on 3-for-16 shooting in a loss in Oakland in January before scoring 36 points at Oklahoma City 11 days later in a win against the Warriors.


Warriors’ Draymond Green launches line of ‘Cool Story, Glenn’ shirts days before facing Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Just in time for the final Warriors-Clippers regular season game, Draymond Green has unveiled a line of “Cool Story, Glenn” shirts in his official online shop.

Green used the phrase numerous times in an interview with KNBR two weeks ago when the player responded to sarcastic comments made by Doc Rivers by referring to the Clippers coach’s given name.

“I approved it,” Green said Friday, the morning after the release of the line of “Cool Story, Glenn” shirts on Athlete Originals that includes three different designs. “A lot of fans kept asking me for it, so the person who runs my store thought that it would be a good idea.

“They sent me the design. I approved.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry follows through on promise, personally sends All-Star shoes to shooting victim’s family

Warriors guard Stephen Curry made good on his promise to send the shoes he wore during All-Star festivities to the family of Deah Shaddy Barakat, a fan who was shot to death last month.

Saleh Barakat, who identifies himself on Twitter as Deah’s first cousin, revealed on social media Thursday that Curry last week had personally shipped the shoes to him. He posted a picture of the shoe on which the player had written, “#RIPDEAH” and the Bible verse “Romans 8:28” before using them during the Shooting Stars competition in Brooklyn.

“Thank you so much Steph!” Saleh Barakat wrote on Instagram, adding that the shoes were “precious” and that he definitely would not be wearing them. “We can’t thank you enough for this #blessed #thankful.”

Added Saleh Barakat on Twitter: “Hope you win MVP.”

Curry said after playing in the All-Star game that he would send the shoes to Deah Barakat’s family, as the leading vote-getter in the balloting was able to pay tribute on a big stage.

“And hopefully they know a lot of people are thinking about them,” Curry said then.

Deah Barakat, 23, was shot to death in Chapel Hill, N.C. along with his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, on Feb. 10 in Curry’s home state. Craig Stephen Hicks has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

After the shootings, Curry learned Deah Barakat was known according to his sister for his “love for basketball and anything Steph Curry.”

Curry wrote the message on his Under Armour Curry One Father to Son signature shoes four days after the shootings and later that evening won the Three-Point Contest.

“Much respect for @StephenCurry30,” Saleh Barakat tweeted last month after learning Curry would be honoring the memory of his cousin. “I cannot express how happy I am right now. I’m shaking so much.”



Warriors’ Stephen Curry subjected to ‘Steph is a girl name’ sign at Portland

one section away from the big screen! #notimpressed #ripcity #blazersvwarriors #Splashbros #blazernation

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PORTLAND — Warriors star Stephen Curry had his nickname playfully besmirched by a fan at Portland, and the Trail Blazers made sure the sign that was held up was for all to see.

Appearing on the video scoreboard late in the game was the fan holding up a sign that read, “Steph is a girl name.”

By that point, Curry was well on his way to a night in which he racked up 33 points and 10 assists as the Warriors would capture their first division championship in 39 years.

one section away from the big screen! #notimpressed #ripcity #blazersvwarriors #Splashbros #blazernation

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Warriors’ Andrew Bogut makes case for Stephen Curry for MVP: ‘I don’t think it’s close’

PORTLAND – The Warriors haven’t done much public campaigning for Stephen Curry to win the MVP award. They generally feel they shouldn’t have to because of their record. It’s also not Curry’s style.

However, coinciding with Houston’s James Harden putting up huge numbers has been some discussion about why Curry might not win. One reason revolves around his usage, as he averages just under 33 minutes per game. Only previous award winners Bill Walton (33.3) and Steve Nash (34.3) come close to that figure.

Warriors center Andrew Bogut put it another way as far as the minutes being an indicator of why Curry should be MVP rather than something that should be held against the point guard.

“He only needs to play 25, 30 minutes, and we’re winning games by 15, 20 points,” Bogut said Tuesday after Curry scored 33 points and dished out 10 assists in a win at Portland. “If he had to play 45 minutes for us, I’m sure he’d be averaging greater numbers, so in a way, it’s kind of flawed. He’s the MVP in my opinion. We’re the best team in the league. We have the best record in the league. I don’t think it’s close in my opinion.”

Asked if he pays attention to Harden’s recent numbers — 44 points Monday and a 50-point game last week — Curry said he looks at stats around the league nightly.

“To try to put extra pressure on myself to say, ‘Oh, (Harden) did this last night. I’ve gotta go do this tonight to keep my name in the running,’ I’m going to play like I did tonight regardless of what he has done or what anybody else has done in the league because I’ve got to be focused on what’s going on here,” Curry said.


Warriors’ Stephen Curry clears schedule for potentially busy June

The annual Curry Golf Classic in Davidson, N.C. put on by the family of Warriors star Stephen Curry had been scheduled for June 22, but is now cancelled, it was announced Tuesday.

“Due to Stephen Curry’s schedule and continued success, most likely heading to the NBA playoffs this year, the Currys have advised us they are no longer available for our golf event,” read a statement from the website for the Ada Jenkins Center, which benefits from the golf tournament. “They will continue to support Ada Jenkins in the future.

“Steph and Ayesha have made the West coast their home and are expecting their second child this June. We appreciate their support over the years and look forward to our continued relationship in the future!”

The NBA Finals begin June 4, and the Warriors could be a part of it as they have a 7 1/2-game lead for the top seed in the Western Conference with 12 games left.