Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton walks to the bench while playing against the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
OAKLAND — Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton smiled as he deflected questions about head coaching openings and said he would only answer ones about the playoffs.
Asked about the Los Angeles Lakers job opening, the former Lakers player said, “All I’m worried about is the playoffs right now.”
Told he was among the coaches being mentioned for the Sacramento Kings job opening, he said, “Nice, it’s nice of them.”
Walton has also been linked to the New York Knicks’ possible opening if interim Kurt Rambis isn’t retained as head coach.
Walton spoke after he had been on the dais during the Coach of the Year press conference for Steve Kerr. Walton finished ninth in the voting, receiving one second-place vote and two third-place votes. He served as interim head coach when the Warriors went 39-4, including an NBA-record 24-0 start.
“I love my job here,” Walton said. “I absolutely love it. I love the playoff battles that we’re in right now. We’ve got prep work to do. Every bit of focus right now should be on the playoffs. So any questions I’m asked about anything else is a distraction in my opinion, and then I’m being selfish. So I’m not answering anything about anything except for our team and the playoffs.”
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills (8) as he slips on the floor in the first quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
OAKLAND — Warriors guard Stephen Curry is expected to miss at least two weeks due to the right knee sprain he suffered in Game 4 against the Houston, the team announced Monday.
An MRI exam revealed a Grade 1 sprain of the medial collateral ligament.
Curry is out for the remainder of the first-round series against the Rockets and if the Warriors advance is expected to miss games in the Western Conference semifinals against either the Los Angeles Clippers or Portland Trail Blazers.
“Thanks 4 all the prayers & messages,” Curry tweeted. “Can feel all the positive energy. God is Great! All things considered I’m Gonna be alright! #DubNation.”
The Warriors lead 3-1 in the series against the Rockets after a 121-94 win Sunday in Houston, but lost Curry to injury in the second quarter.
Curry suffered the sprain on the final play of the first half when he slipped on a wet spot on the court and saw his knee buckle.
He warmed up before the start of the second half with the intention of playing, but the team’s medical staff and coach Steve Kerr prevented his return.
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) practices before their NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
HOUSTON — Stephen Curry is expected to play in Game 4 of the Warriors’ first-round series against the Houston Rockets on Sunday after recovering from a right ankle injury.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Curry in the morning reported he woke up feeling good like he did Saturday after participating in 5-on-5 scrimmaging in practice.
Kerr said he assumed Curry would play, though no official announcement is expected to be made until after the reigning MVP goes through his pregame warmup.
Curry missed Games 2 and 3 after tweaking the ankle in Game 1. The Warriors lead the series 2-1.
The newest member of the Golden State Warriors, Kevon Looney, 19, of Milwaukee, Wis., answers questions during a news conference at their practice facility in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 26, 2015. Looney was selected by the Warriors with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)
Warriors rookie forward Kevon Looney underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip on Friday, according to the team.
The surgery in Vail, Colo. came eight months after the team’s first-round draft pick underwent a similar surgery on his right hip and a month after he had inflammation in the left hip.
Looney, 20, is expected to miss a minimum of another four to six months before returning to basketball activities, making him likely to miss the NBA Summer League.
The 30th overall draft pick, Looney played in five games for the Warriors and 12 games for their NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz this season.
A Warriors spokesman said the team had previously mistakenly listed Looney’s latest hip injury as his right hip instead of his left. The change was made Wednesday.
HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 25: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets agrues a call with NBA official Gary Zielinski during their game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center on December 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON — Houston guard James Harden should have been called for an offensive foul before he hit the game-winning shot in the Rockets’ 97-96 win against the Warriors in Game 3 on Thursday, according to the NBA.
It was incorrect for officials not to call the foul on Harden for initiating contact with defender Andre Iguodala to create space, according to the league. A foul call would have given the Warriors the ball back with a 96-95 lead with five seconds left.
The Warriors benefited from a no-call as well, according to the league. Iguodala should have been called for a loose ball foul on the previous play defending an inbound pass that was stolen and led to an Ian Clark layup that gave the Warriors that 96-95 lead.
The NBA also reported its basketball operations department is reviewing the contact Draymond Green made with Beasley on an inbound with one second left and the Warriors forward looking to foul. Green threw Beasley to the ground in a foul that should have been called, according to the league.
The league assesses non-calls directly related to the outcome of possessions in the final two minutes of games within five points.
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) drives to the hoop against Houston Rockets’ Jason Terry (31) in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
HOUSTON — Stephen Curry will miss Game 3 of the Warriors’ first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets due to his tweaked right ankle, according to coach Steve Kerr.
Curry had participated in shootaround before meeting with a team doctor and trainers. Kerr and general manager Bob Myers were also in on the decision-making process, according to Kerr.
“He felt pretty good, he moved well, he wanted to play,” Kerr said. But ultimately we didn’t feel comfortable after four straight days of inactivity throwing him in the middle of a playoff game not knowing how the ankle would respond.
“His thought was that he would be OK. We just felt a lot more comfortable putting him through a 3-on-3 tomorrow, probably a 5-on-5 Saturday and really seeing if he’s OK or not. It wasn’t worth the risk if we had put him out there tonight and he had re-injured it. That’s too big of a risk, so we’ll see what happens the next couple days, and hopefully he’ll be ready for Game 4.”
Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) congratulates teammate Shaun Livingston (34) after a basket against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, April 18, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
HOUSTON — Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston expressed a desire Thursday to return to the team next season and beyond.
“I want to stay here as long as I can,” Livingston said. “It’s a unique and special situation. A lot of guys including myself, I want to here for as long as I possibly can depending on the contract situation.”
The Warriors signed Livingston to a three-year, $16 million contract, with a team option for the 2016-17 season that includes partially guaranteed money — a buyout in the unlikely scenario he isn’t retained.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers strongly indicated the team would pick up that option after Livingston as the backup to Stephen Curry averaged 6.3 points and 3 assists in a second straight season of playing 78 games.
“It’s a good deal for us, and we see him in our future,” Myers told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday.