Warriors’ Stephen Curry encouraged to ‘relax’ at Blues City Cafe after playoff losses to Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Stephen Curry after back-to-back playoff losses and disappointing performances dined at a Beale Street institution after the Warriors’ loss in Game 3 to the Grizzlies.

Curry is 4 for 21 from 3-point range since being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player last week and was encouraged to go to Blues City Cafe after the 99-89 loss so he could “relax.”

“Come meet us here, and just relax,” Green said Sunday. “Everybody’s up in flames. Everybody wants to panic. Just come, sit, have dinner and relax. And it was good. We had a good time.”

Curry appeared in selfies taken from inside the restaurant, and Green said people outside were taking pictures through the windows.

Green said he had texted Curry and learned that he was doing nothing but sitting in his hotel room.

“Steph usually stays in the room, but me and (David Lee) were over there, and Festus (Ezeli) was over there getting some food,” Green said. “I just told him, ‘Yo, just come over here and relax, sit back, eat, talk, just kick back.’ It was cool.”


Warriors’ Marreese Speights could miss rest of Grizzlies series due to calf strain

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Warriors’ Marreese Speights will miss Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against Memphis and could miss the rest of the series due to a right calf strain.

An MRI exam revealed that the strain was moderate, but he isn’t scheduled to be reevaluated until one week has passed, according to the Warriors.

Speights, a reserve forward, suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 99-89 loss in Game 3.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Sunday that forward David Lee would “probably” play more after he did not appear in Game 3. He averaged 4.5 minutes in the first two games of the series.


Steve Kerr once was asked by rookie teammate Zach Randolph: ‘How much time do we get off for Christmas?’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Warriors coach Steve Kerr recalled sitting on the plane with one-time Portland teammate Zach Randolph when the rookie had a question.

“How much time do we get off for Christmas?” Kerr said the Grizzlies forward once asked. “He didn’t know. He was just the sweetest, nicest kid.  He had no clue. He was so talented, and he was a joy to play with as you see now.

“What makes me really happy is just to see what he’s done in his career and the maturity. The fact that he’s gone from this kid who knew nothing about the league to being a leader not only on his team, but somebody who’s really important in the community here in Memphis, he’s really matured and grown into really a good man and a hell of a player.”

Kerr in 2012 used the Christmas anecdote while writing in Grantland to make the case for the NBA raising its age limit to 20. Randolph was 20 in his rookie season, and Kerr wrote that he was “visibly shocked and saddened” after learning the schedule didn’t include a break to go home for Christmas.

“He was literally a baby,” Kerr said Saturday. “He was just a kid. He had no idea what the NBA was about.

“Zach’s questions were fantastic.”

His career was marred by run-ins with the law, but Randolph emerged in Memphis as one of the Grizzlies’ top players as a rugged, versatile presence. He fondly recalled how Kerr, then playing in his 14th NBA season, tried to help the maturity process.

“I used to sit next to Steve on the plane and ask him all kind of questions about him and (Michael) Jordan,” Randolph said.

“Steve was always great, a great person, man. He was just a great leader and mentor type of guy even when I was a rookie…I was amazed, you know? Steve Kerr, Scottie Pippen, like I’m on a team with these guys?”


Wheaties to release limited-edition Stephen Curry box in June to honor ‘heart of a true champion’

Warriors guard Stephen Curry after winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award will be featured on a Wheaties limited edition cereal box beginning next month, General Mills announced Tuesday.

“I am excited to join the amazing athletes, including many of my childhood heroes, who have come before me as part of the Wheaties legacy,” Curry said in a statement. “This is a huge honor and I’m thrilled to be part of the Team Wheaties family.”

Wheaties had sent congratulations on Twitter on Monday after it was announced Curry had won the MVP. The following day, Wheaties associate marketing manager Jamie Lyon praised Curry in a statement for his dedication and commitment to basketball in addition to his community service projects, adding that he “embodies the heart of a true champion.”

“It’s an honor to add Stephen Curry to the Wheaties family, and we congratulate him on the tremendous achievement of league MVP,” said Jamie Lyon, Wheaties Associate Marketing Manager. “Through dedication and commitment to his sport, in addition to his service to the community, Stephen embodies the heart of a true champion.”

“Watching since my rookie year the way you’ve grown and how everybody has taken notice, and all these endorsements you get and stuff, you’re about to get a lot more now,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said of Curry at the MVP press conference.


Draymond Green’s childhood stories from his mom show some things haven’t changed with Warriors

Draymond Green’s mother, Mary Babers-Green, traveled from Saginaw, Mich. to attend the Warriors’ home games against Memphis.

“She’s hilarious,” Green said.

Babers-Green was just that while recently telling some childhood stories about her talkative son, some of which appear in this feature story on how he has emerged into a media darling.

Here are some others:

– Green at age 2 was riding a bike without training wheels. “Draymond was one of those little kids that could do anything…He didn’t want help with anything.” One time at age four, Green and his brother rode their bikes to the store. Green got what he wanted, and then hilarity apparently ensued. “You don’t know who I am?” Green asked. “I’m Draymond Green!” As Babers-Green told it to Joe Rexrode in the Lansing State Journal, the storekeeper who stopped him was laughing so hard he let Green keep the chips and juice.

— Green at age four was also good over the phone. One time he called into work for his stepfather and yelled, “Hi, this is Draymond Green, calling in for Raymond Green!”

— Green talked so much that his brother and sister would tie his legs up into a pretzel and also called him a “little snitch.” Babers-Green recalled Green being so young at the time that he couldn’t say it quite right and said his siblings were calling him a “little switch.”

— All that talking from Green apparently made it tough for him to make friends at first. “Draymond had no friends because he ran them all away. No one wanted to play with him,” Babers-Green said. “Draymond was going to rattle ‘em.” Babers-Green had no problem with all the talking and in fact encouraged it and noted that like Warriors coach Steve Kerr does, he was allowed to argue his points. “I never looked at him like he was doing something wrong.”

— Green originally committed to Tubby Smith at Kentucky, but Babers-Green said there was no way she would have ever let him go to school there. She had encouraged her son to be opinionated all his life with her and go at her as long as it didn’t get respectful, and the college decision ended up being a huge debate. “We went at it when he committed to Kentucky,” Babers-Green said.  “We. Went. At. It. He was like, ‘I’m going. Yes I am.’ We went rounds about it.” On a visit to Kentucky while sitting with the Big Blue Nation, Babers-Green said he could sense with a gut feeling that her son didn’t fit there and that it wasn’t for him. As it turned out, Smith resigned and Green ended up at Michigan State.