Warriors’ Marreese Speights pleads no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving in Florida

The Warriors’ Marreese Speights pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge of reckless driving Monday that stemmed from his arrest in Tampa in August.

Speights, who paid $903 in fines and court costs, was originally charged with driving under the influence. He was arrested the morning after his 27th birthday and submitted to two tests showing unlawful breath alcohol content levels of .103 and .106 percent, according to the incident log.

The plea agreement was reached two months after Speights’ attorney filed a motion that evidence was obtained as the result of an illegal traffic stop, Matthew Aycox of the State Attorney’s Office of Hillsborough County said Tuesday.

A key reserve player for the Warriors this season, Speights scored six points in seven minutes Monday in a loss at Brooklyn.


Why Warriors starter Harrison Barnes usually skips pregame starting lineup introductions

Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has enjoyed a bounce-back season after returning to the starting lineup.

His disappearing act quietly comes before games.

Barnes more often than not is absent when the public address announcer calls his name unlike the other four starters who high-five their teammates.

He is usually missing during the playing of the national anthem while Warriors players and coaches stand shoulder to shoulder on the court.

The reason according to Barnes is certainly nothing against the anthem or his teammates.

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Warriors center Festus Ezeli suspended for one game

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.


Draymond Green fires back at Charles Barkley: ‘A guy who’s not a champion can’t talk too much about championships’

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.”


Warriors’ Stephen Curry expected to speak at White House on Wednesday

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.”


Warriors’ Stephen Curry upgraded to probable to play on sore foot at Washington

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.


Warriors’ Klay Thompson wants rematch against ‘greatest shooter in the history of the game’ Stephen Curry

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.”

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