That took about as long as expected.
Just minutes after midnight of July 1 it was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that the Warriors and Stephen Curry reached terms on a five-year, $201 million designated veteran “super max” contract.
Stephen Curry has agreed to a 5-year, $201M deal with Golden State, agent Jeff Austin of Octagon tells ESPN. No player option.
There is no player option and Curry does not get a “no trade” clause. He can’t officially sign it until July 6, when the moratorium ends.
This is the richest contract in NBA history.
It also was a true no-brainer. Curry is an MVP, an NBA champion, arguably the best shooter the game has ever seen, he averaged 25.3 points per game shooting 41 percent from three last season. Defenses have to stretch out and adjust to what he brings, which opens up space for the other Warriors to attack and get shots. However, more importantly than any of that, he is the guy at the heart of the Warriors style and chemistry — work hard, but don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the experience.
The Warriors aren’t the Warriors without him.
There were some Warriors fans who thought Curry should have taken a little less to help bring back Andre Iguodala and other potential free agents. Why? The guy was on probably the greatest discount contract in NBA history the past few years, now he should lock up every penny he can from the organization. He’s made them far more money than they’re paying him in this deal.
Kevin Durant is also a free agent but said he will wait until later in the month to sign his deal, giving the team flexibility to keep some of their free agents. He will likely take a little less and sign a 1+1 deal that allows him to opt out next summer and sign his own massive deal.
The first night of the NBA is here. Now you can stop pretending that you are going to win your NFL fantasy league and pay attention to something important.
Tuesday night’s opening matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics was of course one of intrigue for many reasons. The teams have new rosters after a trade involving Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, and Jae Crowder, just to name a few.
The NBA likes to open its seasons with matchups like this, and the crowd at The Q in Cleveland did not disappoint when they saw Irving once more.
There did not appear to be bad blood on the court between LeBron James and Irving, and the two exchanged a friendly fist bump as is customary before the tip.
Of course, Cavaliers fans did not hold back once the Celtics won the tip off and Kyrie handled the ball for the first time.
There was also myriad technical fouls, including one on Irving after a timeout and one on Al Horford for clapping at Crowder. The latter gave us this gem:
Is an absolute bummer that the Celtics will be without Gordon Hayward as he recovers from a broken left ankle. But, at least there will be some bad blood remaining between these teams to entertain us over the course of the regular season.
Everyone has been waiting for the start of the NBA season, but nobody wanted it to start this way.
During Tuesday’s opening game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward suffered a horrific injury after cutting back door.
Hayward suffered a broken left ankle according to the team. Meanwhile, if you want to see video of the injury, you can do so here.
Of course, everyone was waiting in anticipation for Tuesday, including players and not hooping. There was immediate reaction by other NBA players on social media wishing Hayward a speedy recovery.
The Boston Celtics season has taken a turn for the worse.
During Tuesday’s opening game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, new Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward broke his left ankle after landing following a leaping back cut to the basket.
It became immediately apparent to those in the arena, and the broadcast angle of the left leg injury was not pretty.
Just be warned here, the resulting photo and media is pretty disgusting. I let out a big yell when I saw it live, so it’s not for the faint of heart.
This is just the most awful way to start the NBA season, for all of us. Get well soon, Gordon.
We Californians take a few things seriously. Surf reports, for one. Winemaking/tasting. Tech toys. Coming up with potential blockbuster movie franchise ideas, getting a star to buy in, then maybe or maybe not worrying about getting a decent script.
Also, In-N-Out Burger. If there is one thing all Californians can agree on, it’s that In-N-Out is the best burger chain in the world. It’s not up for debate.
Apparently Kings’ rookie De'Aaron Fox did not get that memo. He did a Q&A with Rolling Stone’s Seerat Sohi and crossed a sacred line.
“All I gotta say, you can tell everybody that lives in the state of California this: In-N-Out is not good.”
What’s your beef with In-N-Out Burger?
“Their burgers are overrated. They’re OK.”
Even Animal Style?
“Yes. People always say, you haven’t tried this. You haven’t tried that. I’m like, “Yeah, I looked up the secret menu. I’ve tried it all. It’s just not good.”
That’s controversial. What’s the best fast food spot then?
“Honestly, for me, I don’t count Chick-fil-A, because it’s way too good to be considered fast food. So I’m gonna say Wendy’s. Fat Burger in L.A. is better than In-N-Out.”
It’s this simple: Fox is flat-out wrong.
First off, Chick-fil-A is wildly overrated, so we know the taste of the 19-year-old point guard is off. Fat Burger is legit. But Wendy’s? Come on now, that’s just average.
If Fox had tried to argue Five Guys, I would have let it slide — I don’t think they’re as good, but I will admit a California bias. But Wendy’s? You lose the entire argument right there. It’s like saying Pixels was the best movie ever.
In-N-Out is the best. Fox needs to get on board with this.