According to Comcast Sports Net Bay Area’s Matt Steinmetz, Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry will miss tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks with a foot injury.
Curry has averaged 16.5 points and 6.2 assists per game for the Warriors this year, but this will be his 11th missed game of the season because of ankle and foot injuries. In the 10 games the Warriors have played without Curry, they have gone 4-6.
ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard has the report:
The Minnesota Timberwolves offered to trade Michael Beasley to the Los Angeles Lakers for a first-round draft pick, but the Lakers turned them down, according to a league source.
While Beasley, a talented and athletic small forward, would fill one of the Lakers’ greatest needs, the Lakers rejected the offer because they do not want to add to their luxury tax bill, according to the source.
Broussard goes on to explain that Lakers owner Jerry Buss is no longer willing to simply spend money and have to take the resulting luxury-tax hit, which was the primary motivation behind the Lakers giving away Lamar Odom for the Mavericks’ trade exception when Odom asked to be traded before this off-season. The Lakers may also be saving that trade exception for a possible Bynum-for-Howard swap, although it’s looking increasingly unlikely that Howard will be moved before this year’s deadline.
Offensively, Beasley would certainly be an upgrade over Metta World Peace, who has looked completely washed-up this season and currently has an abysmal PER of 7.07. Beasley is a talented scorer who would help the Lakers stretch the floor — Beasley is currently shooting 46% from beyond the arc, and the Lakers are currently 29th in 3-point accuracy.
However, the former #2 pick does still have some glaring holes in his game, which would explain the Lakers’ reluctance to trade for him. Beasley has been shooting the ball well from deep, but his overall FG% is just 44%, and he’s struggled at the line while turning the ball over nearly twice as often as he makes an assist. The former Kansas State’s star’s defense has also been a major issue throughout his career, which would make him a bad fit for Mike Brown’s defense-first coaching mentality.
Beasley is certainly talented — he showed that with an incredible scoring performance against the Clippers last night — but it looks like he has too many bad habits on the court and too much baggage off of it to make him a desirable target for the Lakers right now. We’ll see if anything comes of this rumor, but I would be surprised if Beasley wears a Laker jersey this season.
Charles Barkley has never been shy about speaking his mind, and TV/Radio personality has never prevented athletes from speaking their mind when they appear on one of his shows. So when the former NBA superstar and current TNT personality Charles Barkley went on Rome’s radio show earlier this morning, the chances of Barkley saying something crazy were high. “Sir Charles” didn’t disappoint (hat tip to Royce Young of Eye on Basketball):
“Fans man. They love their team and their player. They don’t want to hear any criticisms. They just want you to be 100 percent for their team period,” Barkley said. “I think it’s only a small faction. I think 80 percent are great. Twenty percent, I wish you could take them out back and just shoot them.”
Rome jumped in there and says, “Well, maybe not shoot them, Chuck.” But Barkley doubled down.
“No, I meant that Jim,” he said. Eighty percent of the fans are fantastic. But 20 percent of them are so mean-spirited and say the most nasty things to you, because they know you can’t grab them.”
To be fair, that bottom 20% of NBA fans can get pretty obnoxious. However, shooting people for being mean on the internet seems a touch extreme. Chalk it up to Charles being Charles, I suppose.