Tag: Stephen Curry

NBA Draft Prospects Workout 2015

Report: Buzz around NBA is that D’Angelo Russell doesn’t want to play for Sixers


Early on in the pre-draft evaluation process, it was reported that the Sixers would be selecting D’Angelo Russell with the third overall pick.

The thinking, of course, was that Philadelphia needed a point guard who could shoot a solid percentage from three-point distance, after dealing a reigning Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams in part because he could not.

But most mock drafts now have Kristaps Porzingis slotted to go to the Sixers at three, and it’s worth wondering if Russell’s reported preference to play elsewhere may be partially responsible for the change in perception.

From Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

After trading point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the 2014 rookie of the year, to Milwaukee this past season, it would appear that the 76ers need a point guard.

But the buzz around the NBA is that D’Angelo Russell, a 6-5 point guard from Ohio State whom many see as a lesser Stephen Curry-type, doesn’t want to play for the unpredictable 76ers. Russell did work out for the 76ers last week.

Let’s start with the obvious, which is that it doesn’t matter one bit if Russell would indeed prefer to play somewhere else. That will change immediately if Philadelphia decides to select him, and players entering the league at the top of the draft no longer have the power to force their way to a particular landing spot.

If you’re Russell, however, there are reasons to be concerned.

The way Philadelphia bailed on Carter-Williams midway through his second season was alarming from a player perspective, even if the Sixers had more than one legitimate reason for doing so. Add in the fact that the team has brought in injured players the last two years who were forced to sit out (at least) their first full NBA season, along with the way the team has continued its prolonged rebuild by fielding what has essentially amounted to a D-League roster, and it’s easy to understand why, at least at this point, the Sixers are a less-than-desirable destination.

WATCH LIVE: Golden State Warriors’ 2015 Championship Parade


It’s time to party in the Bay Area.

For the first time in 40 years, the Golden State Warriors are the NBA champions — that’s a perfect reason for a parade through the streets of Oakland.

If you can’t be there to see Riley Curry — and Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and all the rest — in person we’ve got you covered with a live stream of the parade courtesy our friends and CSNBayArea.com. You can find out who wore ridiculous sunglasses, who gets the annual “Mark Madsen this guy can’t dance” award, and you can see how pale Steve Kerr looks in the sunlight.


The parade is set for noon ET. Enjoy the revelry.


Andre Iguodala thought LeBron James would get Finals MVP


If I’d had a Finals MVP vote, I would have cast it for LeBron James. I would have been in the minority, but to me he was clear and away the best player in the series — heck, it’s not even an interesting series without him. We’ve already laid out LeBron’s case.

Andre Iguodala — who won the trophy — was with me. From Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group.

Iguodala was not a terrible choice. He would have been third on my list — Stephen Curry was ahead of him for me — but Iguodala was a great narrative. And so long as you let media members vote, the guy with the story will always win.

Stephen Curry: ‘We want to get another one’


The Warriors just won the 2015 NBA championship, completing one of the best seasons in league history.

What’s on Stephen Curry’s mind?


We’re going to enjoy this for the whole summer and even into next year. But we want to get another one, because this feels amazing.

The Warriors definitely have a strong chance to repeat.

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Shaun Livingston and Festus Ezeli are all under contract for next season. Draymond Green will be a restricted free agent, and he’s a practical lock to return.

There’s value in continuity, but there’s risk of locking into the wrong group We already know this team can win a title, so that risk is eliminated.

The Warriors, like all champions, had good fortune with injuries for themselves and opponents. That’s no lock to continue next season.

But they’ve put themselves among the select few teams in strong title contention. At this point, that’s all you can ask.

For NBA stars sell: 2015 NBA Finals draw highest television ratings since Jordan era

2015 NBA Finals - Game Two

For decades — since Magic Johnson and Larry Bird — the NBA has marketed its stars more than its teams. With that, the NBA’s television ratings and national popularity have been tied to the quality of its stars.

When the 2015 NBA Finals pitted the two most popular players in the game today — LeBron James and Stephen Curry — the NBA was in for a ratings bonanza.

These NBA Finals averaged 19.9 million viewers per game, up 30 percent from last year (when LeBron James was there taking on Tim Duncan and the Spurs), the league and ESPN/ABC announced. That is the highest ratings ever since ABC took over the broadcasts. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported it’s the highest ratings for an NBA finals since 1998 — Michael Jordan’s final season (we choose to ignore the Wizards years).

NBA television viewership has been up and down in recent seasons, but the drama of this series drew viewers to their televisions.

It also sent them to social media — Facebook reported 32 million of its users were discussing the NBA Finals and there were 98 million video views tied to the Finals.

The real test for the NBA is to build on this next year — regardless of who makes the NBA Finals.