Barkley: 'Hate the fans' vote ... Draymond should be starting'


Barkley: 'Hate the fans' vote ... Draymond should be starting'

Reigning MVP Stephen Curry on Thursday was voted in as a starter for the Western Conference All-Star Game.

His Warriors teammate, Draymond Green, who clung to a starting spot in the most recent balloting update, did not make the cut. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard overtook Green to nab the third and final frontcourt spot.

Curry will join Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Bryant and Leonard in the starting lineup for the Western Conference -– despite the objections of TNT analyst Charles Barkley.

“Draymond Green deserves to be starting in the All-Star Game, plain and simple,” he said during the televised announcement. “No disrespect to the fans; I hate the fans’ vote. But Draymond Green should be starting in the All-Star Game – over Kevin Durant.”

When fellow analyst Kenny Smith interceded, explaining that there usually is a year or so lag time before the casual fan recognizes those most deserving, Barkley responded with a mighty swipe at those who failed to vote in Green as a starter.

“You have to be a total moron to not know that Draymond Green should be starting in the All-Star Game,” he said. “You have to be a total damn idiot."

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With 726,616 votes, Green finished fifth in the final voting among Western Conference frontcourt players, behind top vote-getter Kobe Bryant (1,891,614), Kawhi Leonard (782,338) Durant (980,787) and fourth-place finisher Zaza Pachulia (768,112).

Green totaled 726,616 votes, ranking fifth among frontcourt players in the Western Conference. He leads the NBA in triple-doubles with eight and is averaging 14.5 points per game, 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists.

Green, 25, last season did not finish among the top 15 vote-getters among Western Conference frontcourt players.

Curry will be making his third consecutive start. All-Star Weekend is scheduled for Feb. 12-14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, with the game set for Sunday, Feb. 14.

One year after supplanting LeBron James as the top vote-getter, Curry totaled 1,604,325 votes, the second-highest total overall after Lakers legend Kobe Bryant (1, 891,614), whose surge in voting popularity was attributed to his announcement that this will be his last season.

Curry leads the NBA in scoring (29.9 points per game), is second in free throw percentage (90.7), 13th in assists (6.5) and fifth in steals (2.1).

Guard Klay Thompson, who started the game last season as an injury replacement, finished fourth among conference guards – behind Chris Paul, Curry and Westbrook – with 555,513 votes.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts


Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

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Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins


Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.


Warriors by 8.5


Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.


Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.


The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.


THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.