Curry, agent optimistic about extension


Curry, agent optimistic about extension

SAN FRANCISCO -- Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and hisagent both expressed optimism over the weekend that Curry and Golden Statewould agree to a contract extension before the regular season begins.But the respective sides have agreed to table any extensiontalks until the team completes its preseason schedule and everyone sees howCurrys right ankle looks after an injury plagued 2011-12.Im very optimistic about getting a deal done, said LanceYoung, Currys representative. I think we can get something done by the 31st(Oct. 31, the deadline for Curry to sign a deal).Currys troublesome ankle forced him to miss 40 of 66 gamesa season ago, and he hasnt played competitively since March. Curry, who hasbeen rehabbing most of the summer, received full medical clearance on Thursday,and hes now playing five-on-five for the first time since the injury.RELATED: Stephen Curry plays 5-on-5 for first time since March
Theyve had some talks, said Curry, who was participatingin a fatherson basketball camp at St. Ignatius High School. But obviouslythey (Warriors) want to protect themselves and want to see during trainingcamp. And I have no problem with that.The Warriors play their eighth and final game of thepreseason on Oct. 23, against the Phoenix Suns, at Oracle Arena.RELATED: Warriors 2012 preseason schedule
Curry said the ankle has responded well all summer and didthe same after upping his workload late in the week. The Warriors and Curryhave until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement on an extension. If they dont, Currywill become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.But Curry is talking like it wont come to that.Definitely, he said when asked if hed like to getsomething done. Its not like I dont want to be here. That would be a greatopportunity, to be locked up another four years and make it happen before theseason so I could personally feel good about it and my future.But Ive just got to let the process unfold.

Gameday: Curry out for payback against Conley, new-look Grizzlies


Gameday: Curry out for payback against Conley, new-look Grizzlies

When the Warriors set foot in FedEx Forum on Saturday, they’ll find a very different atmosphere as well as a barely recognizable team of Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grindhouse is not the same. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter have left the building. So, too, has the “Grindfather” himself, Tony Allen.

So in their only trip to Memphis this season, the Warriors will focus mostly on point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol, the remaining core members of the team that reached the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons.

The Warriors (1-1) will be playing for the second night in a row, while the Grizzlies (1-0) have not played since their season opener Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Warriors by 8.5

Stephen Curry vs. Mike Conley: Curry has a long memory, and he will remember not only that the Warriors last season lost twice to the Grizzlies but also that Conley’s 27 points and clutch play offset Curry’s 40 points and led Memphis to an overtime win in Oakland. It won’t matter to Curry that the Warriors posted double-digit wins over the Grizzlies in the last two meetings last season. He may want to take over.

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) is listed as questionable.

Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green (L ankle sprain), G Ben McLemore (R foot surgery) and G/F Wayne Selden Jr. (R quad injury) are listed as out.

The Warriors have won five of the last seven in Memphis and 10 of the last 13 meetings overall.

BREEZE OR WHEEZE: Coach Steve Kerr has expressed some concern about the team’s conditioning level. On the second night of their first back-to-back set -- with the Warriors arriving at the hotel at 2:30 a.m. -- it could provide a glimpse of their progress. Kerr said he would consider resting one or two players. Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, both coming off injuries, would seem logical candidates.

GEORGIA VS. SPAIN: The Republic of Georgia’s Zaza Pachulia and Spain’s Marc Gasol know each other well, having spent years battling internationally and in the NBA. There will be no surprises, but Pachulia will have to avoid foul trouble to remain a part of his team’s defensive rotation against one of the league’s best big men.

HOT KLAY: Klay Thompson is off to a torrid start, shooting 11-of-18 from beyond the arc through the first two games. And now he won’t have to worry about Allen, who relished in opportunities to defend the Warriors All-Star. Memphis replaced Allen with Andrew Harrison, who is not in the Grindfather’s class as a defender.

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