Introducing Kerith Burke, NBC Sports Bay Area's Warriors sideline reporter


Introducing Kerith Burke, NBC Sports Bay Area's Warriors sideline reporter

First things being first, her first name is Kerith. Not Keri, not Keridith and definitely not Keith, despite any stubborn insistences of your autocorrect function.

She is Kerith Burke, signed off the free-agent market by the NBC Sports Bay Area team as part of its baseline-to-baseline coverage of the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

Burke will serve as sideline reporter for all Warriors games by NBC Sports Bay Area. In addition to providing in-game interviews and updates, she will offer insight and analysis on various other platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

Having spent more than a decade in news and sports on both coasts, Burke arrives with solid credentials, including four years at Sportsnet New York (SNY), where she covered the UConn women’s basketball team and hosted the “Geno Auriemma Show.”

Burke covered women’s basketball, primarily as a sideline reporter, during NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Bay Area resident also is familiar with the NBA, the Warriors in particular, and last season filled in as Warriors sideline reporter for two games on NBC Sports Bay Area.

“It’s just basketball,” Burke says. “I know this game. The players might be celebrities, but they’re just people. I think the fact that I don’t put anybody on a pedestal -- I don’t really fan-girl over anybody -- it’s just people in a sport I’ve covered for years. That’s the way I look at it. I think that’s the healthiest way to look at it. That doesn’t mean I don’t know their popularity and how much they’re loved.”

Burke believes sports figures have the right, if not an obligation, to utilize their platform to address social issues, describing such participation not as social activism but as “common freaking sense.”

A graduate of the Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University -- the same school attended by Warriors All-Star guard Klay Thompson -- Burke occasionally plays basketball, enjoys hockey and college football but insists the only teams she actively roots for are the Cougars.

Could Steph Curry buy the Panthers? 'I want in!'


Could Steph Curry buy the Panthers? 'I want in!'

The Carolina Panthers will soon be for sale. After allegations of workplace minconduct recently surfaced, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday night that he plans to put the team up for sale

It looks like Steph Curry wants to be more than just a fan of his hometown team. 

The Warriors' star was responding to Sean "Diddy" Combs saying he wants to buy the team. 

Diddy responded to Curry, looking to make a partnership on the Panthers.

Curry grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, when his father played shooting guard for the Hornets. He's frequently at Panthers games whenever he gets a chance. 

When the Panthers played the Broncos in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Curry was awarded with his own custom Panthers jersey and he banged the team drum before kickoff. 

Richardson was awarded the Panthers in 1993. The team played their first season in 1995. 

Time to raise a red flag? Kerr's tone on Draymond's injury changes


Time to raise a red flag? Kerr's tone on Draymond's injury changes

OAKLAND -- When a defending NBA champion goes without an All-Star for a game or three in the first half of the season, it’s not necessarily significant.

When it extends beyond a week without any discernable timetable for his return, it’s time to raise the red flag.

That’s where the Warriors are with Draymond Green and his ailing right shoulder. Something is wrong and there has been no interpretation, much less an expressed diagnosis.

Green’s absence Monday night in Los Angeles, where the Warriors face the Lakers, will be the third in a row and fifth in the last six for the starting power forward. Unlike center Zaza Pachulia, who also has missed the last three games, Green has not participated in any basketball activities while sidelined.

If Green can’t take the court, in any way, that’s cause for concern. He lives to play the game.

“Draymond’s not happy. I can tell you that,” coach Steve Kerr said Sunday. “He’s happiest when he’s on the floor, hair on fire, screaming at everybody and competing. It’s been hard on him.

“But Draymond also knows that this is the smart approach. So he’s not complaining. But I wouldn’t call him happy, either.”

All of which explains why when discussing Green’s condition with the Warriors, the tone in recent days has shifted from relative unconcern to apparent apprehension.

“It just got sore, probably wear and tear,” Kerr said. “There’s nothing we can do about it. I don’t spend any time worrying about it. When he’s ready, he’s ready. He’ll be all right. I’m sure of that.”

Though the mystery around Green’s shoulder woes would seem to merit an MRI test, none has been scheduled, according to Kerr, who described Green’s status as “day to day.”

Meanwhile, with Green and Pachulia out, the Warriors are wading knee-deep in contingencies.

Rookie Jordan Bell and veteran Omri Casspi have started the last two games and filled the majority the minutes that normally would go to Pachulia and Green. Kevon Looney can fill in at center. The Warriors on Sunday activated center Damian Jones from G-League Santa Cruz, and he will be available against the Lakers.

The injury issues and contingencies don’t end there. With starting point guard Stephen Curry already out -- he’s scheduled for reevaluation Tuesday -- primary backup Shaun Livingston will be sidelined, too, with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

“It’s got to be as beaten up as we’ve ever been since I’ve been here,” Kerr said. “I don’t remember having this many guys out, particularly starters. It’s all part of it and we’ve handled it really well. It’s created some opportunities for other guys.”

Though the Warriors are comfortable running their offense through several available players, including Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant, the bulk of the point guard minutes will go to second-year guard Pat McCaw and Quinn Cook, who is in his third season bouncing between the G-League and the NBA.

Cook is on a two-way contract with the Warriors, which means he can spend up 45 days in the NBA before the team has to decide whether to offer a standard contract.

“The way the season is going, we’ll probably use all 45 of his days by the end of the year,” Kerr said.

Though half the regular rotation will be out of action, there is some good news for the Warriors: guard Nick Young, who has participated in the last two practices, is expected to clear the NBA’s concussion protocol and be available to face his former team at Staples Center.