'Why not?' Draymond Green wants Warriors to make All-Star Game history


'Why not?' Draymond Green wants Warriors to make All-Star Game history

No team in NBA history has ever had four players in the All-Star Game in two straight seasons. 

"We're winning and everyone is playing well," Draymond Green told ESPN. "Why not?" Green is advocating for another year in which he, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all play in the game. 

The Warriors' defensive star knows how hard the feat would be to pull off. With a shift of talent and even more stars joining the West this season, it makes things even more complicated. 

"Just because probably so many guys came over to the West in the offseason," Green said. "With Jimmy [Butler] coming over, with Carmelo Anthony coming over, KAT [Karl-Anthony Towns] obviously an up-and-comer. That's probably why it's more of a debate now, but I don't see why it should change. Our record is pretty good."

The Warriors, through Thursday own the best record in the NBA at 33-9. They are currently three games ahead of the Rockets (29-11). At this time last season, the Warriors were 36-6. 

If voting ended today, Green would earn his first start in the All-Star Game. He would be joined by Curry, the leading vote getter in the West, and Durant. That leaves Thompson on the outside looking in. 

Thompson, who is averaging 20.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, is the fourth-leading vote getter of guards in the West. The likeliest route for him to get in is through a coaches vote as a reserve. Coaches select two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild cards.

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters


Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.