Jared Dudley

Stephen Curry's broken hand draws Twitter reaction from NBA players

Stephen Curry's broken hand draws Twitter reaction from NBA players

While the Warriors held their collective breath when Steph Curry broke his left hand Wednesday night, much of the NBA did the same.

Curry left during the third quarter of Golden State's 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Chase Center. Suns big man Aron Baynes fell awkwardly on Curry's left hand after the two-time MVP drove the lane, and Curry immediately grabbed his hand afterward. 

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley opened up his postgame press conference after LA's loss to the Utah Jazz by sending well-wishes to Curry, and he did the same on Twitter.

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Beverley wasn't the only one, as Curry's NBA peers and former teammates tweeted their hopes for the Warriors star to make a speedy recovery. 

Curry's recovery timeline is unknown. Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke that Curry next will undergo a CT scan on his left hand. 

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Jared Dudley backs up Draymond Green's comments on Marquese Chriss, Suns


Jared Dudley backs up Draymond Green's comments on Marquese Chriss, Suns

Marquese Chriss' NBA career didn't get off to a storybook start, but now he appears to have found a home with the Warriors.

Chriss, a projected top-five talent in the 2016 NBA Draft, struggled in Phoenix and was traded to the Houston Rockets prior to last season. Issues with maturity, shot selection and overall effectiveness saw Chriss dealt once again to the Cavs last February before signing with the Warriors this summer. 

The University of Washington product has looked like a different player since donning a Warriors jersey, with his play reportedly leading some to petition general manager Bob Myers to keep Chriss on the roster. After Chriss scored eight points and pulled down four rebounds in the Warriors' preseason loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night at Staples Center, Draymond Green teed off on the Suns for not getting enough of the blame for how Chriss' career has gone.

Jared Dudley, who played with Chriss in Phoenix and now suits up for the Lakers, responded to Green's comments, backing up the growth Chriss has shown in his short time with the Warriors.

The Suns have been poorly run for the past decade, failing to help a bevy of young players like Chriss realize their full potential. With the way that ship was being steered in the desert, Chriss had a very small chance of succeeding.

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After a solid preseason, Chriss, still only 22, appears likely to be given a spot on the Warriors' hard-capped, 14-man roster, giving them big man depth behind Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein. 

The Warriors got a 22-year-old with all-world talent on the cheap, and they are doing what good organizations are supposed to -- getting the talent to shine through.

Jared Dudley disagrees with Steve Kerr on Anthony Davis trade criticism

Jared Dudley disagrees with Steve Kerr on Anthony Davis trade criticism

Steve Kerr has filled several roles in and around NBA organizations, having spent the last 31 years as a player, general manager, commentator and currently as head coach of the Warriors. As such, he's quite experienced with the power struggles within NBA front offices and quite familiar with the league's history.

On the most recent episode of The Warriors Insider Podcast, Kerr reflected on that history and told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that he isn't a big fan of what he sees as a bad developing trend, exemplified by the trade demands that ultimately got Anthony Davis to Los Angeles.

"Where a guy is perfectly healthy and has a couple years left on his deal and says, ‘I want to leave,’" Kerr explained, "that’s a real problem that the league has to address and that the players have to be careful with.

"If you come to an agreement with the team that, hey, it’s probably best for us to part ways, that’s one thing. But the Davis stuff was really kind of groundbreaking -- and hopefully not a trend, because it’s bad for the league."

Davis' new teammate with the Lakers and longtime NBA veteran Jared Dudley was recently asked about Kerr's comments, and he didn't hold back from disagreeing with his former GM.

"You know what, I am a huge Steve Kerr fan," Dudley told The Athletic's Ethan Sherwood Strauss. "Obviously, he traded for me. I was in Phoenix with the same agent (Mark Bartelstein). That’s the only time I think I’ve disagreed with him. Because, why can’t a player ask out of his contract if what you sold him on changed? Happens all the time. Hey, we want to win, but now we’re going to rebuild. Vice-versa where a guy gets traded after a year when there are three years left on his contract. And so why can a team be able to trade but a player can’t ask for a trade?

"Now, the only difference of this is the perception," Dudley continued. "Paul George asks for a trade, but no one knows about it. But Anthony Davis comes out and because it’s public, now he’s getting killed, just because it’s public. So you know, the way for players to do it is in private, but obviously, he thought he couldn’t get out of there if he did it privately. And so people ask for trades all the time, all the time. 

"And so I just don’t understand Steve’s stance on that because, if you run your organization well enough, Anthony Davis was in New Orleans, he didn’t make it past the second round in eight, nine years. Like, what do you want him to do?"

There's a lot to break down there, and Dudley brings up several relevant points. As Strauss writes, "In an age when players fear the repercussions of honesty, Dudley’s answers are often equal parts well considered and candid." For instance, it's awfully tough to argue with the hypocrisy that Dudley suggests, that it's more acceptable for teams to get out of unwanted situations than it is for players.

However, Dudley's assessment misses the mark in one particular area. Much like Kendrick Perkins, he fails to adequately distinguish between Davis and George's demands, which came about at different times in entirely different situations. 

George didn't request a trade -- publicly, at least -- until the season was over, after he had given everything he could to a full regular season and abbreviated playoff run and finished third in MVP voting. Conversely, Davis and his representation made his demands publicly known halfway through the regular season (at the latest), and essentially forced the Pelicans' hand into benching him throughout much of the second half.

In the end, Davis got what he wanted, just as George did. And, things didn't work out so badly for the Pelicans, who lucked into No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and an expedited rebuild. 

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Do the ends justify the means? If you ask Davis, he'd undoubtedly tell you yes. Chances are his new teammates would, too. As for the league as a whole, though, don't expect Kerr's concerns to be allayed anytime soon.