Kerr: Warriors' record chase makes things 'trickier'


Kerr: Warriors' record chase makes things 'trickier'

OAKLAND –- With momentum and sentiment building behind the Warriors’ desire to get 73 wins and set an NBA record, even at the expense of pre-playoffs rest, coach Steve Kerr has a predicament.

Does he try to find situations to give his players down time to ensure they’re fresh for the postseason?

Or does he dump the notion of rest and simply free the Warriors to chase the all-time single-season wins record?

“This whole idea of setting a record does make things a little trickier,” Kerr said in his pregame news conference Wednesday.

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“It’s the players who are setting a record. It’s not the organization. Players are doing it, so they will absolutely have some say in matters down the stretch in terms of how we approach everything.”

With Draymond Green and Steph Curry leading the way, the Warriors are vocal and unified in their desire to make history. Golden State needs to win 10 of its final 12 games to surpass the all-time record of 72-10, set by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96.

“There will be conversations with the people involved,” Kerr said. “I’m not going to just take Steph or Draymond or Klay (Thompson), or all three, out of the lineup without approaching them. What they’re doing is really significant. It’s special. And they should have some say in the matter. So we’ll see what happens.”

The coach has consistently stated that getting the No. 1 seed is the top priority. The Warriors are well positioned for that, entering Wednesday night four games ahead of San Antonio. Any combination of nine Warriors wins or Spurs losses would clinch the top seed for the defending champs.

“I’m more interested in securing the 1-seed and seeing how things go, but not with any risk of hurting anybody,” Kerr said. “Could a couple of our guys use a little mental rest and take a night off? Probably. But I wouldn’t do that at the expense of losing games and possibly losing the 1-seed.”

The decision could conceivably come down the final few games. Asked if he would rest guys if the Warriors lock down the No. 1 seed before the final two games, Kerr grinned and played it coy.

“We’ll find out,” he said.

Warriors' Steph Curry to fund Howard University golf teams for six years

Warriors' Steph Curry to fund Howard University golf teams for six years

Warriors star Steph Curry is considered one of the greatest shooters ever, but he's also known to dish some pretty sweet assists. Perhaps his best one yet comes off the court.

Curry announced Monday that he will financially support Howard University's golf teams for the next six years. The historically black university hasn't had a golf team since the 1970s, and now plans to have men's and women's teams beginning in the 2020-21 season. 

"This is a pretty exciting day. To be honest, I've been looking forward to this for a very long time, since January I should say," Curry said at a news conference Monday held at the school. 

The two-time MVP became interested in helping bring golf back to the school after meeting with Howard senior and golfer Otis Ferguson IV while Curry visited the campus to watch a documentary in January. Curry honored Ferguson on Monday and expressed how important of a role the student played in bringing golf back for the Bison. 

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Curry played on his high school golf team and is an avid player of the sport to this day. He has played with President Barack Obama as well multiple celebrity tournaments. Curry even competed on an exemption at the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic in 2017 and 2018.

Warriors' Klay Thompson will return 'late next season,' father Mychal says

Warriors' Klay Thompson will return 'late next season,' father Mychal says

There is not yet an official timeline for Klay Thompson’s return to the Warriors lineup, but his father provided a pretty good update the other day.

Mychal Thompson, who accompanied Klay out of Oracle Arena after the shooting guard sustained a torn ACL in his left knee in Game 6 of The Finals, indicated his son may be able to resume moderate basketball activities by the end of the calendar year.

“He’s walking normally and he’s very optimistic and enthusiastic about getting back late next season,” Thompson said on the NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors Insider podcast.

“Once he gets back up to the bay and is around the team and he’s working out . . . he probably won’t be on the court doing fullcourt drills until late December or January. So, he’s got quite a ways to go. The main thing is to stay dedicated and diligent in your rehab and just continue to work hard and keep that motivation to get back on the court with his teammates.”

Thompson sustained the injury on June 13 and underwent surgery on July 2. With a typical recovery period falling anytime between six months and nine months, his father’s projection is within range.

Mychal even offered a comparison: Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, who had surgery in February 2017. LaVine five months later (in July) announced himself ahead of schedule. Four months later, he was throwing down windmill dunks in full-contact practices.

When LaVine did not return until January, it was speculated that he could have come back sooner if the Bulls weren’t committed to tanking.

There is no questioning that LaVine aced his recovery.

“Modern medicine has advanced so much since 10, 15, 20 years ago,” Mychal Thompson said. “Guys come back from this injury and are normal. You can look at a bunch of players in the league now who have suffered that injury and have come back because they’ve dedicated themselves to their rehab. And they come back as if nothing ever happened.

“Doctors are so good now. Modern medicine is so good at repairing these athletes. That’s the way I talked to Klay. You’re going to be fine. Look at Zach LaVine. He had the same injury and is as bouncy as ever because guys like that work hard to come back. (Klay) will come back stronger than ever.”

Thompson’s injury led some to wonder if the Warriors might reduce the proposed max contract offer once he became a free agent. They didn’t. Thompson last month signed a five-year pact worth $190 million.

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“We never worried about that, because (Warriors CEO) Joe Lacob and management have been so loyal to their core players and what they have meant to that franchise,” Mychal Thompson said. “And with this injury, every doctor assured Klay and the Warriors that he was going to come back as good as ever.”

The Warriors would happily accept that and remain hopeful that Thompson will be able to return to game action sometime in February or March.