Myers' message to Warriors fans after Curry fall: 'Catch him'


Myers' message to Warriors fans after Curry fall: 'Catch him'

OAKLAND – Warriors general manager Bob Myers didn’t want to believe it, couldn’t wrap his mind around the idea that fans at Oracle Arena would sit idly as Stephen Curry sailed overhead.

That’s what happened Wednesday during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

“Message to the fans: If it happens again, catch the man,” Myers told CSNBayArea.com.

He was joking, we think. Given Curry’s value to the franchise, maybe not.

Curry was chasing a loose ball in the second quarter when he lunged over a couple courtside seats in hopes of saving it to his teammates. The MVP failed, landing hard on the metal floor at the bottom of the lower bowl.

The entire building went quiet. Though Curry got up, bruised but continuing to play, Myers was disappointed.

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“He went over, and from my seat, he disappeared,” Myers said, relieved that Curry did not leave the game. “Disappointing is the right characterization of it. I’d expect more from our fans. I’d hope if our fans have an opportunity to catch him, that they would. But I can’t sit here and judge because I didn’t see the replay. I don’t know what happened.

“But sacrifice your body for Steph. If you want to come to the game and he’s flying into the stands, catch him. That’s my message to the fan base.”

Again, Myers was joking. We think.

Regardless, those fans – cowards? – sitting courtside turned away as Curry went airborne. They wanted no part of cushioning the fall of the 6-foot-3, 185-pound point guard.

Myers only hopes those craven folks can live with themselves – especially if they’re Warriors fans.

“I would hope that if that were something he was injured by, that people would feel some remorse,” Myers said. “At least we need some kind of letter of apology from somebody, at minimum. I think I’ll get it on my desk tomorrow.”

And with that, the GM was off. He was laughing, perhaps because the Warriors had won. Or maybe because Curry proved in the third quarter – when he scored 17 of his team-high 28 points – that he capable of thriving even without fan assistance.

Yes, Myers was joking. We’re pretty sure of that.

Warriors' Juan Toscano-Anderson looks forward to guarding James Harden

Warriors' Juan Toscano-Anderson looks forward to guarding James Harden

James Harden scored 29 points on 16 field-goal attempts the last time the Warriors faced the Houston Rockets back on Feb. 20. Houston won that game 135-105, and it sounds like Golden State's Juan Toscano-Anderson was looking forward to the rematch.

With the NBA season indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Toscano-Anderson and the Warriors have some free time on their hands. Toscano-Anderson made use of it by holding a Q&A on Twitter on Saturday night, at which time he was asked which player -- whether teammate or opponent -- he was most looking forward to playing with or against when the season starts back up.

Toscano-Anderson provided multiple answers.

"Excited to get our whole team back to full strength," Toscano-Anderson replied. "I was very excited to guard James Harden."

Well, you've got to appreciate the fact that he's not afraid of a challenge. There might not be a tougher player to guard than Harden in the entire league, but then again, Toscano-Anderson didn't finally establish himself as an NBA player this season by taking the easy way out.

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The Warriors and Rockets were scheduled to play each other for a fourth and final time this season in Houston on April 2. Obviously, that particular game won't take place on that day, but whether it is postponed or canceled, Toscano-Anderson surely will have more opportunities to try to make things harder on Harden.

Seven candidates for Warriors' massive Andre Iguodala trade exception


Seven candidates for Warriors' massive Andre Iguodala trade exception

The Warriors don't know if or when the current NBA season will resume, much less the next one. But whenever the 2020-21 season takes place, they'll likely have used several assets at their disposal with which to return to a level of legitimate contention.

But in terms of the Warriors' asset that likely will have the greatest determining impact on their success next season, the $17.2 million trade exception they received for sending Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies last summer stands apart from the rest.

Trade exceptions cannot be combined with others, so through the Iguodala trade exception, Golden State cannot acquire a player making more than $17.2 million (technically, it's $17,185,185.) However, trade exceptions can be split, so the Warriors could theoretically use the Iguodala trade exception to acquire multiple players, as long as their combined salaries don't exceed that amount.

While Golden State should absolutely be able to acquire a good player with that trade exception, the Dubs will have the added challenge of only having a tight window with which to use it. Once the league moratorium concludes at noon ET on July 6 (as currently scheduled), the Warriors will only have until the end of the following day to utilize the exception in a trade. They cannot use it prior to the moratorium, though in theory, they could agree to a trade at any point along the way.

Given the indefinite league stoppage due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it's possible that Golden State will be granted some kind of an extension to use the Iguodala trade exception, but there is no guarantee. Whenever it expires, however, the Warriors would be wise to use it on one of the following seven players prior to that point.