This definitely isn't what you were hoping to read as you head into the weekend.
Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report published a lengthy column on the Warriors on Friday, which included a nugget about the timetable of injured superstar Steph Curry.
His lengthy absence is not borne merely from being cautious with the franchise's best player. A team source says the fracture was worse than originally thought, and it's unlikely that he plays again this season.
Bucher later clarified his initial reporting, and NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock reported, citing sources, that the report is inaccurate
A clarification from my story today citing a source saying Steph Curry is likely to miss the remainder of the season: while the injury was worse than originally thought, he wouldn't play again this season because there's no competitive reason. Story is being updated.— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) November 8, 2019
Warriors are strongly refuting the report that Stephen Curry be out for the season. Source says his timeline hasn't changed for better or worse and he will be re-evaluated in February as planned.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) November 8, 2019
The two-time NBA MVP broke his hand nine days ago against the Suns. After he underwent surgery Nov. 1, the team said another update would be provided in three months -- essentially putting Curry on the sideline until at least early February.
On Friday morning, Curry's personal trainer -- Brandon Payne of Accelerate Basketball -- was a guest on "The Habershow" podcast with NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh. And Payne provided a very interesting response when Haberstroh said, 'Steph's coming back this year, right?'
"You know, I don't know. I know he wants to. It's all gonna depend on how this rehab process plays out. It's three months to reevaluation, and then at that point we'll have a better idea of the timeline and what he can and can't do.
"Those first few weeks are gonna be critical in just how the movement comes back in the wrist and how that hand responds to activity. If it was an ankle or a knee and it was something we were familiar with, I think you'd probably have definitive answers.
"But when you're dealing with the unknown and you're dealing with surgery and longer recovery times, it's gonna have to be a wait-and-see-thing.
"As an organization, they're being very, very intelligent and well thought out about how they're going about this season. It might not be the most fun thing for their fans, but it's not like this year is the finish line.
"It's a long, long process when you're looking at doing things over a three, four, five-year period."
Short-term pain for long-term gain, right?
If Curry missing the rest of the season ends up netting the Warriors a Top 3 pick in the draft, you would take that, right?