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Personal trainer: Curry shooting more free throws 'simply because...'

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Personal trainer: Curry shooting more free throws 'simply because...'

When Steph Curry was the unanimous MVP in 2015-16, he shot 5.1 free throws per game.

Last year, he got to the line 4.6 times per contest.

Through eight games this season, Curry is averaging a career-high 7.6 free throw attempts.

Why the surge?

“It’s something that we talked about for several years now,” Brandon Payne -- Curry's longtime personal trainer -- told Sam Amick of USA Today Sports. “As he has continued to develop and mature physically, he has a little more speed and burst that might not have been there a couple years ago.

Now when he goes into the paint, instead of absorbing contact, he’s looking to initiate the contact. He’s driving with a purpose. He’s driving looking to finish and initiate the contact, and I think that’s what’s led to this spike in free throws.

"And I don’t think it’s going to slow down anytime soon.”

Considering the fact that Curry is shooting over 95 percent (58 for 61) from the line this year, the Warriors don't want it to slow down.

When you're the deadliest 3-point shooter in the game -- and you get to the line a lot -- you're nearly impossible to guard.

“Teams are going to come out and they’re going to push up on him and they’re going to try to take away space from him out on the perimeter and it leaves driving lanes,” Payne explained. “And now, he certainly has the ability to get in there, and he gets in there very quickly, and he gets in there not only looking to score but to get to the free throw line as well.

"When you drive aggressively, you’re constantly putting the officials in a position where they have to make a decision. You’re not giving them the out by trying to get around contac. I think he’s starting to get more calls simply because of the posture and kind of the aggression that he is going to the basket with now.

"I think once the officials have started to realize that he’s starting to do that, then they’re going to look to make that call.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

NBA rumors: Lakers add Michael Beasley on one-year contract

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NBA rumors: Lakers add Michael Beasley on one-year contract

Michael Beasley found himself a new basketball home on Friday.

The Lakers agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Beasley, league sources told multiple national reporters.

In 74 games with the Knicks last season, Beasley averaged 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds.

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Beasley -- the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft -- will be playing for his seventh NBA team.

The 29-year old also played for two different teams in China.

Beasley was teammates with LeBron James in Miami during the 2013-14 season.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Jonas Jerebko ready to show he's 'a lot better player than people think'

Jonas Jerebko ready to show he's 'a lot better player than people think'

Earlier this week, Jonas Jerebko was introduced to Bay Area media members.

He talked about his expectations for next season and his role with the Warriors.

On Friday morning, he was a guest on 95.7 The Game and told Warriors fans they should have a pretty high bar for the "Swedish Larry Bird."

"I've been 10 years in the league and I feel like I'm getting better every year. I feel like I haven't played my best basketball yet," Jerebko declared. "The most minutes I did play was my rookie year."

Jerebko -- the 39th pick in the 2009 draft -- averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds as a rookie in Detroit.

He missed the entire 2010-11 season because of a torn Achilles tendon, but bounced back in 2011-12 to the tune of 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.

The 31-year old played a couple more seasons in Detroit and was then traded to Boston in February 2015.

He re-signed with the Celtics in July 2015 and averaged 15.1 minutes and 15.8 minutes per contest in his two seasons under Brad Stevens.

In Utah last year, Jerebko registered 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.3 minutes, and shot over 41 percent from 3-point territory.

"I got a lot more to give and I'm a lot better player than people think I am sometimes," Jerebko said. "I'm ready to show that."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller