Source: Warriors refute report that Steph Curry likely out for season

Source: Warriors refute report that Steph Curry likely out for season

Well that was fast.

On Friday morning, Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report wrote the following about Warriors 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.

Apparently, that is far from the truth, as a source has told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock something very different.

Bucher later clarified his original reporting.

The Warriors' last regular-season game is April 15, which is five-and-a-half months after Curry underwent surgery on his broken left hand.

So it would be quite shocking if we don't see the two-time NBA MVP again this year.

But 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 he gave 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."

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Early February can't get here soon enough.

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Warriors, 76ers collaborate to honor Philadelphia native Kobe Bryant

Warriors, 76ers collaborate to honor Philadelphia native Kobe Bryant

Joel Embiid on Tuesday night played while wearing the No. 24 on his jersey instead of his customary 21.

His 76ers teammates wore one of two numbers during pregame warmups. Some wore 24, others wore 8.

The Warriors, every last one of them, wore black. The weight of the moment was etched on the face of rookie guard Jordan Poole.

This was the power and influence of Kobe Bryant, whose death on Sunday is being absorbed ever so slowly by the NBA fraternity and many outside the sport.

Temporarily defying the rules and purpose of competition, the Warriors and 76ers began the game in Philadelphia -- where Kobe was born and attended high school -- by allowing themselves to reflect on something bigger than basketball.

[RELATED: Draymond, Kerr having trouble processing Kobe's death]

They spent the first 35 seconds of the game focused solely on Kobe’s life and death. Embiid won the opening tip, directing the ball to Ben Simmons, who promptly placed it on the floor, where it sat for the next eight seconds. The crowd inside Wells Fargo Arena stood and cheered, after which an eight-second backcourt violation was assessed, the turnover giving the ball to the Warriors.

D’Angelo Russell inbounded to Draymond Green, who followed Simmons’ example by placing the ball on the floor. The Warriors took a 24-second possession violation, giving the ball back to the Sixers.

The first dribble was not taken until 11: 25 remained in the first quarter, the first shot coming 22 seconds later.

This all came after a pregame ceremony to honor Bryant. His Lower Merion High School No. 33 jersey, white with maroon trim, was spotlighted, along with eight more spotlights signifying the other victims that perished in the helicopter crash Sunday in Southern California. The names of all nine, including Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were in lights on the message board.

It was another example of the vibe permeating the NBA since the tragedy.

Warriors vs. 76ers live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV


Warriors vs. 76ers live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

The Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers will play a basketball game Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena, but the action on the court likely won’t be at the forefront of the minds of those in attendance.

Tuesday night’s game marks the first NBA game in Philadelphia since the tragic passing of former Los Angeles Lakers star and basketball icon Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash this past Sunday. Kobe was born in the City of Brotherly Love and starred at nearby Lower Merion High School during his prep career.

Warriors guard Jacob Evans was recalled from the G League on Monday and could take the court for Golden State. 76ers center Joel Embiid is listed as questionable with a hand injury.

[RELATED: Steph posts stirring tributes to Kobe on Twitter, Instagram]

Here’s how you can watch Warriors-76ers on NBC Sports Bay Area:

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. PT, pregame begins at 3:00 p.m.
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams App

Live stream all your Warriors games and get the latest news and analysis on the MyTeams App.