Warriors' Damion Lee sick of Steph Curry family questions, wants respect


Warriors' Damion Lee sick of Steph Curry family questions, wants respect

Warriors guard Damion Lee is tired of all the questions that come his way related to the fact he is married to Sydel Curry.

You see, Sydel's older brother is Wardell Stephen Curry II, a.k.a Steph Curry.

"At the end of the day, my name is Damion Lee," the soon-to-be-27-year-old said after Thursday's practice. "It doesn't matter who I'm married to. I played basketball before I've been married to who I am.

"I want people to respect that. I work hard for this s--t. At the end of the day, I've battled. I've battled. I'm battle-tested. Going through a broken hand, two ACLs. 

"I've gone through a lot of s--t during my career to get me to this point. And I don't want anyone in the media to disrespect me, disrespect my family, disrespect the front office here in Golden State for believing in me, for knowing my abilities."

Love it. Awesome. Great stuff.

Lee -- who was on a two-way contract last season -- appeared in 32 games with Golden State, averaging 4.9 points on 39.7 percent shooting from deep.

He averaged 20.3 points and 6.0 rebounds over 24 appearances with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

It seemed like Lee had done enough to earn a full-time NBA contract in free agency, but nobody -- including the Warriors -- offered even the minimum.

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So Lee once again is on a two-way deal with Golden State this season. If and when he makes contributions to both teams, he doesn't want anybody to mention that he's a part of the Curry family.

"I just want to lay that out on the line right now that going forward this year, there's no family questions," Lee reiterated. "When I'm here in between the lines -- my 9-to-5, this is my job -- I'm thankful, I'm blessed, I'm healthy, I love my family.

"Everybody knows I don't have any beef with the media ... no family, there's nothing of that sort because I worked hard to get to the spot that I am."

Yes he did.

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Warriors fans might take coronavirus tests upon entering Chase Center

Warriors fans might take coronavirus tests upon entering Chase Center

Joe Lacob doesn't sound concerned at all about revamping the roster this October to put the Warriors in position to contend for the title next season.

In fact, it seems like Golden State's owner and CEO is more focused on another key area.

"Our biggest challenge is going to be the virus and getting fans back in the stands," Lacob told Larry Beil this week on ABC7's "With Authority" podcast. "That's what we are built to do -- have a great audience and entertain our fans, as well as win a championship. So we really want to do that.

"We're working really hard in that regard, to try to figure out a way that we can resume play with fans."

Lacob uniquely is positioned to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, as he earned a master's in epidemiology from UCLA. He never thought that degree would be put to use in his professional life.

But now, it has great importance. And Lacob is at the forefront of the NBA's quest to get fans in arenas for games as soon as possible.

"I've worked with the league extensively on the testing strategies with respect to what's going on in the bubble," he told Beil. "And we're actually doing the same thing in terms of trying to lead the way (for) how we're going to maybe test fans as an example -- if need be -- when we resume play."

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So yes -- if you want to attend a Dubs game at Chase Center next season, it's possible that you will get tested for COVID-19 -- and get an immediate result -- before you are permitted to enter the building.

Then again, this probably only becomes a possibility if the city of San Francisco and public health experts give the Warriors clearance to allow fans through the doors. Additionally, it's possible the NBA returns to some form of a bubble format and avoids games in local markets altogether.

Myriad options remain on the table, and there is no timetable for when the league's plan will be finalized.

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But regardless of the logistics, Lacob expects the Warriors to win a lot of games no matter where they are played.

"It really does look like things are lining up for us to be a very good team next year," he said. "It's hard to say (when) you're the worst team in the league that you're gonna be a contender for the title -- but I do think we will be."

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NBA rumors: Warriors might get clearance for Chase Center team practices

NBA rumors: Warriors might get clearance for Chase Center team practices

So it turns out the Warriors might be allowed to get together this offseason after all.

The NBA and NBPA are negotiating the particulars that would permit the eight teams not included in the Orlando bubble to hold organized team workouts, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski also provided some details.

These reports indicate the league and union have abandoned plans either for a second bubble in Chicago, or for the eight teams to enter the bubble in Orlando once playoff teams start getting eliminated.

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It's very safe to assume this latest piece of news makes Steve Kerr, Draymond Green and many others in the organization very happy. Golden State's coach made it very clear in early June that he prefers getting his team together for practices at Chase Center.

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As for Draymond -- unless Kerr's mindset has changed, the expectation is that he will be a full participant should the NBA and NBPA strike a deal. The same goes for Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

"I would not consider this voluntary," Kerr told the media over two months ago. "Given that we would be staring at a nine-month break, I would be shocked if any one of those three guys said to me, 'No, I don't want the work.'

"They all know they need the work and we all need the work. So they'll be there."

Stay tuned.

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