Warriors' Draymond Green supports California bill to pay NCAA athletes


Warriors' Draymond Green supports California bill to pay NCAA athletes

Draymond Green wants to pay the players. 

The Warriors forward tweeted his support of the California State Assembly passing the Fair Pay to Play Act on Monday night. The bill, if it becomes law, would bar universities and colleges from taking away an athlete's scholarship or eligibility in order to punish them for profiting off of their name, image or likeness. 

The State Assembly voted 72-0 in favor of the bill Monday night, and it will go back to the State Senate before reaching Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk for signature. California's legislative session ends Friday, and Sen. Nancy Skinner -- the bill's sponsor -- told USA Today on Monday that the Senate could vote on the bill as soon as Tuesday. Newsom would have 30 days to sign or veto the bill, and it will become law if he does neither. 

As things currently stand, college athletes must sign away their name, image and likeness rights to their schools when they play. The NCAA pulled in over $1 billion in revenue for the first time in 2017, while 69 Division I men's basketball coaches and 82 Division I football coaches are paid six-figure salaries, according to USA Today's databases. 

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If the bill becomes law, it will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023. In the meantime, it is expected to face heavy opposition from the NCAA and its California schools.

In a letter to California lawmakers earlier this year, NCAA president Mark Emmert threatened to bar California schools from competing in NCAA championships if the law passes, as Emmert claimed it would be in violation of their amateurism rules. The NCAA currently is appealing U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken's March ruling that the organization violated antitrust laws and that Division I football, men's basketball and women's basketball players can receive compensation from schools outside of athletic scholarships, provided the benefits are tied to education. 

D'Angelo Russell eyes super team with Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker

D'Angelo Russell eyes super team with Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker

D'Angelo Russell has only had a few months to get to know his new Warriors teammates, but he's already extremely familiar with two players he plans to team up with in the future.

Golden State's guard, acquired in a sign-and-trade with Brooklyn in July, is featured on the newest cover of Slam Magazine. Russell, however, isn't alone. He's there with two longtime friends.

Russell, Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns and Phoenix's Devin Booker go way back. They came up through the AAU system together, and entered the NBA at the same time. Towns and Russell were the Nos. 1 and 2 picks in the 2015 NBA Draft, while Booker was the No. 13 overall selection.

All three players are part of the next generation of NBA superstars. And in convening for the magazine shoot, Russell confessed a desire to form a super team with them down the line.

"We gotta do this again, when we’re all on the same team,” Russell said toward the end of the shoot. “Nah, don’t cut [the film]. Y’all got it on footage. When we’re all on the same team -- I ain’t gonna tell you which team because I don’t know -- we’re gonna do this again."

Russell signed a four-year contract with Golden State after coming over in the sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant, and is due to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2022-23 season. Both Towns and Booker have five years remaining on their contracts, and are scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency one year after Russell. All three are paid handsomely.

It remains to be seen if it even will be possible to fit all three players on the same roster in the future, especially if any of them continue to improve (and thus qualify for larger salaries). Still, Towns is the oldest of the three, and he only turns 24 this November.

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There's plenty of time for it to happen. In the meantime, however, you can expect all three of Russell, Towns and Booker to star separately on their current teams.

Andre Iguodala describes Steph Curry's amazing hand-eye coordination

Andre Iguodala describes Steph Curry's amazing hand-eye coordination

We all know how much Andre Iguodala loves Steph Curry.

The former Warriors forward repeatedly has said the two-time NBA MVP is the second-best point guard of all-time, behind only Magic Johnson.

After Game 2 of last season's NBA Finals against the Raptors, Iguodala said he's all for anything that protects Curry's legacy.

On Thursday morning, Iguodala once again was singing Curry's praises.

"Steph's got something else. Anybody seen 'The Accountant?' Steph's like that. He's good at everything," the 35-year-old said on Hot 97 radio. "Hand-eye coordination. He probably could shoot somebody from 1,000 feet away.

"I've seen him throw darts. I've seen him bowl like 250. Ping-pong. Golf, he could play pro in real life. He can throw a fastball 80 miles per hour, right down the middle.

"He's got this hand-eye thing that's freakish."

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Wait. Steph can't hit 95 miles per hour on the radar gun? Lame.

Also, looks like I need to go watch the movie The Accountant.

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