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Why Warriors' Draymond Green isn't worried about technical foul count

Why Warriors' Draymond Green isn't worried about technical foul count

SAN FRANCISCO -- Draymond Green has toed the line against the league's automatic suspension for technical fouls many times in his career. But even with Green four such fouls away from a suspension, the Warriors forward isn't worried about missing any games. 
 
"I really don't care," he said Friday morning. "It is what it is."

As of Friday morning, Green has 12 technical fouls this season. If he is assessed 16 by the end of the year, he will trigger an automatic suspension and a $5,000 fine.

His latest tech came in the third quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Utah Jazz when he bounced the ball twice following a layup by Utah center Rudy Gobert, one of which skied high atop the basket close to the visitor's bench. On Friday, Green said he disagreed with the referee's call. 

"I got a tech the other day for bouncing the ball," Green said. "I ain't even slam the ball. I dribbled the ball, dribbled it again and let it go and I got a tech. Ain't my fault the ball had too much air in it." 

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Throughout his career, Green has been among the league leaders in technical fouls, barely avoiding receiving an automatic suspension. For the last two seasons, he's finished with 15 technicals, prompting a question from Green on Friday afternoon. 

"Have I ever got suspended for technical fouls?" he asked. "It probably won't happen again ... You just know what you're facing and you make adjustments." 

Warriors' Steve Kerr casts doubt on Steph Curry's March 1 return date

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Warriors' Steve Kerr casts doubt on Steph Curry's March 1 return date

SAN FRANCISCO -- As the return of Steph Curry looms, Warriors coach Steve Kerr cast doubt on his targeted March 1 return date against the Wizards, citing Curry's lack of full-speed reps in recent days. 

"He’s only scrimmaged twice," Kerr said following Wednesday's practice. "In fact, I think he needs to scrimmage more before he’s ready to play. We’ll see how it all plays out."

Curry -- who broke his hand Oct. 30 -- participated in a scrimmage Wednesday morning, in a run that included Draymond Green, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Dragan Bender, assistant coaches Luke Loucks and Theo Robertson and Seth Tarver -- who played collegiately at Oregon State and is a longtime friend of guard Klay Thompson. This is the second scrimmage for Curry during his rehab process. On Saturday, Curry also participated in a scrimmage. As he progressed, The Athletic reported that Curry will indeed make his debut Sunday against the Wizards, in line with what Curry has said on record in recent days.

Nonetheless, Kerr pushed back on the notion that the date is a formality. 

"I think yesterday’s report, which was news to us, is not official," Kerr said. "Nothing’s official. Steph will play when he’s ready to go. That date has been something that’s for sure on Steph’s mind. But he’ll play when we all feel like he’s ready to go. I think he needs some more scrimmage time." 

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Sunday's targeted return date is a culmination of a rigorous rehabilitation stretch. In December, the two-time MVP underwent his second surgery to remove a screw in the second metacarpal. Since the surgery, Curry frequently has been seen on road trips participating in strenuous workouts following practices. Still, Kerr says the guard may not be ready.

"He’s been out for four months and he’s been doing a ton of individual work. But to put someone in an NBA game, you have to feel really, really comfortable that everything is there conditioning-wise, strength-wise," Kerr said. "And a lot of that you can’t simulate unless it’s actual basketball. He’s done everything that Rick [Celebrini] has asked of him and more. His individual workouts have been taxing but two scrimmages against non-NBA players -- no offense to them -- doesn’t exactly qualify as perfect preparation."

In the interim, Curry -- who was averaging 23.5 points in four-game prior to the injury -- will participate in scheduled practices Wednesday and Friday before his re-evaluation on Saturday. 

NBA rumors: Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala didn't plan on joining Heat

NBA rumors: Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala didn't plan on joining Heat

The Memphis Grizzlies shipped former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala to the Miami Heat the day before the NBA trade deadline.

It wasn't shocking to learn that Iguodala was on the move. That was expected.

But what did cause the basketball world collectively to say, 'Whoa,' was when we learned that the 2015 NBA Finals MVP agreed to a two-year extension that would pay him $30 million ($15 million guaranteed because there's a $15 million team option in 2021-22).

The Athletic's Shams Charania recently was a guest on the Pardon My Take podcast and shed some light on how the transaction went down:

"Andre Iguodala had no idea or intention in his mind to go play for Miami this year. None. (He'd) rather just stay at home in Silicon Valley. He had a part-time job in Silicon Valley. And he was telling anybody who would listen, 'I'm good.' I don't have the name of the firm off the top of my head...

"I said that they (the Heat) emerged as a suitor on Tuesday morning (two days before the deadline). And at that point, I was like, 'You know what, it's probably not gonna happen, let me just get it out there, at least get some buzz going.'

"And then as the day wore on, it's like 'Pat (Riley) might call and talk to Andre.' And then the next day, it's 'Pat Riley and Andre Iguodala got on a call and Pat sold Andre.'"

First off, it sounded like Charania had more information to disclose, but the conversation completely changed course because he had some business to deal with:

Secondly, what company was he working for?! 

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Third of all, isn't it a great visual to imagine Riley recruiting Iguodala and sealing the deal? You gotta love it.

In six games with the Heat so far, the 36-year-old is averaging 4.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 blocks, while shooting just under 39 percent (5-for-13) from deep.

It will be a lot of fun watching Iguodala in the playoffs.

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