HoopsHype Stephen Curry rumors


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Stephen Curry already had been named an NBA All-Star starter when the Western Conference reserves were announced two weeks ago, but he received a text message that day that put it all in perspective. "It was from my Mom and one of the guys who I (train) with in Charlotte," the Golden State Warriors point guard recalled to USA TODAY Sports recently. "He was saying, 'Just take a step back and think — two years ago, you were on this (All-Star) snubs list, and now we're having this conversation about leading the All-Star voting.'" USA Today Sports

As Curry sees it, his game is relatable — duplicable, even — because of both his skill set and stature. Whereas stars such as James (6-8, 250 pounds) and Durant (6-9, 240) have the kinds of measurements and athleticism that most people can never dream of, Curry dazzles in the kind of wonderful way that fools one into thinking this is just an extreme case of practice making perfect. "I'm 6-3 and 185 pounds on a good day, so I probably relate more to the casual fan who watches the game and is not super athletic, not this crazy monster of physical stature," says Curry, who is averaging 23.6 points, 7.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals and whose Warriors have the NBA's best record (41-9). "I just do it a different way, I guess, and a lot of people love the way the game has kind of shifted — the shooting and the talent at (the) guard (position). USA Today Sports

They had agreed that a decision on the full reconstruction would not be made until they had more clarity. But the bad news never came, as Ferkel found no structural damage and wound up cleaning out loose debris and scar tissue. Curry would be back within three to four months. Later that day, the team issued a statement that offered only subtle hints about the significance of it all. "The surgery went about as well as we could have hoped for entering the procedure," Ferkel said in the statement. "We were pleased that the surgery was limited to simply a cleaning out procedure and I anticipate that he'll be ready before the start of training camp." USA Today Sports

Curry will star in a spree of new TV ads this week for sponsors Unilever, Express and Under Armour. His high profile will help position him as the league's next big athletic endorsement star in the vein of James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. The Golden State Warriors sharpshooter actually beat King James in this year's All-Star fan voting. He also jumped to No. 2 behind James from No. 7 on the NBA's list of best-selling jerseys. Both on the court and on Madison Avenue, Curry will take center stage during the four-day basketball celebration that culminates with TNT's telecast of the 64th NBA All-Star Game from Madison Square Garden Sunday night (7 p.m. ET). AdWeek.com

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Curry, whose poor defensive reputation is now a myth, has also credited Adams for his advice on that end of the floor. He's third among point guards in defensive real plus-minus and first in steals among all players. Last season, the Warriors sought to hide Curry on the offensively inept. This season, he's more than a defensive asset. "A lot of our steals are coming simply by good hands," Adams said. "Steph, for example, has really gotten skilled on the ball, anticipating passes -- we call it sticking the ball. He's really developed kind of a feel for that." Curry's hands are fast, which is why he boasts one of the quickest triggers on his shot release. Now, he's using those fast hands to bedevil offenses as well as defenses. ESPN.com

The NBA announced its four legends for the Shooting Stars competition at All-Star Weekend, going away from the traditional city-affiliated teams, which enables Stephen Curry to be joined by his father, Dell, on Team Curry. Other legends who will participate are Dominique Wilkins, Scottie Pippen, and Penny Hardaway. Chris Bosh, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook are leading their teams, while Swin Cash, Elena Della Donne, Sue Bird, and Tamika Catchings are the WNBA players participating. Boston Globe

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Team Bosh will compete against Team Curry featuring NBA player Stephen Curry, NBA Legend Dell Curry and WNBA player Sue Bird, Team Davis consisting of NBA player Anthony Davis, NBA Legend Scottie Pippen and WNBA player Elena Delle Donne and Team Westbrook involving NBA player Russell Westbrook, NBA Legend Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway and WNBA player Tamika Catchings. NBA.com

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