Wyc Grousbeck. I know both February and June will be very active. Because we have all these draft picks and young players, we get a lot of calls. And so Danny, Mike Zarren, Austin Ainge, they get a ton of calls and try to figure out if there’s anything to recommend to me to make the team better. My view of this draft right now is it’s going to be as many phone calls as we’ve ever had. I don’t worry much about what players we end up drafting, because that’s completely on the basketball side.
February 18, 2019 | 6:37 pm EST Update
Liz Mullen: NBPA: Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors was elected First Vice President of the National Basketball Players Association. Iguodala has served as a VP on the Executive Committee since February 2013. He will replace LeBron James whose 4-year term has just expired. pic.twitter.com/mqX16CjKNd
Growing up in Radford, Virginia, Sonya Curry once saw a Ku Klux Klansman light a cross on fire. She heard stories about how her mother was part of the desegregation of a high school and regularly got into fights over being called the N-word. She learned early on in her life that “racism is real.” But through sports, Curry found a way to overcome the racism she experienced in small-town Virginia. And while her NBA sons, Stephen and Seth Curry, were blessed to be raised by successful, educated and wealthy parents in Charlotte, she made sure they knew about her upbringing.
“I wanted them to understand that in their world that could be seen as sheltered they needed to hear stories,” Sonya Curry told The Undefeated during All-Star Weekend. “The biggest thing she told us is that we grew up a little different than she did,” said Stephen Curry. “She was always quick to remind us up on the realities around the country and to appreciate our experience.”
Stephen Curry credits his mother for helping him develop the strength of his voice on social and racial issues. “I understand that there was stuff going on and stuff that she dealt with on a daily basis in Radford that were necessary for us to understand, even though we were brought up in a different space,” he said. “I never had to live it, per se, but I definitely understood. You could see it in her eyes when she talked about it.”
Seth Curry said he and his siblings knew they were “privileged” having a father who made millions playing in the NBA. But it was tough for them to see the trailer park she grew up in and hear her story. “My mom always made it known to appreciate what we have and where we grew up,” Seth Curry said. “She always took us back home to where she grew up. We saw the environment. It instilled our core values in us, and she is the main reason we are the way we are today. She raised us on faith and to be grateful for everything.”
February 18, 2019 | 4:50 pm EST Update
Yes, Beal wants some help in Washington and believes he may be able to find it by selling other stars on the Wizards’ future. After trading Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris, the Wizards could have some money to play with in free agency and Beal wants to help them use it. “The recruiting process is really going alright. It’s going alright. I’m trying,” Beal said. “This is new for me. I’m definitely getting some ears and seeing what guys are looking for.”