Orlando Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced a series of basketball operations promotions today. Pete D’Alessandro, who joined the Magic in 2017, has been promoted to associate general manager. David Bencs has been elevated to an assistant general manager. Adetunji Adedipe has been promoted to vice president of player personnel. Stephen Mervis has been promoted to vice president of basketball strategy & evaluation. Larry Thompson has been promoted to vice president of security. Kevin Tiller has been named the general manager of the Lakeland Magic.
Golden State: Stephen Curry (left foot soreness) has been downgraded to probable. Otto Porter (left foot soreness) has been downgraded to questionable. Andre Iguodala (right knee inflammation) has been downgraded to questionable.
Anthony Slater: Stephen Curry: “I’m going to play. That’s all I know right now.”
Kendra Andrews: Curry said because this foot injury is similar to what happened near the end of the season, he had a good idea of what to expect pain-wise & what to do treatment-wise. "There's comfort knowing I've been here before, but obviously would rather I don't have to deal with it."
Keith Smith: Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry: "I don't have any real update. We only had a film session just now. But we expected him to play tomorrow."
Shams Charania: There is optimism today on Warriors star Stephen Curry’s status for Game 4 of the NBA Finals vs. Boston on Friday, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . It appears Curry won't need MRI, has avoided major issue with his left foot, and will attend Golden State's afternoon practice.
I asked Curry: How scary was that moment? “It’s a big body, obviously,” Curry said, referring to Horford. “I haven’t seen the play, so I don’t know if it could have been avoided or not. I was in that situation with Marcus back in the Bay, and you just want to get your foot out of there. That’s all I was trying to do at that point, knowing the position I was in.”
Connor Letourneau: Stephen Curry said it felt like a foot sprain. Added, "I don't think I'll miss a game, though."
Melissa Rohlin: Steph Curry: "I'll be all right. I got caught underneath Al. Obviously, there will be some pain, but I'll be all right."
Tim Reynolds: Curry says it's the same thing that happened against Boston in the regular season, "but not as bad." That means sprained foot. Says he expects to play Friday.
Malika Andrews: Klay Thompson on Steph Curry: “I’m really hoping he’s okay because he’s our identity…”
ClutchPoints: Reporter: “Injury to Steph Curry that forced him out of the game?” Steve Kerr: “When they dove on the floor? I kept him in the game… I took him out with 2 mins left cuz we were down 14.” “No concern for Steph moving forward?” “I didn't say that… We will know more tomorrow.”
CJ Holmes: Steve Kerr says he took Stephen Curry out of the game with two minutes left because the Warriors were down 14, not because of his apparent injury. However, he didn’t deny that the injury was a concern. The team will know more about the nature of it tomorrow.
Kendra Andrews: Steve Kerr wouldn't say if Steph Curry was injured or not on that play late in the fourth with Al Horford. "We'll know more tomorrow."
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry's been beat up the last few minutes. Stayed down after he was tangled up on that loose ball. Grabbing at his rib cage after that Marcus Smart bump the last drive. His night's over. Steve Kerr pulled starters. Only one day off before Game 4.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry’s minute total can be “elevated” tonight in Game 3 a bit. Came through the first two games well. pic.twitter.com/9WqQGsMWZV
Kendra Andrews: Steph says that he still feels some discomfort in his foot, but "that doesn't matter." It's about figuring out how to manage that through the playoffs. He also said he's not necessarily rushing back to the starting lineup, but is just focused on making his minutes impactful.
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry explains the decision to come off the bench. Still undecided whether that will continue in Game 2. pic.twitter.com/I02ni0rRE7
Anthony Slater: Late surprise: Warriors are starting Jordan Poole in place of Stephen Curry. Presumably as a way to control Curry on a tight minutes restriction. So it’s Poole, Klay, Wiggins, Draymond, Looney.
Anthony Slater: Stephen Curry is officially playing tonight in Game 1, per Kerr.
Mark Medina: More Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry: ""Everything's gone really smoothly. We expect him to play tomorrow." Kerr added, "I have every reason to think his comeback will be successful."
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry will be on some sort of a minutes restriction in his return. No exact number yet. Kerr: "He's not playing 30, 35 minutes." He will start though and they'll figure out the pattern from there.
Mark Medina: Warriors' Stephen Curry said he's "hoping it's Saturday" when he returns for Game 1 vs the Nuggets
Connor Letourneau: Steph Curry: "This injury, the first 2.5 weeks, I literally couldn't do anything. I had a boot on. ... It's weird how it goes from almost 0% to 75% really quick."
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr believes Steph Curry will have a minutes restriction, and said he won't play "30-35 minutes." Kerr suggested Curry won't come off the bench after doing so off prior injuries leading into playoffs. Then, Kerr said "I was young & dumb." Now? Kerr: "Old & dumb."
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry scrimmaged today. Three 6-minute segments. Kerr: "Felt good. Told me it's another checkpoint to hit. He's optimistic he'll play Saturday." Warriors not making anything official. But everything clearly remains on track.
Connor Letourneau: Stephen Curry is "very optimistic" about playing Game 1 on Saturday. We should learn shortly whether he scrimmaged today, which would indicate that he has a very good chance of playing Game 1. sfchronicle.com/sports/article…
Shams Charania: Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry (foot) is on track to make his return in Game 1 vs. Nuggets on Saturday as long as he clears team’s scrimmage today without issues, sources tell me and @anthonyVslater .
Mark Medina: Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry "practiced fully with the team" and "took part in everything" on Wednesday. Kerr said that it's "looking good" that Curry scrimmages on Thursday
Mark Medina: Andre Iguodala coy on how Steph Curry looked in practice today: "He was on the starting unit, and I was on the 'bum' unit. So, I was just focused on my guys."
Marc J. Spears: Steve Kerr says Curry has been doing individual court work and nothing more than the update. Kerr says "he's literally day to day." Kerr expects the team to scrimmage on Thursday.
Kendra Andrews: Steve Kerr says that it’s essential that Steph Curry gets a scrimmage under his belt before playing in a game. Says it would be “irresponsible” if he didn’t. The team will scrimmage on Thursday.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr on Steph Curry: "There's a chance he could be ready for Game 1, there's a chance he could not." Said the Warriors will know more as he gets on the court over the next few days. Warriors should get in practices Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
As the Golden State Warriors wrap up their regular season, the status of Stephen Curry for the start of the NBA playoffs is still up in the air as he works his way back from a left foot sprain. "We'll see how everything goes with Steph next week. There is a chance he could be ready for Game 1, there is a chance he might not," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said ahead of the team's regular-season finale against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night. "It's literally going to be a day-to-day thing as it unfolds this week. We'll know a lot more after the next few days when he's ramping up his work."
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry: "He is on the court getting shots up. He's been able to ramp things up a bit."
Kendra Andrews: Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry: “We were hoping that maybe he could play one or two games at the end of the regular season, but that was kind of a long shot. This is how it’s turned out… I’m not too worried about him.”
CJ Holmes: Steve Kerr says Stephen Curry's rehab is going fine. He's not worried about him finding rhythm entering the playoffs, and playing in the last two regular season games wouldn't make much of a difference. " All it takes is one shot and he's back in rhythm," he said.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said Steph Curry is doing pool work, treadmill, weight room. Not yet on the court. pic.twitter.com/VBhxdTmDYI
Mark Haynes: Andre Iguodala: “One thing we have to do is be smart about how we start to implement guys because Steph’s out, and you can't replace that. He's one of the top players ever. You don't want to rush him back or put too much pressure on him. That's how you get another injury.”
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr talked to Steph Curry yesterday. He said Curry is still in rehab stage of his foot recovery. Not yet on the court. Here’s the full update. pic.twitter.com/dBL6t3p6R1
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry walked with a slight limp and with a boot on his left foot as he made his way up to the podium Sunday night. It was the first time he spoke with reporters since spraining a ligament in the foot Wednesday against the Boston Celtics. "It was definitely painful at first. But it's getting better by the day," Curry said Sunday. "Trying to assess the recovery in real time, just knowing how much we can push it on a day to day. I'm just trying to stay patient and know that it will continue to get better."
Anthony Slater: Here is Steph Curry detailing the specifics of his foot injury and recovery. Says he believes he will return before Game 1 of the playoffs: “I’m an optimist.” Full soundbite pic.twitter.com/5vEPeI6qR1
Shams Charania: Warriors will re-evaluate Stephen Curry in two weeks.
Shams Charania: Warriors star Stephen Curry has been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in left foot that will sideline him indefinitely, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . X-rays on the foot returned negative Wednesday night – meaning no fracture or major damage, a sigh of relief.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Initial evaluation of Steph Curry's sprained ligament in his left foot offers optimism that he can return by the start of the playoffs in mid-April, but he's expected to see specialists soon for further evaluation, sources tell @Ramona Shelburne and me.
Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry was ruled out of the second half of Wednesday night's 110-88 loss to the Boston Celtics due to left foot soreness. He underwent an MRI immediately after the game. Asked about his level of concern surrounding Curry's foot, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, "We'll know after the MRI." Curry injured his foot at the 4:17 mark of the second quarter when his leg got rolled on by the Celtics' Marcus Smart as the two wrestled for a loose ball.
Kerr was shown yelling at Smart after the play. "I thought it was a dangerous play," Kerr said. "I thought Marcus dove into Steph, and that's what I was upset about. A lot of respect for Marcus. He's a hell of a player, a gamer, a competitor. I coached him in the World Cup a few summers ago. We talked after the game and we're good. But I thought it was a dangerous play."
Smart explained that he didn't see Curry and was just going after the ball. "I saw the ball, I dove for the ball, trying to make a play," Smart said. "Unfortunately that occurred." He added: "I'm sure I'm going to get called dirty. But I know who I am. ... I play very hard and I leave everything on the court. ... My teammates, my colleagues, they know I'm not a dirty player."
Mark Haynes: Draymond Green on Marcus Smart hurting Steph Curry: “I can't call it a dirty play. I will say that was probably an unnecessary dive...The Ball is literally in front of him, so if anything, you can say it was unnecessary, but I can't call that a dirty play.”
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry left the Warriors’ road trip early. He’s back in the Bay Area with Rick Celebrini. Belief is his hand injury is very minor. Steve Kerr said team is hopeful he will play Tuesday against the Pistons.
Marc Stein: Golden State’s Stephen Curry has returned home for additional treatment on his right hand injured in Friday’s rout of Chicago and will thus miss the final game of the Warriors’ road trip tonight in Minneapolis. No Curry or Draymond Green (calf) against the Timberwolves.
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry is out tomorrow against the Timberwolves with right hand soreness. Fell on it hard yesterday in Chicago.
Warriors star guard Stephen Curry fell hard on his right hand on a drive to the basket in the first half of Golden State's 138-96 win over Chicago on Friday and winced in pain for a few minutes but stayed in the game. Curry said after scoring 19 points to help the Warriors to their most lopsided win of the season that he will get his hand looked at by the team's medical staff, but he indicated he didn't think it was serious. "Anything that involves the hands, especially the right one, you're a little concerned," he said. "But the feeling came back, the strength came back. It hurts, but I'll be all right."
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry said the way his left quad is feeling, he is “not optimistic” he will play tomorrow against the Pelicans. Doesn’t believe it’ll be an issue that lingers too long, but don’t expect to see him in New Orleans. pic.twitter.com/jitkJgYiRi
Connor Letourneau: It’s official: Stephen Curry is cleared to play tonight.
Nick Friedell: Kerr on Steph playing tonight. “He went through shootaround and felt pretty good. He said he’s good to go.”
Anthony Slater: Some notable Warriors injury news: Steph Curry is questionable tomorrow in Cleveland with a left hip contusion, Andre Iguodala is out with left hip injury management. Rest day for Iguodala. It’s front end of back-to-back.
Kerith Burke: Bazemore said Steph was dealing with a hairline fracture in his tailbone, an injury that goes back to March. Steph has been wearing a butt pad under his shorts. "He'll never let you know how he's feeling," Baze said about Steph playing through aches this season.
Steph Curry is wearing a butt pad and playing quite well in it. Is this butt pad a thing that’s happened a lot and I’m just now hearing about it, or is it a pioneering thing that Steph is doing? Jeff Stotts: There have been other examples of tailbone contusions in the NBA. I was a little surprised, those five games lost are a little outside the norm. Usually those injuries don’t require a lot of time. That being said, they can be very painful. I think we probably have guys coming back wearing those little butt pads on their contusions. We just don’t hear about it. But since it’s Steph and he openly talked about it, I think it’s getting some notoriety. That’s all you can really do for a tailbone. It’s all about padding it up so it doesn’t get aggravated.
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry on his right foot/ankle issue tonight: "Hopefully it'll be good by Sunday. It's not as prominent as the (ankle twist) in Boston."
Derek Bodner: #sixers afternoon injury report has the following players listed as questionable: - Ben Simmons (illness) - Dwight Howard (left knee soreness) - George Hill (right thumb) - Tobias Harris (right knee soreness) - Seth Curry (left hip flexor tightness Also: - Steph Curry (ankle)
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry on his ankle twist: "One of the usual ones I've had in the past...Kind of a guessing game at this point. But the fact I could continue, it's a good sign." Says he has "no idea" if he can play Monday, but he's "hopeful." Depends how it responds.
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry is getting treatment on his left ankle right now. Kerr: "My sense is it was a tweak that was painful, but he's going to be alright."
October 1, 2022 | 5:22 pm EDT Update
Shaquille O’Neal ain’t down to outspend Jeff Bezos for the Phoenix Suns … but if the billionaire wants to join forces in an effort to own the NBA franchise — The Big Diesel tells TMZ Sports he’s in for that! Shaq says he initially had interest in buying Robert Sarver’s share of the org. after the disgraced owner announced last month he was putting it up for sale — but when he found out Bezos potentially wanted in, he was all out. Shaq explained even with his deep pockets — he’s reportedly got a net worth of around $400 MILLION — he wanted no part in competing with Bezos’ checkbook.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams has agreed on a two-year, $25.2 million contract extension, his agent Darren Matsubara of @wassbasketball tells ESPN. Adams — an immense culture piece for a young roster — is now tied to the Grizzlies for three years, $43.1 million.