Orlando Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff W…

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.

More on Stephen Curry Injury

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.
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."
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.”
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."
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.
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: 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.
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: 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."
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.
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.”

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."
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.
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
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.
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 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."
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