Thursday, September 28

Takeaways from Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins’ All-Star weekend

Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins squared off Sunday night in the NBA All-Star Game, but the injured Draymond Green was as present as any of them on the TBS broadcast as he continued his foray into commentating.

Takeaways from the All-Star experience for all three of the Warriors in Cleveland.

Steph and HBCUs

Inside the home locker room at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Steph Curry pointed out how strange it felt to be there, the place his opponents retired to after so many Finals battles. Outside, the Cleveland fans reminded him of that history — three Finals losses at the hands of Curry and the Warriors — with a chorus of boos.

In the same building a night earlier, Howard rallied past Morgan State to win the inaugural HBCU Classic, part of the the NBA’s initiative to uplift athletic programs at historically black colleges.

With increased access to platforms of the magnitude of All-Star weekend and more funding going into the programs, Curry believes the NBA isn’t far off from its next star coming out of an HBCU. One of the country’s top basketball recruits in the Class of 2020, Makur Maker, chose to play at Howard over traditional blue bloods but after injury is now playing professionally in Australia.

“Obviously it’s going to take a couple athletes to take a leap of faith in that respect too,” Curry said. “So it’s on the program. It’s on the people who invest in the programs to continue to support that and make it as real an opportunity as possible. I hope Morgan State and Howard, here, playing this game, putting them on this stage and making the spotlight as big as possible that continues to help validate that as well.”

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Draymond Green on TV

Draymond Green arrived at All-Star media day on Saturday with a pad on his lower back, meant to help his posture. A problem with a disc in his back has kept him out the past 21 games and prevented him from playing in the All-Star game Sunday night.

According to Green, he has no set target date for his return and views his timeline as week-to-week — for what it’s worth, James Wiseman described his timeline as day-to-day and has been more active in practice — but the focus this weekend was posture.

“I really started to ramp my workouts up more and more. So I’ll just continue to do that through this break and coming out of the break and kind of see where that falls,” Green said. “Definitely feeling really good about where I am. … But I’m not gonna rush back and try to get back out there before I feel like I’m all the way, 100 percent right.”

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