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Steph Curry, Klay Thompson play rock paper scissors to decide who would honor Andre Iguodala

Steph Curry Klay Thompson Rock Paper Scissors

Andre Iguodala on Monday returned to the Bay Area to face his former team for the first time since they traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Iguodala, who was traded by Memphis to Miami last week, received a tribute video from the Warriors ahead of their game with Iguodala’s Heat.

Iguodala also spoke to the crowd to express his gratitude to them for their support. Prior to Iguodala addressing the crowd, Klay Thompson spoke to the fans before turning the microphone over to Iguodala.

How did Thompson get that assignment? He and Steph Curry played rock paper scissors to determine who would receive the honor.

If you’re Iguodala, you have to be a little peeved over this video. Those two guys had to play a game where the loser would have to introduce him? They should only have been too thrilled to speak positively about their former teammate.

Iguodala played with the Warriors for six seasons and won three championships with them.

Steph Curry hopes to return from hand injury in early March

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry is still eyeing a return to action for the Golden State Warriors in early March.

Curry was interviewed by ESPN’s Lisa Salters during Saturday night’s Warriors-Lakers game. The Warriors guard has been out since breaking his hand on a fall on October 30. He needed two surgeries and acknowledged it’s a long road to returning.

“It’s a work in progress. It’s getting better every day. I know it’s a long process from the time it happened and all the surgeries. But hoping to get back on the floor sooner than later,” Curry told Salters.

He was asked to analyze what areas he needs to get better in order for him to play.

“I don’t have as much strength. I can get shots up, I can kind of do my basketball and my skill work. Just got to get the strength right so I can deal with contact.”

Curry also said he’s still hoping for a return the first week of March.

“That’s the plan. It’s been the plan since surgery and the injury as severe as it was. I’m not rushing, but I’m setting a goal that hopefully I can meet first week of March to be back on the floor with my teammates and hopefully end the season on a strong note.”

Golden State has effectively been without Curry and Klay Thompson for the entire season, which explains why they have the worst record in the league at 12-40.

They don’t have much motivation to have Curry play only to spoil the team’s chances of getting the highest draft pick possible, so my guess is that the Warriors will announce on their next Curry status update that he’s coming along slower than anticipated and will be reevaluated in April. Then he’ll end up missing the rest of the season. I’d be surprised if he actually returned in March.

Video: Steph Curry, Kevin Durant share big hug after game

Kevin Durant Steph Curry

Steph Curry and Kevin Durant still have plenty of love for each other.

The Brooklyn Nets beat the Golden State Warriors 129-88 on Wednesday night. Even though neither player was playing in the game due to their recovery from injuries, they still were in attendance and shared a big hug after the game.

Why wouldn’t they share a warm embrace? They made the NBA Finals in all three seasons they were teammates and won two championships. Even though Durant was the Finals MVP in both championships, Curry never seemed to be jealous and was happy winning.

Curry did have an issue with the timing of Durant’s announcement that he would be signing with the Nets in free agency, but he seems to be over it now — for good reason.

Curry has been out since suffering a hand injury in October, while Durant has not played at all this season as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon.

Ja Morant fires back at Steph Curry over Andre Iguodala post

Ja Morant

Andre Iguodala has threatened to sit out the remainder of the year if the Memphis Grizzlies don’t trade him or buy out his contract, and the situation now has us on the verge of a full-blown social media war between Iguodala’s current and former teammates.

Iguodala was traded to Memphis from the Golden State Warriors over the summer in a salary dump move, and he has refused to play for his new team. Memphis players were asked about that following Monday night’s win over the Detroit Pistons, and Dillon Brooks said he hopes the Grizzlies trades Iguodala so they can beat the veteran. Ja Morant seemed to agree, as he tweeted a speaking emoji on top of the quote.

Enter Stephen Curry, who won three championships with Iguodala when Iguodala was with the Warriors. In response to Iguodala being ripped by Grizzlies players, Curry defended his former teammate by sharing a photo on social media of Iggy holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Morant fired back on Tuesday with a photo of Durant holding the NBA Finals MVP trophy.

Morant then appeared to back down. After Warriors fans descended upon the rookie, he was quick to point out how big of a Curry fan he is.

You can understand why Grizzlies players are frustrated with Iguodala. The 36-year-old has basically told them they are not good enough for him, and he’s going to great lengths to force his way out of Memphis. Iguodala may be in luck with at least one contending team interested in trading for him, but Memphis players have every right to fell ill will toward him.

Steph Curry comes to defense of Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala has faced criticism from fans and now his teammates for refusing to play for the Memphis Grizzlies, and it is hardly a surprise that Stephen Curry has his back.

The Golden State Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies over the summer in a salary cap-saving move, and Iguodala has been seeking a trade or buyout since he landed in Memphis. A report on Monday claimed he is prepared to sit out the entire season if he is not traded to a previously approved team, which led to the 36-year-old being called out by teammates. Curry, Iguodala’s former teammate, came to the swingman’s defense with a post on Instagram.

Obviously, Iguodala’s former Warriors teammates and his current Grizzlies teammates have much different opinions of him, and deservedly so. Iguodala helped Golden State win three championships and was named NBA Finals MVP in 2015. However, he has essentially told the Grizzlies and their players that he is too good for them, which is why he is refusing to play.

Dillon Brooks had some harsh words for Iguodala following the Grizzlies’ win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. That is unlikely to change Iguodala’s opinion of the situation, but Memphis is supposedly not going to buy him out if they can’t find a trade partner by Thursday. The situation could get even uglier once the deadline passes.

Report: Stephen Curry targeting March 1 return from hand injury

Stephen Curry

The Golden State Warriors are going nowhere this season and have a legitimate chance to earn the top overall pick in next year’s NBA Draft, but there has still been no indication that they plan to shut down Stephen Curry for the remainder of the season.

Curry has been recovering from a hand injury he suffered at the end of October, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr previously said that the point guard has a good chance to return sometime in March. According to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic, the target date is March 1 when Golden State hosts the Washington Wizards.

If Curry were dealing with something like a knee or soft tissue injury, you could argue the Warriors would be better off shutting him down and not risking anything. However, there is really no risk of him re-injuring the hand he fractured once it is 100 percent healed. The only reason for the Warriors to sit Curry would be if they want to go into full tank mode, and that would likely irritate the two-time NBA MVP since he is itching to get back on the court.

Thompson notes that Golden State may also want Curry to play this season so he can build chemistry with fellow guard D’Angelo Russell. Russell’s name has been mentioned in trade talks, but the Warriors supposedly want to hang onto him.

Curry has had two surgeries since he fell and broke his hand on Oct. 30. The Warriors are 10-34 and have the worst record in the NBA.

Steve Kerr: Stephen Curry has ‘excellent chance’ to return in March

Stephen Curry

The Golden State Warriors have gone from an unstoppable force to one of the worst teams in the NBA in the blink of an eye, and many have speculated that they will not bother having Stephen Curry return from his hand injury this year due to the circumstances. However, the plan is not for him to miss the remainder of the season.

Steve Kerr made an appearance on the “Posted Up” podcast with Yahoo’s Chris Haynes recently, and he said it remains unlikely that Klay Thompson will play this season after he tore his ACL late last year. Curry, on the other hand, is expected back.

“His injury is not nearly as serious as Klay’s because we’re dealing with a hand and not a knee,” Kerr said, as transcribed by Drew Shiller of NBC Bay Area. “We’ll re-evaluate Steph sometime in February, but I think there’s an excellent chance he comes back sometime in March — late in the season.”

While the Warriors are 9-30 and essentially have nothing to play for, Kerr said Curry is anxious to get back on the floor.

“Our fans deserve to see him play, he’s dying to play, our young players want to play with him,” the coach added. “So if we can get him back at the end of the season, it would be great.”

Curry has had two surgeries since he fell and broke his hand on Oct. 30, and one initial report said he would miss the entire season. However, as Kerr said, there’s really no reason for Curry to sit out if doctors declare him 100 percent healthy. It sounds like the Warriors are expecting that clearance to come in the next two months or so.