NBA Media Day 2013: Photos, Highlights and Reactions from Day 1
Slowly but surely, hoops heads, we're getting there.
The 2013-14 season is almost at our fingertips.
For seven different teams, that nine-month grind toward basketball bliss starts today. The Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors will hold their media day sessions before jetting out for international preseason contests.
Questions can start to be answered. And there are plenty to go around.
This promises to be an action-packed day, so stay tuned for any and all developments from one of my favorite times of the year: NBA media day.
This is a terrifying sight for anyone with the Golden State Warriors looming on the schedule in the immediate future.
Coming to a lockdown defense near you... pic.twitter.com/0pV8V81iXu— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) September 27, 2013
Klay Thompson used the second half of the 2012-13 campaign to emerge as one of the better perimeter stoppers in the NBA. You know, the category of players that Andre Iguodala has led for a few years now.
Together, the perimeter will be awfully difficult to score from.
Well now this is a scary thought.
Curry says he wants to work on a post game, like Andre Miller— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) September 27, 2013
Curry is already the best three-point shooter in the league. Bar none. Can you imagine if he suddenly added another dangerous weapon to her arsenal?
According to Synergy Sports (subscription required), Curry scored only 0.44 points per possession in the post last season. Since he only posted up nine times, that's not enough for him to qualify for the rankings, but he would've been very near the bottom.
Unsurprisingly, Stephen Curry's decision to leave Nike for Under Armour has been a big topic of conversation today.
The questions have come from everyone, including Andrew Bogut, who interrupted everything to ask about the finances of his new deal.
Bogut grabbed mic during Steph's media session. Asked him if UA deal was really worth $10M. Curry responded w/ smile "It's in the ballpark."— Benjamin Cruz (@cruzkontrol) September 27, 2013
Curry was also asked about Nike's other top representatives, like Kyrie Irving. But he shot that down as a potential reason for leaving.
I asked Steph Curry if Kyrie Irving being one of the main guys at Nike had anything to do with the move to UA. He said no, it was comfort.— Poor Man's Commish (@poormanscommish) September 27, 2013
Anyone else really excited to see this happen?
Despite the dunk videos, Curry gave himself 50-to-1 odds that he dunks on someone this season.— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) September 27, 2013
I'd buy that poster. Without a second thought, even.
Stephen Curry doesn't look particularly thrilled to be surrounded by this horde of reporters. I understand if he feels like it's been a long day.
Steph. pic.twitter.com/MmRwtvlbE0— Jordan Ramirez (@JRAM_91) September 27, 2013
Plus, there are so many things Steph might rather be doing.
- Testing out his lemon-flavored mouthguard from MoGo.
- Practicing his three-point stroke.
- Working on his free-throw motion.
- Hiking to strengthen his ankles.
- Making hilarious Vines.
Mark Jackson has jokes, everyone.
Mark Jackson: "My starting 5 will be Andrew Bogut." I see what you did there.— Grant Hughes (@g30three) September 27, 2013
You've gotta give him credit; this is a nice, creative answer to a difficult question. And it's true, as Andrew Bogut will most assuredly be starting when he's healthy enough to play.
Isn't it sweet that the Curry brothers do everything together?
Seth Curry rocking all yellow Under Armour shoes. Perhaps the Curry brothers were a package deal?— Benjamin Cruz (@cruzkontrol) September 27, 2013
Personally, I can't wait to see these two light up NBA squads while playing alongside each other. It's going to be an uphill battle for Seth Curry to earn any playing time on a pretty stacked Golden State roster, but he can shoot the basketball.
So can Hasheem Thabeet, technically, so I suppose I should rephrase. Seth can shoot really well.
Russell Westbrook's status for the Oklahoma City Thunder's season-opener is still up in the air, but that doesn't keep the point guard from remaining optimistic.
Russell Westbrook's "not sure" if he'll be ready to go to open the season, but was very positive at media day Friday: http://t.co/Bg4svmDQs8— Royce Young (@royceyoung) September 27, 2013
Westbrook hasn't missed a single regular-season game at any point during his impressive young career, and that streak could be in jeopardy now. But even if he has a delayed start to 2013-14, don't expect anything less than another All-Star-caliber campaign.
Jermaine O'Neal has clued us in to the secret. The Dubs were able to maintain such an impressive win-loss record at home because...John Belushi was involved?
I could be mistaken, but I think that's what he meant.
One Warriors offseason addition sounds eager to get his Golden State career started:
"I'm gonna play hard, night in night out" - first year Warrior Toney Douglas. LIVE: http://t.co/NljPXL1U7O— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) September 27, 2013
My only question is how and where he's going to play. With Kent Bazemore, Nemanja Nedovic and possibly Seth Curry and Cameron Jones vying for reserve backcourt minutes, Douglas will have to fight for his playing time.
Warriors' sophomore Harrison Barnes debuts the team's new white short-sleeve jerseys:
Golden State fans, does Barnes' body look ready for more time at the 4?
Maybe it's just me, but this Nerlens Noel quote seems incomplete:
I think he meant along the way to Andrew Wiggins. It's a Wiggins-or-bust season for the Sixers.
Golden State's offseason prize, Andre Iguodala, comes with loads of expectations and apparently just as many media requests:
Your newest Warrior, Andre Iguodala. pic.twitter.com/Ixel3v53dm— Jordan Ramirez (@JRAM_91) September 27, 2013
At least he's not in Denver. That would be a lot of talking at altitude.
Ognjen Kuzmic, a 2012 second-round pick of the Warriors, arrived at Media Day with a new contract and bum ankle:
Ognjen Kuzmic said he signed with the Warriors about an hour ago and hopes to be recovered from an ankle tweak by Monday's practices.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) September 27, 2013
He's 7'1", paper thin and a high-energy, two-way player, according to DraftExpress.com's Matt Kamalsky. With medical red flags flying around Festus Ezeli and more being kept at the ready for Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O'Neal, Kuzmic could bring some needed insurance.
Despite the amount of attention given to Houston's Dwight Howard-Omer Asik combo today, at least one expert isn't ready to buy into the idea:
For the record, I don't expect to see Asik and Howard on the floor together much at all beyond the preseason. Just don't see how it works.— Yannis Koutroupis (@YannisHW) September 27, 2013
Personally, I'm more intrigued to see how Jones/Montiejunas fits with Howard than seeing Howard/Asik try to be something they're not.— Yannis Koutroupis (@YannisHW) September 27, 2013
I'm not sure I'm buying the idea of Asik being on this roster after the trade deadline.
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