The latest twist on the “What Do We Say About Stephen Curry” story comes from Phoenix, where Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic explains why Curry isn’t a Sun.
“The Suns’ belief that Stephen Curry fell to them in a draft-night trade scenario in 2009 was unbeknownst to the Currys. The Suns believed they had negotiated a deal for Golden State’s No. 7 pick and players in exchange for Amar'e Stoudemire. Their draft room exploded in cheers when Minnesota inexplicably went for point guards Ricky Rubio and Johnny Flynn with the Nos. 5 and 6 picks.
“As it turned out, Golden State nixed the deal once Curry fell to that spot. ‘We told Minnesota that Steph didn’t want to go there,’ said Dell Curry, the ex-NBA standout who is Stephen’s father and a Hornets television color commentator. ‘We had no idea that they had agreed to a trade. Obviously, they couldn’t put that out. I remember (then-Suns general manager and now Curry’s Golden State coach) Steve Kerr calling me (the following morning) and saying, ‘Don’t go to the press conference. We have a trade that they reneged on.’ I’m like, ‘That’s between you guys. We’re going wherever they tell us. We can’t not go.’
“The Suns’ scouts considered Curry, a soon-to-be two-time MVP, to have the potential of Steve Nash, a two-time MVP, even then as he came out of Davidson. They did not dare to dream that he would be available at No. 7. The Suns had negotiated the trade, thinking they could possibly get Jordan Hill at No. 7. They wound up passing on point guard Jrue Holiday at No. 14, taking Earl Clark instead, because they thought they had Curry.”
Still waiting to hear from the Sixers.
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This is your new favorite team, and the best thing is you'll never know where to find their scores.
But for the link-averse, from Who Ate All The Pies:
“German second tier side SV Sandhausen have secured a sponsorship deal that is certain to go down well with a certain section of their supporters – namely the ‘sex-starved perv’ demographic. Sandhausen recently announced that they have successfully agreed a commercial partnership deal with local brothel Bienenstock Eros Centre (which translates as ‘Beehive’), which is located in the neighbouring town of Heidelberg.
Bienenstock, it might interest you to know, claim to be the “most environmentally-conscious” brothel in the world. As Sandhausen general manager Jürgen Meier Mach explained, ‘They are a very serious partner. Alcohol and cigarettes are regularly promoted (by other clubs). At least Bienenstock is good for the environment.’
Plus, ticket holders get a discount. Fill in your own joke.
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Jim Harbaugh is now on a Make A Wish Foundation watch list for making wishes for 12-year-olds that he gets fulfilled because he is a successful football coach who is also, well, 12 years old.
But if he’s going to coach first base at exhibition games and not get thrown out for irritating the umpire, or convincing his runners to cut across the diamond on a ball in play, or staying in the manager’s hotel suite to entertain recruits . . . well, what’s a Harbaugh to do in those idle moments when there’s no Jed to kick around any more.
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Yoenis Cespedes has reached the Rodman stage of spring training -- in which he has to continue to top himself after six cars, a horse and a pig, but is now backed into a corner where only piercings, hair dye and cross-dressings will do.
That “pop” you just heard is New York Mets manager Terry Collins pulling off his own head.
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Charlotte’s Jeremy Lin took offense to Chris Rock’s Asian joke at the Oscars (three Asian kids named Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz as the auditors from Price Waterhouse), which reminds us of one truth that cuts across all ethnic lines.
The Oscars are an entertainment pathogen who cause for more damage in those who watch them than their viral load should allow. Honest. They suck the tread off a truck tire, and always have. If you like a movie, you don’t need a bunch of faceless voters telling you what you should have thought.
Plus, everyone who watches them every year hates them every year. It’s a lot like the Cleveland Browns, speaking of pathogens.
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And finally, Carson Wentz scored a 29 on the Wonderlic test, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn. Perfect. In other words, a human achieved a meaningless number on a stupid test taken at a desperately useless exercise.
But with all that, I’d still love to see Roger Goodell have to take that test –- while nail-gunned to a desk in a smoldering building marked for immediate demolition.
I’m all about the knowledge.