Stephen Curry happy to keep a close eye on brother-in-law Damion Lee

OAKLAND – Warriors guard Stephen Curry seemed more than excited to have his newest brother-in-law Damion Lee on the Warriors’ training camp roster.

Curry, who’s sister Sydel wed Lee this summer, has a unique reason for his excitement.

“It would be fun,” Curry said. “And obviously I get to keep close eyes on him,”

Lee, who proposed to Sydell last fall, played the majority of his season in the G-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors, averaging 15.8 points, five rebounds and 2.6 assists. In March, he signed three 10-day contracts with the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 10.7 points on 40 percent shooting in 15 games before signing a two-way deal with the Warriors, bringing the family together once more.

The Warriors reached an agreement to sign Damion Lee to a two-way contract. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel)
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“It’s fun. He’s part of the family, obviously,” Curry said. “We spent a lot of time the past two years especially working out. He’s been out here in the Bay with Santa Cruz and whatnot and I’ve been rooting him on when he was in Atlanta last year …read more

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Leonard strikes exactly the right tone in Raptors introduction

TORONTO — Silence can speak volumes, but words matter too.

In the yawning and conspicuous quiet that followed the Toronto Raptors acquisition of Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs way back on July 18th — a deal that also netted veteran shooting guard Danny Green and saw Mr. Raptor DeMar DeRozan and young centre Jakob Poeltl go to Texas – it was inevitable that in the absence of sound would flow the thunder of doubts.

They are not unfounded; collectively they are what made the deal a high-risk, high-reward gambit for Raptors president Masai Ujiri.

After all, Leonard is under contract for just one more year, he’s coming off an injury-plagued, nine-game season and a strange, seemingly bitter divorce from the only team he’d ever played for and with which he’d won an NBA championship in 2014. It’s been widely reported that his ultimate destination is Los Angeles, making Toronto only merely a pit stop for the 27-year-old.

Without any word from Leonard – even given his well-earned reputation as a guy who lets his considerable game do the talking for him – it was too easy to assume the worst.

He didn’t want to come to Toronto in the first place. He was still injured and wouldn’t be able to open the season. He definitely wouldn’t be open to staying beyond this year and it was questionable how committed he would be even when he was here.

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Why Klay Thompson still isn’t biting on free agency questions

OAKLAND – As he enters a contract year, Klay Thompson continues to maintain he isn’t all that curious about free agency and what the future might hold for him elsewhere. He’s happy where he is with the Warriors, and doesn’t think he’ll feel the itch to test the market for the first time in his career.

“To be honest, not really,” Thompson said Monday at the annual media day. “I think when guys go into free agency, they’re searching for a situation like mine or similar to our team. So I’m perfectly content here. Just look around the walls and the artwork and see how I was a part of this build-up, it keeps you motivated and makes you want to be a Warrior my whole career.”

Thompson, currently sporting longer hair and a full beard on the eve of training camp, has had a busy off-season. He made a trip to China for the second straight year as part of his shoe endorsement deal, and recently returned from Qatar where he took part in a promotion for the 2022 World Cup.

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Missing DeRozan, Raptors’ Kyle Lowry is all business now

TORONTO – “Kyle will be all business.”

That’s what Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri said to expect of Kyle Lowry’s forthcoming 2018-19 NBA season, his seventh with the organization.

Gone is the head coach that he managed to work though some rough times and help turn him into the four-time all-star point guard we see today.

And, perhaps most importantly, gone is his best friend and fellow all-star backcourt running mate DeMar DeRozan.

On Monday, during the Raptors media day, Lowry held court in a very familiar building, in front of some very familiar people, but looked altogether unfamiliar in his setting.

Among the most common sights around Raptors media availabilities over the past five years has been Lowry flanked alongside DeRozan, who would often loosen up Lowry and at least make answering reporters’ questions somewhat bearable.

Around DeRozan, Lowry’s surly demeanour was more a fun quirk than anything else.

At Scotiabank Arena Monday morning however, after sauntering up to the podium all by his lonesome, it seems clear that the gruff manner he was fielding questions wasn’t with tongue planted in cheek.

“I’m here to do my job,” Lowry said of how he’s feeling heading into training camp. “One thing about me is I’ve always been prepared to come in and try to win a championship. I’ve always been given an opportunity to go out there and do me, and come back ready to go, in shape, ready to play. My mindset never changes: Come to work for the Toronto Raptors, try to win a gold ball.”

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