The entire season, proven Warriors vets and the hard-working former D-Leaguers and undrafteds the team has intentionally cast its lot with, have been clearing way for the Golden Child, Stephen Curry. He arrived with his own blog on GQ and all the ESPN talking heads talking about him. Loudly. But he's been a disaster at everything but statistical percentages on shooting and twitter followers and the Warriors locker room is in incredible shambles "behind the scenes." All because the team handed the team over to this spoiled brat from Day One and smears its own players on the side in the process. EVERYONE wants out. Even GQ, the Media Darling 6th man Daddy Complex empty gym stat pad Champ, the garbage time All Star, hates playing for the Warriors.
Last season, Anthony Morrow shot .467 from the three point mark. He led the league by more than a full percentage point (Jameer Nelson - .453). Jason Kapono led the league by such a margin the season before. And he'd led the league with an unreal .514 percentage in 2006-07 while the next highest percentage, owned by Steve Nash, was "only" .455. Kapono won the All Star weekend 3PT shootout in back to back seasons in which he led the league in 3 PT shooting. Anthony Morrow has not rattled off such dominance yet in the regular season and will not get a chance to dominate the shooting contest he was born to own.
Morrow was mixing it up with Reggie Miller on TNT last season and was discussed regularly around the league as a lock to make the contest this year. His sweet stroke is well known and much admired. And yet, no invitation to compete with Channing Frye and Paul Pierce for downtown dominance.
Somehow, the league concocted a strange invitation to the Rookie-Sophomore game for Morrow when Rose was selected to the real All Star team. This is about the least relevant way Morrow could possibly have been shown off. He's a specialist with enough extracurricular NBA athleticism, tenacity, and talent to stay on the floor to do his thing, shooting the rock. But the BEST place to show him off and the correct way to reward him for all of his hard work last year and forever as a notorious gym rat with a world class stroke.... is in the 3 PT contest. Want to push hard work, D League dues paying (though Morrow was never in the D League), and four years of college? Morrow's your guy.
Instead, Stern went with the hype gimmick and the Warriors will next reward Morrow with a round of Hardball! negotiations resulting in Morrow taking the Qualifying Offer or the CJ Watson Special CJ Watson just rejected so he can get the hell away from these psychopaths as soon as possible. Because the Warriors did NOT go to bat for Morrow in the 3PT contest. EXACTLY the opposite. Typical contract-relevant lobbying AGAINST the team's own player. After the Monta Ellis fining and the Andris Biedrins incentives witholding, this should surprise no one.
Morrow has recently been held out of Warriors games by the complicit-in-Tank Warriors medical staff. He was perfectly healthy the night Corey Maggette's defensive wizardry flopped into his teammate's knee. But the team saw its chance and pounced. Now Morrow's ready to go in a pickup streetball one-on-one game but not ready for the 3PT contest?
He's qualified for league leaders in 3PT percentage.
His percentage ranks 6th in the league, higher than all but one Shootout contestant (Pierce).
The league knows him and knows his shot.
But, as Marcus Thompson II said, this is a popularity contest.
The slobbering masses who pay folks like Chris Cohan scads of money for bad basketball know who the pretty-mouthed little shithead legacy brat from some crappy basketball school is. They're primed to forget Anthony Morrow already. The team had an obligation to its young player and its fans to do what was right and put the league's best 3 point shooter in the 3 point shooting contest. Instead, they chose the easy money route and continue to go all in on the GQ Curry hype campaign as they shit on the relevant NBA talent and rotation pieces that could eventually lead to, you know, actually winning some games.
They've now intentionally and ACTIVELY (with actual lobbying calls to league offices and everything) put Curry ahead of Morrow. They've replaced Ellis and Morrow with Curry for all future intents and purposes. THIS is precisely what Robert Rowell's Fist Bump on draft day- the one Larry Riley couldn't believe was happening as it happened to him- was all about.
Rowell found his salary dump messiah, a coddled legacy media darling the league could not POSSIBLY crap on just because the Warriors landed him. The Warriors drafted GQ Curry to shoot, shoot, shoot, as I said after the draft. NOT to play point guard. He sucks at point guard. David Thorpe didn't mention him ONCE in his midseason point guard awards. He called him the best rookie shooter at the midway point. And he called him the "most improved," whatever that means (AJ Price was co-named). The league is feeling the pinch on the overblown national media frenzy on GQ. This is their last shot to salvage the hype machine this season.
He'd better fucking win the damn thing after his daddy and the Warriors lobbied to get him in the contest. This is all he and the Warriors have going for them, like Jason Richardson's dunk contest greatness not so long ago. And they're all in. They're all in.