It’s already been an eventful NBA offseason, but for the Golden Gate Warriors guard Steph Curry the excitement has just begun. Before heading to FIBA World Cup training camp later this month, Curry headlined perhaps the most intriguing trial of his career – a BOOMco Blaster Challenge against Sacramento Kings guard Rudy Gay.
First: BOOMco is a new line of blasters from the toy company Mattel that debuted earlier this month. The shoot out hollow plastic darts that have an eraser-sized tip made of a special material that will let it stick to targets and parts of blasters and not to walls, windows, or anything else.
To help really launch BOOMco, Steph and Rudy put together teams to compete on the night of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards to see who get hit the most targets and named the Ultimate Blaster Champion.
Before the challenge, Curry spoke with SI Kids about BOOMco, NBA offseason transactions, and his goals for the 2014 NBA season.
Three weeks after opting out of his contract, Carmelo Anthony is staying in New York. He made the announcement on his website yesterday.
“This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team,” Melo wrote in an essay titled “My City, My Heart.” “I am looking forward to continuing my career in Orange & Blue, and to working with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams.”
Editor's note: This essay was originally published at SI.com.
Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.
The days leading up the NBA Draft can be stressful for the NBA’s top prospects. But between media day and taking the stage at the Barclays Center, 10 top prospects spent some time with a group of New York City students.
The soon-to-be-draftees stopped by Public School 111 in Manhattan last week to host an NBA FIT clinic with 75 young aspiring basketball players. Their visit also helped tip off the city’s free summer meals program.
The surprise move of the NBA offseason isn’t LeBron or Melo opting out of their contracts. It’s that Jason Kidd got traded.
Kidd spent last season — his first as a former player — behind the bench coaching the Brooklyn Nets. But he decided to show us that trades aren’t just for players. A strange series of events that began last Friday ended today when the rare coach trade: Kidd is headed to the Milwaukee Bucks for two second-round picks. The Bucks fired head coach Larry Drew organization Monday morning, after the deal with the Nets was reached. The Nets, meanwhile, are suddenly in need of a new bench boss.
The 2014 NBA draftees all have long and promising careers ahead of them. Some of them may be future All-Stars or even Hall of Famers. But for now, these guys are just getting used to being in the spotlight.
Let’s meet some of the first round draft picks you might not know much about!
Dante Exum (No. 5, Utah Jazz)
From the land down under, Dante Exum, the “international man of mystery” as John Rothstein appropriately coined him, went No. 5 overall to the Utah Jazz. This 18-year-old guard from the Australian Institute of Sport joins Kyrie Irving, Andrew Bogut, and Luc Longley as only the fourth player from Australia to be selected as a lottery pick.
“It’s an unbelievable experience. Words can’t explain. It’s just great,” Exum said.
When the Jazz selected Exum, many were left wondering how Trey Burke and Exum would fit together.
“I think I already spoke to him, and he’s excited to have me, and I’m excited to be there. I know we’re both going to give up something a little so everyone’s happy,” said Exum. Who is giving up what? Will Burke relinquish his starting position? Time will tell.
Fun fact: Exum’s father was a North Carolina Tar Heel in the early 1980s.