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April 24, 2015

Cam Newton on the draft, Stephen Curry and possible Oprah connection

Cam Newton entertained nearly 800 Charlotte-area middle schoolers on Friday, and he talked about his foundation’s event, his health, the Panthers and more.

Here are a few tidbits that didn’t make the story:

On MVP candidate Stephen Curry: Newton stayed up late Thursday night—like most of us in Charlotte—to watch the magic Curry conjured up to put the Warriors into overtime and win against the Pelicans.

 

“He is ridiculous,” said Newton of his fellow Under Armour athlete. “I was looking at the game last night and I was watching and kind of foreshadowing him making the shot way before he made the shot. When I saw the game coming to eight points, I was like it’s only a matter of time. Anthony Davis is a big talent, but when somebody has the truth like Steph has, it’s fun to watch. Steph has always been a great friend of mine off the field, and I’ve been admiring him ever since we’ve been in contact with each other when I came to this league. He’s a native of North Carolina and for him to have the success that he’s having, I’m rooting for him.”

In a recent ESPN The Magazine article, Curry credited some of his success to watching Newton prepare at training camp in 2012.

“He came to Spartanburg and was asking the small questions, basically the details of what we do,” Newton said. “I didn’t, per se, think he understood key protections or those slides or making any audibles, (but) he was just admiring preparation on a day-to-day basis.”

On the draft: Newton didn’t publicly endorse any one prospect to the Panthers for next week’s draft, but he didn’t deny how nice it’d be to add someone else to the offense.

“Absolutely, but at the end of the day it’s out of my hands,” Newton said. “I do have full (confidence) in those guys knowing they have our best interests as an organization and a team, so I’m looking forward to it. whoever we do get, I’m pretty sure they have been researched and known about for a while and they’ll be the right fit.”

On Stedman: Before meeting with the media, Newton met with Stedman Graham, who’s best known as the longtime boyfriend of mogul Oprah Winfrey. Graham is an educator and entrepreneur.

 

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on April 24, 2015 at 01:54 PM | Permalink

Comments

I love the fact I read this. Newton doesn't get enough credit for working his butt off to quickly adapt from a spread-offense College QB into an upcoming NFL elite QB. We are all witnesses

- Snippet from the ESPN Curry article -

"But the full picture of how Curry wanted to place his own stamp on the position didn't fully click for him until the summer of 2012, when he visited the training camp of the Carolina Panthers, one of his favorite teams. Curry sat in on a full day of quarterback meetings and saw a contemporary in Cam Newton, who won the 2011 NFL offensive rookie of the year by playing quarterback like a point guard in shoulder pads. In the playbook and on film, Curry recognized how Newton was juggling the same dozen or so basic responsibilities that point guards also have to manage in real time: game situations, momentum, positioning, ball protection, elevating teammates, staying three steps ahead of the defense and, when needed most, making something happen all by yourself.

The difference was that even as a rookie, Newton wasn't hesitant, overly worried about mistakes or brain-locked by all the duties the way Curry had been. Newton was smooth. Effortless. In command. And having a freakin' blast. Curry realized that although a point guard has dozens of responsibilities, the toughest one is to let it all go and ball like you're back on Jack's country court. "

Posted by: Taz | Apr 25, 2015 2:08:52 PM

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