Warriors guard Stephen Curry isn't surprised by accusations that NBA players take flops. "We had a drill in training camp my first year," Curry told me. "Head coach Don Nelson was out there with the mat down [working on] taking hits and selling it." ... Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau addressed criticism that he was responsible for Derrick Rose's injury because he kept the 2010--11 MVP on the floor too long in a first-round playoff game. "When I look back, I would not have done anything different," Thibodeau said. "It's unfortunate. It's not a death sentence for Derrick. It's not a death sentence for our team." ... Reds manager Dusty Baker thinks recent controversy around hit batsmen is overblown. "You're throwing a projectile 90 mph," Baker said, "and the margin between getting hit and [the pitch] being a strike is about six inches. Guys are going to get hit." ... Buck Showalter managed the Yankees under George Steinbrenner but says that's not the hardest job. "The toughest job in our sport is [managing in] Triple A," the Orioles' skipper told me. "We got guys going down, guys thinking they should be up. Nobody is happy."