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Warriors’ Steve Kerr won’t toot his own horn, but David Lee takes care of that

MILWAUKEE — Rookie Warriors coach Steve Kerr, asked how much of the credit for the team’s success should go to him, smile and said, “How do I answer that?”

It’s not so much him, he’s said all season. It’s the talented players. It’s the support he’s received from the rest of the staff.

But certainly Kerr has played a large role in helping the Warriors take the next step following back-to-back playoff appearances under Mark Jackson. Now, this team after a win at Milwaukee on Saturday, has set a franchise record with their 60th win.

David Lee, who has seen his role decrease in recent weeks, is among those who gives plenty of the credit to Kerr.

“He’s done a great job,” Lee said. “I think he’s been a great fit for this team.

“He’s done a great job of I think fine-tuning what we already have going, and it’s really simplified a lot of things for us. The hardest part sometimes when you’re playing the way we’re playing is to stay focused every single game, and I think in years past we’ve had problems losing to teams that we’re ‘better than.’ Or losing games that we shouldn’t lose. Or losing games at home that you should never lose.”

The Warriors these days rarely lose, and for that they’ve captured the top seed in the West and are well on their way to earning homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.

Kerr in the coming weeks during the postseason will be expected to give the aw-shucks quotes to the media about himself. But players up and down the Warriors roster know better.

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Warriors’ Draymond Green agrees Stephen Curry should be Most Valuable Player, and ‘it’s not close at all’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Warriors forward Draymond Green joined teammate Andrew Bogut in saying that the MVP race is “not close at all” and that it should go to Stephen Curry.

The support came on a Friday night when Curry racked up 38 points, 10 assists and three steals in a 107-84 win at Memphis. He was 8 for 12 from 3-point range.

“Best record in the league, best offense in the league by a lot,” Green explained as to why Curry should be MVP. “I think Steph has the best plus-minus in the league. And not to mention, what he does he usually does it in three quarters because we’ve beaten a lot of teams by a lot of points. Every game we play isn’t close, so you don’t have to score in the last seconds or the last few minutes of games. So he sits the whole fourth quarter, so those numbers can get a little skewed, too. Obviously you see when he plays the whole game the numbers that he puts up.

“But beyond numbers, what he does for this team, he’s the most valuable player. To be the No. 1 player on the No. 1 team, that says a lot about an MVP to me, so I don’t think it’s close at all. But who knows what’s being valued?”

Not everyone would agree with Bogut and Green.

Earlier in the day, Houston general manager Daryl Morey told SportsRadio 610 that the MVP is the Rockets’ James Harden.

“To me, it’s like overwhelmingly obvious,” Morey told the station. “Obviously, I’m biased. But for me, it’s not close. It’s just not even close.”

Morey listed reasons including measurements both internal and public that show Harden generates the most wins for his team. Morey also noted an advantage Harden had and referred to Curry’s candidacy.

“We’ve had the most injuries of any club in the West, of any playoff club for sure,” Morey said. “Golden State’s had the least.”

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Warriors’ potential first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City would be missing Kevin Durant

The Oklahoma City Thunder for a possible first-round playoff series against the Warriors would be missing star Kevin Durant, who will miss the rest of the season and undergo foot surgery.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement Friday that the NBA’s reigning MVP was expected to return to basketball activities in the next four to six months after a bone graft surgery scheduled for next week that will address persistent soreness in Durant’s right foot.

Oklahoma City leads Phoenix by three games for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot while trailing Dallas by four games for the seventh seed with 10 regular season games remaining.

The Warriors hold an 8 ½-game lead over Memphis for the conference championship with 11 games left.

The Warriors won three of the four games they played against the Thunder this season. Durant scored 30 points in one half at Oracle Arena before spraining his right ankle in Golden State’s win in December. He was held to 14 points on 3-for-16 shooting in a loss in Oakland in January before scoring 36 points at Oklahoma City 11 days later in a win against the Warriors.

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Warriors’ Draymond Green launches line of ‘Cool Story, Glenn’ shirts days before facing Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Just in time for the final Warriors-Clippers regular season game, Draymond Green has unveiled a line of “Cool Story, Glenn” shirts in his official online shop.

Green used the phrase numerous times in an interview with KNBR two weeks ago when the player responded to sarcastic comments made by Doc Rivers by referring to the Clippers coach’s given name.

“I approved it,” Green said Friday, the morning after the release of the line of “Cool Story, Glenn” shirts on Athlete Originals that includes three different designs. “A lot of fans kept asking me for it, so the person who runs my store thought that it would be a good idea.

“They sent me the design. I approved.”

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Mark Jackson once again makes reference to Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob in sermon

By Diamond Leung

Mark Jackson continues to reference Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob in his sermons, with the latest mention coming 10 months after his firing.

“I had a joy when I was coaching,” Jackson said Sunday in recorded comments to his congregation at True Love Worship Center International in Reseda, where he is an ordained minister. “I had a joy when I got fired. The owner of the Golden State Warriors was baffled when I left the meeting, shook his hand and smiled. I said, ‘I’m praying for you.’ He looked at me like I just cussed him out. All I said was, ‘I’m praying for you.’

“There are folks in this world that cannot comprehend or understand the peace that you have…”

Lacob, who declined comment through a team spokesman, was previously a topic in Jackson’s sermon in December. Lacob had apologized for critical comments about Jackson that he made at a venture capitalists luncheon days earlier.

Jackson told the congregation Lacob “put me on blast” and “said I was good for nothing, an owner that knew me for three years and spent a couple of minutes around me, an owner that had the audacity to say that 200 folks don’t like me in the business.”

A current ESPN broadcaster, Jackson twice worked games at Oracle Arena since his firing, including two weeks ago when the league-leading Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers.

“I did say hello to him briefly the other night when he was there – waved to him, really,” Lacob told Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami later that week on a podcast. “We didn’t get a chance to talk. Mark, we wish him the best. He’s obviously a very successful broadcaster. Probably will wind up coaching again at some point, and I’m sure he’ll do a good job.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry follows through on promise, personally sends All-Star shoes to shooting victim’s family

Warriors guard Stephen Curry made good on his promise to send the shoes he wore during All-Star festivities to the family of Deah Shaddy Barakat, a fan who was shot to death last month.

Saleh Barakat, who identifies himself on Twitter as Deah’s first cousin, revealed on social media Thursday that Curry last week had personally shipped the shoes to him. He posted a picture of the shoe on which the player had written, “#RIPDEAH” and the Bible verse “Romans 8:28” before using them during the Shooting Stars competition in Brooklyn.

“Thank you so much Steph!” Saleh Barakat wrote on Instagram, adding that the shoes were “precious” and that he definitely would not be wearing them. “We can’t thank you enough for this #blessed #thankful.”

Added Saleh Barakat on Twitter: “Hope you win MVP.”

Curry said after playing in the All-Star game that he would send the shoes to Deah Barakat’s family, as the leading vote-getter in the balloting was able to pay tribute on a big stage.

“And hopefully they know a lot of people are thinking about them,” Curry said then.

Deah Barakat, 23, was shot to death in Chapel Hill, N.C. along with his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, on Feb. 10 in Curry’s home state. Craig Stephen Hicks has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

After the shootings, Curry learned Deah Barakat was known according to his sister for his “love for basketball and anything Steph Curry.”

Curry wrote the message on his Under Armour Curry One Father to Son signature shoes four days after the shootings and later that evening won the Three-Point Contest.

“Much respect for @StephenCurry30,” Saleh Barakat tweeted last month after learning Curry would be honoring the memory of his cousin. “I cannot express how happy I am right now. I’m shaking so much.”

 

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry subjected to ‘Steph is a girl name’ sign at Portland

one section away from the big screen! #notimpressed #ripcity #blazersvwarriors #Splashbros #blazernation

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PORTLAND — Warriors star Stephen Curry had his nickname playfully besmirched by a fan at Portland, and the Trail Blazers made sure the sign that was held up was for all to see.

Appearing on the video scoreboard late in the game was the fan holding up a sign that read, “Steph is a girl name.”

By that point, Curry was well on his way to a night in which he racked up 33 points and 10 assists as the Warriors would capture their first division championship in 39 years.

one section away from the big screen! #notimpressed #ripcity #blazersvwarriors #Splashbros #blazernation

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