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Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson: ‘There will never be no issues’ with Stephen Curry

Asked if he had the opportunity to explain to Stephen Curry his pick of James Harden as the MVP, former Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Thursday he wasn’t going there.

“What I will say is there are people that will attempt to create nonsense and create friction,” Jackson told the Dan LeBatard Show. “From my end, that’ll never take place. I’m forever grateful for how he conducted himself as a player of mine. I’m forever grateful for who he is as an individual and the accomplishments that he’s had. And there will never be no issues between him and I as far as I’m concerned. I wish him nothing but the very best, and I’m going to love him.”

Curry was named the MVP earlier this week after Jackson, an ESPN broadcaster without a vote, told the Dan Patrick Show last month that his vote would probably go to Houston’s James Harden. Curry, who had supported Jackson leading up to his firing after last season had said his former coach’s pick was “very surprising.”

“The easy route to go was to say Steph,” Jackson said. “That’s easy. I’m not saying he wasn’t worthy. I’m not even saying he didn’t deserve it. I just had to make a pick. So at the end of the day, I love him. I’m happy for him. I’m proud of him. Tremendous speech. Tremendous accomplishment. I wish him nothing but the very best, and we move on. But as an announcer, I’ve never taken the easy way out. I never try to take shortcuts. I’m going to do my job to the best of my ability. And that’s not saying James Harden didn’t deserve it. If anybody thinks I’m shading or hating or all of that, I picked the guy that wound up No. 2 as far as the voting was concerned.

Jackson’s name did not come up in Curry’s speech Monday after he beat out Harden for the award in a landslide.

“I love Steph Curry, and I’m excited and proud of the fact that he was MVP of the league in 2014-15,” Jackson said. “He deserved it when you think about the body of work. And obviously I got a job to do, and my job is to be honest and to analyze the game.

“My feelings have not changed towards (Curry), and I think he’s a great, great individual. And I’m extremely proud of him. And I still love him.”

Jackson noted that when he says that Rick Pitino is the greatest coach that he played for, broadcast partner Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t get upset.

Van Gundy, told 95.7 The Game on Tuesday that he didn’t read anything into Jackson picking Harden.

“People are going to try to nitpick,” Van Gundy said. “They’ve done it with Mark when he said he thought he would vote for Harden. Like that was some referendum on their relationship (between Curry and Jackson).

“Listen, I’ve seen them interact in the back just last Sunday (when Jackson was at Oracle Arena for Game 1 of the Memphis series). And I can see that not only is there true respect between each other, but there is like an appreciation for what each other did for each other’s career.”

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Grizzlies’ Vince Carter: What are Stephen Curry’s doubters saying now?

SAN FRANCISCO – The Grizzlies’ Vince Carter has followed the rise of Stephen Curry since the Warriors star was a boy in Toronto, where he and Curry’s father, Dell, were teammates.

“I was more impressed than anything to see when you come out of the draft, they’ll always say what you can’t do and what you may not be able to do,” Carter said Tuesday, the day after Curry was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. “I’m wondering what all those people are saying now.”

Carter can remember Curry before Raptors games playing one-on-one on the practice court. When the two were reunited in the NBA and faced off in a game, Carter approached Curry to tell of how the rise to stardom at Davidson was something he followed.

“To see him come full circle, a grown man out there playing grown-man basketball is pretty awesome.

“You knew he was destined to play in the NBA. How good remained to be seen, and it was up to him and his work ethic. But he’s worked his butt off to prove he’s a legit point guard and a legit threat in this league.”

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

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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.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry expected to speak at White House on Wednesday

WASHINGTON – Warriors guard Stephen Curry is scheduled to speak at the White House on Wednesday in support of the fight against malaria and could meet with President Obama.

Curry, whose team plays at Washington on Tuesday, for the past three seasons has donated three insecticide-treated mosquito nets for every 3-pointer he makes as part of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.

Curry traveled to Tanzania in 2013 as part of the campaign to assist in the distribution of 38,000 bed nets, which are designed to be cost-effective in helping families in sub-Saharan Africa avoid malaria infection.

Curry has been active with malaria issues since attending Davidson College, where his roommate, Bryant Barr, encouraged him to get involved.

The White House event will mark 10 years of American leadership in fighting malaria, according to the President’s Malaria Initiative, which was launched by George W. Bush in 2005 and expanded under the Obama administration.

Nothing But Nets’ Chris Helfrich said in a statement the White House would release a new strategy on malaria for the future.

Obama praised Curry in an interview with TNT last February.

“I gotta tell you, Curry is the best shooter I have ever seen,” Obama said. “I believe that.

“In terms of being able to, you know, off the dribble get his shot off from anywhere that fast, best I’ve ever seen.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry upgraded to probable to play on sore foot at Washington

WASHINGTON – Warriors guard Stephen Curry was upgraded to probable that he will play Tuesday at Washington, with his availability being a game-time decision.

Curry said he was still feeling some discomfort in his sore right foot, but would play if he could go through warm-ups without favoring it.

“I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to do that, but we won’t know until tonight,” Curry said after participating in shootaround.

Curry said he would first consult with coaches and the training staff before deciding on risking further injury on a foot that he said didn’t get worse after practicing Monday.

“Obviously, we’re being honest in how you feel,” Curry said. “And knowing I don’t want to be out too long and lose rhythm and things like that, but not to put yourself in jeopardy of having a more serious injury if you go out and have to be compensating on the floor.

“We want to get back to our winning ways, and we’ve got a long road trip. We don’t want to wait too long without getting a taste of victory and get your momentum going.”

Curry sustained the injury Friday during a win against San Antonio and was forced to miss Sunday’s loss at Indiana.

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson wants rematch against ‘greatest shooter in the history of the game’ Stephen Curry

NEW YORK – Warriors guard Klay Thompson admitted that he was “envious” of Stephen Curry and that when he thinks back to going down to his teammate in the Three-Point Contest, he’ll be “a little ticked.”

Thompson is that confident in his shot and was bothered he didn’t come through with a golden opportunity to top Curry at Barclays Center on Saturday.

And Thompson, who afterward tweeted Curry is the “greatest shooter in the history of the game,” wants his rematch in the contest.

“I’ll be back, and hopefully against Steph,” Thompson told reporters.” He got me this year, man, but I’m looking forward to getting him.”

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson, Rockets’ James Harden named All-Star starters by coach Steve Kerr

MINNEAPOLIS – Warriors guard Klay Thompson will join Stephen Curry in the All-Star starting lineup Sunday in New York, according to coach Steve Kerr.

The decision to have Thompson start was made by Kerr, who by virtue of the Warriors’ top record in the Western Conference was appointed to coach the All-Star squad. Houston’s James Harden was also named a starter, as Kerr needed replacements for injured players Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin.

“I think it makes a lot of sense to start both Klay and Harden,” Kerr said. “They’re the two best shooting guards in the league this year I think, and they’ve both earned it.”

The Warriors will have two starters in the All-Star game for the first time since Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond were in the lineup in 1967.

“It’s an indication of how far we’ve come,” Kerr said.

Said Curry: “I think it’s kind of a cool deal to have Warriors representation and for Klay to start and have some fun.”

Kerr isn’t done making moves yet. He’ll have to make another decision on the lineup after New Orleans’ Anthony Davis announced he would forgo the All-Star game in order to rest his sprained shoulder.