NBA Finals Links: Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Cavaliers’ LeBron James prove Akron is where stars are born

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) and Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) exchange some words in low tone toward the end of the fourth quarter of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Warriors 112-94.  (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) exchange some words at the end of the fourth quarter on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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We’ll keep you updated on what others are writing and saying about the Warriors and Cavaliers as they battle for the Larry O’Brien Trophy beginning on Thursday in Oakland.

In case you missed it, here is a roundup of our latest NBA Finals stories:

* Believe it or not, LeBron James once played for Oakland.

* Our live feed during Game 1 on Thursday.

* Tim Kawakami on the two sides of Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

* Mark Purdy on how hard it is to root against LeBron James.

* The Warriors’ 105-year-old fan gets tickets to Game 1.

* Marcus Thompson lists 20 things casual fans need to know about this matchup.

Here are a few stories produced by the Cleveland-area press corps as well as some national stories focusing on the Cavaliers:

* Did you know that both LeBron James and Stephen Curry were born in the same Akron, Ohio hospital, 36 months apart?: Here are their birth certificates to prove it.

* Watch out, Warriors. LeBron says he’s playing the best basketball of his career: Is LeBron now unstoppable?

* Cavaliers coach David Blatt actually agreed to become a Warriors assistant coach before the season. Then the Cavaliers came calling. Blatt thanks Steve Kerr for letting him out of his deal.

* Matthew Dellavedova from Saint Mary’s loves to mix it up, says teammate Kyrie Irving: “When he first came, there was almost a fist fight every day in practice … It’s just that Australian blood” Watch: Irving talking about the scrappy Dellavedova

* If there’s one area where LeBron James is struggling it’s from beyond the arc. What can be done about LeBron’s long-distance woes?

* How bad of a season has it been for the Cavs’ Kevin Love? He’s out for the season, but it didn’t stop Love from re-aggravating his shoulder injury.

* A cynic might call it a helluva lie, but LeBron James says rookie Cavs coach David Blatt has had a helluva season.


Stephen Curry morning shootaround transcript

Here’s a transcript from this morning’s post-shootaround chat with Stephen Curry. Reporter questions are paraphrased and in italics.

How do you feel?

I’m feeling great, all things considered. I’m ready to go tonight.

Any other symptoms come up?

Not really. I had a good night’s sleep after the game. It was nice to be able to stay in Houston. I had a little bit of lingering effects yesterday, just soreness from the fall and all that. But nothing really long-term I have to worry about. Continue Reading


Stephen Curry “feeling great,” is good to go for Game 5

Stephen Curry watches his shot during Wednesday's morning shootaround in Oakland.

Stephen Curry watches his shot during Wednesday’s morning shootaround in Oakland.

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry declared himself good to go for Wednesday’s Game 5 against the Houston Rockets as the Warriors aim to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.

Curry, injured in that scary fall two days ago in Game 4, said he hasn’t experienced any delayed concussion symptoms and the only thing bothering him is some bruising and soreness from the fall.

“I’m feeling great, all things considered,” Curry said Wednesday morning after the team’s shootaround at its downtown practice facility. “I’m ready to go tonight.”

Curry said he got a good night’s sleep at the team’s Houston hotel on Monday and the flight home Tuesday went well. Continue Reading


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.”


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.”


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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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.”