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Warriors’ Stephen Curry on discrimination: ‘That’s not tolerable. Nowhere. And it just sucks that it’s in my home state’

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) talks to the media with his daughter Riley after their 104-90 win against the Houston Rockets for Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) talks to the media with his daughter Riley after their 104-90 win against the Houston Rockets for Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Warriors star Stephen Curry had not heard NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s latest comments on the possibility of moving the 2017 All-Star game out of his native Charlotte.

Curry did address the matter for a third time since the so-called North Carolina “bathroom law” many believe target the LGBT community was passed last month, as it rules transgender people must use the bathroom based on the sex listed on the individual’s birth certificate.

“I know with the backlash the state has gotten, I’m pretty sure they have to handle their stance first,” Curry said Friday. “I’ve already kind of explained kind of how I feel about discrimination period. I think that’s not tolerable. Nowhere. And it just sucks that it’s in my home state, where there are a lot of great people there. The All-Star game hopefully being in Charlotte will be a huge thing for the city. I know the NBA will make the right decision when it comes time after North Carolina hopefully handles it.

NBA commissioner Adams Silver said Friday the league was “very concerned” about the “problematic” North Carolina law that it believes singles groups based on sexual orientation or gender identification.

No votes were taken at the league’s Board of Governors meeting about moving the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, but the owners were unanimous about standing against any form of discrimination and working to effect change in the state, according to Silver.

“I think that if we were to announce that we were moving our All-Star Game now, first of all, I’m not sure what incentive would be left for the legislatures in North Carolina to change the law if we announced that we were moving our game,” Silver told reporters.

“Ultimately our interest is in conducting a successful All-Star Game in North Carolina, having a team that can play in North Carolina, in a non-discriminatory environment.”

The NBA later clarified that Silver did not affirm the league would not move the game and that change would occur in a place where it does business and has deep ties.

“Of course Michael Jordan is not just the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, but he’s from North Carolina,” Silver said. “Chris Paul is from North Carolina. He’s the president of our Players’ Association. Steph Curry is from North Carolina. And so we are part of the community.”

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Stephen Curry, Warriors react to Kobe Bryant’s ‘legendary’ 60-point game in last Lakers appearance

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OAKLAND — Stephen Curry walked through the tunnel at Oracle Arena after the historic game and was told Kobe Bryant had quite a night of his own.

Bryant scored 60 points on 50 shots, and Curry couldn’t believe it.

“I was like, ‘Stop playing,'” Curry said. I thought they were lying to me. It sounded too good to be true having not watched the game.

“That’s just the perfect ending to his career. You know, being able to walk off the court…37 years old, 20 years in the league, the 60 ball, can’t draw it up any better, and a win. That’s how you want to go out. So I’ll try to take notes if I’m in that position down the road.”

Klay Thompson, who grew up idolizing Bryant, was thrilled.

“You couldn’t write that in a movie script,” Thompson said. “So for him to do that, that’s Mamba style. 60 points? I mean, he’s got to be the oldest ever to get 60, and that’s unbelievable. I haven’t reached that yet. And to do it at 37 years old and the miles he’s got on his body, it’s legendary.

“You want it to see it happen to a guy like Kobe. He’s a fierce competitor, and you respect him the most because he really did give this game his all. You root for guys like that who really care about their craft, that’s why it was great to see him do what he did. What a night for basketball.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry receives high praise from Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger: ‘It’s his league’

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) pounds the floor in frustration after being charged for a foul in the first quarter of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March  23, 2016. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) pounds the floor in frustration after being charged for a foul in the first quarter of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — With the Warriors possibly on the verge of setting the single-season wins record, the Memphis Grizzlies could very well be on the wrong side of history. But there has been much respect between the two teams.

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger, whose team got eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals last season by the Warriors, offered high praise about Stephen Curry before the game.

“What he’s done is just unbelievable,” Joerger said. “It’s his league, the last two years. It’s Steph Curry’s league whether that’s the three or the passing or the ball-handling.

“The favorite part of me watching him is I think he’s got high character. I don’t know him very well. He’ll look at you funny. That’s just competitiveness…do a dance or whatever, but that’s just being a competitor. You’ve seen the bad and the ugly parts of our game and when people taunt and get themselves going and do stuff with their hands. You know, he’s the best. It’s his league, and I’ve got a lot of respect for him, and the way he goes about his business is the biggest thing to me.”

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Warriors starting to publicly embrace chase of Chicago Bulls’ record

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) enjoy the view from the bench along with coach Bruce Faiser as their team plays the Sacramento Kings late in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. The Warriors beat the Kings 122-103. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) enjoy the view from the bench along with coach Bruce Faiser as their team plays the Sacramento Kings late in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. The Warriors beat the Kings 122-103. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

DALLAS – No longer the questions about it being brushed off.

With the Warriors closing in on the Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins in a single season, they have been more comfortable about talking about the chase when asked and embracing it.

Asked if deep down he wanted the record, Stephen Curry said that indeed he wanted it.

“There’s a reason they’re still talking about that 1995-96 Bulls team, so yes, that would be a huge accomplishment for sure,” Curry said Friday. “I’ve always said we want to do it with the big picture in mind. But I think we can accomplish both if we stay true to who we are and not get distracted by playing for the record as opposed to playing for bigger goals.”

The bigger goal for the Warriors, of course, is to repeat as NBA champions. Curry thinks it could help the Warriors if they go into the postseason having already broken the record.

“I know we don’t want to be the team that gets the record and doesn’t win (the championship),” Curry said. “That’s what the Bulls did, they finished the job off. Whatever our record at the end of the season, that’s great. But playoff success is a totally different animal. Your record is 0-0 once you get into that first round.”

Last week, Draymond Green also was asked by Shaquille O’Neal if the team was trying to breaking the record and said, “Absolutely because I think we’re now at a point where it’s realistic.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of his players being more open about the chase for 72 that the coaching staff still doesn’t bring it up.

“We’ve been the opposite,” Kerr said. “We’re focused on the one seed and securing homecourt, and whatever else happens, that’s just a byproduct of that. So we don’t talk about it. We’re obviously all well aware of it. We’re asked about it wherever we go. It’s nice to be in this position, but we’re not thinking about it much at all.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry could be first unanimous MVP, but Steve Kerr wouldn’t be shocked if he didn’t get every vote

The Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) celebrates at the end of game as they win 95-87 against Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their preseason NBA game at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)

The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates at the end of game as they win 95-87 against Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their preseason NBA game at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)

DALLAS – Stephen Curry might be the heavy favorite to win the Most Valuable Player award, but could he become the first NBA player to be a unanimous selection and receive every first-place vote?

Warriors coach Steve Kerr wouldn’t be surprised if that didn’t happen.

“I would not be shocked if he were not unanimous because there’s always some clever voter out there. It’s just like the Baseball Hall of Fame,” Kerr said Friday. “There’s nobody that’s ever been unanimous because there’s always some writer out there who decides, ‘Oh, I don’t want to vote Babe Ruth. That would be sacrilegious to actually have somebody be unanimous. Let’s make Babe Ruth wait 10 years.’ There’s going to be somebody like that out there.”

Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 and LeBron James in 2013 were each one vote shy of becoming a unanimous selection.

Curry received 100 of 130 first-place votes last season from sports writers and broadcasters from the United States and Canada. One of the votes come from fan voting on NBA.com.

This season, Curry leads the league in scoring at 30.5 points per game and had made a record 330 3-pointers and counting.

“I’d be shocked if he didn’t win, the season he’s had, the season we’ve had,” Kerr said of Curry. “There are always several great candidates, but it’d be tough to imagine Steph not winning it.”

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President Obama: More fun watching Warriors’ Stephen Curry ‘than anybody since Michael Jordan at his peak’

President Barack Obama with Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry in the Oval Office, Feb. 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama with Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry in the Oval Office, Feb. 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama continued to heap praise on Warriors guard Stephen Curry while in a moderated conversation with Time and Misty Copeland, the first African American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater.

Steph Curry is the greatest shooter that I’ve ever seen,” Obama said, repeating what he has previously said about the reigning MVP.

“And, and I am having more fun watching him than anybody since Michael Jordan at his peak. Even Steph wouldn’t necessarily say he’s better than Jordan yet, but the fact that he’s about my size and he’s doing what he’s doing…It’s rare where you get somebody who’s already at the pinnacle and then they take it another notch up. And he’s a wonderful young man. He’s a lot of fun.”

Obama roots for the Chicago Bulls and on numerous occasions has met with Curry, who most recently was at the White House last month with the rest of his championship team.

Copeland is a Warriors fan who knows Curry through their relationship with Under Armour.

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr explains why he compared Damian Lillard to Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr congratulates Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) after their win against the Oklahoma City Thunder after their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The Warriors defeated the Thunder 121-106. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr congratulates Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) after their win against the Oklahoma City Thunder after their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The Warriors defeated the Thunder 121-106. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND – Warriors coach Steve Kerr explained why he said Portland guard Damian Lillard looked like Stephen Curry on the court while scoring a career-high 51 points in the Trail Blazers’ win last month.

“After the game that night, he had hit like five shots from about 40 feet it felt like, and he was pulling up so deep behind the line, so I was being complimentary,” Kerr said Friday. “When Steph makes 40-footers and somebody else makes it, it just reminded me of Steph, so I didn’t mean anything by it. He’s a great player. He should have been an All-Star. I voted for him, for the record.”

Lillard, who did not make this year’s team, said he appreciated the vote and that he liked Kerr as the coach of the 2015 Western Conference All-Star team.

“But when he said I looked like Steph Curry, I didn’t like that either,” Lillard told The Oregonian. “It might seem like a compliment coming from him and how he meant it. But I didn’t like that either. If anybody had a good game against us, I don’t think coach (Terry) Stotts would go and say, ‘He looked like Damian Lillard.’ So it depends on how you want to look at it.”

Lillard said before the game that he respects Curry and indicated he understood players were going to be compared, but that he’s not going out there impersonating anyone.

“I’m my own person,” Lillard said.

Said Kerr: “We’re all very proud of him here in the Bay Area, one of Oakland’s own, and hopefully we can do a little better job on him tonight.”