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Warriors’ Stephen Curry speaks out on gun violence

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) waits for play to resume during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) waits for play to resume during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is lending his support to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group backed by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Curry is among the NBA stars who sat down with director Spike Lee to talk about how gun violence has affected him in an advertisement that was released Wednesday.

“I heard about a shooting involving a three-year-old over the summer,” Curry said in the ad. “My daughter Riley is that age.

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Bucks coach Jason Kidd on makers of 10-18 shirt: ‘The compliment is that they’re worried about our record’

Bucks fans wore 24-1 shirts during the Warriors' loss at Milwaukee on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. (Diamond Leung/Bay Area News Group)

Bucks fans wore 24-1 shirts during the Warriors’ loss at Milwaukee on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. (Diamond Leung/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Oaklandish, an Oakland-based apparel company, has gotten the notice of the Milwaukee Bucks after it created a Warriors-colored 10-18 shirt, representing what the Bucks’ record would be if they lost Friday.

“The compliment is that they’re worried about our record,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said before the Warriors game. “They took the time out to waste money on the T shirt, which is cool. I think you take that as a compliment, as a positive. Again, quite a few teams have tried to beat ‘em. There’s only one.”

The release of the shirt came five days after a section of Bucks fans wore 24-1 shirts as they watched the Warriors ultimately lose and see the end of their 24-game season-opening winning streak. Those shirts were the brainchild of Wes Edens, one of the Bucks’ owners.

“Just having some fun since it’s so quiet around here during the holidays,” read a tweet from Oaklandish.

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Charles Barkley likes San Antonio Spurs better than Warriors to win NBA championship

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) celebrates with the NBA championship trophy with teammates and owners Peter Gruber and Joe Lacob after the Golden State Warriors 105-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) celebrates with the NBA championship trophy with teammates and owners Peter Gruber and Joe Lacob after the Golden State Warriors 105-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

TNT analyst Charles Barkley once again isn’t picking the Warriors to win the NBA championship despite their 25-1 start.

“These guys ain’t won the championship yet,” Barkley told ESPN Chicago radio of the Warriors on Thursday. “I still like the Spurs, to be honest with you. I do. I still like the Spurs to win the championship this year. I’m telling you. Just ‘cause these guys are beating up on inferior completion, don’t overreact now. Don’t overreact.”

Barkley said only the Spurs, Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers at this point in the season are legitimate contenders to win the championship.

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Warriors ‘automatic’ as top seed in Western Conference, according to Clippers’ Doc Rivers

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) celebrates with the NBA championship trophy with teammates and owners Peter Gruber and Joe Lacob after the Golden State Warriors 105-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) celebrates with the NBA championship trophy with teammates and owners Peter Gruber and Joe Lacob after the Golden State Warriors 105-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

MILWAUKEE — After the Warriors’ first loss of the season dropped them to 24-1, Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd maintained that the defending champs are still the best.

“Streak or no streak, they are the best team in the league until someone knocks them off,” Kidd said, not counting a December regular season game when the Bucks got the best of the Warriors.

And looking long-term, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers would agree wholeheartedly. Shortly before the Warriors’ loss Saturday, he spoke of how everyone else in the Western Conference would be playing for the No. 2 seed in an interview with CBSSports.com.

“They’re the team to beat,” Rivers said. “But right now, we’re playing for second place in terms of seedings. When the playoffs start, it starts all over. But they were the team to beat when the season started. Now, I heard all these other teams — and we were one of them — but they won it. They’re the team to beat — automatic — and we all know that. And we know it’s going to be a daunting task.”

The Warriors after finally losing are four games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs and 9 1/2 games ahead of the fourth-place Clippers.

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Reggie Miller offers nuanced take on Warriors’ Stephen Curry

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Reggie Miller, one of the NBA’s all-time greatest shooters, was complimentary of Stephen Curry when discussing the Warriors star in an article in The New Yorker. He perhaps came off as cautious in not quite proclaiming that Curry was the best shooter ever, showing the self-confidence that great players have when it comes to their own abilities.

“He still has a lot of chapters to write, “but, right now, you could certainly consider him among the top five shooters of all time,” Miller told the publication. “The streak that Steph has been on since last season rivals the greats of the game. It’s hard to say he’s better than Larry Bird or he’s better than Steve Kerr, his coach, because those guys did it for much longer. But for this short a period he’s in that group. And he keeps improving. If he can beat his own record for most threes in a season, then you’ve got to consider him one of the best ever.

“All truly great shooters—Dale Ellis, Larry Bird, Craig Hodges, Chris Mullin—we always believed that we were the best shooters in the world. So, yeah, I’d take down Steph at my peak. Sure, my form wasn’t as good as his. But it’s all about results, man.”

But Curry would understand what Miller was trying to convey. After all, the reigning MVP was the one that indicated on The Dan Patrick Show before it became popular to think that way that he thought he was the league’s top offensive player. The great ones have the utmost confidence, and that’s what Miller was expressing in his comments.

“don’t try and pit against myself,” Miller tweeted Wednesday. “I’ve done nothing but marvel at what this young man is doing, we all are.”

Before the interview, Miller had been nothing but complimentary of Curry as well.

Last season, the TNT analyst said of Curry, “He might go down as the greatest shooter this game has ever seen.”

Last month, Miller told Patrick, “This dude is just flat-out good. It’s a pleasure to watch, man because I know the hard work that goes into shooting and creating.

“That’s one of the greatest players playing in the game right now.”

Miller doesn’t have to give all the glory to Curry in order to show what is apparent. One of the greatest shooters ever thinks the world of Curry.

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Mark Jackson on not being upset with life after the Warriors: ‘I am absolutely winning’

Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, center, hugs guard Stephen Curry after Curry was taken out of the game as forward Draymond Green looks on during the second half in Game 7 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-121. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, center, hugs guard Stephen Curry after Curry was taken out of the game as forward Draymond Green looks on during the second half in Game 7 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-121. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson will return to Oracle Arena on Dec. 16 to broadcast the team’s game against the Phoenix Suns for ESPN.

In previous games in which Jackson has called the action in a Warriors, his comments have been dissected as many fans have wondered what it was like to be in the booth discussing the team that fired him after the 2013-14 season.

Jackson has noticed and offered some perspective Thursday, laughing when being asked in studio at ESPN LA radio about his split with the team as he noted, “I got fired.”

“I look at people on Twitter or wherever, and they say or write a story, ‘How could ESPN have Mark Jackson do this game? That’s brutal, and that’s abuse,’” Jackson said. “It is absolutely hysterical to me. I was a kid dreaming of being an NBA player. At the same time, dreaming of being the announcer. I was Earl Monroe and Magic Johnson on the court. I was Marv Albert announcing the action while I was on the court in the park. And at the same time, I was Red Holzman, the coach of the Knicks. So I was a guy that dreamt about being all three at one time.

“To live my life, to have played 17 years in the NBA, to have coached for three years for a team, and to have the privilege to call NBA games and announce the NBA Finals, I am absolutely winning. There is no reason at all for me to be upset, discouraged or depressed. It is a blessing to be in my position, and I’m having the time of my life covering the best game in the world.”

The Warriors won the NBA championship under Steve Kerr the season after Jackson’s firing. It was Jackson who turned things around after a 23-win season his first year.

“I took over a job in Golden State with a bad culture, guys that said they wanted to win, but didn’t want to win,” Jackson said.

Now the Warriors are 23-0, and Jackson offered high praise of the current team.

“They’re a great basketball team, and you’re not going to be ‘em putting together 12 minutes of quality basketball,” Jackson said. “You’ve got to play 48 minutes, be disciplined and pay attention to detail to have a legitimate chance. And even when you do that, they still can beat you. They’re that good.”

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Sports Illustrated makes the case for Stephen Curry as Sportsman of the Year

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a three-point basket against the Chicago Bulls in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a three-point basket against the Chicago Bulls in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Warriors guard is among the contenders for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

The winner will be announced Dec. 14, but if the reader’s poll is any indication, it won’t be him. Curry is receiving only two percent of the votes, with 44 percent of the readers voting for American Pharoah, and 33 percent voting for the Kansas City Royals.

But if a Bay Area athlete is to win for the second straight year (the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner took home the award last December), Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins is making the case in Monday’s magazine story.

“The quality that distinguishes him, beyond sublime hand-eye coordination, is brimming confidence,” Jenkins wrote. “He’ll pull up from 25 feet when he has a two-on-one fast break. He’ll let fly when a 7-footer is in his jersey. He’ll dribble circles around three defenders and then thread a no-look pass. He makes the plays that others imagine but don’t dare try. He is a showman and a winner, a joy to watch and a terror to guard, the best reason in modern sports to buy a ticket.”