Warriors’ Stephen Curry jokes he wants to be Akron product to deliver a championship as Cleveland watches

The Warriors’ Stephen Curry was born in the same Akron, Ohio hospital as the Cavaliers’ LeBron James.

Curry within months had moved out of the state. James grew up in the area and now could lead Cleveland to its first major professional sports championship in 51 years.

Curry is well aware of the drought and joked that instead of James, he could be the one to end it even though he doesn’t actually self-identify himself as an Akron native.

“No disrespect to LeBron,” Curry told Good Morning America, smiling. “I want to be the first Akron guy to bring a championship to that area, so it should be fun.”

The Warriors and Cavaliers open play in the NBA Finals beginning tonight at Oracle Arena.


Watch Stephen Curry fan LeBron James get wowed at Davidson games by ‘a special kid’

LeBron James used to go out of his way to watch Stephen Curry play. And like he does now, Curry put on a show.

“I just kind of read upon his story from Day 1 how under-recruited he was,” James told reporters.

“I just thought he was special. I thought he was a special kid. I’m very good at noticing talent, and I thought he was special then. And obviously, he is now still.”

One time, James was playing at Charlotte made his way over to Davidson. Another time, he made the drive over to Detroit for an NCAA tournament game. Both times, he was caught on camera being blown away.

Here’s video from his trips to get his fix of Curry.


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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)

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NBA upholds flagrant foul call on Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard before Game 5

HOUSTON — Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will not be suspended for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals after the NBA announced Tuesday it would not reclassify his foul of the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut to a flagrant foul 2.

“Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him in the face with an open hand,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said in a statement. “The contact was unnecessary but was not deemed excessive by the officials working the game with the aid of the replay center. And we don’t see a reason to modify that call.”

Howard was assessed a flagrant foul 1 after his left arm struck Bogut in the head in Game 4 on Monday. Upgrading the foul upon a league review could have led to a fine and/or suspension.

Asked if he wanted Howard suspended, Warriors coach Steve Kerr laughed and said, “I’m not answering that.”

Rockets coach Kevin McHale indicated that he felt Bogut fouled Howard first, and that didn’t get called.

“Bogut grabbed him, and as always, the second foul gets called,” McHale said.

“He swiped his arm back because he felt Bogut grabbed him…The one thing we learn is we should be the first to grab.”


Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams, Rockets star James Harden are close friends now trying to figure each other out

HOUSTON – To James Harden, Ron Adams is more than merely a Warriors assistant coach trying to figure out a way on defense to stop the Rockets star.

“That’s one of my closest friends,” Harden said of Adams on Saturday. “He was one of my mentors when I got in the league. Just to compete against him, I know he has something up his sleeve over there as far as trying to defend me.”

Adams, 67, served as an assistant for Oklahoma City when he saw the Thunder rookie Harden as a future standout. These days, Harden has had scoring performances of 28 and 38 points in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Warriors.

“It’s a little bit irritating to me,” Adams said. “That’s how I think. I don’t want anyone scoring on us.

“I like James a lot up until that clock starts ticking and the game starts.”

After the previous game at the Toyota Center in January when the Warriors held Harden to 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting, he walked side by side with Adams while chatting on their way out of the arena. The two also spent time catching when the two teams met for a preseason game in Hidalgo, Texas.

Adams said he would like to think that his knowledge of Harden’s game would be a big factor in containing it.

“Defensively, he’s one of the best that we have in this league,” said Harden, who learned more man-to-man defense from Adams after playing zone for Arizona State.

“He’s a really smart guy over there.”

Recalled Adams: “James was a precocious guy, and we connected. I’m a left-hander. He’s a left-hander.”


NBA fines Warriors’ Stephen Curry $5,000 for flopping

OAKLAND – Warriors guard Stephen Curry was fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules in the Western Conference finals Game 1 win against Houston.

The NBA ruled that Curry flopped as he hit a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 106-97 fourth-quarter lead and fell to the floor as the Rockets’ Terrence Jones contested the shot. No foul was called.

Curry finished the game with 34 points, going 6 for 11 from 3-point range and 2 for 3 from the free throw line.


Charles Barkley: Warriors have ‘little rinky-dink frontline’ that doesn’t stack up with NBA’s best all-time

TNT analyst Charles Barkley continues to have reservations about the Warriors despite them having advanced to the Western Conference finals.

When it was suggested on the Dan Le Batard Show on Tuesday the Warriors could be one of the best teams of all-time, Barkley disagreed.

“You think (Larry) Bird, (Kevin) McHale and (Robert) Parrish, if they saw that little rinky-dink frontline wouldn’t foam at the mouth? You think Magic’s Lakers, you think Michael’s Bulls…

“They done changed the rules where you can’t touch anybody. Every time a guy makes a move, you breathe on him, they’re shooting free throws.

“Listen, they’re a really good jump-shooting team. They play a little small ball well. But let’s don’t get carried away.”

“Golden State is a really good team. Don’t get me wrong.”