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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.

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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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NBA Finals Links: Steph vs. LeBron, Curry’s alter ego and what Cleveland is saying

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)

In case you have missed any of our around-the-clock Warriors-Cavaliers coverage, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a roundup of the latest and greatest:

Marcus Thompson: Curry’s alter ego destroys opponents

Tim Kawakami: LeBron James saw something in Stephen Curry

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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)

Can’t get enough of the NBA Finals? You’ve come to the right place.
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.

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Warriors owner Joe Lacob closing in on championship goal

OAKLAND – With a drink in his right hand and an NBA Finals cap on his head, Warriors owner Joe Lacob stood in the locker room and recalled the past. Of course, not all of it was pretty.

“No one can understand except for my fiancée all the things we went through the early years,” Lacob said Thursday after the Warriors beat the Rockets to win the Western Conference championship. “There was a lockout, if you remember. A sexual harassment thing to remember. We had to change over the roster. We had to wait to see if we would get the seventh pick.

“We had to change a lot of the employees in this organization.”

After all that, the Warriors are in the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years. Lacob through the years has said he would deliver a championship. The Warriors are now four wins away from achieving just that.

“I know there were a lot of promises early on, a little bravado,” Lacob said. “A lot of that was just goal-setting there for an organization to turn it around.

“Everyone has a goal, and that goal is not finished. We haven’t achieved it yet.”

One employee who was fired was Mark Jackson, who had taken the Warriors to their two previous playoff appearances. He was in the building as an ESPN broadcaster. Steve Kerr was the rookie coach who took the reins and won 67 games in the regular season.

“He’s been fantastic all year long,” Lacob said. “I mean, it doesn’t get any better. He’s done everything. He’s succeeded. He’ll probably never as much credit as he deserves because it’s really hard to do what he did coming in with all the expectations to go from good to great.

“Everything that Steve first said in the interviews, he did.”

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson develops concussion-like symptoms after winning conference championship

OAKLAND – Klay Thompson developed concussion-like symptoms after the Warriors won the Western Conference championship on Wednesday.

Thompson left the game in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 104-90 win after being kneed in the head by the Rockets’ Trevor Ariza and received stitches for an ear laceration, according to coach Steve Kerr. The team later announced he had been put through a concussion evaluation during the game and began not to feel well after the game.

Thompson was kneed with 9:31 left after Ariza left his feet only to catch the side of the head on the way down to the ground.

“He is a good shooter, so you don’t want to give him any open 3-pointers,” Ariza said. “I was just trying to run and contest it. He happened to be leaning forward, and my knee hit him in the face.”

The Warriors will have seven days off before Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena on June 4.

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Live updates tonight during Warriors-Rockets Game 6

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) celebrates in the third quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates in the third quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Away from your TV and need to find the latest Warriors score? Or looking for an opinion on the Dubs’ play during the game? Follow the action through the eyes of our experts Wednesday at 6 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Houston Rockets.

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