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Dwight Clark holds final lunch before move to Montana


Dwight Clark holds final lunch before move to Montana

Dwight Clark on Tuesday held his final scheduled lunch at a beachfront restaurant overlooking Monterey Bay with friends, former teammates and co-workers.

Clark, 61, who is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, will soon be moving from the California coast to Montana.

“You get more for your money in Montana,” Clark said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “I’m going to need a big house because I’m going to need a couple of nurses after I get real bad.”

Clark and his wife, Kelly, will live a short distance from where former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo makes his home for about half of the year in Big Sky Country.

“Over the years of going to Eddie’s Fourth of July party, Kelly and I both fell in love with Montana,” Clark said. “I wasn’t thinking about moving because I grew up a beach guy. I’m plenty happy here. I have tons of friends here.

“But I don’t know if this is the right way to think about this, but when I get totally to where I can’t talk or walk or do anything, I don’t know what my desire will be to see people. I can’t decide. If I decide I want to see people, then I’ll fly them in.”

Plenty of people have flown in to see Clark over the past several months in Capitola. The 49ers covered the travel costs for some of Tuesday’s attendees of the lunch, Clark said.

Former teammates Lawrence Pillars, Charles Haley, Ricky Churchman, Wendell Tyler, Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, Keena Turner, Guy McIntyre and Dwaine Board attended Tuesday’s get-together, along with former 49ers coaches and staff members Paul Hackett, Lindsy McLean, Jerry Attaway, Ted Walsh, Lal Heneghan, Bronco Hinek and Kirk Reynolds, who organized the lunches.

On the podcast, Clark spoke in depth about living with the ALS -- a progressive neurodegenerative disease with no known cure.

He went to Japan last year to bring back a three-month supply of the drug Radicava, which had not yet become available in the United States. In clinical trials, some people who took the drug experienced slowing of the decline normally associated with the disease.

“There’s nothing stopping it or reversing it,” Clark said. “It’s just slowing it down, which I guess is the best I can hope for. Out of all the frickin’ diseases in the world, how do I get this one? As an athlete, at least give me something I can fight. I’m fighting with the few little weapons I have.”

Clark played his entire nine-year NFL career with the 49ers. He and Joe Montana teamed up for “The Catch.” Clark’s leaping 6-yard touchdown pass lifted the 49ers to a victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game in January 1982 en route to the club’s first Super Bowl title.

Now, Clark said he barely has function of those same hands that were responsible for one of the most memorable plays in NFL history.

“It’s very frustrating as it progresses,” Clark said. “I used to pick up a cup and take a drink. Now, it’s two hands and make sure my fingers are underneath it, so I don’t spill it. I drop 50 things a day.”

Clark said the most difficult part is considering his own mortality and what he would miss. He has three grandchildren, a niece, a nephew and countless friends with young children, too.

“It’s tough thinking that I’m going to miss out on that,” Clark said. “What I’m trying to do is, I’m 61 and I’m just trying to make it to 62. And when I get there, I’ll just try to make it to 63."

Clark added, “The way I’m living now kind of sucks, but I’ll take it over being dead.”

Steph Curry's 30th birthday party was so epic that the Warriors cancelled Tuesday's practice

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Steph Curry's 30th birthday party was so epic that the Warriors cancelled Tuesday's practice

Steph Curry turns 30 years old on Wednesday, but with the Warriors playing the Lakers, his friends and family decided to hold the party for him on Monday night.

Most of Curry's Warriors teammates attended the bash. Things must have gone late into the night because the team cancelled the planned practice for 11am on Tuesday.

Special guests included E-40, Paramore  and Lecrae. Curry himself took a turn on the mic and belted out a few bars.

Based on the videos from the party, it appears Curry may have gotten a small yacht for a present.

Don't feel bad that you weren't invited. There were enough videos posted on Instagram Stories by Steph, his wife Ayesha, his sister Sydel, his brother Seth and E-40, among others. Check out some of the best here:

Counting down top plays of Steph Curry's career before 30th birthday -- No. 2

Counting down top plays of Steph Curry's career before 30th birthday -- No. 2

Programming note: In the lead up to Stephen Curry's 30th birthday on March 14th, we will be unveiling the top plays of his historic career. Check back Wednesday for the No. 1.

Curry No. 2: Epic 35-foot game-winner in OT vs Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016

The Warriors are locked in an epic battle against an Oklahoma City team featuring Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and it looks bad when Curry leaves in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle.

He not only returns but also conquers, scoring 46 points, including 12 3-pointers, punctuated by pulling up from 35 feet to sink the game-winner in OT. It is the biggest shot of the regular season.

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