OAKLAND -- Steve Kerr walked into the interview room Saturday afternoon, praised Kevin Durant for his philanthropy and then invited the inevitable.
“Who wants to ask me about Arizona?”
Kerr knew the question was coming. He spent four years playing basketball for the University of Arizona and received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1988. And as a member of the Alumni Association, he remains close to the school now embroiled in scandal.
“Just disappointed,” Kerr replied. “That’s my school. I love my school. I don’t really know what else to say.”
Arizona coach Sean Miller and members of his staff have been identified as arranging payment to secure commitments from recruits, according to reports by ESPN and Yahoo! Sports.
One report specifically cites a phone call between Miller and someone acting on behalf of former NBA player agent Andy Miller, with the two parties discussing a payment of $100,000 to get coveted recruit DeAndre Ayton to sign with Arizona.
The information was obtained through an FBI wiretap, according to the report, which is ongoing. Though Sean Miller reportedly will not coach the Wildcats during their game at Oregon on Saturday, Ayton, a potential No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, was expected to play.
One of Kerr’s assistants, Bruce “Q” Fraser, also was a member of the basketball team at Arizona in the mid-1980s.
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:
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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