Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford says NBA competition for Steph Curry as easy as pro-am

Jamal Crawford says NBA competition for Steph Curry as easy as pro-am

Steph Curry is really good at basketball. 

OK, so that’s not exactly breaking news. But for him, it doesn't seem to matter the level of competition he's playing against.

Back in 2014 during San Francisco’s Pro-Am at Kezar Pavillion, fans attending got to witness the spectacle that was, and still is, Steph Curry.

Veteran NBA guard Jamal Crawford saw some clips of young Steph during the event and had something to say about it:

Curry was going up against “regular hoopers,” but I think it’s safe to say, just as Crawford does, this is how he performs against his NBA colleagues as well.

His resume speaks for itself. Two-time MVP, six All-Star selections, three NBA championships. He was also the NCAA season-scoring leader back in 2009, so we must have known this from the very beginning. 

But, just for fun, we can relive what he did during that pro-am.

In what started with a Twitter rumor, turned into a 43-point performance by Steph.

And you all know the rest of the story … 

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76ers big man Al Horford also has been watching some Steph highlights during the NBA hiatus. He too had nothing but good things to say about one of the best shooters in the history of the game. 

Steph is special to watch now, just as he was back then.

Giants players praise Alyssa Nakken after first spring training as coach

Giants players praise Alyssa Nakken after first spring training as coach

It's something special when Hunter Pence notices your enthusiasm.

It’s impossible not to feel any energy when you’re around the Giants’ outfielder, but this compliment went toward his assistant coach, Alyssa Nakken. 

Pence, along with many of his teammates, had nothing but great things to say about Nakken in interviews with The San Francisco Chronicle earlier this month.

Nakken made history this offseason by becoming the first female coach to be hired on to a major league coaching staff. But making history wasn’t something she and the team’s manager, Gabe Kapler, had discussed during the interview process. That’s the exact mentality she wants to bring to the team, and she had just finished her first spring training in that role.

“It’s great. it’s kind of what San Francisco’s all about,” Jeff Samardzija told The Chronicle. “This game’s for everybody. For kids. For old people. For men and women and anybody, man. It’s a fun game, and you just want to get as many people involved who love the game as much as we do.”

Brandon Crawford mirrored those sentiments in a way but didn’t want it to get blown out of proportion. He wished it was more common.

“I don’t want this to sound bad because it is a historic thing, but I feel the more that it’s talked about, the bigger deal it is, and it shouldn’t be such a big deal,” Crawford said. “It should be, ‘Why not have more women in those positions?’ It should be normal.”

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It should. And hopefully one day, it will be. 

Stephen Curry's broken hand draws Twitter reaction from NBA players

Stephen Curry's broken hand draws Twitter reaction from NBA players

While the Warriors held their collective breath when Steph Curry broke his left hand Wednesday night, much of the NBA did the same.

Curry left during the third quarter of Golden State's 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Chase Center. Suns big man Aron Baynes fell awkwardly on Curry's left hand after the two-time MVP drove the lane, and Curry immediately grabbed his hand afterward. 

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley opened up his postgame press conference after LA's loss to the Utah Jazz by sending well-wishes to Curry, and he did the same on Twitter.

[RELATED: Source: Warriors pick up Spellman's team option for 2020-21 season]

Beverley wasn't the only one, as Curry's NBA peers and former teammates tweeted their hopes for the Warriors star to make a speedy recovery. 

Curry's recovery timeline is unknown. Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke that Curry next will undergo a CT scan on his left hand. 

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