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Bucks coach Kidd: Steph Curry our 'modern-day Jordan'

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Bucks coach Kidd: Steph Curry our 'modern-day Jordan'

Before his Milwaukee Bucks attempt to hand the Golden State Warriors their first loss of the season, head coach Jason Kidd became yet another person to make a bold comparison for Steph Curry. 

"He's our modern-day [Michael] Jordan," Kidd said on Curry. "When we're growing up, we all wanted to be like Mike, and this younger generation will see Steph playing at a very high level, not just one year, but hopefully for the next five or six years." 

Through the first 24 games of the season -- all Warriors wins -- Curry has propelled his game to new heights. The reigning NBA MVP is averaging 32.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game. 

By comparison, Curry is having an eerily similar seventh season of his career as Jordan did. In his seventh NBA season, Jordan averaged 31.5 points, 5.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game.

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Both players were 27 years old in their seventh season in the league. 

"He's young and still has a lot to give to the game," Kidd continued with on Curry. "He's just pushing the bar right now and we'll see how high he can take that bar."

Kidd isn't the first future Hall of Famer to compare Curry to Jordan this year. Kevin Garnett did so before Curry dropped 46 points on his Timberwolves on Nov. 12. 

"Michael Jordan was a whole 'nother thing and this guy is his own thing," said Garnett. "It's beautiful for basketball and beautiful for the sport."

Curry and the Warriors try to extend their win streak to 29 and put their season record to 25-0, one night after taking down the Celtics in double-overtime, a game that Curry put up 38 more points.

 

 

Kevin Durant tells Serge Ibaka why Warriors would have beaten Raptors

Kevin Durant tells Serge Ibaka why Warriors would have beaten Raptors

It's always fun to hear two people talk some friendly trash to each other.

It's even better when the people involved are Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka.

On the most recent episode of "How Hungry Are You?" from Bleacher Report, the former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates had the following back-and-forth about the 2019 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors:

Ibaka: "Do you think if you didn't go down, you guys would beat us?"

Durant: "For sure."

Ibaka: "Are you sure about that? Are you 100 percent, my brother? We were hot, baby ... we were hot. We were like fire. Nobody could stop us."

Durant: "I could. I was like Sub-Zero (laughing)."

Ibaka: "We may go to Game 7, but the way we were balling -- had confidence."

Durant: "Let's put it like this -- if ya'll go into a Game 7 with the two-time champs, you're not winning that game. You're not. Ya'll had to win in six, which ya'll did. But if I was out there, ya'll wouldn't have beat us at home."

Ibaka: "We almost beat you guys in five, you know that right?"

Durant: "Yeah. Game 6, ya'll almost lost anyway. Klay [Thompson] went out, and ya'll almost lost. So Game 6, we would have smacked ya'll at the crib. And then Game 7 -- I know for sure you could hear a pin drop in your locker room walking into that arena. Ya'll would have been so shook."

Ibaka: "Yeah."

Durant: "So shook."

Ibaka: "Yeah, you're right about that (laughter). But we were hot, so we the champs."

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Awesome stuff.

Durant didn't bring up the fact that he missed the first four games of the series, while Klay and Kevon Looney were sidelined for Game 3 in Oakland.

I think we all can agree that if both teams were fully healthy from the start, Golden State wins the series in six games max.

But that's not how life works.

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Programming Note: Get ready for the 2019-20 Warriors and Kings seasons with the NBA Tip-Off Show, streaming live on the MyTeams app at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Download MyTeams and tune in to the show by clicking here!

NBA rumors: Cavs claim ex-Warriors wing Alfonzo McKinnie off waivers

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NBA rumors: Cavs claim ex-Warriors wing Alfonzo McKinnie off waivers

Alfonzo McKinnie found a new basketball home.

The Cavaliers claimed the former Warriors forward off waivers, the team announced Monday afternoon.

McKinnie -- who officially was waived by Golden State on Saturday afternoon -- will remain on a non-guaranteed contract with Cleveland.

The 27-year-old was vying to be the Dubs' starting small forward this season, but injuries in the frontcourt to Willie Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney made him a roster casualty and Golden State opted to keep Marquese Chriss instead. 

The Warriors play in Cleveland on Feb. 1 and host the Cavs on April 8.

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Programming Note: Get ready for the 2019-20 Warriors and Kings seasons with the NBA Tip-Off Show, streaming live on the MyTeams app at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Download MyTeams and tune in to the show by clicking here!