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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.

 

 

What Warriors' Steve Kerr learned about Andrew Wiggins from Tom Thibodeau

What Warriors' Steve Kerr learned about Andrew Wiggins from Tom Thibodeau

The Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins from the Minnesota Timberwolves just before the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline.

Shortly thereafter, Tom Thibodeau -- who coached Wiggins for multiple seasons in Minnesota -- visited Golden State's facility in San Francisco.

Naturally, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was able to pick Thibs' brain.

“We had just traded for Andrew Wiggins and he was really helpful,’’ Kerr told Marc Berman of The New York Post over the weekend. “I had a long conversation with [Thibodeau] about Andrew.

"He gave me some good advice on ways to connect with Andrew, how much he enjoyed coaching him and why."

The chat certainly helped.

Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals over 12 games with the Dubs, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

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“He showed some X’s and O’s and went over some actions they ran for [Wiggins],” Kerr said. “Some of the things they were trying to do."

The Warriors' coaching staff was very pleased with what they saw from the 25-year-old in a short amount of time, and are confident he will thrive playing alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

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Wiggins fills a need on the wing, and the goal is for him to become a lock-down defender.

"I was particularly pleased with his defense, especially on the ball," assistant coach Ron Adams told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami in early June. "I just thought he did a really good job. And against the best players in the league, he really enjoys playing against them and actually picks his game up when he did play against those guys.

“The sky’s the limit for this guy."

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NBA rumors: G League team for elite prospects coming to Walnut Creek

NBA rumors: G League team for elite prospects coming to Walnut Creek

A new professional basketball team is coming to the Bay Area.

Yes, you read that right.

The Ultimate Fieldhouse sports complex -- where Warriors superstar Steph Curry has hosted his Under Armour Select Camp -- is expected to be the team's home.

Back in mid-April, Jalen Green -- the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft -- announced he was signing with the professional pathway program.

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Since then, several additional elite prospects have signed contracts with the squad. And in June, Oakland native Brian Shaw -- who served as an analyst for Warriors coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area last season -- was named head coach.

The team originally was going to be based in Southern California, but plans changed. And it's unclear at this point how the coronavirus pandemic will impact how it competes against the rest of the NBA G League franchises.

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The Warriors currently possess the Minnesota Timberwolves' top-three protected first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Assuming they don't trade the selection, and assuming NBA executives will be allowed to scout the prospects in person, Golden State general manager Bob Myers and the rest of the front office just might be spending a decent amount of time in Walnut Creek during the winter.

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