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DeMarcus Cousins wins Steve Kerr over with passionate plea for more minutes

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DeMarcus Cousins wins Steve Kerr over with passionate plea for more minutes

DeMarcus Cousins stopped short of throwing a tantrum late in the Warriors’ 117-107 win over the Suns on Friday night, perhaps because Rick Celebrini, the team’s director of sports medicine, stepped in before it reached that point.

With the Warriors leading 101-94 and 5:46 remaining, Cousins had reached his 25-minute limit and coach Steve Kerr was ready to plop the big man on the bench.

Cousins wasn’t ready to sit. Didn‘t want to sit. He’s tired of sitting, even though he’s still working on his timing and conditioning after a one-year layoff to recover from surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles’ tendon.

He wanted to play, so he let Kerr know.

“I just wanted to try to finish the game out strong,” Cousins told Warriors sideline reporter Kerith Burke. “We’re trying to stick to this minutes restriction. I’m like a defiant child right now when it comes to it.”

The Warriors, however, are trying to be careful. They want to keep Cousins’ playing time at about 25 minutes for now, with the plan to increase it in the weeks after the Feb. 14-20 All-Star break.

But the game was in the balance and Draymond Green, who often closes games at center, was unavailable after being ejected late in the third quarter.

So, it was Boogie Time.

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“I was going to take him out at the six-minute mark,” Kerr told reporters in Phoenix, “and he said, ‘Please, do not do this.’ I asked Rick, and Rick said he’s good to go.

“I played him a couple more minutes, and then I didn’t feel comfortable extending him more than that eight-minute run. But by that time, he had done his job.”

When Cousins left the game with 3:45 remaining, after a season-high 27 minutes, he was replaced by Kevon Looney. The Warriors had a six-point lead.

“I just want to be out on the floor and help my team win games,” said Cousins, who in his ninth game as a Warriors finished with 18 points, five rebound and four assists. “So they let me play a couple extra minutes.

“I’m just happy to get a win.”

Andre Iguodala 'loves being that guy' to people rude to Steph Curry

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Andre Iguodala 'loves being that guy' to people rude to Steph Curry

"I'm the d***head. I don't care." -- Andre Iguodala.

So what's the context here exactly?

Well, Steph Curry is in a stratosphere of celebrity that not many people inhabit or experience. Every time the guy leaves the house, he has to deal with strangers who want autographs or pictures or a handshake.

As you can imagine, there are plenty of moments where Curry wants to be invisible and go undetected. Unfortunately, those are few and far between.

But if the two-time MVP is with Andre Iguodala...

... he's got the support and security he needs.

The following is an anecdote from a recent feature story from Anthony Slater of The Athletic on how Curry deals with unparalleled fame:

“Andre’s got that gift where he can make you feel uncomfortable,” (Shaun) Livingston said. “Like, ‘Uhh, maybe I don’t want to get a picture today.'”

“He loves it,” Curry said. “He loves being that guy.”

“I’m the d***head,” Iguodala said. “I don’t care. I’ll tell you: ‘Get the f**k away. What are y’all doing?‘ There’s a line that you can’t cross. People cross it a lot with him.”

“You gotta know who you’re dealing with,” Iguodala said. “You’re dealing with kids, it’s different. But if you’re dealing with grown men who try to abuse you for their wants, I ain’t having it.”

You have officially been warned -- if you run into Curry somewhere around the Bay Area and he is with Iguodala, then mind your own business.

In fact, you should leave Curry alone even if he isn't with the 2015 Finals MVP. But as Iguodala explained, that just isn't the reality.

“People will be waiting outside the gate or in the parking lot of a golf course,” the 35-year old told The Athletic. “It’s like, how did you even know we were here? People sitting around waiting to see what car we leave in. They’re at the hotel. They’ll get there early in the morning to see where we’re at. They’ll follow you.”

Don't be that guy...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steph Curry first found troubles of fame going to Charlotte in 2013

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Steph Curry first found troubles of fame going to Charlotte in 2013

Steph Curry is a superstar. He might be the most recognizable player in the NBA. Maybe even in all of sports. 

But that wasn't the case not too long ago. Before the two MVP award and three NBA Finals titles, Curry could actually enjoy some peace and quiet with his family. 

Curry first found out about the troubles of stardom with fans while traveling home to Charlotte, N.C. in 2013. 

“Back when I was taking commercial flights,” Curry said in a lengthy interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “I never flew private.”

It was after his fourth season in the NBA. Curry was coming off a career-high 22.9 points per game at the time, and he led the Warriors to playoffs where they upset the Nuggets in the first round and battled the Spurs in a second-round loss. 

Curry, along with his wife Ayesha and a newly born baby daughter Riley, were recognized relentlessly in the airport. From the security line to trying to get to the gates, the Currys were constantly surrounded.

“One of the worst experiences of my life,” Curry said. “Getting bothered left and right from the time we showed up at the airport to the time we got to the house in Charlotte. That was probably when it was like, OK, this is crazy. And, yeah, it’s got even crazier from there.”

Two years later, Riley became a sensation by joining Steph at the postgame podium in the playoffs. As he looks back it now, it's one of the only things Steph regrets

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"I didn’t know how much that would blow up and how much of a splash she [would make] on the scene," Curry said. "If I could take that one back, I probably would, just because my goal is just to give my kids the best chance at success and at seeing the world in the proper way." 

This weekend, Curry and his family are back in Charlotte for NBA All-Star Weekend. He'll face his brother Seth in the 3-Point Contest, and it's safe to say all these years later, he'll know how to deal with the masses following his every move.