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How Andre Iguodala responded to Steph Curry defending him on Instagram

How Andre Iguodala responded to Steph Curry defending him on Instagram

Last week, a war of words broke out between Warriors star Steph Curry and Memphis Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant.

Morant and his fellow Grizzlies had publicly taken exception to Andre Iguodala’s continued refusal to report to the team, despite being traded there from the Warriors last July.

Curry was defending Iguodala, his longtime teammate and frequent partner on the golf course when the two weren’t dominating on the basketball court.

The feeling clearly is mutual between the two stars.

“Yeah, that’s my guy (laughs),” Iguodala told The Athletic’s Sam Amick. “I would do the same for him. But I understand the generation that we’re in, and the new Millenials we’re dealing with, and how social media comes into play and how someone could feed that to a young guy and (it grows).”

The former NBA Finals MVP doesn’t hold any ill will toward his former Grizzlies comrades, however, choosing to take the high road on the public criticism.

“Every player in the league is my guy,” Iguodala said. “You know, I’m a union guy. Players come first. Their safety, their security, their job security, their health, their mental health.

“But yeah, I don’t take any of that personally.”

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Iguodala had a strong return to the court with the Miami Heat on Sunday night and now prepares to return to the Bay Area and take on the Warriors as an opponent for the first time since being eliminated from the playoffs by the Dubs while a member of the Denver Nuggets in 2012.

The veteran should get a standing ovation from the Chase Center crowd, but no one will be happier to see Iguodala than his old pal Curry.

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Rick Welts -- the Warriors' team president and chief operating officer -- has seen a lot of basketball over the years.

But there is one single performance that stands out above the rest.

During a radio appearance Wednesday morning on 95.7 The Game, Welts was asked: "Quarantine game -- if you're stuck indoors for a full year, one TV, one game playing on a loop, 24/7, 365 -- what game is Rick Welts taking?"

The Hall of Famer's response:

"Let's see. Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson. Larry Bird. Actually not even a close call for me. I only have one box score framed in my office -- if I ever get to see my office again -- and that's Klay's 37-point quarter. Without a doubt -- the most amazing thing I've ever seen on a basketball court.

"I could never get tired of watching it. He was out of his mind. I'm not sure we'll ever see anything like that again. And the crowd was a big part of it because he reacted every time the crowd reacted. Our bench was insane.

"Everybody in the building knew they were seeing history being made."

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In the third quarter of the Warriors' win over the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 23, 2015, Klay Thompson went 13-for-13 overall, 9-for-9 from deep and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Very good choice, Mr. Welts.

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What sporing event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

What sporing event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole has many interests outside of basketball.

If you follow him on Instagram, you know that he loves cats.

The 20-year-old enjoys watching movies and TV shows, and generally considers himself a homebody.

Poole also likes other sports, and when Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group asked him which canceled or postponed sporting events he is going to miss, the Michigan product provided an answer that might surprise you.

"I love watching the college World Series, I definitely like watching softball as well," he said. "March Madness was going to be cool of course, but that’s basketball. The college World Series is something sports-related that I was really looking forward to."

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How did Poole get into college baseball?

"I would watch the games when we were in school (at Michigan), go support my guys on the team, but I was really locked into the World Series," he answered. "Those games get pretty rowdy."

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Last year, Michigan reached the College World Series for the first time since 1984.

The Wolverines advanced all the way to the championship best-of-three series -- winning Game 1 before dropping the next two to Vanderbilt.

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