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James Harden better player than Steph Curry, Kendrick Perkins claims

James Harden better player than Steph Curry, Kendrick Perkins claims

Here we go again. Kendrick Perkins said the thing. 

We can't even go a holiday weekend where sports aren't being played without the former NBA veteran riling up Warriors fans. Perkins' latest claim is that James Harden is a better all-around player than Steph Curry. 

"When I'm looking at all-around and the all-around player, the skill set and who brings more to the table, it's James Harden," Perkins said Monday on ESPN's "First Take." 

Perkins defended himself on Twitter, too, saying the only thing Curry does better than Harden is shoot. 

This comes after "First Take" unveiled its top 15 players in the NBA right now. The Warriors superstar came in at No. 5, while Harden was No. 6. Perkins wasn't having it, but the fans have spoken: Curry is beating Harden by a landslide in a Twitter poll that asked who the better player is. 

"As soon as [Harden] stepped foot into the Rockets franchise, he made that franchise relevant again," Perkins said. "He's a better all-around player than Steph Curry." 

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Can't the same logic be said for Curry?

From 2009, the year the Warriors drafted Curry, through last season, Golden State won 505 regular-season games. The Warriors averaged 50.5 regular-season wins over that span, broke the regular-season wins record, went to the playoffs in seven straight seasons, made five straight NBA Finals and won three titles. Prior to that decade of dominance, the Warriors averaged 31.9 regular-season wins from 1999 through the 2008-09 season and made the playoffs once. 

Individually, Curry has won two MVP awards and was the first unanimous MVP in NBA history for his 2015-16 season.

Harden clearly took Houston to new heights after the Oklahoma City Thunder traded him to the Rockets in October 2012. He also has been knocked out of the playoffs by Curry and the Warriors four times. 

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While Steph can wiggle three championship rings, Harden only can turn to spreadsheets and excuses as he still searches for his first championship.

This debate isn't going anywhere, and unfortunately for us all, neither are Perkins' takes. Take a deep breath, there are bigger issues to be mad at right now.

NFL rumors: 49ers have discussed Raheem Mostert, Kendrick Bourne extensions

NFL rumors: 49ers have discussed Raheem Mostert, Kendrick Bourne extensions

As the 49ers and George Kittle try to iron out what is sure to be a massive contract extension, the reigning NFC champions also are looking at giving extensions to two other offensive pieces.

The Athletic's Matt Barrows reported Wednesday that "extensions for Raheem Mostert and Kendrick Bourne have been discussed."

Mostert is signed through 2021, but he is in line for a pay raise after the 2019 campaign he had. Mostert evolved into one of the 49ers' key offensive options throughout the season and ended up leading the team in rushing with 772 yards. Mostert, of course, exploded in the NFC Championship Game win over the Green Bay Packers when he ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-20 win.

With Matt Breida now a member of the Miami Dolphins and Jerick McKinnon's health still a question mark, Mostert will enter the season as the No. 1 back and a focal point of an offense that is laser-focused on getting back to the Super Bowl and finishing the job.

As for Bourne, he was tendered this offseason as a restricted free agent, and will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Originally undrafted out of Eastern Washington, the 49ers gave Bourne a chance to make it at the NFL level and he has improved every season of his young career. Last season, Bourne caught a career-high five touchdown passes and caught six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown during the 49ers' playoff run.

[RELATED: Bourne sees Aiyuk as one reason for Super Bowl return]

Bourne has been working hard this offseason in San Jose, with picture and video flooding social media to show that he plans to take another leap in 2020.

At just 24 years old, Bourne's football still is ahead of him and the 49ers would like to keep him in the pattern for the foreseeable future.

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Warriors close facility after team employee has positive coronavirus test

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Warriors close facility after team employee has positive coronavirus test

The Warriors announced Wednesday night that a team employee who works at the franchise's Oakland facility had tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the facility has been temporarily closed. 

"We have been notified that an employee who works at our Oakland facility has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19," Golden State said in a team statement. "As a result, the Oakland facility will undergo a thorough sanitation immediately and will be temporarily closed. Due to this closure, our virtual summer basketball camps, which have operated with only staff present at the facility (no campers) this summer, will be postponed next week."

This is the first known instance of a positive coronavirus test within the Warriors franchise.

This story will be updated.