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Lonzo Ball is better than Steph Curry? 'I don't want to talk about that'

Lonzo Ball is better than Steph Curry? 'I don't want to talk about that'

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OAKLAND -- Sooner or later, the question was bound to land in Stephen Curry’s lap. It dropped Wednesday, after Warriors shootaround.

Asked about comments made by LaVar Ball, father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, who unfavorably compared Curry to his son, the Warriors guard was rather dismissive in flicking it away.

“I ... don’t want to talk about that,” Curry said, shaking his head, trying (and failing) to conceal his irritation/boredom.

Last month, Lavar Ball claimed his son Lonzo -- a 6-foot-6 freshman point guard having a fabulous season for the Bruins -- can outplay Curry, who happens to have won the last two NBA MVP awards.

“I’m going to tell you right now, he’s better than Steph Curry to me,” LaVar Ball said of his son. “Put Steph Curry on UCLA’s team right now and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens. I’ll double down on it again. Like I said, if I don’t know what my boy is about, I’m not going to make that statement. Steph is going to have problems trying to guard my boy. Play one on one."

Though Curry clearly had heard or read the comments, he previously had not responded. He barely responded Wednesday.

“I wish his kids the best,” he said of LaVar Ball. “I know they’re going to be great NBA players, because that’s their job. That’s it.”

Lonzo Ball is averaging 14.9 points, 7.8 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game for UCLA. He is shooting 55.5 percent from the field, 42.4 percent beyond the college arc.

Curry is averaging 24.9 points, 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds. He is shooting 46.3 percent overall, 39.9 percent beyond the NBA arc.

As for LaVar Ball being so outspoken about the talents of his sons, Curry shrugged off giving an opinion.

“Every person should parent their kid how they feel they should,” he said. “That’s it.”

Steph Curry says he's 'definitely' better now than unanimous MVP season

Steph Curry says he's 'definitely' better now than unanimous MVP season

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Is Steph Curry better now than he was during the 2015-16 season?

Let's compare his numbers pre All-Star break:

-2015-16 = 29.8 points, 6.6 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 50.8 percent overall, 45.4 percent from 3-point range (10.8 attempts per game).
-2018-19 = 28.6 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 48.8 percent overall, 44.4 percent from 3-point range (11.5 attempts per game).

The statistics would say he was better during his unanimous MVP campaign. But Curry disagrees with the analytics.

“I definitely feel like I’m better than I was three years ago,” the soon-to-be 31-year old said Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports. “It’s a good feeling knowing successes I’ve had personally don’t get in the way of progress with the team, getting better and finding ways to expand your game.

"Experience, more maturity and being challenged in new ways definitely helps.”

Three years ago, Curry and the Warriors had a huge chip on their shoulder as many in the basketball world diminished their championship the season prior. They were in "prove all the haters wrong" mode. That squad treated every regular season contest like an NBA Finals game.

While the ultimate goal of winning a championship remains the same, the mindset and approach to the process is very different today.

Curry now shares the floor on a nightly basis with Kevin Durant and he doesn't have to carry the team night in and night out. His numbers aren't as gaudy as some of his peers. As a result, he isn't an MVP frontrunner.

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“Everybody can come up with certain narratives,” he told Yahoo Sports in reference to the MVP award. “It’s clear who the best guys in the league are, who’s helping the team win.

"Comparing numbers and styles … beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I don’t know why I can’t (win again), but I feel confident in knowing what type of player I am. I’m sure KD would say the same thing.”

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

Warriors chime in on De'Aaron Fox's anti-In-N-Out Burger debate

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Warriors chime in on De'Aaron Fox's anti-In-N-Out Burger debate

I am not here for any In-N-Out Burger slander on my timeline. And apparently, Jordan Bell isn't either. 

Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox has sparked quite the debate. After calling In-N-Out "trash," Bell was having none of it and needed answers from the Warriors. 

So, are the champs Team Whataburger or Team In-N-Out? Warning: NSFW 

Did DeMarcus Cousins say In-N-Out is "Hall of Fame?" Yeah, I've always been a fan of Boogie. 

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But Five Guys? Shake Shack? Nah, I'm sticking with what I always made my first purchase whenever I flew home from college. 

Here's to Team In-N-Out.