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Michael Jordan-Steph Curry 'The Match' pairing posed by Colin Cowherd

Michael Jordan-Steph Curry 'The Match' pairing posed by Colin Cowherd

Sunday’s “The Match,” featuring a showdown between NFL stars Peyton Manning and Tom Brady along with PGA icons Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods was a smashing success. The event raised $20 million for coronavirus relief in the United States, and was the highest-rated golf event in cable television history.

The access and humorous trash talk throughout has led many to speculate as to which duo from sports could be part of the next iteration of the event. Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd discussed this on Monday and posed some interesting potential pairings.

"Michael has always let it be known that he's pretty good at golf," Cowherd said. "Steph is easily the best current NBA golfer, that I would pay to see."

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Steph Curry tweeted Sunday that he’d like to be included next time around, and sure enough Cowherd first mentioned a duel between the Warriors star and another NBA icon with North Carolina roots in Michael Jordan. MJ was shown to play golf frequently throughout his NBA career during ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” and continues to be a fan of the sport.

Curry is an avid golf fan and was glued to his television Sunday during “The Match.” He’s played in some professional golf events in the past, and always is among the best current athletes at the celebrity-laden American Century Championship each summer in Lake Tahoe.

Given MJ’s propensity to trash talk during his historic NBA career, it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t be trading barbs constantly with Curry. Steph’s confidence never has been in question and he likely would have plenty of fun going back and forth with Jordan.

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Throwing a couple PGA pros in, especially two who are avid NBA fans could make for some great conversation. As we saw throughout Sunday’s foursome, Mickelson and Woods were more than willing to engage and dish out some one-liners.

MJ likely wouldn’t be thrilled about being mic’d up for an entire round with no editorial control. But if both parties would be willing, this would be the most highly-anticipated event in the history of golf.

Plus we finally could settle that pesky debate of which team was more dominant between Curry’s 2016-17 Warriors and Jordan’s 1995-96 Bulls.

Giannis Antetokounmpo recruitment still gives Bucks GM 'zero' worries

Giannis Antetokounmpo recruitment still gives Bucks GM 'zero' worries

There are strict rules within the NBA's Orlando bubble, with social distancing being highly emphasized. That doesn't change the fact that there are hundreds of players in close quarters. 

Recruiting, better known as tampering, could be at an all-time. But Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst isn't worried when it comes to his superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

"Zero," Horst said, via ESPN's Eric Woodyard, when asked about his worries when it comes to Giannis being recruited. "We can only control what we can control. If it's considered tampering or recruiting or whatever it is, in our league people talk, people are connected, people have relationships.

"At the end of the day, I have full confidence in my personal relationship, our league's relationship, our coach's relationship, his teammate's relationship with Giannis in what we're doing and what we're about."

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Antetokounmpo, 25, isn't a free agent until after next season, but he is eligible for a supermax contract worth over $250 million at the conclusion of this season. If the Bucks do offer him that megadeal and he turns it down, it might be time to move on and see what the Bucks can receive in a blockbuster trade.

One team that won't be in close quarters to Giannis is the Warriors, who aren't a part of the NBA's restart. The 2019 NBA MVP has a close relationship with Golden State star Steph Curry and rumors have run rampant of Antetokounmpo becoming the next star in San Francisco. In the blink of an eye, the Warriors could go from Kevin Durant to Giannis as Steph's newest co-star. 

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Winning a championship obviously would help the Bucks' chance of keeping Giannis in Milwaukee, and he would cost a whole lot for the Warriors. Golden State likely would have to get rid of Klay Thompson and much more, but Antetokounmpo is a truly rare talent who hasn't even come close to his ceiling. With a plethora of draft picks and coveted players, the Warriors might have the best trade package for Giannis, and it won't come cheap.

For now, though, Horst isn't shaking at the knees by any means. He's focused on a championship, and has every right to believe Giannis will be a Buck for a long, long time.

Sabrina Ionescu channels Steph Curry with half-court shot, shimmy celebration

Sabrina Ionescu channels Steph Curry with half-court shot, shimmy celebration

Sabrina Ionescu has been chomping at the bit to get back on the court.

The Walnut Creek native had her historic college career at Oregon abruptly ended due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the WNBA season also was push back. But Ionescu, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the New York Liberty, is slated to make her professional debut July 25 against the Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm as the WNBA prepares to begin its season.

The quarantine hasn't made Ionescu rusty as the WNBA posted a video of the Oregon product channeling her inner Steph Curry by hitting a half-court shot and then celebrating with a shimmy.

Of course, the Warriors liked what they saw.

Ionescu has become close with Curry over the past year, a relationship that's great for the future growth of the women's game around the world. Curry even tried to get Ionescu to sign a shoe deal with Under Amour, but Ducks are ever-loyal to The Swoosh, and Ionescu signed with Nike.

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Ionescu finished her illustrious career at Oregon as the only player in Division I history, men's or women's, to record 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds. She swept the National Player of the Year Awards and finished her career as the all-time NCAA triple-doubles leader. Her presence at Oregon altered the trajectory of an Oregon program that had been lackluster before her arrival. Now, coach Kelly Graves has the Ducks humming on the recruiting trail and Ionescu's Oregon legacy will be felt for decades.

Her college career in the rearview, Ionescu now will turn her attention to helping turn around the Liberty, who went 10-24 last season and will be without rising star Asia Durr, who tested positive for coronavirus.

The Liberty will be Ionescu's show, and there's no doubt Curry will be watching.

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