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NBA rumors: Kyrie Irving 'genuinely interested in reuniting' with LeBron James

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NBA rumors: Kyrie Irving 'genuinely interested in reuniting' with LeBron James

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Remember back in June 2017, when Kyrie Irving demanded that the Cavs trade him because he didn't want to play alongside LeBron James anymore?

The whole world was convinced that they would never be teammates again. But might Kyrie legitimately consider signing with the Lakers in July?

Well, on Tuesday afternoon, Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report wrote the following:

While the news since last summer has been largely about stars not interested in being LeBron's sidekick—George's decision to re-sign with the Thunder, Jimmy Butler not having the Lakers on his reported preferred list and Kawhi Leonard reportedly favoring the Clippers—a source close to the Celtics confirmed that Kyrie Irving is genuinely interested in reuniting with his former Cavaliers teammate. "That is for real," the source said.

The NBA is just simply the greatest. You can't make this stuff up. 

About two weeks ago, Kyrie created a ton of headlines when he revealed that he reached out to LeBron to clear the air.

"I’ll tell you one thing, obviously, this was a big deal for me, because I had to call Bron and tell him, I apologized for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips, and I wanted everything to be at my threshold,” Irving told reporters. "I wanted to be the guy that led us to a championship. I wanted to be the leader. I wanted to be all that and the responsibility of being the best in the world and leading your team is something that is not meant for many people.

"Bron was one of those guys that came to Cleveland and tried to show us what it’s like to win a championship. And it was hard for him and sometimes getting the most out of the group is not the easiest thing in the world.

"Like I said, only few are meant for it or chosen for it and I feel like the best person to call was him, because he’s been in this situation. He’s been there with me, where I’ve been the young guy, being a 22-year-old kid that wanted everything, wanted everything right now. Coming off an All-Star year starting and this heck of a presence coming back and now I gotta adjust my game to this guy. You take it personal but, at the end of the day, he wants what’s best."

On Jan. 25, LeBron posted an Instagram story that raised even more eyebrows.

And on Monday, Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported that Anthony Davis isn't targeting the Celtics as possible trade destination because of a "growing belief of uncertainty that Kyrie Irving will not re-sign with Boston."

You think the Warriors-Lakers rivalry is spicy now? Imagine if Kyrie, LeBron, and Anthony Davis are all in Purple and Gold next season.

Anything is possible in the NBA ... 

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

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

[RELATED: Steph Curry's Charlotte popularity a boon to NBA All-Star Weekend]

"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.