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President Donald Trump calls out Warriors' Steve Kerr over China comments

President Donald Trump calls out Warriors' Steve Kerr over China comments

Steve Kerr has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump ever since he took office.

The Warriors coach has criticized Trump for a number of things over the past three years, from his divisive rhetoric to his failure to act on gun control.

So, it should be no surprise that when presented the opportunity, Trump fired back at Kerr.

After the Warriors coach offered a “no comment” on the NBA's latest controversy involving China and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, Trump took a dig at Kerr during a press conference Wednesday.

Kerr said he did not know enough about the political dynamic at play to offer his normally eloquent view of current events, so he preferred not to comment.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver backed up Morey's right to speak out on issues such as the people of Hong Kong's fight for democracy, and he said the NBA would live with any business consequences that stem from that.

[RELATED: Kerr's silence shows China is NBA's third rail]

The Lakers and Nets currently are in China, but CCTV now has decided not to air the games after Morey's tweet and Silver's second statement.

The NBA now is in a sticky situation with China, a country that presents a large business opportunity for the league.

Trump's comments hit the air after Kerr finished his media availability Wednesday, so he was unable to respond to the president's verbal jab.

Warriors brought in Klay Thompson's friend 'off the street' to scrimmage

Warriors brought in Klay Thompson's friend 'off the street' to scrimmage

Warriors superstar Steph Curry scrimmaged Wednesday for the second time as he continues to inch closer to returning to game action after breaking his left hand back on Oct. 30.

Golden State doesn't have many healthy bodies right now, so the team had to get creative to field 5-on-5 action.

"It was a ragtag group," coach Steve Kerr told reporters. "Theo Robertson was probably the highlight for me. He looked good. One of Klay's buddies came in off the street basically.

"Dragan (Bender) played, Juan (Toscano-Anderson) played -- so that was good.

"It wasn't the highest level pickup ball I've ever seen."

Robertson -- a Warriors player development coach who works closely with Eric Paschall -- played at Cal from 2005 to 2010. Over his junior and senior seasons combined, he averaged 13.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists, while shooting better than 49 percent from the field and 47 percent from deep.

The Bears won the regular season conference championship his last year in Berkeley, and he was named the team's MVP.

As for "one of Klay's buddies" -- his name is Seth Tarver, and he is very close friends with Klay's brother, Mychel.

Tarver -- who serves as a Director for the Thompson Family Foundation -- played at Oregon State from 2006 to 2010, and was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.

[RELATED: Kerr casts doubt on Curry's March 1 return date for Dubs]

Additionally, Golden State player development coach Luke Loucks -- who played his college ball at Florida State -- also suited up for the scrimmage. 

As a senior in 2012, he started all 35 games for a Seminoles squad that earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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Lakers' LeBron James won't play Thursday vs. Warriors at Chase Center

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Lakers' LeBron James won't play Thursday vs. Warriors at Chase Center

LeBron James won't make his second regular-season visit to Chase Center this campaign.

The Los Angeles Lakers star has a sore groin and won't play against the Warriors on Thursday. 

James, 35, missed 17 games with a left groin strain last season. He first picked up the injury in a Christmas Day loss to the Warriors in 2018, in what ended up being his last trip to Oracle Arena. He scored 22 points, dished out 11 assists and grabbed eight rebounds on Feb. 8 in the Lakers' first regular-season game against the Warriors in San Francisco this season, leading Los Angeles to a 125-120 win. 

He and the Cleveland Cavaliers played against the Warriors in four straight NBA Finals from 2015 through 2018, losing three out of four times but upsetting the 73-win Golden State squad in a seven-game series win in 2016. James and two-time MVP Steph Curry were the faces of the one-sided Warriors-Cavs rivalry, but the two haven't faced each other this season.

Curry has missed all but four games since breaking his hand on Oct. 30, and he wouldn't have played against the Lakers on Thursday anyway. The Warriors guard is targeting a March 1 return, but Golden State coach Steve Kerr cast doubt on that possibility Wednesday. Kerr told reporters he thinks Curry "needs some more scrimmage time." 

[RELATED: Why a 'dap' is much more than a handshake in today's NBA] 

James and Curry were supposed to lead the Lakers and Warriors into a fierce Pacific Division rivalry, but that hasn't happened since James signed in Los Angeles two summers ago. The Lakers missed the playoffs last season and the Warriors are set to do the same this year. Curry and James should, at least, play against each other when Golden State heads to LA on April 7.

If they don't, the 2019-20 season would be the first since 2008-09 that James and Curry didn't play against each other at least once in the regular season. Curry was completing his last collegiate season at Davidson then.