San Francisco mayor pitches Kevin Durant on staying with Warriors

San Francisco mayor pitches Kevin Durant on staying with Warriors

Will Kevin Durant play in the brand-new Chase Center as a member of the Warriors next season?

That's the burning question making all Warriors fans nervous the closer we get to July.

San Francisco mayor London Breed is one of those who wants to see Durant stay with the Warriors for a long time. Recently, Breed told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears that she spoke with Durant and made a pitch for him to stay long-term.

“Well, I’m not going to reveal all my persuasion tactics," Breed said. "But, yes, I let him know how much we love him in San Francisco and how we all look forward to seeing him play here. He and the other players are all really good guys, and the community needs role models like them.”

The Warriors themselves have been trying to make sure Durant is on the team when Chase Center opens next fall. They had Durant — not Steph Curry, Klay Thompson or Draymond Green — at the groundbreaking back in January 2017. And in November, KD and Warriors guard Quinn Cook toured the construction site.

“I’ve been hearing about it for so long,” Durant told Spears. “Two years ago, I went to the groundbreaking. Now, I just wanted to see how far they’ve come with it. It looks amazing. I just wanted to see it.”

One thing working in Breed's favor is that Durant lives in San Francisco, rather than the East Bay. According to Spears, Durant is the only member of the Warriors who lives in San Francisco.

“I wanted to be in the big city and mix it up a little bit,” Durant said. “It’s close to the [Bay] Bridge and the practice facility and arena [in Oakland]. I wanted to try it out. I’ve never lived in a big city before by myself. I wanted to learn more about the flow of the city.”

What does Durant like about The City?

“I just like the vibe,” Durant told Spears. “It’s chill. Relaxing. There is not too much going on, but there is still a lot going on. People are pretty cool, open and diverse. San Francisco is one of those cities that is always going to be booming. There is always going to be growth in the city. I guess you can call me a ‘millennial’ living there now. It puts a different perspective on life.”

Let's hope KD’s affection for San Francisco, along with Mayor Breed's pitch, will keep him in the Bay Area for the next few years.

Steph Curry recreates childhood NBA All-Star look with sweet jacket

Steph Curry recreates childhood NBA All-Star look with sweet jacket

In his hometown of Charlotte for NBA All-Star Weekend, Steph Curry turned back the clock with his outfit Saturday night.

The Warriors star wore an adult-sized re-creation of the jacket that he rocked as a 3-year-old at NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando in 1992. That weekend, Curry watched his father, Dell, participate in the 3-Point Contest.

The tribute to what technically was his first All-Star appearance didn't stop there. The shoes Curry wore Saturday night also were inspired by the jacket. 

Much like on the night when he was photographed, Curry was able to watch his dad shoot from the outside. The elder Curry, Ray Allen, Mark Price and Glen Rice participated in a 3-Point Contest of their own to raise money for Charlotte-based charity Classroom Central, which donates school supplies to teachers. 

Steph Curry told reporters Saturday that it brought up plenty of nostalgia. 

"They showed a clip of me and him on the bench with Alonzo Mourning watching my dad shoot back in '92," Curry said. "Then we almost recreated that moment watching my dad, Ray Allen, Mark Price and Glen Rice shoot (before the 3-Point Contest). Unbelievable type of vibe. I knew when Charlotte got the bid to host, your mind starts to wander about what it would be like. 

"It was all that and more."

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Curry has been a busy man all weekend in his old stomping grounds. He watched alma mater Davidson come from behind to win Friday night, and Under Armour renovated his old rec center in lieu of throwing a party. 

Curry’s performance in the 3-Point Contest on Saturday night riveted the hometown crowd. They'll undoubtedly be rooting for him again fewer than 24 hours later in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game.

2019 NBA 3-Point Contest: Joe Harris beats out Steph Curry in finals

2019 NBA 3-Point Contest: Joe Harris beats out Steph Curry in finals

Steph Curry couldn't pick up his second NBA 3-Point Contest crown in his hometown.

Brooklyn Nets sharpshooter Joe Harris edged the Warriors star 26-24 in the finals of the event in Charlotte on Saturday. Kings guard Buddy Hield also was a finalist, and finished third with 17 points in the final round. 

Curry paced the field after an explosive first round. He scored 27 points -- one shy of the record in the event's new format -- and made each of his final 10 shots. 

The two-time NBA MVP picked up where he left off in the finals. Curry made his first nine shots, for a total of 19 consecutive makes across his two rounds. Technically, that matched Craig Hodges' record run in the event, but Hodges made all 19 in a single round. 

But Curry cooled off ever so slightly, hitting nine of his final 15 shots to finish two points shy of the eventual champion. 

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Harris entered the night with the highest 3-point percentage (47.1 percent) of his competitors, and beat a stacked field for the win. 

Curry can get redemption Sunday, when he and Team Giannis take on Team LeBron for bragging rights -- and some cash -- in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.