OAKLAND -- After spending much of Thursday reading about the deadly mass shooting the previous night in Southern California, Warriors coach Steve Kerr made a depressing but all too conceivable prediction.
“We’re going to have a moment of silence out here tonight,” Kerr said prior to tipoff against the Milwaukee Bucks. “We had one last week, I think. We’re probably going to have one next week.
“That’s the reality until we do something about it.”
The most publicized mass shooting earlier this month occurred last Friday at a yoga studio in Florida, where the gunman shot seven people, killing two, before killing himself.
There were far more casualties in the shooting Wednesday at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks: 13 dead, including the gunman, two wounded.
“It’s just horrifying and so sad for the families involved,” Kerr said. “For the young who lost their lives, it’s devastating, too, for everybody. I just feel devastated for the victims and their families.”
Kerr is a noted gun safety advocate and has addressed the subject countless times. His father, Malcolm, was a victim of gun violence, shot by multiple terrorists in Beirut in 1984.
The Thousand Oaks massacre is the 307th mass shooting in the United States this year, according to gunviolencearchive.org website. There have been 13 over the past 12 days, resulting in 34 deaths.
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With a little less than seven minutes remaining in the third quarter on Monday night, Steph Curry made a pretty sweet reverse layup off a great pass from Kevin Durant. But that description doesn't tell the whole story.
You see, Curry wanted Durant to throw the ball towards the rim so the two-time MVP could throw down a vicious alley-oop. We know this because Curry pointed in the air and started to gear up for his leap to the basket, but Durant had other ideas:
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The Instagram account @warriorstalk posted the video with the caption: "Steph called for the lob. #Icon"
Shortly after the game ended, Kevin Durant left the comment: "Nah son go ahead and lay that lol." A terrific response from the two-time Finals MVP.
According to NBA.com, Curry has never attempted an alley-oop dunk in his career. But he did make an alley-oop layup once back in 2015-16.
Somebody needs to find that footage...
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When Andre Iguodala slides into your mentions, you listen.
After James Harden got away with an obvious travel in the final minute of Monday night’s Rockets-Jazz game, the twitterverse was abuzz with Harden’s “double stepback” that essentially sealed the win for Houston.
Iguodala himself weighed in, letting the refs know they missed the call late Monday night following the Warriors 110-93 win over the Grizzlies.
And guess what? The NBA refs official twitter account responded Tuesday morning and admitted that it was, in fact, a travel.
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Harden’s go-to stepback move is already difficult enough to guard, but a double stepback? Iguodala knew better than to think that was a legal play, and the refs agreed with him...in retrospect.
We can only hope that the officials get the call right the first time if the Rockets and Warriors square off again in the playoffs.
If not, get ready for more backlash than just a simple tweet from Iguodala and the Dubs.