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Steinmetz: Kings' Fast Start Not to be Overlooked

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Steinmetz: Kings' Fast Start Not to be Overlooked

Nov. 1, 2010STEINMETZ ARCHIVEKINGS PAGE KINGS VIDEOMatt Steinmetz
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Look at the Kings.

They've have had a terrific start to the season. - The Kings have won two of their first three -- all of which have been road games. That ain't bad considering the Kings went 7-34 away from ARCO last year.

It doesn't matter that the competition hasn't been the stiffest -- Minnesota, New Jersey and Cleveland -- you can only deal with the schedule you're given. Monday is another good chance for victory, their home opener against Toronto.

Rookie center DeMarcus Cousins has looked very good in the early going, with his single-biggest issue being foul trouble. The part when he's on the court is very good so far. Cousins is averaging 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, not bad at all considering he's only playing 25 minutes per game.

I remember that game midway through the preseason when Cousins was impressive in a game against the Warriors in Sacramento. Kings coach Paul Westphal was asked what had clicked for Cousins.

Answered Westphal: "He's learning the plays."

Cousins has benefited from having plenty of support up front when he is on the bench saddled with fouls. Carl Landry is the team's leading scorer, Jason Thompson has helped with his minutes more limited and Samuel Dalembert came back a little early from injury.

Bottom line is the Kings have some bodies up front. And all indications are Cousins is going to be the best of them.

Warriors' Steve Kerr shares childhood story that explains competitiveness

Warriors' Steve Kerr shares childhood story that explains competitiveness

Steve Kerr and Draymond Green have had their fair share of verbal altercations over the years.

Everybody remembers what happened in the locker room at halftime of the Warriors' win in Oklahoma City on Feb. 27, 2016.

But do you remember what Kerr said to Draymond during his NBA Coach of the Year press conference in April 2016?

"Draymond -- don't ever change. Keep yelling at me, I'm gonna keep yelling at you," he said. "It's the best. He provides the edge that this team needs. Without Draymond, we'd be in trouble. We would be too quiet, and too nice."

Kerr recently sat down with NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke and Logan Murdock for a conversation on the "Runnin' Plays" podcast, and discussed how he and the three-time NBA champion are similar. In the process, he told an amazing story.

"We are equally as competitive and we are equally as likely to blow up," Kerr explained. "Either one of us will snap -- he'll get a "T" (technical foul), I'll break a clipboard. It's just the way we're built. That's how much it means to us.

"My family would tell you a story -- when I was about six years old, we had an Easter egg hunt at my cousin's house. They had all the eggs laid out and they had one big golden egg that was the big prize. I didn't find it, and when I saw somebody else found it ... I lost it. I completely lost it -- crying. My poor mom and dad, they were so embarrassed.

"And this kind of stuff used to happen all the time. If I didn't do well in sports ... pitching, if I gave up a hit, I'd throw my glove on the ground. I would snap.

"That's how Draymond is, right? We bonded over our ability to snap."

[REWINDNo more 3-pointers for Draymond? Steve Kerr's mom ...]

Are you also laughing hysterically thinking about little six-year-old Stephen Douglas Kerr throwing a temper tantrum?

Awesome stuff.

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Steph Curry scored 42 points after 18 holes of golf, Andre Iguodala says

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Steph Curry scored 42 points after 18 holes of golf, Andre Iguodala says

Steph Curry is not of this world. but you probably already knew that.

The Warriors superstar is the greatest shooter the NBA has ever seen, helping transform the way the game has played over the past five seasons. When he is red-hot, Curry is a spectacle the likes of which the NBA has never seen. He's so unstoppable that even playing 18 holes in the middle of a back-to-back couldn't stop him from going off.

Andre Iguodala sat down with Erik Anders Lang to discuss golf and meditation and told the story of how he and Curry hit the links prior to the second game of a back-to-back and the two-time NBA MVP still went supernova.

"Like, we got a game tomorrow and it's important for him to play well," Iguodala told Anders Lang. "If I don't play well, it's whatever they ain't going to blame me. But he played great that day. He shot in the 70s like he always does ... I shot OK. I shot in the 80s so I was happy around that time. So I might have broke 90 that day and I was happy. I didn't play well that night because I was like, 'Whatever.'

"But he had like 40 that night. He had 40 that night. He killed them. And I was joking with him, 'If anyone on our team knew what we did today ...' Because nobody knew. Steve [Kerr] knew though. Steve was like, 'You guys better play good today.' Then he was like, 'Steph you should play golf every day."

The game occurred April 5, 2017, when Curry, Iguodala and the Dubs beat the Suns 120-111 and Talking Stick Resort Arena. Curry, fresh off a crisp round in the 70s, dropped 42 points and dished out 11 assists. The day before, Curry and the Warriors beat the Timberwolves 121-107 in Minnesota.

[RELATED: 'Authentic' political voice reaches Dubs players, Kerr says]

Maybe Steph should golf before every game once he returns from his broken hand.