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Steph Curry donating Breonna Taylor tribute shoes to Black Lives Matter

Steph Curry donating Breonna Taylor tribute shoes to Black Lives Matter

Warriors guard Steph Curry completed his first round of the American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe on Friday, and did so while drawing attention to a cause that he doesn't want people to forget about. Towards the toe end of each of his golf shoes were Breonna Taylor's name and likeness.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman and EMT, died in her own home on March 13 after being shot eight times by Louisville police while executing a search warrant. Nearly four entire months have passed since that tragic day and all three officers involved have yet to be arrested, sparking outrage across the country.

Curry's choice of footwear Friday was one of the latest examples in what has been an ongoing chorus of calls for justice. And beyond that, he intends to donate the shoes to Black Lives Matter so that they may be auctioned, with all proceeds going to the organization.

"Obviously, shining a light on Breonna Taylor," Curry explained after completing his round. "Demanding and praying and wishing for justice for her and her family. Anytime you have an opportunity to be on a stage or a platform to raise awareness and continue the conversation going on in our country, I'm all for that. I'll send these to the Black Lives Matter organization and hopefully raise a lot of money for the amazing work that they're doing. 

"We all have roles to play in terms of changing the racial climate in our country, and this is definitely more than just a moment that we're feeling. This is a very small gesture, but hopefully the money goes a long way, and hopefully they continue the conversation of what needs to change all the way around."

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While the continued search for justice for Taylor and her family clearly is of particular concern for Curry, the donation of his shoes fits in with a wonderful theme of the ACC tournament. Rather than have a purse go to the victor, all winnings will be donated to a number of charities.

Naturally, Curry was more than happy to play for those additional causes.

"Usually there's a purse to play for," Curry said, "but obviously with everything going on, the ability to come up here and play golf and know that -- I don't know what the amount is -- it's all going to worthy causes that will impact lives, and we get to do it by being out here playing golf and being on a stage, it's pretty awesome to be a part of that."

Curry is one of the most popular athletes on the planet, with a platform to match. He understands his role, and continues to do great and important things within it.

NBA rumors: Draft lottery will be virtual for Warriors, other 13 teams

NBA rumors: Draft lottery will be virtual for Warriors, other 13 teams

Some details surrounding the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery -- which will be held Aug. 20 -- finally emerged Monday afternoon.

It will be a virtual event with all 14 team representatives showing up on a virtual display, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Who will be the Warriors' official? It's unclear if the franchise has come to a conclusion.

"We haven't decided that yet, but we got some interesting ideas," owner Joe Lacob said in late February. "We've got some outside-the-box picks. I don't want to blow it.

"It's actually really fun. Some are four-legged animals (laughter)."

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It's fair to assume that the coronavirus pandemic has altered Golden State's decision-making process.

The Warriors -- along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves -- have the best odds (14 percent) of landing the No. 1 overall pick.

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Golden State has a 13.4 percent chance of ending up at No. 2, a 12.7 percent chance of No. 3, a 12 percent chance of winding up at No. 4 and there's a 47.9 percent chance they fall all the way to No. 5.

The Dubs haven't been in the lottery since 2012, when they took Harrison Barnes with the seventh overall pick.

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Why Kent Bazemore signing with Warriors in free agency makes sense

Why Kent Bazemore signing with Warriors in free agency makes sense

Kent Bazemore returning to the Warriors this offseason makes too much sense.

Well, there is one main caveat, however: A reunion almost assuredly only can happen if Bazemore accepts the veteran minimum, which should be worth around $2 million.

He isn't a candidate for the $6 million-ish taxpayer mid-level exception? It's safe to assume the Warriors will go in another direction there. So if Bazemore is able to find a bigger payday in free agency -- which is up in the air because of the NBA's financial uncertainty at this point -- he probably jumps on the opportunity.

But if he doesn't, coming back to the Dubs seems like a terrific option.

Bazemore -- who is finishing the four-year, $70 million contract he signed with the Atlanta Hawks in 2016 -- went undrafted in 2012. He signed with the Warriors that July, earning a spot on the opening night roster. 

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The North Carolina native appeared in 61 games with Golden State as a rookie (and five with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors), and became known for his "Bazemoring" celebrations on the bench.

The Old Dominion product became very good friends with Steph Curry, and was instrumental in getting the two-time NBA MVP to sign with Under Armour in the summer of 2013.

They remain very close to this day, and share a passion for golf. If they become teammates again, you better believe they will be spending a lot of time together on golf courses all across the Bay Area.

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As for Bazemore's on-court contributions, he started the 2019-20 season with the Portland Trail Blazers but was traded in January. The 31-year old averaged 10.3 points in 25 games with the Kings, while shooting over 38 percent from 3-point range on 2.9 attempts per game.

The Warriors need to add more versatile wings who can defend multiple positions, and Bazemore checks that box. Furthermore, he is a terrific teammate and would be a fantastic presence in the Warriors' locker room.

It's anybody's guess what happens in October, but if the Warriors do add Bazemore on a minimum deal, it probably was a very successful offseason for general manager Bob Myers and his staff.

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