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Steph Curry explains draft-day emotions being picked by Warriors, not Knicks

Steph Curry explains draft-day emotions being picked by Warriors, not Knicks

ESPN's Lisa Salters crouched down to talk to a young Steph Curry who was front and center of the 2009 NBA Draft as his mother, Sonya, looked on. 

He was going to the New York Knicks ... right?

"They were picking at the eight spot, so they had told me 'you're on the board at eight, we're going to take you," Curry said in an interview during episode five of "Stephen vs The Game."

"So going into the draft, that's a good feeling to have."

Blake Griffin's name was announced first, as he was heading to the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Curry sat at his designated table with his hands placed in a prayer-like form as point guard after point guard were wished congratulations on the next chapter of their lives before he was.

"That kind of threw me for a loop, and I was like hmm that's weird," Curry said. 

His confidence was down. Yeah -- Steph Curry's confidence was down.

But then it was time for the No. 7 pick and with his hands still pressed together, he looked up at former NBA Commissioner David Stern who was on stage.

"With the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors select ... "

You know the rest.

He was caught off guard at first. Curry wasn't expecting his name to be called one selection early. His reaction appeared to be one of almost unwanting, or that's how it was interpreted anyway, he explained. 

Curry put his head down on the table and banged his fist twice -- but he wasn't upset, he just didn't know what to do with himself.

A few Knicks fans appeared to be displeased -- OK, they were pissed.

Momma Curry was excited and proud for her son -- but geographically, she wasn't sure. And neither was Steph, really.

"Where is Golden State?" she laughed in an interview during the Facebook series.

[RELATED: Curry family recalls difficult college recruiting process]

She admitted she was a little disappointed at first, but "that's where God wanted him."

Episode five of “Stephen vs The Game” from director Gotham Chopra, Religion of Sports and Unanimous Media premieres Thursday night at 5 pm PT on Facebook Watch.

Nick Wright claims LeBron James gets two rings for beating 2016 Warriors

Nick Wright claims LeBron James gets two rings for beating 2016 Warriors

Nick Wright will say anything to try to buttress his belief that LeBron James is the best basketball player of all time.

And the very opinionated TV personality went to the extreme Monday on his Fox Sports 1 morning show "First Things First."

"I'm making a proclamation today. Everyone always tries to say, 'Six rings, six rings -- LeBron can't be the greatest ever until he has six rings.' It's a facile argument but I'll engage in it for this moment," he said. "We all know LeBron officially-unofficially got credit for two rings when he came from 3-1 down and beat a 73-win (Warriors) team -- sent Draymond (Green) crying to his car to call Kevin Durant. So right now he's at four.

"Before the stoppage happened, the Lakers were playing their best ball of the season. They get thrown off course, Giannis (Antetokounmpo) is able to get healthy, other things happen that make it harder. Then they lose (Avery) Bradley, now they've lost (Rajon) Rondo.

"When they win the title this year, it counts as another two -- which means LeBron and (Michael) Jordan will both have six rings."

Yes, this actually happened.

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

Conventional wisdom says Wright was 100 percent kidding, and simply got on his soapbox for entertainment purposes. But with him, he probably just was 97 percent joking.

And since Wright mentioned Draymond, here is a friendly reminder: In the 2016 NBA Finals, LeBron averaged 24.8 points, 8.3 assists and 5.8 turnovers the first four games. Then, everything changed when Draymond was suspended for Game 5. Over the final three games of the series, LeBron averaged 36.3 points, 9.7 assists and 2.7 turnovers.

[RELATED: Draymond reveals team he sees as favorite to win NBA title]

It also didn't help that Andrew Bogut missed Games 6 and 7, and that Harrison Barnes went 5-for-32 from the field over the final three games. But we digress. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the series and that's a scientific fact.

You want another fact? LeBron has won three championships and he will have four if the Los Angeles Lakers capture this season's title in Orlando.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo recruitment still gives Bucks GM 'zero' worries

Giannis Antetokounmpo recruitment still gives Bucks GM 'zero' worries

There are strict rules within the NBA's Orlando bubble, with social distancing being highly emphasized. That doesn't change the fact that there are hundreds of players in close quarters. 

Recruiting, better known as tampering, could be at an all-time high. But Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst isn't worried when it comes to his superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

"Zero," Horst said, via ESPN's Eric Woodyard, when asked about his worries when it comes to Giannis being recruited. "We can only control what we can control. If it's considered tampering or recruiting or whatever it is, in our league people talk, people are connected, people have relationships.

"At the end of the day, I have full confidence in my personal relationship, our league's relationship, our coach's relationship, his teammate's relationship with Giannis in what we're doing and what we're about."

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

Antetokounmpo, 25, isn't a free agent until after next season, but he is eligible for a supermax contract worth over $250 million at the conclusion of this season. If the Bucks do offer him that megadeal and he turns it down, it might be time to move on and see what the Bucks can receive in a blockbuster trade.

One team that won't be in close quarters to Giannis is the Warriors, who aren't a part of the NBA's restart. The 2019 NBA MVP has a close relationship with Golden State star Steph Curry and rumors have run rampant of Antetokounmpo becoming the next star in San Francisco. In the blink of an eye, the Warriors could go from Kevin Durant to Giannis as Steph's newest co-star. 

[RELATED: How Steph feels about Dubs playing in second NBA bubble]

Winning a championship obviously would help the Bucks' chance of keeping Giannis in Milwaukee, and in addition, he would cost a whole lot for the Warriors to acquire. Golden State likely would have to get rid of Klay Thompson and much more, but Antetokounmpo is a truly rare talent who hasn't even come close to his ceiling. With a plethora of draft picks and coveted players, the Warriors might have the best trade package for Giannis, but it won't come cheap.

For now, though, Horst isn't shaking at the knees by any means. He's focused on a championship, and has every right to believe Giannis will be a Buck for a long, long time.