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Steph Curry MRI comes back clean, but Warriors star ruled out vs. Nets

Steph Curry MRI comes back clean, but Warriors star ruled out vs. Nets

Warriors fans can take a deep breath with a sigh of relief.

Steph Curry, who left Thursday night's Warriors loss early with an adductor strain, will be OK. 

The MRI on Curry's groin came back clean Friday. He is listed as day to day, and will miss the Warriors' next game Saturday against the Nets. 

"The MRI looked good," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday to reporters, "in terms of not being too serious. He's not going to play tomorrow." 

This all is good news for Curry and the Warriors. While Curry isn't expected to be out for a lengthy period, Kerr cautioned the Warriors will not rush the guard back on the court. 

"It's something that we're gonna evaluate over the next few days," Kerr said. "He's still sore. It's a strained groin, basically. The MRI was encouraging. It will be kind of a day-to-day thing. Obviously, we won't do anything crazy. He's gonna be out until he's healthy and ready to go." 

Curry left at the 3:41 mark in the third quarter of the Warriors' 134-111 loss to the Bucks. He scored a season-low 10 points in the loss

The Warriors also will be without Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston against the Nets. 

Warriors' Steve Kerr: Don Nelson's innovations have spread across NBA

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Warriors' Steve Kerr: Don Nelson's innovations have spread across NBA

OAKLAND – In his latest moment without ego, Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged Thursday that he studies and steals from the book of Don Nelson.

Moreover, Kerr, who has won three championships in four seasons with the Warriors, insists he’s not the only NBA coach to do so.

“Nellie was ahead of his time,” Kerr said prior to tipoff against Sacramento. “All the stuff you’re seeing teams do now – playing small and playing uptempo – he was doing that 40 years ago in Milwaukee.”

Nelson made the trip from his Maui home to Oracle Arena to be present as the Warriors honored the 2006-07 “We Believe” team that he coached to perhaps the biggest upset in NBA postseason history.

Now 78, Nelson took two turns coaching the Warriors, first from 1988 to 1995 and later from 2006-2010 before retiring. Among his unorthodox strategies were utilizing forwards to initiate offense (“point forward”), playing forwards at center (as Kerr often does with Draymond Green) to increase the pace, using isolation offense whenever there was a perceived advantage.

“He didn’t really get a whole lot of credit for the revolution that’s going on now,” Kerr said, “but he was ahead of his time.”

Nelson’s coaching career spanned 35 years, beginning with the Bucks in 1976. He also coached the New York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks.

Though he’s No. 1 on the all-time wins list (1,333), Nelson never was able to reach the NBA Finals, much less win a championship.

Coaching the No. 8 seed “We Believe” Warriors, led by Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson, to a first-round playoff victory over top-seeded Mavericks surely ranks among Nelson’s most satisfying achievements.

That series undoubtedly put the final punctuation on a coaching career that landed Nelson in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Ex-Warriors coach Don Nelson says he's been smoking pot since retiring

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Ex-Warriors coach Don Nelson says he's been smoking pot since retiring

Don Nelson returned to the scene of one of his greatest accomplishments on Thursday. 

The former Warriors coach reunited with his 2006-07 team, as the "We Believe" squad was commemorated at Oracle Arena in the building's final season. Nelson coached three more years after Golden State uspet the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round in 2007, stepping away from the game after Stephen Curry's rookie season in 2009-10.

Nelson told reporters in Oakland on Thursday that he's been living a ... greener lifestyle in retirement. 

"Yeah, I've been smoking some pot," Nelson said as former players Jason Richardson and Stephen Jackson laughed alongside him. "But! But I never smoked when I played or coached, so it's new to me. But anyway, I'm doing that and I'm having a pretty good time. It's more legal now than it's ever been, so I'm enjoying that."

In 2000, Hawaii became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, and the state expanded its program in 2016. Nelson's usage is not dubious, as he has a medical card and told the New York Times last year it helps him "deal with the pain without pain pills, and helps with that stress." He also started to grow his own strain of marijuana called "Nellie Kush."

It's fair to say the coach with the most wins in NBA history has found a higher calling in retirement.