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Steph Curry reflects on Kevin Durant's Warriors tenure, move to Nets

Steph Curry reflects on Kevin Durant's Warriors tenure, move to Nets

For three seasons, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant formed one of the most dominant duos in NBA history.

Warriors fans were hoping the partnership would continue for a few more years, but Durant decided to sign with the Brooklyn Nets when free agency opened in July.

Now, Curry is left to reflect on his short but sweet time with Durant.

"We won two championships and I think we both got better throughout the process as basketball players and as people," Curry told the media at a Warriors Camp event in Oakland on Monday night. "With the demand every single night to be great, all that that comes with in terms of media attention, scrutiny, the criticism, the praise, it's a lot to handle and I think, me and him, especially on the level, can connect."

The Warriors went to the NBA Finals all three years Durant was a member of the team. That should have brought the two-time NBA Finals MVP happiness, but after the 2017-18 title, Warriors employees reportedly were concerned about Durant's lack of joy.

With all the chaos surrounding Durant's impending free agency, it was easy for most observers to tell Durant wasn't having much fun during his final season in the Bay.

Curry, better than anyone, seems to understand what went into Durant's choice to leave the Warriors for the Nets.

"Obviously, at the end of the day, him going to Brooklyn, is just trying to make sure he's happy and going to a place where he feels like he needs to be," Curry said. "At the end of the day, you gotta be happy about that for him. That's what every player in this league [wants], to be in a situation where they can decide where they want to play."

Durant doesn't play in the Bay Area anymore, but his place in Warriors history won't soon be forgotten. Just because he left doesn't mean he won't be celebrated whenever he comes back. This isn't like the situation in Oklahoma City where he left on bad terms and was booed each time he returned.

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Durant helped raise two banners to the Oracle Arena rafters, and Curry is looking forward to the days after their careers are over when they can come together and celebrate what they achieved.

"We'll always remember the three years we had," Curry said. "Like he said, we'll probably be back here down the road to celebrate those [titles] like they did the 74-75 team. So, it'll be cool when that happens."

Team USA snaps 78-game international win streak in loss to Australia

Team USA snaps 78-game international win streak in loss to Australia

Don't bet on the B team. 

In stunning fashion, the United States Men's National Basketball Team snapped a 78-game international winning streak Friday with a 98-94 loss to Australia. The loss was Team USA's first defeat in a major international tournament or exhibition since the 2006 world championship semifinals. 

With the 2019 FIBA World Cup a week away, this depleted Team USA is far from winning gold. 

Kings forward Harrison Barnes is a veteran for Team USA and scored 20 points in the loss. He was Team USA's second-leading scorer behind Celtics point guard Kemba Walker, who dropped 22. Barnes also led Team USA with six rebounds and made three of his five 3-point attempts. 

Team USA, led by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr, had no answer for Australia's pesky point guard Patty Mills. The longtime Spurs guard who Popovich is well acquainted with, scored a game-high 30 points and drained four shots from beyond the arc. 

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"As I told you all after the last game, Patty's a pain,'' Popovich told reporters. 

Team USA's next tune-up before the World Cup comes Monday in Sydney, Australia against Canada.

Watch footage of young Klay Thompson meeting Michael Jordan in 1998

Watch footage of young Klay Thompson meeting Michael Jordan in 1998

Klay Thompson has been around the NBA his entire life, both during his father Mychal Thompson’s career and now as an All-Star guard for the Golden State Warriors.

In May, Thompson spoke to the media about the first time he met Michael Jordan, when he was at a Portland Trail Blazers game in 1998. Klay and his family were living in Lake Oswego, Ore. at the time, and his dad was able to get the boys a chance to meet MJ and Scottie Pippen after the game.

Footage has now surfaced of that encounter, featuring the trio of Thompson boys meeting the NBA Hall of Famers for the first time.

Despite the lack of sound, it’s clear that the boys were blown away -- as just about any basketball fan at the time would be -- by the chance to meet NBA royalty.

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Klay, of course, had the least star-struck reaction as he just got his autograph and walked away, while his brothers stuck around.

I'm sure Jordan had no idea that he was signing an autograph for a kid who would grow up to win three NBA championships and receive two All-NBA accolades, all before his 30th birthday.