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While social distancing is the name of the game in today's world, that doesn't mean two GOATs can just not get shots up.

So, of course, it's only natural that Warriors star Steph Curry and Oregon Ducks legend and future WNBA No. 1overall draft pick Sabrina Ionescu were getting refining their skills while staying the mandated six feet apart Wednesday.

Ionescu and Curry have formed a bond over the past year. Curry brought his daughters to watch Ionescu and the Ducks destroy Cal and then showed up to witness her make history by becoming the first player in NCAA history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in her career during a win over Stanford.

"It's pretty amazing to see her set new levels of expectation for what greatness is, not just for women's basketball but for basketball in general," Curry told ESPN while watching Ionescu make history. 

"She's blazing a trail nobody has set foot on." 

The Triple-Double Queen made history just hours after she gave an emotional eulogy at Kobe and Gianna Bryant's memorial.

"'You have too much to give to stay silent.’ That’s what he said," Ionescu said at the memorial of her mentor and friend. "That’s what he believed. That’s what he lived. Through Gigi, through me, through his investment in women’s basketball. That was his next great act, a girl dad.

“Basketball in many ways was just a metaphor. I still text him even though he’s not here. ‘Thank you for everything. The rest is for you. Rest easy my guy.’ The last one I sent him said, ‘I miss you, may you rest in peace, my dear friend.’"

 

Ionescu returned to Oregon for her senior season in hopes of winning the program's first national title. That dream was abruptly halted when the NCAA canceled the men's and women's tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Walnut Creek native now turns her attention to the WNBA, where she's expected to be the No. 1 overall pick of the New York Liberty.

As she continues to expand her game and be an icon for the game of basketball, Ionescu knows she can always reach out to Curry for advice of any sort.

"I love having a relationship with [Curry], just being able to remember when I was little, watching him and kind of emulating my game after him, to now being able to call him or text him any time that I need help with something," Ionescu told ESPN's Maria Taylor. 

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When sports resume, the two Bay Area legends will go back to being basketball icons.

Until then, practicing while social distancing will have to do.

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