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Steph Curry shares his thoughts on Allen Iverson's 'top five' comment

Steph Curry shares his thoughts on Allen Iverson's 'top five' comment

At NBA All-Star weekend last year, Allen Iverson told Steph Curry that he's in his "top five all day long."

Since then, Iverson repeatedly has said that the Warriors' superstar would be his point guard if he was assembling an all-time starting five.

"You know what's funny -- I have that saved on my phone," Curry told Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes on the latest episode of "All the Smoke" on Showtime (the full show will air this Thursday). "It's crazy. It's crazy, right?

"I ain't never had a big head. That dude who I picked up a lot of game and inspiration from -- he's now looking at my game ...

"Some OGs, they don't want to relinquish the praise. Same way we respect the OGs, we want it both ways. So when you do hear that, that means something."

As Steph said after Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals: "Low-key, I've always wanted to be like Allen Iverson."

It must be killing the three-time NBA champion to be sidelined with the broken left hand, especially on nights like Monday in Portland when he sat on the Warriors' bench while Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard dropped 61 points in an overtime win over the Dubs.

[RELATED: What names did Charles Barkley just call Steph and Klay?]

Now is the perfect time to remind everybody that the two-time NBA MVP averaged 36.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists against the Blazers in the 2019 Western Conference Finals, all while shooting 47 percent overall and nearly 43 percent from deep.

It's safe to assume that Iverson doesn't forget about that, and neither should you.

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Dragan Bender compared himself to Draymond Green during draft interview

Dragan Bender compared himself to Draymond Green during draft interview

Warriors fans are going to enjoy this one.

So if you missed the news -- Dragan Bender reportedly plans to sign a 10-day contract with Golden State.

Shortly after the Phoenix Suns selected him with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Slam magazine posted a snippet of an interview with Bender.

Slam: "Are there any guys in the NBA right now that you play like or model your game after?"

Bender: "The last two years, I liked to watch a lot of Draymond Green. That style of game -- I really like it. I really want to enjoy that style of the game in the future for sure."

Spoiler alert -- the 7-footer did not turn into the next Draymond Green.

Over three seasons in Phoenix, the 22-year-old averaged 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.3 minutes per game. The Suns declined Bender's fourth-year option, and he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks last summer in free agency (he was waived Feb. 10).

The Warriors are hoping the Croatia native can resurrect his career in Golden State, much like Marquese Chriss has this season.

If the Dubs eventually give Bender a second 10-day contract (they did not with Jeremy Pargo and Zach Norvell Jr.) they would have to sign him for the remainder of the season once the second one expires, or let him walk.

[RELATED: What Dubs can learn from Cuban's draft advice on Doncic]

"I know we have a list of players who we'd like to take a look at," coach Steve Kerr told reporters Tuesday night. "We'll see how that all pans out.

"But there's a good chance that over the last couple months of the season we take a look at some different players. That's the idea."

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NBA rumors: Could Warriors trade Andrew Wiggins for Giannis Antetokounmpo

NBA rumors: Could Warriors trade Andrew Wiggins for Giannis Antetokounmpo

Get your tin foil hats on, Warriors fans. It's time to go down the rabbit hole and discuss the Dubs' prospects of bringing Giannis Antetokounmpo to the Bay Area.

The Warriors' desire to bring the Milwaukee Bucks star Northern California is well known, and fans have talked themselves into the idea of Antetokounmpo taking the baton from Steph Curry.

Antetokounmpo will be a free agent in the summer of 2021, and will be eligible to sign a super-max extension this summer. The Bucks currently are the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference, and a trip to the NBA Finals likely would mean the reigning NBA MVP would make Milwaukee his long-term home. A playoffs flameout could open the door for other teams, though.

While teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks hope to sign Antetokounmpo in 2021, the Warriors might be taking a different approach. After acquiring Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves' first-round draft pick in 2021 for D'Angelo Russell, some around the NBA believe the Warriors plan to use both Wiggins and the pick as part of a package to acquire Antetokounmpo via trade, Bleacher Report's Eric Pincus noted in his column Thursday.

Wiggins' massive contract would be useful in a trade with the Bucks after Antetokounmpo inks the supermax extension, should he choose to do so.

Along with the T'Wolves' 2021 first-round pick, the Warriors also will have a highly-drafted lottery selection of their own, courtesy of their down season this year. That T'Wolves pick is top-three protected and would be unprotected in the 2022 "double draft." All in all, the Warriors have what amounts to six draft picks over the next three years. A war chest of assets with which to seduce the Bucks into a trade should Antetokounmpo want out.

[RELATED: Giannis' All-Star Game block on LeBron had Steph hyped]

The thought of pairing Giannis with Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green is a dream that sounds like something that only would happen while playing franchise mode on NBA2K. But ... so was the thought of the Warriors' signing Kevin Durant. Apples and oranges, though.

At this point in time, with the Bucks barreling toward a Finals berth, it seems unlikely Antetokounmpo would want to be anywhere other than Milwaukee in the near future. 

But things change. And if they do, the Warriors and a host of other teams will be waiting to snatch the Greek Freak from the Bucks.