Warriors' Steph Curry encouraged by protesters 'meeting the moment'

Warriors' Steph Curry encouraged by protesters 'meeting the moment'

Protests in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody have caused an uprising around the world against police brutality and racism. In a virtual roundtable, Warriors guard Stephen Curry said that he is encouraged by the progress the protests have made.  
“This is a great time to be alive,” Curry said during a virtual discussion entitled “The Dream Marches On,” hosted by the University of San Francisco. “I’m excited to see what this next generation does as they venture out on their own. The people I got to walk with at a protest, young men and women of all ages, people are meeting the moment.”
Curry's comments came during the University of San Francisco's Silk Speaker Series alongside Dr. Clarence Jones, director of USF’s Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice. During the hourlong call, Curry and Jones -- a former lawyer and speechwriter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- discussed race in America and the recent protests in the wake of Floyd's death. 
While Curry has been outspoken on racism and systematic oppression in the past, he has increasingly been lending his voice to those causes over the last month. Floyd -- a 46-year-old African American man -- died after fired police officer Derek Chauvin -- a white man -- pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd pleaded, "I can't breathe." Floyd was detained after a store owner alleged he used a counterfeit $20 bill. Police also initially alleged he resisted arrest, but nearby surveillance footage disputed those claims. 
Earlier this month, Curry joined teammate Juan Toscano-Anderson at a protest in Oakland. Days later, he took his daughter Riley to a protest in Palo Alto in hopes of raising her awareness for the cause.  
“She knew who George Floyd was, she started asking questions as people were giving speeches, she continued to ask questions about why are we here, what does this mean, what are we trying to accomplish,” Curry said. “Trying to break that down to a 7-year-old, you hope she can be part of the change that needs to happen.”
Curry and Jones, 89, also explained the difference in how they were affected by racism during their respective upbringings. Jones, a child of domestic servants, described an instance when he was chased by whites after trying to get candy in 1931. As a speechwriter for Dr. King, he was on the frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Curry, by contrast, says he grew up shielded by blatant racism while being raised by former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry. 
“I was surrounded by (racism) but I didn’t experience it as much because my dad was playing in the NBA and there was the certain benefit that came with that in terms of how people interacted with us,” Curry said. “Sports took us to a place where they could put it aside for a second and treat my dad and my family with a level of respect you could feel, but you never knew what was going to happen as soon as your back was turned."

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Since Floyd's killing, protests have sprouted around the globe, including Germany and Australia. Several businesses, including the Golden State Warriors, issued statements condemning racism in the United States. But while progress is being made, Curry knows there's more work to be done. 
“It’s not going to be an overnight thing where you can just rectify 400 years of injustices,” Curry said. “I’m trying to create a program, a platform of questions I’m asking every single person I do business with, that I have personal relationships with, that will hopefully inspire them to carry that torch and do it in their own circles and we can have a wildfire spread like that.”

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Steph Curry jokes about why ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala finished big dunk

Steph Curry jokes about why ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala finished big dunk

Andre Iguodala had a very ...

... Andre-Iguodala-like performance in the Miami Heat's 112-106 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

The former Warriors forward registered six points (2-for-6 FG), eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

With less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, he turned back the clock a little bit.

Steph Curry shared the highlight in an Instagram story, and included the perfect caption.

Curry -- the only unanimous MVP in NBA history -- and Iguodala -- the 2015 NBA Finals MVP -- are avid golfers, and even played a round together at Augusta National Golf Club (the site of the Masters) in February 2016.

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Iguodala became a golf fanatic shortly after he joined the Warriors in July 2013.

"I gotta give all the credit to (former Golden State assistant coach) Pete Myers," Iguodala said in March 2018. "Once I got here, I really wanted to learn how to play ... Pete Myers taught me how to hit a draw.

"And we would just go to the range and hit balls ... he kinda got me hooked and that was all she wrote."

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And one year later, he made one thing crystal clear:

Those were good times.

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Steve Kerr defends Warriors' Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player'

Steve Kerr defends Warriors' Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player'

When the Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins at the NBA trade deadline in February, it was not a decision that universally was applauded. 

There still are people who disagree with Golden State's decision to acquire the No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft. But even those who are skeptical about Wiggins' future would admit that he played well in a Dubs uniform this season.

"I wasn't surprised at all about what we saw because I've coached against him," Steve Kerr said Wednesday on "The Bill Simmons Podcast." "The biggest thing for us was all about what you need today to win games. The game has changed so much and it's so hard to guard ... you gotta have size and versatility on the wings.

"Multiple-positional defenders who can guard their position, but also guard two or three other positions. Andrew has the size and athleticism to do exactly that. He was an excellent defender for us, and played really well offensively.

"He may not be an MVP candidate, but he's a damn good player. He fits right in with what we're trying to do."

Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 12 games with Golden State, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

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Additionally, his 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game both would be career highs over a full season.

With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson as teammates, Wiggins won't feel consistent heat to deliver big scoring outputs. Will there be times when the Warriors need him to step up and take over offensively? Yes.

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But overall, he's going to have the luxury of being able to take on a more comfortable role that suits his game.

"He just wants to play basketball and have fun, and have no pressure on him," former Warriors point guard Tim Hardaway said in June. "This is the team to be on to do that, and he's going to excel.

"He's going to be all right."

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