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Watch Donovan Mitchell give Warriors pick Eric Paschall pump-up speech

Watch Donovan Mitchell give Warriors pick Eric Paschall pump-up speech

The Warriors selected Villanova forward Eric Paschall with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The 22-year old grew up in the same neighborhood as Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, and the two remain very close to this day.

On Saturday morning, Bleacher Report tweeted out the following video:

"Bro, you worked your a-- off to get here," Mitchell said to Paschall at what looks like a draft party. "Don't let 41 get in your head, bro. I'm telling you, don't let that sh-- get in your head, bro. Real sh--. All right.

"You are one in 450 dudes in this world [who are in the NBA] -- 450 bro. Now look, I'm gonna have to beat your a-- four times a year..."

Well actually, Donovan, the Warriors and Jazz only played three times last regular season and the Dubs won two of the matchups.

(Sorry, but I had to be "that guy" just for the sake of this article.)

Mitchell recently explained to Trysta Krick of USA Today Sports why Paschall is one of the biggest sleepers in the draft:

"I'm biased, but I'm gonna say it because he was my best friend growing up -- Eric Paschall. He brings so much to a team that's ready to compete now.

"He's a defender, he's athletic, he can shoot and he's strong. He wasn't like that when we were younger. He was always the lanky one so I always give him a lot of [flak] for that."

Paschall had a fantastic senior season at Villanova, averaging 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds, while shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc.

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He won a national title with the Wildcats in 2018 and racked up 24 points (10-for-11 from the field) against Kansas in the Final Four.

Paschall -- along with fellow Golden State draft picks Jordan Poole and Alen Smailagic -- will be introduced to the local media on Monday at 12 p.m. PT.

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Warriors' Steph Curry jokes about waking up in NBA's Orlando bubble

Warriors' Steph Curry jokes about waking up in NBA's Orlando bubble

Steph Curry is jonesin' to play basketball.

The Warriors superstar misses the game so much that when he woke up on a recent morning, he thought he was in the NBA's Orlando bubble.

OK, maybe not. Clearly, Steph needs to work on his acting skills. But the sentiment isn't too far off.

After five straight trips to the NBA Finals that saw Curry play roughly an extra 20 games a season, the two-time NBA MVP broke his hand in the fourth game of the 2019-20 season. He returned to play in one game in March, but a combination of Curry catching the flu and the coronavirus shutdown ended his season early.

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So between the end of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 13, 2019 and the potential start of the 2020-21 NBA season in December, Curry will have played five regular-season games in a year and a half.

So you can understand why Curry is dreaming of being in Orlando.

Alas, the Warriors finished the 2019-20 season with the worst record (15-50) in the NBA. They were one of eight NBA teams not invited to the NBA season restart at the Disney World complex in Orlando. The combination of Curry's injury, Klay Thompson's ACL injury and Kevin Durant's departure crushed the Warriors' hopes of a sixth straight NBA Finals appearance.

The bright side (of the bed) for Curry is that his body has been given an extended break, the longest of his professional career. After five long seasons, a long 18-month break could do Curry a lot of good.

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The Warriors are expecting Curry and Thompson to come back healthy and rested when the 2020-21 season starts, ready for a return to NBA title contention.

Based on the video Curry posted, he's getting plenty of rest.

Bill Simmons wonders whether Damian Lillard is better than Steph Curry

Bill Simmons wonders whether Damian Lillard is better than Steph Curry

Steph Curry is a better basketball player than Damian Lillard.

We don't make that declaration in an attempt to slight Dame, because the Portland Trail Blazers star is awesome. We certainly aren't rooting against the Oakland native or saying he is overrated.

But we feel compelled to defend Steph when necessary. And we are doing that now because of the following back-and-forth that took place Monday on "The Bill Simmons Podcast."

Simmons: "Dame -- I don't know where he is on the top-10 players in the league list and what the qualifications are -- but is Curry better than him at this point?"

Ryen Russillo: "Oh come on. Let's take it easy. Don't do this when Curry's missed a year."

Simmons: "I'm not talking about career. I'm not talking playoff chops (or) stuff like that. I'm just talking game-to-game, the stuff Dame is doing now consistently, reminds me of Curry. I feel like he's money. He's in the top eight or nine for me now. And I don't know what the list is. But I just think he's great."

Lillard is great. No doubt about it. And the 30-year-old was fantastic in Portland's first two games in the Orlando bubble.

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But we need to remind everybody -- again -- what happened during the Warriors' sweep of the Blazers in the 2019 Western Conference finals:

Curry: 36.5 points, 7.3 assists, 46.9 percent overall, 42.6 percent 3s
Lillard: 22.3 points, 8.5 assists, 37.1 percent overall, 36.8 percent 3s

Yes, Lillard is putting up big statistics this season with 28.9 points and 8.0 assists per game. But his shooting numbers -- 45.6 percent overall and 39.1 percent from 3-point range -- don't match up to what Steph did last season: 47.2 percent overall and 43.7 percent from beyond the arc.

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The day possibly will come when Dame is considered the superior player by the majority of the basketball world. We aren't that naive.

But it definitely has not arrived yet.

So the answer to Simmons's question is ...

... "yes."

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