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Watch Steph Curry miss another dunk at American Century Championship

Watch Steph Curry miss another dunk at American Century Championship

Steph Curry teed off at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe on Friday and ran into a familiar nemesis: The rim of a hoop placed on the course. 

In each of the last two summers, the Warriors star failed to dunk on the hoop in question. Curry made it an imperfect 3-for-3 on Friday. 

The 31-year-old has 35 career NBA dunks to his name, according to Basketball Reference's play-by-play data, but the Edgewood Tahoe course lately has gotten the better of him.

Don't believe it? Check the tape.

Things went much better for Curry on the course. He ended the day in a five-way tie for 12th place with 15 points, 11 back of 2018 champion Tony Romo. The tournament uses the Stableford scoring format, which gives points for how many strokes under par a player finishes a hole. 

Curry has some work to do to catch Romo who, along with singer Justin Timberlake, was in the two-time MVP's group Friday. 

Romo and Curry also showed off some chemistry on a post route. You be the judge if the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback has still got it. 

Curry ended Friday in danger of repeating another ignominious feat. 

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He trailed his father, Dell, by five points at the end of Friday's action. Last summer, the younger Curry jumped into Lake Tahoe after losing to his father. 

There's no word yet on what their bet is this summer, but Steph will have to step up his game when the second round of the tournament tees off Saturday morning at 8 a.m. PT. 

NBA rumors: Warriors using 'IQ tests' during Zoom draft interviews

NBA rumors: Warriors using 'IQ tests' during Zoom draft interviews

NBA teams use a variety of methods to evaluate prospects during the pre-draft process. Private workouts, one-on-one meetings and team-hosted scrimmages help front office personnel make their assessments on each player.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, NBA teams have been forced to resort to unique methods for appraising the 2020 draft class. The Warriors reportedly are among a handful of teams resorting to “IQ tests” as a method this offseason, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman reported earlier this week.

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General manager Bob Myers likely will be in possession of a top-five pick whenever the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery takes place, so it’s understandable that he and his staff would want a full and thorough evaluation of whoever the Warriors select.

Golden State seems to be trying to maximize the limited amount of interaction each NBA team is allowed to have given the pandemic.

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Steve Kerr believes Warriors' 73-win NBA record never will be broken

Steve Kerr believes Warriors' 73-win NBA record never will be broken

Steve Kerr knows winning. Not only has he won eight NBA titles -- five as a player and three as a coach -- he also had his hand in the two winningest regular seasons of all time. 

Kerr averaged 8.4 points off the bench and played in all 82 regular season games in the 1995-96 season when the Chicago Bulls set a new record by winning 72 regular-season games. Fast forward 20 years and Kerr coached the Warriors to a 73-win regular season, to break his and the Bulls' record. 

So, does Kerr believe any team can top 73 wins?

"It was just a stunning season, and it's such an amazing accomplishment," Kerr said Friday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show. "I just don't think it's possible to break that record. Of course, I didn't think 72 would be broken."

There of course is one big difference, though.

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The Bulls went on to beat the Seattle Supersonics in six games to be crowned champs. And the Warriors blew a three-games-to-one lead in the Finals, losing to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers after Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5.

"I know are guys were proud of it, but we didn't validate it with a title," Kerr said. "As a result, we just have a small banner in our practice facility commemorating it. That's kind of how it should be I think. We can look back at it and remember a great season, but we didn't quite get it done.

"So it definitely loses a bit of its luster."

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Bulls players wore shirts that read "Don't mean a thing without the ring" in the '96 playoffs, and then went out and got it done. Golden State overcame its own 3-1 deficit to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals before being on the wrong side of history the next series.

The banner will remain hanging just as 3-1 jokes and memes are here to stay. Both seasons were historic, but only one completed the job.