What we learned from informative Steph Curry-Dr. Fauci coronavirus Q&A

What we learned from informative Steph Curry-Dr. Fauci coronavirus Q&A

Warriors guard Steph Curry usually relays messages from the comfort of a controlled press conference.

Curry did so from his couch Thursday morning, interviewing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, on Instagram Live to shed light on the pandemic-causing COVID-19.

The idea of the 30-minute interview was cultivated last week, according to a league source, following Fauci's appearance on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast. David Schwab  -- executive vice president of sports management company Octagon, which represents Curry-- called on athletes to use their platforms to interview figures like Fauci.

Following Schwab's tweet, Curry's representatives reached out to Schwab, who acted as an intermediary between Curry's team and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The idea was to target young people who aren’t getting their news from cable news channels.

Fauci discussed a number of topics during the interview, including testing and social distancing. The United States has over 80,000 confirmed cases as of Thursday, according to The Wall Street Journal. The NBA suspended its season earlier this month after Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus.

Many initially thought the coronavirus carried similar symptoms and risks as the flu, Fauci said Thursday the coronavirus has shown to be  "10 times" worse than influenza.

"It's similar in that it's a respiratory illness that's transmitted by the respiratory route," Fauci said. “It gives a degree of pathology that it's very, very much more transmissible than flu and more importantly, it's significantly more serious."

The number of coronavirus cases nationwide is disputed due to limited access to testing equipment. On Thursday's chat, Fauci said that more tests are expected to be available with the help of private labs.  

“That’s been a real issue early on," Fauci said. "Several weeks ago we were not in a place we wanted to be or needed to be."

“Right now there are literally hundreds of thousands of tests out there,” he added. "Mostly because we got the private sector involved.”

The coronavirus can cause respiratory problems, including cough, fever, shortness of breath and, more severely, pneumonia. While elders and people with weak immune systems typically are more susceptible, Fauci said younger patients should beware of the virus as well.

"Very heavily weighted towards the elderly and those underlying conditions,” he said. “ … Those are the people who have a higher degree of mortality," he said. "But what we are starting to see is people who are younger ... who don't have any underlying conditions, who are getting seriously ill. It's still a very small minority, but it doesn't mean that young people like yourself should say, 'I'm completely exempt from any risks of getting seriously ill.’ "

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States have begun implementing social distancing measures in recent weeks to encourage citizens to stay at home in order to limit the coronavirus’ spread. California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered residents to stay in their homes and closed non-essential businesses last week in an effort to "flatten the curve" of the virus’ impact on hospitals and public-health systems.

Fauci expressed optimism about beating the coronavirus if citizens continue to practice social distancing.

“If we really push, we hope we will know by the time we get to next winter whether or not we have something that works,” Fauci said. “Vaccines are going to be important for next time around, not for what we’re dealing with now.”

Why Steve Kerr trash-talked Alvin Gentry after Warriors won 2015 title

Why Steve Kerr trash-talked Alvin Gentry after Warriors won 2015 title

Programming note: Watch the re-air of Game 6 of the 2015 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 8:00 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.

The Warriors swept the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

A little over a month later, the Pelicans hired Alvin Gentry -- who was Golden State's associate head coach and preparing to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals -- as the franchise's new head coach.

In case you forgot -- during the champagne celebration in the locker room after the Warriors won the title, there was a hilarious moment between Dubs coach Steve Kerr, general manager Bob Myers and Gentry.

Kerr looked into the camera and said: "We're gonna kick the Pelicans' a** next year."

Gentry then delivers a message to New Orleans star Anthony Davis: "Hey AD! AD! We're gonna be right back here."

Myers and Kerr then joke that Gentry needs to leave the locker room.

"Get outta here! You're not on the staff anymore," Kerr screams. "Security! Security! Take him outta here." 

Kerr than signals to somebody off-camera and makes it clear that he only is kidding.

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Good times.

When Kerr was the general manager of the Phoenix Suns from 2007 to 2010, Gentry was the team's head coach the final two seasons of Kerr's tenure.

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Zach Collins reveals Warriors fans send him hate mail after Klay Thompson dust-up

Zach Collins reveals Warriors fans send him hate mail after Klay Thompson dust-up

Zach Collins doesn't have a lot of fans in the Bay Area.

The Portland Trail Blazers forward drew the ire of Warriors fans last season when he got into an altercation with star guard Klay Thompson. After Thompson was called for an offensive foul for elbowing Collins in the chest, the Blazers big man started jawing at Thompson and then bumped him with his chest. Thompson took exception to the bump and started jawing back at Collins.

The trash talk continued until both were hit with technical fouls.

With the sports world stopped due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Collins took some time to answer questions on Instagram Live. He shed some light on the altercation with Thompson and noted Dub Nation still sends him "fan" mail.

"The Klay Thompson moment obviously comes to mind," Collins said when asked for a favorite trash-talking moment. "I just kind of -- I don't know, in that moment, I probably said some things I shouldn't have. But, I was in the moment, I was hyped, it was against the Warriors and everybody's trying to beat them. We had been going on a run and I was just like, I didn't care who it was, you were getting it that night if you came up to me. So he said something to me and I turned around and saw red. I just went crazy for a second.

"I got a lot of clout from that. A lot of followers," Collins joked later in the stream, via Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest. "I got a lot of hate mail from Warriors fans. I still get it to this day. It went on probably the rest of the year."

Dub Nation has Klay's back.

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Thompson and the Warriors got the last laugh over Collins and the Blazers, as the Dubs swept Portland in the Western Conference finals en route to their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.

A world without sports is rough, but it does give Collins a chance to catch up on all the mail from his adoring Bay Area fan club.

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