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Stephen Curry takes a side on Damian Lillard's meaningless games comment

Stephen Curry takes a side on Damian Lillard's meaningless games comment

Now that the NBA is reportedly ready for the Board of Governors to vote on a proposed 22-team format to return to play in Orlando, it sounds like Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard and the Blazers, who are currently in a three-way tie for ninth place out West, will get the opportunity to make the playoffs.

Lillard created headlines last week with his comments about the NBA's potential plans for resuming the season and not wanting to play in 'meaningless games.'

If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now. – Damian Lillard told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. 

Lillard continued, "If we come back and I don't have an opportunity to make the playoffs -- I will show up to work, I'll be at practice and I'll be with my team. I'm going to do all that and then I'm going to be sitting right on that bench during the games."

But now, as 22 teams get set to pack their bags for Orlando, pending the NBA’s Board of Governors vote, it’s crazy to think about the Golden State Warriors not be among the teams traveling. The Warriors hold the worst record in the league at 15-50 after a trip to the NBA Finals the previous season.

This week, Warriors guard Stephen Curry joined Anthony Morrow and Justin Jack on 'The Life Podcast' to discuss the killing of George Floyd, as well as how COVID-19 is affecting the NBA and the plan to move forward, and much more.

But hey, Curry understands where Lillard was coming from with his comments about meaningless play.

I feel what he's saying because it's hard mentally to go with this long of gap, and then prepare for games you know don't matter. I get it. -- Steph Curry on the ‘The Life Podcast’

Curry added, "it's a hard thing to put your mind in that space, 'I'm gonna go out here and compete and bust my a-- and know in five games we're just gonna be back in the offseason again.'”

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon, and Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri. 

Damian Lillard COULD win a title in Portland and it would mean more if he did

Damian Lillard COULD win a title in Portland and it would mean more if he did

Stephen A. Smith didn’t exactly go out on a long limb Tuesday with his rant that Damian Lillard would never win a championship as a Portland Trail Blazer.

Come on, let’s face it. Smith could say that about just about any other max-salary player in the league who doesn’t happen to be on a team with LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard.

I have so much more respect for a player like Lillard who wants to do it his way, with his team, than another guy looking to latch on to LeBron’s coattails and ride them to an easy title.

You think Larry Bird or Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan would have chosen to be just another guy that James or Steph Curry hauled to a championship?

The point is, Lillard is determined to do it in Portland, where it would mean more to him and to the NBA if he could somehow win it all.

And it COULD happen. Not all the teams who have won titles over the last couple of decades have been dynasties. Not all have been loaded superteams. The Dallas Mavericks got a title and so did Toronto, just last season. And that Detroit team in 2004 wasn’t exactly a team for the ages.

I believe Portland could build a team that for at least one season, could be as good as those teams.

Market size, demographics, weather -- all have made Portland anything but a prime free-agent destination. But Neil Olshey has made astute deals and, when healthy, this current team can beat anybody when at its absolute best. Another player or two in a key spot, it could happen.

And that title would belong to Damian Lillard. Not Lebron or Kawhi or Steph… or Stephen A. Smith.

Damian Lillard demands to know where Steph Curry got a haircut during quarantine

Damian Lillard demands to know where Steph Curry got a haircut during quarantine

Anyone else need a haircut right about now?

You and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard are in the same boat.

Part of the Stay Home, Save Lives and social distancing initiative means not leaving your home unless of an emergency situation and if you do leave, try and stay six feet away from anyone else at all times. This includes not going to the barber shop or hair salon. 

Lillard jumped on Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry's Instagram live feed on Saturday morning to ask where the All-Star guard got his haircut during this time:

According to Curry, it was his wife Ayesha's first attempt at cutting his hair and she did a pretty good job:

Maybe don't try this at home unless you completely trust who you are quarantined with...

Inside Sabrina Ionescu's relationship with “big brother” Steph Curry

Inside Sabrina Ionescu's relationship with “big brother” Steph Curry

Family isn’t always defined by blood.

It’s about the connections we make with other people.

For Sabrina Ionescu and Steph Curry, this couldn’t be more true. 

Ionescu, a Walnut Creek, California native, grew up a Golden State Warriors fan and would drive the 16.5 miles west on CA-24 to watch her team from the stands of Oracle Arena. Her soon-to-be favorite player entered the league in 2009, when the Warriors used the No. 7 overall pick to draft sharp-shooter Stephen Curry from Davidson College. 

Curry returned the favor, attending Oregon’s away game against the Cal Golden Bears during Pac-12 conference play in Berkeley, California. He brought his daughters, Riley and Ryan, and the three sat front row to watch the player who he hopes his daughters can aspire to be some day. If they want to play basketball growing up, Curry said he would play them Ionescu’s highlights and say "This is how you play the game the right way.”

Ionescu caught Curry’s eye during her junior year at Miramonte High School in Orinda, California. Since then, the Chef has been astonished at what she has been cooking up in her game.

Everything. I think her passion for the game, her leadership, she’s got that winning mentality, and every night she just appreciates being out on the floor playing. It shows in how she makes her teammates better but still plays her game. Triple-doubles are nice too, but she just has it all.

It’s in her eyes. The competitive nature that she has, you can’t teach that. — Steph Curry

Just two people who have changed the game of basketball forever.

Ionescu has rewrote the history books in collegiate basketball. 

Curry has redefined the three-point line.

The two have blossomed a unique, family-like relationship over the years.

Now being able to pick up the phone, FaceTime him, call him, see him at the gym. It’s really crazy to think of, you know, I don’t really see him as a basketball player. I see him as a person and a friend, almost like a big brother. It’s been cool to see our relationship grow and continue to grow. — Sabrina Ionescu 

The two currently workout at the same gym in California. While practicing social distancing, Ionescu snapped a video of the two getting in some shots.

You may have seen this video surface a few times in the past couple days.

Just two game-changers getting up shots in the same gym. 

Hey stopped by to say ‘Hi’ and we were just joking around. We all kept our distance in the gym, far away from each other. He was shooting some shots in the background, so I was like ‘Hey, I’m going to record you rom 6ft away.’ Wasn’t expecting it to go viral but it did so we kind of laughed about it after. — Sabrina Ionescu 

In the video above, our very own Dwight Jaynes sat down (over Zoom) with the Oregon basketball prodigy.

Sabrina Ionescu, Steph Curry make the most of self-quarantine

Sabrina Ionescu, Steph Curry make the most of self-quarantine

The coronavirus pandemic won’t stop Sabrina Ionescu from getting some hoops in with Steph Curry.

The two GOATS are both quarantining in the Bay Area and luckily, they have one another to stay in tip-top shape. 

Don’t worry, they were 6-feet apart. See Sabrina’s recent Instagram post for evidence. 

Ionescu, who grew up in Walnut Creek, is expected to be the top pick in the WNBA’s virtual draft on Friday, April 17. 

She’s coming off a historic collegiate career at Oregon and completed a clean sweep of the major individual awards in college basketball, including the illustrious John R. Wooden Award, which recognizes the nation’s most outstanding player. 

Over the past few years, Ionescu’s developed a close relationship with mentor Curry. The Warriors star cheered on Ionescu and the Ducks as the triple-double queen became the only player in NCAA history to record 2,000 career points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists.

"It's pretty amazing to see her set new levels of expectation for what greatness is, not just for women's basketball but for basketball in general," Curry told ESPN. 

"She's blazing a trail nobody has set foot on." 

It takes one legend to recognize another. 

Dell & Sonya Curry were rooting for the Blazers over the Warriors the whole time

Dell & Sonya Curry were rooting for the Blazers over the Warriors the whole time

Now this is something we can get on board with for sure!

On the most recent episode of Dell and Sonya Curry’s podcast, Raising Fame, the two were joined by Klay Thompson's father, Mychal.

A big topic of conversation was how Mychal, who was drafted by the Blazers in 1978, was thinking about how tough it must’ve been for Dell and Sonya when Seth Curry and the Portland Trail Blazers faced Steph Curry and the Warriors in the 2019 Western Conference finals.

Thanks to this podcast, we now know the truth about who they were really rooting for…

-Thompson: "I was thinking about you guys during the Portland-Warriors series last year and seeing you guys in your split jerseys. And I said if I was the Currys -- if I had to choose -- I would choose Seth. Steph already had three rings ..."
 

-Dell: "We didn't tell the media that, but that was our choice (laughing)."
 

-Thompson: "I want my other son to get a ring now. And I'm sure Steph would have understood it."
 

-Sonya: "It was really weird, though. First of all, we hated that whole experience ..."
 

-Thompson: "Really? 
 

-Dell: "Oh it was tough. It was tough."
 

-Thompson: "You couldn't lose either way."
 

-Dell: "No. Somebody had to lose."
 

-Sonya: "You couldn't have the full fan experience because you were too aware of the fact that you were actually cheering against your other son ... and it was hard for Stephen because he's so used to having us there all the time -- more than Seth -- and (when) we would sit in Portland's section, you could tell he was like, 'Oh, this is confusing.' If he would do something good, he would want to look up and celebrate with us. Well, you can't look up in Portland's section (laughing)."

 

Now just imagine -- if The Currys had said they were truly just rooting for Seth and the Blazers while the games were being played, NBC Sports Northwest would’ve featured a lot more Dell and Sonya!

Sabrina Ionescu delivers message to Steph Curry: 'Excited for you to return back'

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Sabrina Ionescu delivers message to Steph Curry: 'Excited for you to return back'

Game recognizes game.

While Sabrina Ionescu is gearing up to lead her Ducks to another Pac-12 Tournament championship, the Oregon women’s basketball star is sending positive vibes to one of the NBA’s greats.

In a video via the Pac-12 Network's Twitter account, Ionescu took a moment to welcome NBA superstar Stephen Curry back to the court.

“I’m super excited for you to return back and hopefully be on the court soon, I know how hard it’s been,” Ionescu said in the video. “I know that you’re going to go out and kill just like everyone knows you have it in you. So excited to see all the hard work that you put in.”

Curry will return to the Warriors on Thursday against the Toronto Raptors after missing more than four months while recovering from a broken left hand. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player shared his excitement to rejoin Golden State in a post of his own.

Ionescu may be shouting out Curry this time, but Curry's admiration is mutual for the triple-double queen.

The Warriors star was on hand at Cal’s Haas Pavillion with daughters Riley and Ryan on Feb. 21 along with many Oregon fans cladded in green and gold to support Ionescu. 

He witnessed history as Ionescu recorded her 25th career triple-double and moved closer too the 2,000-point, 1,000 rebound, and 1,000 assist career milestone, which she has since passed.

When you see her on the floor, stats may mean a lot but when you watch somebody and the passion that she brings. It’s in her eyes and the competitive nature that she had, you can’t teach that.

Greatness is contagious. Welcome back to the court, Steph! 

Russell Wilson, Ciara, Stephen Curry witness Sabrina Inonescu make history

Russell Wilson, Ciara, Stephen Curry witness Sabrina Inonescu make history

There were a few familiar faces in Maples Pavilion for No. 3 Oregon women's basketball at No. 4 Stanford.

On a night where Oregon senior Sabrina Ionescu became the first player in the NCAA to reach 2,000 career points, 1,000 career assists and 1,000 career rebounds, she did so in front of elite company.

NBA star Stephen Curry, a fellow California-native and close friend to Ionescu, was there with his wife Ayesha to witness history being made. 

Curry was also in Berkeley last Friday and took his two daughters to the Ducks take on Cal and to watch Ionescu in action.

The Curry's were down in Los Angeles along with Ionescu on Monday morning to celebrate the life of their dear friends Kobe and Gigi Bryant.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Ciara were there supporting his younger sister Anna Wilson, a senior guard on the Stanford Cardinal who was celebrating her senior night.

So much greatness in one photo!

Sabrina Ionescu records 25th triple-double in front of Steph Curry and daughters Riley, Ryan

Sabrina Ionescu records 25th triple-double in front of Steph Curry and daughters Riley, Ryan

It seems that wherever Sabrina Ionescu goes, she has fans.

If you notice when the Oregon women's basketball team travels on away games, there is always a decent crowd supporting the Ducks. You can easily spot that candy apple green #20 jersey in the crowd.

There was a standing ovation as Ionescu checked out of the game midway through the fourth quarter vs. the Cal Golden Bears, having just notched her 25th career triple-double. It was a bit of a homecoming game for the Walnut Creek native.

The applause was not just from Oregon fans but also from one NBA player in attendance: Steph Curry, and his two daughters Riley and Ryan.

Curry and Ionescu are long-time friends. He has raved about her before and the two make it a point to exchange jerseys or see one another when the opportunity presents itself. Ionescu was at Moda Center last season with the Golden State Warriors in town to face the Portland Trail Blazers.

And on an off night for the Warriors, Curry made it a point to attend and take his daughters (potential future WNBA stars who look up to Ionescu) with the Ducks in town to face the Bears.

The G.O.A.T. recorded 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the big win over Cal, but up next is a date with the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal on Monday night where Oregon will once again need the best from Ionescu.

Warriors vs. Trail Blazers just not what it once was, this time around

Warriors vs. Trail Blazers just not what it once was, this time around

Sitting in the relatively quiet Moda Center Wednesday night, one couldn’t help but notice the difference.

A year ago, a Golden State Warriors-Portland Trail Blazers game was an event. A happening. And the buzz in the arena was always palpable.

But a year later, it’s not the same. Injuries have torn big parts of these teams away, leaving them nothing close to the way they were just a year ago. The Warriors, of course, were hit the worst – losing Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, who departed via free agency after a playoff injury.

And as Portland closed out its 122-112 win over the Warriors in front of what was announced as a sellout crowd, you understood that all those empty seats were surely sold.

But a lot of people just chose not to show up and use them.

And a Moda game against the Warriors almost always featured a huge number of Golden State fans, wearing their jerseys, T-shirts or just blue and gold colors, screaming their lungs out for their team.

“I grew up a Golden State Warriors fan,” Damian Lillard said. “And my family didn’t have the most money. And we were able to get season tickets. It wasn’t a sold-out arena. Steph and Klay and Draymond have done a great thing and turned it into a real championship organization and a great organization. (And) Steve Kerr. And then they have had some bad things happen.

“Usually, when we played them here, it looked like a Golden State (home) game. And all of a sudden, there ain’t none of those people showing up to support the team. I mean, that was just weird to me.”

Portland had a 13-point lead late in the first quarter, two 10-point leads in the second quarter and a nine-point lead in the third, but Kerr’s Warriors wouldn’t quit. They worked the offensive boards for 27 second-chance points but Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 61 points to go with Hassan Whiteside’s 23 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony’s 17 points to pull Portland to the win.

“An emotional rollercoaster ride,” McCollum called it. “I go out and approach it the same way, as if Steph and Klay are out there. Those guys play hard. They’re NBA players, quality guys who are still trying to prove themselves in the league.

“You’ve got to play the game. Not the record, not the schedule – not anything. You’ve got to play the game. And tonight, we did that for the most part and at times, they outplayed us.”

And they did it without Steph and Klay. Just as Portland did it without Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins and Rodney Hood.

And frankly, it was not the same without them.