Over the course of an NBA game, Steph Curry takes plenty of bumps and bruises. Defenders take any and all opportunities to knock the Warriors star off his path, and with good reason, as he’s terrorized schemes across the league for years with his limitless range and savvy with the basketball.
Fans long have clamored that Curry doesn’t get a lot of the whistles typically seen for a star in the NBA. One of his teammates this season, center Marquese Chriss, couldn’t agree more.
“I definitely think Steph deserves a lot more calls than he gets,” Chriss said on NBC Sports Bay Area’s “Runnin’ Plays” podcast. “It is what it is. He’s found a way to dominate without having to get refs, that’s the biggest thing.”
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Chriss seems to believe that Curry’s personality and interactions with officials on the court could be the reason he’s not going to the line as much as he’d expect.
“I think it’s that Steph is so nice man,” Chriss explained. “You don’t ever really see him explode, except for maybe like three times in the past five, six years. He’s too nice sometimes, it’s kind of like Mike Conley is, nobody really ever has a bad thing to say about Steph or has a bad thing to say about Mike.”
The two-time NBA MVP has continued to show that genuine sincerity during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, uplifting not just his local community in the Bay Area but the entire world.
Only a few incidents come to mind in regards to Steph blowing up on NBA officials, Warriors reporter Logan Murdock mentions the incident in Memphis when Curry threw his mouthpiece in the direction of an official during a game against the Grizzlies in 2017.
Steph Curry throws mouthpiece at ref, gets ejected pic.twitter.com/HxxRAAkSab
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) October 22, 2017
There also was the situation in Minnesota back in 2017 when Curry skipped past an official and pointed at him after tying a game with less than a second remaining in Minnesota, after a shooting foul on Kevin Durant was deemed on the floor.
The last 5.8 seconds of Warriors-Timberwolves was absolutely wild. pic.twitter.com/hdGUFdeRRZ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 30, 2019
Nevertheless, Curry’s reputation clearly isn’t reflective of those few and far between incidents. He’ll likely continue to take a beating physically upon his return to the NBA next season.
Guess nice guys don’t always finish last.
Warriors legend Chris Mullin got to see the Chicago Bulls’ dynastic run through the 1990s featured recently in ESPN’s “The Last Dance” up close and in person, as he was a member of the Indiana Pacers during that 1997-98 season chronicled in the show.
Mullin was discussing the documentary on the radio last week, and explained how looking back at Michael Jordan and the rest of that Bulls team shapes the perspective around the Warriors after a five-year run with some similarities to those Chicago teams.
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“I think it puts into context how great this last five-year period the Warriors have been on,” Mullin said to KNBR on Thursday. “That’s a hard thing to endure man, and the way they did it, they did it with some grace and some class and some dignity.
“I know [Warriors coach] Steve [Kerr] didn’t let the cameras in, but I think as years go by, we’re gonna look back and go ‘man, that Warriors team of the last five years was a special, special time here in the Bay Area.’ ”
“The Last Dance” gave an inside look at the tensions that surrounded the final season with Jordan, coach Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman in Chicago. The Warriors never had anything like Bulls general manager Jerry Krause saying that even if Chicago went 82-0 that year, Jackson wouldn’t be retained as the head coach.
The team managed to keep just about all internal drama from leaking to the media, and for the most part said very little to cause division within the team.
While most of the country still harbors those feelings of resentment toward the Warriors and the organization’s sudden rise to the top of the sport, Golden State’s run of three championships in five years never will be forgotten by the fans who watched each and every game in the Bay Area.
Warriors rookie Jordan Poole was at Chase Center on Saturday. He wasn’t getting up shots at the practice facility, which is still closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Standing outside the Warriors’ arena, Poole served as a witness for the wedding between Lindsay Hirsch and Dustin Schneider.
Poole, wearing a mask while standing a safe distance away from the bride and groom, was wearing a custom Warriors jersey with the couple’s last name and the date of the wedding.
— Chase Center (@ChaseCenter) May 23, 2020
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 23, 2020
Poole posted on his Instagram Story, and said being there for Lindsay and Dustin’s big day was one of the “dopest” things he has been a part of.
Jordan Poole served as a witness to a wedding outside Chase Center today. Called it “one of the dopest things I’ve ever been a part of!”
(Via Jordan Poole’s IG) pic.twitter.com/ptS2RdcG17
— Ali Thanawalla (@Ali_Thanawalla) May 23, 2020
So how did this all come together? The San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau said he received an email from the bride and passed it along to the Warriors.
According to The Chronicle, Lindsay and Dustin were supposed to get married at Walt Disney World in Orlando — ironically, the proposed location for the resumption of the current NBA season. In their search for alternate location, they decided to see if they could say “I do” outside Chase Center. As you can see, their plan worked out.
Got an email from the bride a couple months back and forwarded it to the Warriors. Very cool to see this come together, with Jordan Poole standing in as a witness. https://t.co/ALQUdGjWjd
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) May 23, 2020
“I couldn’t say no to that,” said Poole told The Chronicle’s Ann Killion, who attended the wedding.
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As it turns out, Poole and Dustin have something in common: They both attended the University of Michigan, Killion wrote.
Not a bad way for Poole to spend part of his Memorial Day weekend.